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 Rashtriya Rifle Battalion in collaboration with an NGO has set UP a bakery unit in Rajouri's Lam village. Unemployed women were trained on baking skills for three weeks by the coordinator of Assem Foundation. Based on self sustainment model, bakery unit has modern machinery installed for smooth functioning. Project aims to generate employment, make woman self-reliant and self-dependent. Total of 12 women were trained for running this bakery. Earlier also Rashtriya Rifle battalion has carried out various projects like Tailoring cadre, driving cadre, computer classes in order to empower local women.
Seven-day long mega awareness cum exhibition 'mela' was organised in J-K's Rajouri by district administration in collaboration with Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB). A large number of people participated in the program and different stalls were also organised to create awareness.
The security got beefed up in JandK on Feb 17 after a suspicious object was found at the highway in Manjakote near Rajouri. The object in question was later neutralised by Bomb Disposal Squad. The patrolling has increased in the area. Highway Patrolling In-charge of Rajouri, Razak Khan said, "In the morning, we spotted a suspicious object on Jammu-Poonch highway at Manjakote in Rajouri which was later disposed. Traffic resumed after it was neutralised. Both Army and Police prevented a major incident."