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Delegates arrive for SAFMA meet

HT Correspondent  Amritsar, January 05, 2013
First Published: 21:30 IST(5/1/2013) | Last Updated: 21:42 IST(5/1/2013)

With the eighth conference of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) all set to start on Sunday, about 150 delegates from various South Asian countries reached Amritsar on Saturday.


The biggest delegation came from Pakistan. About 70 delegates from the neighbouring country crossed over to India through the Attari-Wagah road link.

Delegates from Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan are also participating in the three-day conference.

Based on the theme ''South Asian vision and union", the conference will focus on regional peace and measures that can improve cooperation among South Asian nations.

External affairs minister Salman Khurshid will be the chief guest at the function and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal the guest of honour.

Delegates from Pakistan said the sole objective of the SAFMA was to improve regional cooperation, and it was a very encouraging sign that India and Pakistan were jointly hosting the conference this time.

BSF DG visits border areas

Border Security Force (BSF) director general Subhash Joshi, who recently assumed charge, visited key locations in the Attari sector, including areas along the fence close to the zero line, on Saturday.

During his day-long visit, Joshi inspected the border observational post in Rajataal, held a meeting with senior BSF officers to discuss the activities along the border and visited the Attari joint check post and the integrated check post. He also saw the retreat ceremony at the Attari border.

The BSF director general is likely to visit other border areas in the state.Earlier in the day, Joshi and his wife paid obeisance at Harmandar Sahib.

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