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2nd ICP on BD-India border opens Wednesday


Dhaka-Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will jointly inaugurate the second Integrated Check Post (ICP) along the Benapole-Petrapole part of Bangladesh-India border on Today.The prime ministers of the two countries will join the inauguration ceremony from Dhaka and New Delhi through videoconferencing, while West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will join from Kolkata.
An official at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka confirmed it without elaborating further
Both countries, however, think the Integrated Check Post will facilitate easy movement of goods and passengers across the border.
The Integrated Check Post at Agartala along the Akhaura-Agartala was the first of seven Land Custom Stations along the Bangladesh-India border, being upgraded by the Land Port Authority of India. It was inaugurated in November, 2013, according to Foreign Ministry here.
The others are Burimari-Chengrabandha, Sonamasjid-Mahadipur, Hilli-Hilli, Bibirbazar-Srimantpur and Banglabandhu-Fulbari.
The ICP at the Benapole-Petrapole part of the Bangladesh-India border is likely to have all regulatory agencies, including Immigration, Customs and border security, sources said.
There will be dedicated passenger and cargo terminals providing adequate customs and immigration counters, X-ray scanners, passenger amenities and other related facilities such as parking, warehousing, banking, service stations and fuel stations in a single modern complex equipped with state of the art amenities.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been invited to attend the annual Summit of BRICS to be held in Goa, India from October 15-16, said a diplomatic source.
If finalised, she will undertake a three-day visit from October 14, said the source adding that two sides are still discussing the visit.
India will host the annual Summit of the influential bloc comprising five countries with 42 percent of the world population and combined GDP of over US$ 16 trillion.
India assumed chairmanship of BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) from Russia on February 15 and it will last till December 31.
On the other hand, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam leaves for New Delhi on Wednesday morning to attend the 7th BIMSTEC Business Forum.
The Business Forum titled ‘20 Years to BIMSTEC: Charting Roadmap for future’ will be held in New Delhi on Thursday.
Early two decades ago, in 1997, BIMSTEC or Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, comprising seven Member States -Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand, was formed.


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