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The signals were by boosted by installing a new 300 kv digital Radio Mondial (DRM) transmitter in Jammu

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  • All India Radio (AIR) extends signals beyond boundaries by installing new transmitter in Jammu state-run radio station
  • AIR plans to start an exclusive news bulletin in ‘Balochi’ language
  • PM Narendra Modi remarks human rights violations in Pakistan’s regions in his Independence day speech

September 2, 2016: All India Radio (AIR) is likely to boost its signals that can be heard in Baloch, Pakistan-administered areas of Kashmir (PoK) and other provinces surpassing the boundaries. All India Radio has made this development by extending their state-run radios, said the PTI report on Wednesday.

This came into being by improving the transmission signals of the state-run radio station in Jammu of AIR. The signals were by boosted by installing a new 300 kv digital Radio Mondial (DRM) transmitter in Jammu. The programmes transmitted now from the radio station of Radio Kashmir Jammu has the aerial radius of 300 km and travels terrestrial distance beyond that reaching the PoK area and other provinces of Pakistan.

Now, the state-run radio station of AIR Radio Kashmir Jammu in Jammu has been broadcasting the programmes. These programmes are efficiently transmitted with loud and clear sound waves in the areas of Pok and other provinces of Pakistan. And the result is that these programmes are becoming increasingly favourite and popular day by day. Also, the External services of AIR is planning to start an exclusive news bulletin in ‘Balochi’ language for the people of Pakistan.

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These steps were taken significantly, as these developments come within two weeks after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on Pakistan atrocities on the 70th Independence day speech. As in his speech, the Prime Minister brought in light human rights violations in Pakistan’s Balochistan, Gilgit and PoK. This remarkable idea created a stir of controversies, as Pakistan pointed out on the situation stating PM Modi for ‘crossing the red line’ in his speech.

PM Modi’s remark was clearly an answer to Pakistan dedicating its Independence day to ‘Freedom of Kashmir’. And through the speech and by following the further steps to extend the AIR signals it was a perfect fit reply.

– prepared by Jagpreet Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter:@jagpreet_ks9

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Three Projects Help India to Stop its Share of Water to Pakistan after Pulwama

The waters of the western rivers - the Indus, Jhelum, and Chenab - averaging around 135 MAF, were allocated to Pakistan.

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The government has envisaged three projects to give intent to its decision to stop its share of water from three eastern rivers of the Indus system – the Beas, Ravi and Sutlej – from going to Pakistan.

The decision was affirmed by Water Resource Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday in the wake of Pulwama terror attack though the Union cabinet had approved implementation of one of the key projects – Shahpurkandi dam – in December last year.

The waters of the western rivers – the Indus, Jhelum, and Chenab – averaging around 135 MAF, were allocated to Pakistan except for “specified domestic, non-consumptive and agricultural use permitted to India”, according to a treaty.

India has also been given the right to generate hydroelectricity through run-of-the-river (RoR) projects on the western rivers which, subject to specific criteria for design and operation, is unrestricted.

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However, about 2 MAF of water annually from Ravi is reported to be still flowing unutilised to Pakistan. VOA

To utilise the waters of the Eastern rivers, India has constructed the Bhakra Dam on Satluj, Pong and Pandoh Dam on Beas and Thein (Ranjitsagar) on Ravi. These storage works, together with other works like Beas-Sutlej Link, Madhopur-Beas Link and Indira Gandhi Nahar Project have helped India utilise nearly the entire share (95 per cent) of the eastern river waters.

However, about 2 MAF of water annually from Ravi is reported to be still flowing unutilised to Pakistan. The other two projects are Ujh multipurpose project and the second Ravi Beas link below Ujh.

Here’s the reality check of the three projects:

Shahpurkandi Project: It aims to utilise the waters coming from powerhouse of Thein dam in order to irrigate 37,000 hectares of land in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab by generating 206 MW of power.

The project was scheduled to be completed by September 2016. However, following a dispute between the two states, work was suspended in August 2014 but they reached an agreement last September and the construction work has now resumed with the Centre monitoring its progress. The central government had in December last year announced assistance of Rs 485 crore for the project and it would be completed by June 2022.

 

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The decision was affirmed by Water Resource Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday in the wake of Pulwama terror attack. VOA

The project will create irrigation potential of 5,000 hectare in Punjab and 32,173 hectare in Jammu and Kashmir.

Officials said that some water of the Ravi is going waste through the Madhopur Headworks downstream to Pakistan and it is required in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.

The total balance cost of pending work in ShahpurKandi Dam project is estimated Rs 1,973.53 crore (irrigation component: Rs 564.63 crore, power component Rs1408.90 crore).

The Shahpurkandi Project was initially approved by the Planning Commission in November, 2001. Revised costs were approved, but there was delay in its execution both because of lack of funds with Punjab and inter-state issues with Jammu and Kashmir.

An agreement was finally reached between the two states under the aegis of Water Resources Ministry in September last year.

Ujh multipurpose project: Construction of the Ujh multipurpose project will create a storage of about 781 million cubic metres of water on Ujh, a tributary of Ravi, for irrigation and power generation and provide a total irrigation benefits of 31,380 hectares in Kathua, Hiranagar and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 5,850 crore and the Central assistance of Rs 4,892.47 crore on works portion of irrigation component as well as the special grant is under consideration. The project is yet to be implemented and it will take about six years for completion.

Second Ravi Beas link below Ujh: The project has been planned to tap excess water flowing down to Pakistan through Ravi by constructing a barrage across it for diverting water through a tunnel link to the Beas basin.

The project is expected to utilise about 0.58 MAF of surplus waters below Ujh dam by diverting the same to the Beas basin.

 

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Officials said that some water of the Ravi is going waste through the Madhopur Headworks downstream to Pakistan and it is required in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. Wikimedia

The water distribution treaty between India and Pakistan was brokered by the World Bank in 1960 to use the water available in the Indus system of rivers originating in India.

 

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The Indus system comprises Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Beas and Sutlej rivers. The basin is mainly shared by India and Pakistan with a small share for China and Afghanistan.

Under the treaty signed between India and Pakistan in 1960, all the waters of the three eastern rivers, averaging around 33 million acre feet (MAF), were allocated to India for exclusive use.  (IANS)