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Vol. 5 Num 591 Thu. January 26, 2006  
   
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Indo-Bangla coastguard exercise ends


Bangladesh and India yesterday concluded the first-ever joint coastguard exercise in the Bay of Bengal on pollution control, search and rescue operations, anti-poaching and anti-smuggling.

Bangladesh Coastguard was represented by Lt Commander MS Bari, while West Bengal Coastguard DIG Gurupdesh Singh led the Indian side.

Bangladeshi coastguard vessels 'CGS Rupasi Bangla' and 'Taufiq' along with vessels 'Bazra', 'Sucheta' and 'Kripalani', two hovercrafts, a Dornier aircraft and a helicopter from the Indian side took part in the three-day exercise.

Coastguard sources said the exercise took place following an agreement signed between India and Bangladesh in 2003. Last year, two Indian coastguard vessels visited the Chittagong port.

Yesterday's exercise was conducted 20 nautical miles off the Sagar Island in shallow waters since the sea was quite rough.

During the exercise, the Indian coastguard demonstrated pollution control drills. Other demonstrations included rescue of a man overboard and evacuation of an injured coastguard from a Bangladeshi vessel.

Bangladesh Coastguard Director General Sarwar Jahan Nizam visited the coastguard station at Haldia yesterday in connection with the exercise.

According to the sources, the evaluation report of the joint exercise would be exchanged between the coastguard authorities of the two countries.