<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s sensitive International Border (IB) with Pakistan may soon turn into a tourist hot spot at Suchetgarh in Jammu. Parades similar to those held at Wagah border will be performed by Border Security Force personnel. Not just that, to attract more tourists, there are plans to build a Warrior Museum, restaurants and cafeterias, a 5-D theatre, etc.The 192-km International Border in Jammu has witnessed unprecedented ceasefire violations from Pakistan since 2003, after truce was announced. Scores of civilians and security force personnel have died in the cross border firing and shelling along the IB.Jammu and Kashmir government plans to boost border tourism specifically in the Suchetgarh area because it is relatively more peaceful compared to the other sectors along the IB.“We are developing Suchetgarh as a tourist spot. The historic Octroi post is located here,” said Smita Sethi, Director, Tourism Department, Jammu.The cynosure of the tourism plan remains the Wagah-style parade by BSF troops. “It has not started as yet, but the BSF has started preparations from their end for the parade. We will begin the parades regardless of Pakistan’s participation,” said Sethi.The state government has plans to erect a gallery for the viewers, too, so that their experience is akin to that at Wagah. Estimated to cost around Rs 7 crore, the border tourism project is touted to be completed by March 2019. “More than 50 per cent of the work on the project is done already,” said Sethi.Under the project, the heritage octrio post is being developed and a museum-cum-gallery housing war artifacts is being set up at Suchetgarh. “The museum will commemorate the bravery of our soldiers. Artifacts of historical importance will also be displayed in the museum. We are also establishing a 5-D or 7-D theatre, mostly for the purpose of broadcasting patriotic films,” she said.Official figures reveal that around 500 to 1,000 people visit Suchetgarh border every day. “During Amarnath yatra, we started a bus service for border tourism on an experimental basis. Later, it gained popularity,” said Sethi.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After days of intense shelling, the Border Security Force (BSF) and Rangers agreed to uphold the ceasefire at the International Border (IB).The decision was taken at a Sector Commander Level Flag Meeting between BSF and Pakistan Rangers on the International Border in Suchetgarh areaon Friday.The request for meeting was reportedly put forth by the Pakistan Rangers.The 17-member BSF delegation was led by Deputy Inspector General, Jammu Sector, PS Dhiman, while Brigadier Amjad Hussain, Sector Commander Chenab Rangers, led the 14-member Pakistan delegation. The meeting comes at a time when hundreds of families living along the International border (IB) have abandoned their homes and shifted to safer places after the Rangers intensified their shelling on Indian forward posts and civilians areas in the Jammu division.A BSF spokesman said Pakistan Rangers assured they will take the required measures to maintain peace at the border. “It was decided to re-energise instant communication between field commanders, whenever required, to resolve the petty matters”, he said. This is the first Sector Commander level meeting on request of Pakistan Rangers between two border guarding forces since heavy shelling and firing experienced on the International Border in September 2017.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Any provocative action by the Pakistani forces will be responded to with “equal and more measures”, BSF told Pakistan Rangers today as their senior commanders held a meeting against the backdrop of cross-border firing incidents.The Sector commanders of BSF and Pakistan Rangers held a flag meeting, after a gap of about seven months, a BSF spokesman said here.The meeting in Suchetgarh sector of the International Border, which lasted for about 105 minutes, took place on the request of Pakistan Rangers, the spokesman told PTI.Both sides agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity along the International Border, the spokesman said.”The meeting was held in a cordial and positive atmosphere and both sides agreed to expedite the implementation of the decisions taken in an earlier meeting,” he said.However, the Indian side made it clear to the Pakistani delegation that “any provocative action would be responded to with equal or stronger responses.”The BSF strongly objected to the sniper fire from the Pakistani side in which its two soldiers — constables Brijendra Bahadur and K K Appa Rao — were killed, the spokesman said.”The BSF also protested the unprovoked cross-border firing and shelling on a number of Indian border villages leading to the death of a woman in Arnia sector on September 4,” he said.Infiltration attempts at night were also discussed, the spokesman said.”The Pakistan Rangers assured to take measures to maintain peace at border with a request that the BSF should also exercise restraint to ensure minimum loss of civilian lives on the Pakistani side,” the spokesman said.He said the two sides decided to re-energise instant communication between the field commanders to resolve petty matters.The Indian delegation, comprising 17 officers, was led by BSF DIG (Jammu Sector) P S Dhiman, while the 14-member Pakistani side was led by Sector Commander of Chenab Rangers (Sialkot Punjab) Brig Amjad Hussain.The last Sector Commander-level meeting between the two forces was held on March 9.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As many as 42 boys from six skill-development centers of Jammu, run by the district administration in the border blocks, have been selected in the Indian Army. In the recruitment rally, which was organised by the Directorate of Military Recruitment in Akhnoor, 127 boys, who were trained for three months by the border centers, participated and 42 finally got selected. The centers, which are named as Centers for Border Youth Training and Empowerment (C-BYTE), were started in Arnia, Suchetgarh, Marh, Khour, Pargwal and Mandal blocks of the Jammu district in January 2016, under the skill development budget of the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) of the Union Home Ministry. Prior to this, 72 boys were selected into various forces from these centers and the current results take the total selections in the last one year to 114.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)