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Dhaka-New Delhi bonhomie continues

25 Feb 2016

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On February 18 Bangladesh and India jointly inaugurated the Banglabandha-Phulbari immigration check post.

India shares a land border of around 4,100 km with Bangladesh. This immigration check post will connect people from Rangpur and Dinajpur districts of Bangladesh and Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar, Darjeeling, Dinajpur districts of Northern West Bengal, Sikkim and Assam. The two countries will reap the benefits through trade, tourism and health care services.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Minister of State for External Affairs of India General (retired) VK Singh represented Bangladesh and India respectively while inaugurating the check post. With this Bangladesh and India opened a new land port connecting Banglabandha in Panchgarh, Bangladesh and Phulbari in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal to ease movement of people. This is the 28th land port through which movement of people between Bangladesh and India would take place.

 

Prior to the inauguration, a discussion was held at the Banglabanda land port where the Indian Minister General (retired) VK Singh, who took direct part in Bangladesh liberation war in 1971, said that relations between the two countries would be stronger through opening of the new immigration service. Echoing Singh, the Bangladesh Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “Through opening of the port the relationship between the two countries will be strengthened. It will help flourish business, trade and tourism”.

 

The immigration service is part of several measures being undertaken by both the governments of Bangladesh and India to increase people-to-people contact and, at the same time, facilitate movement of goods between the two countries and the sub-region.

 

India shares a land border of around 4,100 km with Bangladesh. This immigration check post will connect people from Rangpur and Dinajpur districts of Bangladesh and Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar, Darjeeling, Dinajpur districts of Northern West Bengal, Sikkim and Assam. The two countries will reap the benefits through trade, tourism and health care services.

 

Inauguration of Banglabandha land port also coincided with the arrival of a Special Urs train with 2,210 pilgrims on board from Rajbari in Bangladesh at Midnapore railway station in West Bengal. “The train is a bond of friendship and religious harmony”, said Abdul Aziz Kadir, Deputy Leader of the Urs Special train.

Mohammad Selimuddin Deowan, a Bangladeshi pilgrim, said “I have been visiting Midnapore for the last 25 years and every time I felt Midnapore like my home land as Bangladesh and West Bengal have language and culture in common. Apart from train, many pilgrims came to Midnapore by air and bus services to attend the Urs festival of Barapir Saheb at Jora Masjid”.

 

Mohammad Selimuddin Deowan, a Bangladeshi pilgrim, said “I have been visiting Midnapore for the last 25 years and every time I felt Midnapore like my home land as Bangladesh and West Bengal have language and culture in common. Apart from train, many pilgrims came to Midnapore by air and bus services to attend the Urs festival of Barapir Saheb at Jora Masjid”.

 

Every year, people of all faiths from both Bangladesh and India assemble at Midnapore to attend the Urs and seek divine blessings from Boro Huzur, a descendant of Boropir Abdul Qadir Jilani who came to India from Iraq in the 19th century to preach Islam.

 

Ties between Bangladesh and India have remained multi-faceted, embracing people-to-people contact, trade transactions, credit arrangements, joint ventures, transit facilities and cultural affinity. These relations have been on an upswing on the basis of mutual reciprocity because of factors like geographical proximity, common language, common development needs and commonality of the inherited infrastructure.




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