Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dhaka urges Delhi to lift onion ban

Dhaka urges Delhi to lift onion ban

Abrupt embargo jacks up essential's price

News Report Dhaka requested New Delhi to revoke its ban on onion export as India earlier had made an “unofficial” pledge to Bangladesh of continuing supply of the essential. An abrupt embargo pressed on the export even left stranded around 150 trucks of already-booked consignments of onions across the borders, reports said, while its prices went spiraling on the domestic market in Bangladesh. Consumers and analysts here lamented that the onion ban from the next-door neighbor was slapped the same time when Bangladesh lifted hilsha-export restrictions and the first consignment of the luscious fish drove into India. "It came as a replication of last year's same occurrence with onion and hilsha," said former diplomat Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, echoed by others in a flurry of talks on 'onion diplomacy'. “We are expecting a positive result soon in this regard,” said State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam while talking to reporters at his office in Dhaka Tuesday. He said there is an “unwritten” understanding between Bangladesh and India that New Delhi would not impose ban on onion export, and if New Delhi takes such decision, they would inform Dhaka beforehand. Being informed about Indian government’s decision of imposing ban on onion export on Monday night, Alam said, Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi raised the issue with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs immediately. The state minister said the commerce ministry of Bangladesh is looking into the onion- import issue. The Directorate-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) of India on Monday issued a notification imposing restrictions on onion export with immediate effect. India’s decision has cast a negative impact on onion markets in Bangladesh. Meanwhile, veteran Indian politician and President of the Nationalist Congress Party Sharad Pawar also requested the Indian government to lift the ban on onion export, saying: “This decision has led to strong reactions from the onion- growing belt in Maharashtra”. The ban jeopardises India’s export share in the onion markets of Gulf countries, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, he tweeted. With agency inputs, media reports

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