Under the Smart City scheme, the Jammu - Kashmir government is taking up various projects to attract more tourists in the Valley. The beautification of flyovers in the Valley has taken a pace. As part of the beautification, walls and pillars of flyover in Jehangir Chowk are being painted with colorful paintings showcasing the culture and picturesque landscapes of J-K. Locals appreciated the move as it will help in promoting the tourism sector of the Valley.The project is initiated by the Ministry of Urban Development.
Beating retreat ceremony at the India-Bangladesh (Agartala-Akhaura) border resumed after 10 months on February 18. Amid the COVID-19 scare, only the Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers and their families were allowed to witness the ceremonial Beating Retreat ceremony at the Agartala-Akhaura border. An elaborate ritual of lowering of the national flags of both the countries was observed just before the sunset. Musical band was also performed by the Border Security Forces.
A 13-member cycling group of the Border Security Force (BSF) reached Agartala on Feb 18. Themed 'Maitree Cycle Rally', the rally started on January 10, 2021, from 24 North Parganas District of West Bengal. The group has covered a distance of 2,800 km in 40 days. BSF Tripura Frontier Inspector General (IG) Sushanta Kumar Nath, Olympiad gymnast Dipa Karmakar and other dignitaries from the Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) welcomed the cyclists with floral garlands. Along with the felicitation, a cultural program was also organized to honor the team. The rally aims to achieve the spirit of friendship and amity to create a sense of confidence amongst the bolder population and to make people about the ill-effects of drug abuse, cattle smuggling and crimes at the border. The rally will conclude at 60 Battalion, in Mizoram on March 17 which coincides with the 101 birth anniversary of Banga Bandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rehman.
After more than 10 months, the Border Security Force (BSF) resumed Beating Retreat or lowering of the flags ceremony at Agartala-Akhaura border on Febraury 18. It is a daily military practice in which the border guards of India and Bangladesh have been jointly taking part. The ceremony is a symbol of both the countries' friendly relationship and cooperation. "Months after COVID-19 restrictions, we are trying to restore and start from both sides. For the time being, we are doing it from our side" said Susanta Nath, Inspector General, BSF Tripura Frontier. Nath further informed that the Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB) will join the Border Security Force very soon. The spot has been one of the tourist attractions on both sides as large number of visitors gathers to witness the ceremony annually. India shares a 4,096-kilometer (2,545-mile) long international border which touches the northeast states of Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya.
The agreement between India and Pakistan to cease firing along the Line of Control (LoC) has brought happiness among residents of border areas in the Uri sector in JandK's Baramulla as they can now lead their normal lives. "We are very happy that the Commanders from both sides have agreed to observe the ceasefire in a meeting. Cross-border firings cause big problems in the lives of people living along the border. We used to face all kinds of troubles and difficulties. We are thankful to the government for this step. Now, we can live in peace," said Abdul Razzak, a border resident. The residents in the border areas of Nabila village, along the LoC, in Uri sector are hoping for peace after India and Pakistan reiterated commitment for a ceasefire on borders. Another resident of the border area, Farid Khan said, "I am a resident of Nabila. The ceasefire observance decision has brought great relief to all of us living along the border. Our children could not go to school earlier. We had to face difficulties in our daily life. I want to thank both Indian and Pakistani the government for the move." Ceasefire violations, cross-LoC firings and shelling are the biggest hurdle in the lives of people living near border areas of the Uri sector in Baramulla. Firing and shelling only bring pain for civilians living along LoC. Now, they are hoping that their problems will be solved after the ceasefire agreement. The Uri sector witnessed a spurt in ceasefire violations during the last year. More than 12 people, including soldiers, were killed in more than 36 ceasefire violations while hundreds of structures suffered damage. The most deadly ceasefire violation took place on November 13 last year in Kamalkote, when four civilians and two soldiers were killed while a civilian had lost both his legs. The incident caused massive damage to the property as well, forcing locals to flee temporarily from the area. Speaking to ANI, the Sarpanch of Nabila Village, Shahid-ul-Islam said, "Earlier due to mortar shelling, we had to face many problems. Our children also had difficulties going to school. We couldn't even take out our cattle to pastures. First of all I especially want to thank the Indian government for taking the initiative for this great step," he added. Border residents of Nabila Village of Uri thanked prime ministers of both the countries for taking this step. Earlier on February 25, after discussions between the Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan, the two sides have to cease firing along the LoC and all other sectors with effect from midnight of February 24 to 25.
To promote and popularize bamboo for industrial and domestic application, a workshop was organized at Pragna Bhavan in Agartala on March 1. The workshop was organised by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Advanced Materials and Process Research Institute CSIR-AMPRI, Bhopal, and Tripura State Council for Science and Technology organized the workshop. Deputy Chief Minister of Tripura Jishnu Dev Varma inaugurated the workshop by lighting the lamp in presence of other dignitaries. During the workshop, scientists and researchers interacted with bamboo growers and producers beside various entrepreneurs. Demonstrations were given on sustainable utilization of bamboo through the integration of the environment, society, and economy. Tripura is one of the major growers of bamboo that has tremendous untapped potential for transforming the rural economy. The state under the Tripura Bamboo Mission (TBM) has been working on propagation, cultivation, processing, value addition, and product development from bamboo.
A science centre worth Rs 6 crore under the Scheme for Promotion of Culture of Science (SPOCS) was launched in Udaipur in Tripura. Tripura Governor Ramesh Bais in presence of Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (IC) Prahlad Singh Patel, Deputy CM Jishnu Dev Varma, Tourism Minister Pranajit Singha Roy, MP Pratima Bhowmik, and other dignitaries inaugurated the Udaipur Science Centre on Feb 28. The primary objective of the centre is to engage, educate and entertain the visitors, especially students, through thematic exhibitions, interactive educational activities, and outreach programme through hands-on-approach which can understand the basic principle of science. It is the 22nd centre in the country and is a unit of the National Council of Science Museum under the Ministry of Culture of the government of India.
Aiming to restore near normalcy in their bodily functions among senior citizens with infirmity, various assisted living devices were provided under the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana during a free distribution camp at the Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan. The camp was organized by the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), Kanpur working under the aegis of the Department of Empowerment of Person with Disability, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) of the government of India in association with Social Welfare and Social Education Department of the government of Tripura. The free distribution camp is the inauguration of the program under which 3226 identified beneficiaries in West Tripura and Khowai district shall be provided 7729 assisted living devices of different categories including folding walkers, tetrapod, tripod, stick, folding wheelchair, crutches, and hearing aid at a cost of around two crores.
The wreath laying ceremony of Assistant Commandant Nitin Bhalerao, of CoBRA 206 battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) took place in Raipur on November 29. He lost his life in an IED attack..