Bangladesh to lease internet bandwidth to India; Bangladesh-China sign treaties to enhance military cooperation; Vice chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China visits Bangladesh
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  • (MAY 12-18)

    According to reports, Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding with the BSNL, the state-owned telecom company of India, to lease internet bandwidth to the neighbour. Monwar Hossain, managing director of Bangladesh Submarine Cable, said BSNL will initially lease 10 Gbps of bandwidth from Bangladesh and take another 30 Gbps within eight months. The prices will be set when a final agreement will be signed between the two parties within a week. The contract of the lease will be for three years and could be extended later. 1

    Reports noted that Bangladesh and China signed four treaties to enhance military cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries on May 12, 2014. Under the treaties, China's armed forces will provide military assistance to the Bangladesh armed forces free of cost. The assistance includes providing training and logistic support to the armed forces and setting up a language laboratory at the Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP). Visiting Chinese Air Chief Marshal General Xu Qiliang, Principal Staff Officer of Armed Forces Division Lt Gen Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Mainul Islam and BUP Vice Chancellor Maj Gen Sheikh Mamun Khaled signed the treaties on behalf of their respective governments. 2

    In other developments, reports noted that Yan Junqi, vice chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, led a 16-member delegation to Dhaka on a three-day visit on May 13, 2014 at the invitation of Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury. 3