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Northeast to benefit from Act East policy, JICA to invest $1.5 bn

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New Delhi:  Preceding Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India in December, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) agreed to invest in building road infrastructure in the strategically important Northeast.

This infrastructural exchange can be seen as a sign of developing relationship between the two nations. Advantaging from India’s ‘Act East’ policy, Japan is pushing up an infrastructure assistance to developing roadways connectivity in the Northeast India.

JICA is said to be investing $1.51 billion in constructing a 1,910 km section of road connectivity in the Northeast. This roadways construction is anticipated to help the transport logging and enhance public connectivity in the region.

The construction of the highway is expected to initiate from Meghalaya to Mizoram, situated on the extreme east of the northeast.

“Of this, Japan is likely to pledge approximately $687 million for upgrading the 435 km stretch of national highway in Mizoram and Meghalaya during Abe’s visit next month,” said an official in a newspaper interview.

Japan also has furthered plans to invest into high-speed rail projects between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. This initiative appears promising as Japan has already forwarded a loan to India for developing the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor Project, which is under construction and will connect two most important cities- Delhi and Mumbai.

Japan is an important international partner to India as it is the highest beneficiary of overseas development assistance given by the country. India holds an annual summit every year with Russia and the only other country with which it holds yearly talks is Japan.

“India is also looking for a Japanese cooperation to ramp up urban and sewerage infrastructure in the Northeast, the urban infrastructure project in states like Jharkhand,” added the official in the interview.

These infrastructural investments are to help accelerate the government’s attention towards uplifting the north-east region of the country. With the upcoming visit of the Japanese PM, India has high hopes of developing a better and deeper bond with the country.

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Vikas Khanna’s Upcoming Book To Focus On Grains And Northeast

Khanna also prepared recipes using Quaker Whole Oats, a new variant made from "uncut A grade oats"

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Vikas Khanna's Upcoming Book To Focus On Grains And Northeast
Vikas Khanna's Upcoming Book To Focus On Grains And Northeast, flickr

Michelin-starred Chef Vikas Khanna, who was here for a masterclass and launch of Quaker Whole Oats, says his next book will focus on grains and will also talk about India’s northeast region which he feels still holds its rich culture intact through food.

“My next thing (book) is only about grains and about north east. They are a culture which inspite of being modernised still holds on to the value of their grains and how they do farming. I was obssessed with their fish paddy farming,” Khanna, also PepsiCo India’s nutrition ambassador, told IANS on the sidelines of the event here.

At the event, Khanna also prepared recipes using Quaker Whole Oats, a new variant made from “uncut A grade oats”.

With the aim to showcase oats as an appetising and nutritious breakfast option, Khanna’s masterclass took food enthusiasts on an experiential journey. He used two recipes.

The Thandai Oats was loaded with the richness of dry fruits and aromatic ingredients, layered together with overnight soaked whole oats, spinach puree and topped with candied nuts.

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The Curd Oats with Parmesan crisp was a mix of dried herbs, spices, cherries, plums, and baby vegetables like broccoli, beans, beetroots, carrots, cauliflower and corn, which gave regular “dahi” a makeover and amped it up for a tastier version.

Asked about how aware people have become when it comes to not skipping breakfast, Khanna said: “I think because of Internet and because of media, there is whole lot of awareness… The industry is changing because of requirement of people,” he said.

Also read: Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna joins Amritsar Farmers for Diwali at ‘Organic Diwali Farmers Fest’

“Breakfast is essential and everybody needs to understand that if stomach is empty, brain starts becoming extremely aggressive,” he added. (IANS)

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