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Rajnath Singh reviews security arrangements along Indo-Nepal border

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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday reviewed the infrastructure development projects and security arrangements along the India-Nepal border.

During a meeting here, a detailed presentation was made to the minister by the border management division of the ministry of home affairs, an official release said.

“Administrative and environmental clearances for projects in the border areas were discussed. It was decided that the home ministry will take up pending environmental issues with chief ministers concerned and with minister of environment and forests (Prakash Javadekar) for expediting these projects,” it said.

The progress on border roads in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand was also discussed, apart from connectivity and communication in border states.

The meeting was told that starting FM radio stations in the border areas has been taken up with information and broadcasting ministry and the connectivity issue with communications and information technology ministry.

The empowered committee on border infrastructure was regularly reviewing availability of electricity and water as well as mobile and road connectivity to facilitate working of border guarding force in these areas.

In the review meeting, issues of cross-border crime, fake Indian currency, smuggling of narcotics, human trafficking and anti-India propaganda in border areas were also discussed.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Secretary (border management) Anoop Kumar Srivastava, Sashastra Seema Bal Director General BD Sharma and other senior officers from the ministries of home and external affairs and security agencies participated in the meeting.

(With inputs from IANS)

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India International Science Fest (IISF) in Delhi to focus on PM Narendra Modi’s call for a “Cashless Society”

The minister informed that over 3,000 students from the villages adopted by MPs will also participate in the fest

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New Delhi, Dec 2, 2016: Union Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Friday announced that the upcoming India International Science Fest (IISF) will focus on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a “Cashless Society”.

“All transactions at the fest will be cashless,” the minister said.

The IISF will be held here December 7-11 December here. Israeli Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis will pay special visit to the fest, which will be inaugurated by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on December 8.

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Harsh Vardhan added that beside a cashless economy, the theme of this year’s fest would be “science for masses”.

“Emphasis would be to take science to the rural areas,” he saide.The budget of the festival has been increased to Rs 12 crore this year compared to last year’s Rs 4 crore.

The minister informed that over 3,000 students from the villages adopted by MPs will also participate in the fest.

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The fest also sees to break its own world record of maximum number of students performing a scientific experiment. Total 2,500 children will be perform a scientific experiment to break its previous record of 2,000 students. The record was first held by Northern Ireland, with 1300 students performing a scientific experiment.

“We are a government that believes and supports scientific research, including an appropriate balance between fundamental research to support new discoveries and the commercialization of ideas, will lead to provide an ample employment opportunities for India’s sustainable economic growth,” said Harsh Vardhan. (IANS)

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Flood Risk might hit Nepal due to Road Construction in India

Nepal suggests that the road construction in India might obstruct the flow of several rivers

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  • Nepal authorities are concerned about the flood risks in Tarai region
  • The Nepal officials blame India’s road project for increasing risk of floods
  • Nepal came up with the issue during 11th meeting of Nepal-India Joint Border Management Meeting

Several parts of Nepal are facing flood from mid of June. Social media sites like Facebook and Whatsapp are continuously carrying out videos of Mahakali river gulping down various buildings in the Darchula district of Nepal. The village also borders the Uttarakhand state of India. According to International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) of Nepal, the region has not faced such a drastic flood in past 50 years.

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Amid of this, Nepal authorities are concerned about the flood risks in Tarai region. According to officials, several parts of Bardiya, Kapilvastu, Banke, Mahottari and Kanchanpur have become vulnerable to floods in the beginning of the monsoon seasons retaining the fact that Kapilvastu and Bardiya district faced huge flood during monsoon last year in 2015, said the kathmandupost.com report.

Road Construction (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Road Construction Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Nepal officials blame India’s road project for increasing risk of floods. India is speedily constructing a road parallel to the 1,751-kilometer Nepal-India border. Yadav Prasad Koirala, Spokesperson of Ministry of Home affairs, is currently making list of all the area of Western Nepal attacked by floods.

“The more roads India constructs along the border, the more vulnerable Nepali territory will become to floods,” said Yadva Prasad Koirala to Kathmandu Post. Koirala had also urged Indian government to hold Bilateral meeting between two nations as soon as possible

Following the problem, Nepal had urged Indian government to stop the road construction project. Nepal came up with the issue during the 11th meeting of Nepal-India Joint Border Management Meeting, held in Pokhara on Nepal’s request.

According to the kathmandupost.com report, Nepal suggested that many rivers flows from Nepal to India, but this construction could obstruct the flow of these rivers. Responding to Nepal’s need, India Has appointed a committee that will look after the impact of this road construction project. The committee had decided to conduct meetings with border district coordination committee frequently to solve the problem.

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Nepal had asked India to ensure proper drainage system along with proper design of constructing roads. India answered by saying that they had put a sufficient number of drainage system with proper alignment of roads and are not intended to cause any flood in Nepal.

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India-Nepal Joint Bilateral Meeting. Image Source: wwfindia.org

“We are ready to conduct a joint investigation of the sites whenever Nepal proposes,” said a senior official from the Indian government to the Washington Post.
Many other issues were discussed during the meeting like Terrorism, illegal activities of armed groups, illegal trafficking of women and children and exchange of counterfeit currency.

– This report is compiled by a Staff-writer at NewsGram.

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2 responses to “Flood Risk might hit Nepal due to Road Construction in India”

  1. Of course there should be measures taken. We cannot let our neighboring countries suffer because of us. Plus, Nepal has suffered a lot due to natural calamities

  2. Both the countries should work on this problem as development should not cost to individual life

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Six power corridors to be constructed at Nepal border

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Kathmandu: Nepal and India suggested constructing at least, six cross-border power corridors to ensure trading in energy between the two neighbors on a long-term basis.

These 400-kV lines will be constructed on the Attariya-Uttarakhand, Lamki-Tikuniya, Kohalpur-Rupaidiha, Butwal-Gorakhpur, Muzaffarpur-Dhalkebar and Inaruwa-Bihar corridors.

A six-member joint technical team formed to prepare a master plan for such power corridors identified the six points on the Nepal-India border in accordance with the Power Trade Agreement (PTA) signed in 2014.

The energy secretaries of Nepal and India are scheduled to meet in Kathmandu on Wednesday and Thursday to approve the master plan prepared by this technical team, Nepal’s Energy Ministry said here.

The neighbouring country has a huge hydropower potential — theoretically estimated at 83,000 MW — with the perennial nature of Nepali rivers and the steep gradient of the country’s topography providing ideal conditions for the development of some of the world’s largest hydroelectric projects in the Himalayan nation.

India is the closest and natural market for Nepal’s hydel power.

Conservative estimates place Nepal’s economically feasible hydropower potential at approximately 42,000 MW — of which it has developed barely 700 MW.

Officials said that these proposed lines will transmit electricity to India, in addition to the Karnali-Chisapani (10,800 MW) and Pancheshwor (6,720 MW) multi-purpose projects that have their own dedicated transmission lines.

“Synchronization and installation of energy corridors were the key intricacies of the PTA and we have to set up transmission lines first,” Nepal’s Energy Secretary Suman Sharma, leading the Nepali delegation to the talks, told media persons ahead of the meeting.

Power Secretary Pradeep Kumar Pujari is leading the Indian delegation.

At present, a 400-kV transmission line on the Muzaffarpur-Dhalkebar route is under construction. With its completion, Nepal will soon be able to import 90 MW electricity from India to ease its own power crisis.(IANS)(image-debonairblogspot)