Integrated Check Post construction begins at Nepalgunj to boost connectivity
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Integrated Check Post construction begins at Nepalgunj to boost connectivity
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Nepali Urban Development Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha on November 12 virtually witnessed the ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of an Integrated Check Post at Nepalgunj, Nepal.
It is made with the aim to further boost connectivity and enhance people-to-people trade ties between New Delhi and Kathmandu.
Addressing at the event, Piyush Goyal said, "I invite Krishna Gopal Shrestha to visit India once the COVID-19 pandemic is over so that we can discuss the ways to take forward the friendship between India and Nepal."
At the eighth round of negotiations with the 41-member representative group of protesting farmers, the government asserted the farm reform laws have been welcomed by a large section of farmers in various states and asked the unions to think about the interests of the entire country. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railways, Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, who is an MP from Punjab, are holding talks with unions at Vigyan Bhawan in the heart of the national capital, while thousands of farmers have stayed put at various Delhi borders to protest against the three laws they find pro-corporate and against the existing mandi and MSP procurement systems. Watch the full video for more details.
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The farmers' protest entered 44th day on Friday (Jan 8). Farmer leaders arrived at Vigyan Bhavan for 8th round of meeting with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal. 7th round of meeting was inconclusive. Farmers are firm on their demand of revoking three farm laws.
For the second day in a row, a thick layer of smog enveloped the Nepal capital Kathmandu. Visibility in the valley went down dramatically in the last two days with the Air Quality Index shown by the US Embassy in the capital remaining over 300 which means "Hazardous". As a sudden drop in mercury settled down atmospheric pollutants, the Department of Environment requested people not to come out without genuine reasons. The department also stated that the air quality in other major cities like Nepalgunj and Biratnagar will be deteriorating and people should be cautious. The PM 2.5 levels of more than 150mg/m3 are considered extremely dangerous for human health, and people are recommended to stay indoors. According to IQ Air, a Swiss air quality technology company, overall air quality index of the Valley today stood at 437mg/m3 - the worst in the world. In order to address the problem, the government earlier had introduced a provision that allows authorities concerned to declare an air pollution emergency whenever the air quality index goes over 300 (mg/m3). However, none of the concerned authorities has sent out a signal in this regard as the nation is reeling through the COVID-19 pandemic where pollution might worsen complexities among infected ones. AQI is a composite measurement of the concentration of particulate matter below 10 and 2.5 microns, carbon monoxide, sulphur and nitrogen dioxide and ground ozone. Reeling above the mark of 300, Kathmandu is expected to get rid of smog only after heavy rainfall.
After Nepal government approved emergency use of Covishield vaccine, people are hoping the pandemic will falter and human lives would be back on track. Nepal's Department of Drug Administration on Friday issued a release giving information on approving Covishield developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, which will be manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) in India. Drug regulating authority has also specified Serum Institute of India for importers provided with low cost in purchasing and delivery of vaccine to public. Approving the vaccine for conditional purpose, the department has also asked manufacturers or importers to get approval for registration in order to bring the vaccines. Nepal imposed nationwide and partial lockdown for most of 2020 with rise in imported cases which later took the form of local transmission spreading mostly in urban areas and major cities. The nationwide lockdown which started in March 2020 hampered daily life of people as well as businesses. They now expect to thrive with the approval of vaccine. Though the detailed inoculation plan of Nepal Government is yet to be disclosed, a total of 3 companies applied for approval to take steps forward with Serum Institute for import of vaccines. India has already made conditional emergency approval for Covishield manufactured by the Serum Institute. Being one of the largest producers of vaccines at low cost, India has promised to provide vaccine to its neighbours in near future.
IPS Ranvir Singh Krishnia took charge as the Director-General of Police (DGP) of Puducherry. He succeeded Balaji Srivastava, who has been transferred to New Delhi after 1.5 years' long stint in the Union Territory. Krishnia called on Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi at her respective office. Krishnia belongs to 1989 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS) in the AGMUT cadre. He had served in various capacities in different states. With a heavy heart, Lieutenant Governor Bedi bid adieu to Balaji Srivastava. During Srivastava's period Rowdyism and Land grabbing came under strict control in the Union Territory.
Malappuram District received COVID-19 vaccines, ahead of pan-India vaccination drive. The first consignment of Covishield also arrived at Leh. So far, several states including Karnataka, New Delhi, Telangana, Bihar and Tamil Nadu have received the vaccine. First phase of COVID vaccination is scheduled to begin from Jan 16.
A consignment of COVID-19 vaccine, Covishield arrived at Jammu airport from Serum Institute of India, Pune on January 13. Covishield vaccines were shifted to the storage rooms. Kanpur also received its Covisheild consignment today. Soon after arriving at the Kanpur airport, vaccines were shifted to city's storage centres. SII had dispatched vaccines across India on January 12. So far several states including Karnataka, New Delhi, Telangana, Bihar and Tamil Nadu have received the Covisheild vaccine. First phase of COVID vaccination is scheduled to begin from Jan 16.
Nepal's Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali Thursday arrived in India. He will attend the 6th meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission and discuss the entire gamut of relations, including COVID-19 cooperation and border disputes, with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar. Gyawali is the senior-most political leader from Nepal to visit India after Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli triggered a border row last year by publishing a new political map that showed the three Indian territories - Limpiyadhura, Kalapani, and Lipulekh - as part of Nepal. Meanwhile, protesters were detained in Nepal’s Kathmandu city. Watch the full video for more details.
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Police cracked down and arrested dozens of agitating protestors in Kathmandu city as nationwide protests against dissolution of parliament are continued. The protest led by the Nepal student Union involved symbolic tonsuring of heads to express displeasure. The event, however, was intervened by the security forces after a short scuffle.Streets of Kathmandu have enraged with anti-government slogans after Nepal's beleaguered Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli announced new dates for elections dissolving parliament in December last year. Move of Prime Minister Oli, which is claimed to be unconstitutional, has been challenged in the Supreme Court. A total of 13 petitions have been filed against the move. Hearing on the case has already started with the next hearing scheduled for January 15.