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

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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.

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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)