India and Pakistan decided to strengthen existing mechanisms to maintain the truce along the LoC, months after bilateral ties nosedived over the killing of five Indian soldiers and flare-ups between the two sides on the ceasefire line.
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and his Bangladeshi counterpart will be present at the Indo-Bangla border`s Petrapole-Benapole post to flag-off the joint retreat ceremony between border forces of the two countries.
Linking two points of the border, a motorcyle rally from Sutarkandi village bordering Bangladesh would leave for Wagah on Pakistan border traversing more than 150 towns to build awareness about blood donation.
To celebrate the bonhomie of independence, Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and noted journalist Kuldeep Nayar were to lit peace candles at the Attari-Wagah border and exchange sweets with people from the Pakistani side Saturday night. It was learnt that the Border Security Force (BSF) had made elaborate security arrangements to ensure smooth Independence Day celebrations.