Places in News 2018

PM Narendra Modi, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurate the restored Stor Palace in Kabul

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani  jointly tele-inaugurated the restored Stor Palace in Kabul.

The Stor Palace is located in the Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Campus in Kabul. The newly renovated and restored building will house the Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Besides, it will also serve as the venue for hosting official domestic and international events by the Afghan government.

Background

A tripartite agreement for restoring Stor Palace was signed in 2011 during the visit of then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Afghanistan. The agreement was signed between Aga Khan Development Network, Government of Afghanistan and Government of India.

India’s Contribution in Afghanistan’s development  

  • India has played a significant role in the reconstruction and rehabilitation process in Afghanistan in the past few years.
  • Earlier in June 2016, both countries had inaugurated the $300 million India and Afghanistan Friendship Dam in Herat Province.
  • Besides, India also had gifted Afghanistan its new parliament building in December 2015.
  • So far India has poured more than $2 billion dollars into Afghanistan reconstruction projects and humanitarian aid as part of its goodwill diplomacy making it one of the largest donors to the war-torn country.

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China opens world’s longest and highest glass bridge

The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge was opened to visitors in central China.

The bridge connects two mountain cliffs known as the Avatar Mountains in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province.

Key Facts

  • The glass-bottomed bridge is 430 metres long and is 6 metres wide.
  • It stands 300 metre above a canyon in the Tianmenshan National Forest Park.
  • It has been paved with 99 panes of three-layered transparent glass.
  • It has been designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan.
  • Construction of the bridge had completed in December 2015.
  • So far it has set 10 world records for design and construction.
  • Maximum 8,000 visitors will be allowed to cross the bridge every day.

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