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Indo-Bangla border talks in Dhaka

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Dec 20 - India will hold a high-level border dialogue with Bangladesh next week in Dhaka in the backdrop of the recent handing over of top insurgents by the neighbouring country and its efforts to end cattle smuggling across the over 4,000-km frontier the two neighbours share.

A 23-member Indian delegation led by Border Security Force (BSF) Director General D K Pathak will travel to the Bangladeshi capital for the six-day bi-annual DG-level talks with their counterparts � the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and senior officials of their home department.

The meeting is scheduled between December 22-27. Sources said the meeting is being held at a �good time� when the ties between the two sides are at their best. The Indian border delegation, including officials from the Union Home Ministry and other border enforcement agencies, is expected to discuss measures to further enhance security along the border and brief the BGB about measures put in place to completely stop instances of cattle smuggling and other illegal substances across the border.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during BSF�s 50th Raising Day on December 1 here, had urged the border guarding force to ensure a total clampdown on cross-border animal smuggling along this 4,096-km-long porous and difficult terrain. � PTI

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