International Current Affairs - 2019

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PM Modi meets PM of St. Vincent and Grenadines in New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Prime Minister of St. Vincent and Grenadines Dr. Ralph Everard Gonsalves in New Delhi. Prime Minister R.E Gonsalves who is on a first ever visit of Prime Minister of St. Vincent and Grenadines to India is also participating in high-level United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD) Symposium, a 12-day conference being held from 2-13 September 2019 at Greater Noida.

Key Highlights

PM Gonsalves noted enormous goodwill for India in St. Vincent and Grenadines and also in Carribean and Latin American region. He expressed appreciation for India’s developmental cooperation with the region as well as for India’s prompt assistance subsequent to natural calamities.

Both the leaders PM Modi and PM Gonsalves noted the close cooperation between two countries including in international fora.

Both also agreed to enhance cooperation between two nations including in reas of skill development, education, training, culture, disaster management and finance.

About St. Vincent and Grenadines

It is an island country that lies within the Lesser Antilles, in eastern Caribbean Sea.

It is a sovereign state. It consists of island of Saint Vincent and northern Grenadine Islands (which stretch southward toward Grenada).

St. Vincent and Grenadines registered a historical achievement of becoming the smallest country ever to be elected as a non-permanent member of United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

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India-Nepal petroleum products pipeline inaugurated

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepal counterpart KP Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated South Asia’s first cross-border petroleum products pipeline from Motihari (in Bihar) in India to Amlekhgunj in Nepal through video conference. Both leaders also expressed confidence that bilateral relations between India and Nepal will continue to further deepen and expand across diverse sectors. Also regular exchanges at highest political levels have laid down a forward-looking agenda for expanding India-Nepal partnership.

This important connectivity project have been early implemented and completed much ahead of schedule as the deadline was 30 months but it was readied in just 15 months.

About Motihari-Amlekhgunj pipeline

It is a first-ever cross-border petroleum products pipeline in the South Asia region.

Usage:

The Motihari-Amlekhgunj petroleum products pipeline is a 69-kilometre pipeline with a capacity of 2 million metric ton (MMT) per annum. It will provide cleaner petroleum products at an affordable cost to people of Nepal. It is envisaged to put in place a mechanism for assured, continuous, cost effective, quality and eco-friendly supply of petroleum products to Nepal.

In the first phase, the pipeline will be used to supply diesel from India. Nepalese government has made necessary arrangement for Nepal Army to provide security to pipeline on their side of border.

Builder: India’s largest refiner the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) built the pipeline, with an investment of more than Rs.324 crore, in collaboration with Nepal Oil Corporation Ltd (NOCL). It has been built in fulfilment of commitment made under an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in August 2014. The India-Nepal are also working to build additional storage facility at Amlekhgunj Depot (in Nepal) which will supplemet the storage of petroleum products in Nepal towards which NOCL has committed estimated cost of Rs.75 crore.

Significance: The pipeline reiterates India’s commitment to support development of Nepal according to priorities of neighbouring country. It is one of the best examples of connectivity in terms of trade and transit and infrastructure.

Also NOCL is expected to save Rs.2 billion annually in freight of petroleum products and save millions of rupees extra by reducing leakage of petroleum products.

Background

The Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline project was 1st proposed in 1996. However, the project finally edged closer to reality during PM Modi’s visit to Kathmandu in 2014.

Then in August 2015, governments of India-Nepal inked an agreement to execute the project but following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal the project construction was delayed and supply obstruction along the southern border following Madhesi agitation. In April 2018, the project construction works finally began.

At present, the products are being transported from India to Nepal by tankers/trucks at 13 pick-up points (7 products and 6 LPG).

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