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Parl panel approves Bill on Indo-Bangla agreement

A parliamentary panel is learnt to have approved a bill to give effect to the India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) recommending that the interests of state governments and the people be kept in mind.

The ‘unanimous’ report of the Standing Committee on External Affairs, headed by Congress member Shashi Tharoor, on the Constitution (119th Amendment) Bill, 2013 is likely to be tabled in Rajya Sabha next week, informed sources said.

They said the report has taken into cognisance most issues raised by Trinamool Congress, which had put its foot down to block the accord with Bangladesh in 2011 ahead of a visit to Dhaka by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The issues, raised by TMC, primarily relate to protection of national interests, the interests of all states bordering Bangladesh and those of the people likely to be affected by the proposed accord.
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