Mashrafe, who enjoys rockstar status in cricket-mad Bangladesh, divided opinion when he announced he would run in the December 30 polls on an Awami League ticket.
Bangladesh's main opposition BNP, led by imprisoned ex-premier Khaleda Zia, on Sunday said it would participate in the general election next month, after it boycotted the 2014 polls that returned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League to power due to fears of rigging.
The election commission earlier said it was constitutionally obligated to hold the election by January 28, as the countdown to the polls began.
Recently, India and Bangladesh signed three bilateral agreements to amend Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT), approving use of Mongla and Chattogram port (Bangladesh) for transiting goods to and from India and approving operation of passenger and cruise vessels
Bangladesh has turned to the Black Sea region for wheat because supply from India has dwindled as it meets growing domestic demand.
Amendment to Inland Water Transit and Trade, assessing two new ports of Bangladesh and studying new routes for cruise in north-eastern region were the main decisions
The Financial Express newspaper carried a report saying Bangladesh's shipping ministry officials decided to evaluate the proposal "warily" as its own Chittagong and Mongla seaports were upgrading their capacity.
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India beat Bangladesh by three wickets to win their seventh Asia Cup title in a pulsating last-ball finish
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Hasina said Myanmar had given a verbal commitment to take back Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown she described as "tantamount to genocide and crimes against humanity".
India, who are unbeaten in the tournament so far, come into this game on the back of a tie against Afghanistan.
Bangladesh stunned Pakistan by 37 runs in the last Super Four match to set up a summit clash with defending champions India.
On paper, India will remain overwhelming favourites to win the tournament for a record seventh time while Bangladesh will be hoping to be third-time lucky in a summit clash.
"In view of this, he proposed that India and Bangladesh may consider signing a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) which would trade in goods and services and investments," the commerce ministry said.
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India cruised to victory in 36.2 overs courtesy Rohit, who struck an unbeaten 83 off 104 balls, his second consecutive fifty plus score of the tournament.
This is the first international project for the company which it won from BHEL for Bangladesh India Friendship Power Company.
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India will be looking to build on the momentum gained from Wednesday's morale-boosting win against Pakistan.
The 130-kilometre India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline Project will connect Siliguri in West Bengal in India and Parbatipur in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh, which faced a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the international community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the issue.
The decision is another step in improving the friendly relations between Bangladesh and India, Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam said.
The three projects were jointly inaugurated by Modi, his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and chief ministers of West Bengal and Tripura, Mamata Banerjee and Biplab Deb respectively.
She attended a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina.