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PM Modi, Sheikh Hasina launch India-Bangladesh rail, bus services

India TV News Desk New Delhi 08 Apr 2017, 15:14:11 IST
India TV News Desk

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina today jointly launched new rail and bus services between the two countries following their bilateral talks.

The two prime ministers also restored an old rail link between the two neighbours. 

"Building the ties that bind, one step at a time. The two leaders inaugurate two rail and a road connectivity project via video conferencing," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.

The two Prime Ministers launched the Maitree Express train that will run between Kolkata and Khulna in Bangladesh and bus services between Kolkata and Dhaka via Khulna.

The two leaders also restored a once defunct rail link between Radhikapur in north Bengal and Biral in Bangladesh and flagged off a cargo consignment of high speed diesel from Numaligarh Refinery in Assam.

Earlier, following the bilateral talks, two countries signed 22 agreements across multiple sectors.

The two leaders also released the Hindi translation of "Unfinished Memoirs", the autobiography of Bangladesh's founder and Sheikh Hasina's father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was the founding leader of Bangladesh and father of Hasina.


The book was released after bilateral talks between the two leaders.

(With PTI inputs)