West Bengal  /  Published 09.02.22

State takes over port parking

The state transport department has announced the takeover of all parking lots run by local bodies at nine land ports in Bengal to streamline the movement of export-bound cargo and ensure that parking ...
By Avijit Sinha, Subhasish Chaudhuri in Siliguri, Nadia

West Bengal  /  Published 02.02.22

Driver-BSF impasse halts trade

The row over a ban on access to drivers of export-bound cargo vehicles without a valid licence inside the Petrapole land port stayed unresolved and bilateral trade with Bangladesh was suspended for th...
By Subhasish Chaudhuri in Calcutta

West Bengal  /  Published 16.12.21

Security concern for Indian drivers

Export to Bangladesh was suspended for about five hours on Wednesday as Indian drivers demonstrated on the “zero line” of the international border near the Petrapole land port to protest a...
By Subhasish Chaudhuri in Calcutta

West Bengal  /  Published 04.12.21

Omicron test for Bangladeshis

The state health department has begun collecting two swab samples each from people who are entering India from Bangladesh through the Petrapole and Ghojadanga land ports to track the possible carriers...
By Subhasish Chaudhuri in Calcutta

West Bengal  /  Published 08.11.21

Export items gutted in Bongaon

At least eight export-bound trailers carrying a large consignment of cotton bales, synthetic yarn and textile material, worth around Rs 20 crore, were gutted at a private parking lot near the Petrapol...
By Subhasish Chaudhuri in Kalyani


West Bengal  /  Published 23.08.21

Truck driver, help held with foreign cash at border

A truck driver and his assistant, both Indian nationals, were arrested by the Border Security Force allegedly for illegally dealing in foreign currency through the Petrapole international land port on...
By Subhasish Chaudhuri in Calcutta

West Bengal  /  Published 07.08.21

Faster send-off for ambulances to Bangladesh

A consignment of 30 ambulances offered by India as a gift to Bangladesh to help fight Covid-19 has been cleared for movement on a priority basis. The vehicles will set out for Dhaka from the Petrapol...
By Subhasish Chaudhuri in Petrapole

West Bengal  /  Published 20.07.21

BSF arrests biker with 3.5 kilos of gold biscuits

Border Security Force (BSF) personnel seized 30 gold biscuits, weighing 3.5 kilos and worth around Rs 1.72 crore, from a truck driver when he was leaving the Petrapole international cargo port in Nort...
By Subhasish Chaudhuri in Petrapole

West Bengal  /  Published 10.05.21

No Covid shield, land port workers write to PM

An organisation of clearing agents and labourers who work for exporters and importers at the Petrapole land port in North 24-Parganas have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing the Land Po...
By Subhasish Chaudhari in Petrapole

West Bengal  /  Published 27.04.21

Scores stuck in Bangla entry bar over Covid

The sudden restriction on movement of people through land borders between India and Bangladesh put hundreds of Bangladeshis — most of whom had come to Calcutta on medical visa — in a quand...
By Subhasish Chaudhuri in Petrapole


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