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India and Bangladesh launch two cross-country bus services

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a historic tour to Bangladesh and signed 22 agreements on various bilateral issues. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was not only present with Prime Minister Modi, but also played a key role of catalyst when Modi met his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina. The three leaders flagged off the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati bus services marking a historic moment between the two countries.

During the flag off ceremony, Modi handed over a symbolic ticket of the Agartala-Dhaka-Kolkata service to Hasina and in return, she handed over a symbolic ticket of Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati service to Modi. Mamata Banerjee gave Hasina a symbolic ticket of the Kolkata- Dhaka-Agartala service.

The Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala service would reduce 560 km or nearly one-third the distance between West Bengal and the landlocked state of Tripura, which is surrounded by Bangladesh from three sides, benefitting commuters.