Bangladesh PM Hasina Sheikh and PM Modi to hold bilateral talks, today

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Delhi: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is on a four-day visit to India, will hold bilateral discussions with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Saturday. The issue of the implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam may surface during the meeting between the two leaders. On Thursday, Hasina said she was satisfied with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance that her country should not be concerned over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) being implemented in Assam. As of now, the NRC has included 3.11 crore applicants as citizens, and excluded 19 lakh. The Assam’s citizenship exercise of NRC has also raised concern in Bangladesh as many fear that those rendered non-citizens of India may be pushed into Bangladesh. However, India maintains that it is their internal issue which in no way would affect Bangladesh. On Friday, Hasina will attend an interactive session with select CEOs of India and the Inauguration of India-Bangladesh Business Forum (IBBF) at ITC Maurya and WEF Closing Plenary at Hotel Taj Palace.