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    Open borders need skill sets other than brute force: SSB chief

    "The challenges of managing open borders with friendly nations like Nepal and Bhutan require different skill sets such as intelligence and perception management rather than just brute force," he said.

    Tracker dogs pressed into service at Indo-Nepal border to check illegal crossovers from Nepal

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    • The cases pertain to the seven forces of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), National Security Guard (NSG) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

      According to the proposal, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is working on a new "model" where the burden of internal security duties, including conduct of elections, will be largely borne by the country's largest paramilitary force, the Central Reserve Police Force.

      Pegged with Indian Rupee(INR) at par, Bhutan Currency Ngultrum (Nu) always carries the same official value. Interestingly, though INR is an official tender in Bhutan, Nu is not officially accepted in India. But, it is widely in circulation in areas adjacent to the border.

      “SSB, which guards the 631 km-long Indo-Nepal border in Bihar, continues to remain in constant touch with its counterparts in Nepal to enhance mutual trust,” said Sanjay Kumar, IG, SSB (Bihar). Nepal shares boundaries with Bihar’s different districts, including West Champaran, East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Supaul and Araria.

      Inspector General (IG) of the Sashastra Seema Bal's Patna Frontier, Sanjay Kumar, told PTI that the incident took place between locals and the Armed Police Force (APF) of Nepal.

      Women represent only four per cent of the total UN military peacekeepers, Captain Preeti Sharma, Commander of the Indian Female Engagement Team (FET) with the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), told in a video interview from Sake town.

      As many as 13 personnel of border guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) have tested positive for coronavirus till now, officials said on Monday. The about 80,000 personnel strong SSB is primarily tasked to guard the 1,751 km long India-Nepal and 699 km of the India-Bhutan borders apart from rendering a variety of roles in the internal security domain of the country.

      In the 22-point guidelines issued on Friday, the Union home ministry also makes face masks compulsory for paramilitary forces. Practice social distancing religiously, carry a small soap or sanitiser to maintain hand hygiene and do not self-medicate in case of coronavirus-like symptoms, the instructions said.

      "In order to cut down travel risk to prevent the possibility of spread of the disease during travel, the competent authority has directed that all personnel who are already on leave and likely to join duty before April 5 may be asked to extend leave till April 15,” the order accessed by PTI said.

      The "urgent" decision to use the ''composite hospitals'' of these forces, also called as the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), was taken after a high-level meeting of the Union home ministry that was chaired by the secretary of border management.

      ​​The forces have also asked all jawans and officers to fill up a declaration form to state that none of their family members have travelled to any foreign destination in the recent past and in case someone has, they need to be tested or put into isolation on a case-to-case basis.

      The CAPFs, which are the backbone of internal security, are pressed into service in anti-naxal, anti-terror and anti-insurgency operations across the country in addition to law and order duties in states and work in difficult circumstances away from their families.

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