Bangladesh Unrest Impacts Maitree Express

Firebomb attacks on Maitree Express, buses show blockade's far-reaching effect At its introduction seven years ago, passenger response to the Maitree (Friendship) Express train service between Dhaka and Kolkata was lukewarm at best. With gradual service improvements like faster service at the borders, the Maitree Express was transformed into a popular train service increasing people-to-people contact between India and Bangladesh. But political unrest in Bangladesh is threatening to undo the progress in travel and commerce between the two countries the Express helped usher in. The Maitree Express sustained minor engine damage Sunday (February 8th) when anti-government protestors threw three petrol bombs at the Dhaka-bound train near Ishwardi station . None of its 215 passengers were inj...
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