STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: After successfully completing the most difficult part of the course i.e., Army leg and Forward Area Tour (FAT), the Defence Correspondents Course-2019 (DCC-2019) moved for last leg of the course in New Delhi. About 32 journalists from pan India, both from print and electronic media, arrived Jammu on September 6 2019 for 10 days FAT of White Knight Corps Zone area. They visited forward areas under Crossed Swords Division & Ace of Spades Division and interacted with GoCs, Commanders and troops on ground. They have been given wide exposure to various Operation Sadbhavana activities including interaction with civilian beneficiaries in hinterland under Counter Insurgency Force (Romeo) and Counter Insurgency Force (Uniform). Before coming to Jammu, they were taken for Navy Leg at Mumbai from 26 August 2019 and Air Force Leg at Chandigarh and Ambala Air-base. The Army Leg commenced with a grand welcome by Maj Gen D S Gill, Chief of Staff, White Knight Corps at Nagrota followed by briefing on Artillery and display of Army Dog Unit. The participants also got lifetime opportunity to visit border areas and to interact with troops. They also observed lifestyle of troops in difficult terrain, various activities including use of various equipment and weapons. They were enthralled when taken for a tank ride. During interaction with GoC Crossed Swords Division, the GoC urged the budding defence journalists to be more responsible while filing their story especially on operations. In Rajouri-Poonch region, they were taken to FDL 489 in Bhimbar Gali region and were briefed about demography of the region and LoC. They saw Anti Infiltration Obstacle System (AIOS) popularly known as the Line of Control (LC) Fence at day and night and did patrolling along LC fence. While sharing food at Langar, they interacted freely with troops on various issues. The participants were also taken to Chaken-Da-Bagh Trade Crossing Centre, Krishna Ghati Sector, Army Goodwill Public School Rajouri, Corps Battle School, Sarol; Counter Insurgency Force (Romeo) at Palma; Samote, Rajouri and Skill Development Centre, Phalni. Before going back for final phase of the course, the DCC-2019 participants got an opportunity to interact with Jammu Press fraternity at a programme ‘Meet the Press’ organised at Press Club of Jammu. Senior journalists Dr Arun Joshi, Editor Tribune; Ashwani Kumar, President Press Club of Jammu; Zorawar Singh Jamwal, Secretary PCJ; Pradeep Dutta, Bureau Chief Times Now and Anil Bhat, Bureau Chief PTI Jammu shared their experience on conflict reporting. Abhimanyu Sharma, Editor Dainik Jagran; Vivek Sharma, Bureau Chief STATE TIMES; Mohit Kandhari, Bureau Chief Daily Pioneer; Ajay Bachloo, Bureau Chief ABP News, veteran journalist Sanjit Khajuria, Manu Srivatsa and IIMC Jammu Director also interacted with participants and shared their views. The entire team of Journalists expressed gratitude towards the army for conducting the tour.
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