Bangladesh and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 8 at the Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance to undertake a project for construction of a Girls’ School in Khalishpur, Khulna. The total cost of the project is BDT120.80 million, which is being funded by the Government of India under its ‘Sustainable Development Projects in Bangladesh’ program. Apart from construction of the school building, the project includes supply of furniture for the school, desktop PCs, laptops, photocopying machines, multimedia projectors and a 33-seat school bus. It is especially significant that this MoU was signed on the International Women’s Day 2007. This MoU and the Khulna-Kolkata rail link, which is expected to be inaugurated shortly, will reiterate India’s close ties with Bangladesh. Harsh Vardhan Shringla, high commissioner of India to Bangladesh, signed a tripartite MoU in this regard on behalf of the Government of India. From the Bangladesh side, the MoU was signed by Kazi Shafiqul Azam, senior secretary of Economic Relations Division, and Md. Moniruzzamman Moni, mayor of Khulna City Corporation. Senior officials of the Indian High Commission, Ministry of Finance and the Khulna City Corporation were also present at the ceremony.