Bangladesh Suspends Teesta Canal Due to Indian Objection


Construction of a flood control embankment on a newly emerged channel of the Teesta River inside the Bangladesh territory of Dimla upazila near the Indian border has been suspended due to objection from the Indian Border Security Force (BSF). The embankment is seen as crucial for saving from flooding and erosion several thousand hectares of croplands and homesteads in Dimla upazila of Nilphamari and Hatibandha upazila of Lalmonirhat district in the coming rainy season. However, BSF asked Bangladesh to stop the construction, claiming that the embankment was being constructed on "no man's land," according to Nayeb Subedar Md Mohsin, commander of Char Kharibari border operational post (BOP).