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Bangladesh, India Sign Train Deal

July 12, 2001

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) _ Bangladesh and India signed an agreement Thursday to resume passenger train service after 36 years.

Train service between the South Asian neighbors was suspended after the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war. Bangladesh had been the eastern half of Pakistan until it won independence in 1971.

The agreement came as a train from India arrived at a town near Dhaka in a trial run, a day after one from Bangladesh traveled to Gedde, near the eastern Indian city of Calcutta.

Full train service between the South Asian neighbors is expected to start later this year, a railway official said.

Passenger bus services between Dhaka and the Indian city of Calcutta resumed in 1999. Thousands of Bangladeshis visit India every month for tourism, business, education and medical treatment.

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