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'India needs to address BD's water, Rohingya issue'

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UNB, Dhaka :
Speakers at a symposium here on Wednesday laid emphasis on addressing two major concerns - water and Rohingya issues - and sought India's genuine efforts to address those concerns and boost trust between Bangladesh and India at all levels.
Recognising the growing relations between the two South Asian neighbours, they noted much has been achieved over the past years but more needs to be done. The speakers said India made many declarations with lower deliveries.
Cosmos Foundation in collaboration with the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at the National University of Singapore arranged the symposium titled 'Bangladesh-India Relations: Prognosis for the Future' at a city hotel.
ISAS Director C Raja Mohan delivered the keynote address while ISAS Principal Research Fellow and a former Advisor to Bangladesh's  
former caretaker government Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury chaired the inaugural session.
Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large and Chairman of the ISAS Gopinath Pillai, former Indian Foreign Secretary and Ambassador Krishnan Srinivasan, former professor of Jahangirnagar University Dilara Chowdhury, Chairman of Cosmos Foundation Enayetullah Khan, Cosmos Group Directors Nahar Khan and Masud Khan, former and current diplomats, scholars and editors spoke.
"We want to be treated equally and candidly if they claim that we are friends. Our prosperity will be the prosperity of India as well," said Prof Dilara Chowdhury.
She said Rohingya is a great security risk for Bangladesh and if these people do not go back Bangladesh will face all kind of security repercussions on the society, politics and economy of the country.

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