The central government has identified 73 roads for development along the International Border with China, informed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Rajya Sabha today.
“Of these 73 Indo-China Border Roads (ICBRs), 61 roads of total length 3410 km have been entrusted to Border Roads Organisation (BRO),” the defence minister said, and added, “Out of 61 ICBRs with BRO, 19 roads of length 625 Km have already been completed.”
The connectivity has been achieved on 24 roads and the work is under progress on 16 roads, while works on two roads are yet to commence. Out of the remaining 42 ICBRs, the target set for completion for 40 ICBRs is 2018 and for 2 roads the completion is expected to go beyond 2018, Parrikar said.
He also said that certain norms have been relaxed for projects concerning national defence and security or involving other strategic considerations.
Ten media outlets from India have been selected for receiving YouTube innovation funding as part of the Google News Initiative (GNI) to help newsrooms and publishers strengthen their online video capabilities and experiment with new formats for video journalism.
These 10 news organisations – Asianet News Media and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Bharatiya Digital Party (BhaDiPa), FACTLY, Gaon Connection, India Today Group, Live Data Visualisation Pvt. Ltd., NDTV, NYOOOZ, ShepHertz and Video Volunteers — are among the 87 selected from 23 countries.
“Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to supporting a strong future for news video,” Timothy Katz, Director of News Partnerships, YouTube, said in a blog post on Tuesday.
“Hailing from 23 countries around the world, they represent a diverse array of broadcasters, traditional and digital publishers, local media, agencies and creators, but all share a commitment to quality journalism and a spirit of innovation,” Katz added.
As part of the launch of Google News Initiative in March, YouTube committed $25 million funding to support the future of news.
Many of the projects selected for the innovation funding are focused on expanding newsroom video operations and trying out new ways of reporting news through video — from reaching younger audiences online to exploring live and fact-checking formats.