Current Affairs – July, 2019

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Baba Guru Nanak International University: Foundation stone laid in Pakistan

Foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak University (BGNU) was laid at Nankana Sahib, in Pakistan’s Punjab province. University’s foundation stone was laid by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. This comes ahead of beginning of International Nagar Kirtan by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on July 25.

Key Highlights

Nankana Sahib is the birth place of founder of Sikhism Baba Guru Nanak Dev.

BGNU is spread over 10 acres and would be completed with an amount of over Rs 258 crores.

The establishment of Baba Guru Nanak University in Nankana Sahib is part of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan’s vision to facilitate students in Nankana Sahib and other adjoining districts.

This university would help promote religious tourism in Pakistan and also portray country’s good image at international level.

Other steps taken by Pakistan for promoting secularism

In 2019, for the 1st time a Pakistani university had created Baba Guru Nanak research chair to promote message of peace that Sikh spiritual leader preached.

A motel of Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) was also inaugurated in Nankana Sahib to promote religious tourism.

Foundation stone of a road repair project was also laid in Nankana Sahib district that will be completed with Rs 150 million.

Background

The decision to construct BGNU came after Sikhs living in Pakistan demanded university after name of founder of their religion Baba Guru Nanak at his birthplace in Nankana Sahib. The construction proposal of building university was 1st surfaced in 2003 during Punjab government of Pervaiz Elahi.

In 2017 in government of Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N), the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) gave a final approval to project.

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Iwai Ship Carrying Bhutanese Cargo flagged off from Assam to Bangladesh

In a first ever movement of its kind, IWAI (Inland Waterways Authority of India) ship carrying Bhutanese cargo was flagged off from Dhubri in Assam to Narayanganj in Bangladesh over Brahmaputra River and the Indo Bangladesh Protocol Route.

The cargo carrying stone from Bhutan to be delivered in Bangladesh was digitally flagged-off by Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) and Chemical & Fertilizers.

Key Highlights

Background: Until now, Bhutan has been exporting significant quantity of stone aggregates to Bangladesh via land route by trucks from Phuentsholing in Bhutan which is 160 KMs from IWAI’s Dhubri jetty in Assam. This new route development is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of promoting cargo transportation via inland waterways.

Iwai Ship carries 1000 MT of stones aggregates i.e. about 70 trucks would be required to transport the same cargo by road. In return journey of the vessel Bangladesh will send jute and rice to Bhutan in same vessel.

Benefits

This move will strengthen relations between the neighbouring countries thus will be beneficial to all countries involved i.e. India, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

The transport of cargo via this route will reduce travel time by 8 to 10 days, and will cut down transportation cost by 30%, bringing down logistics costs.

It will also be more environment friendly mode of transport.

Other than strengthening India’s ties with its neighbouring countries, this new development will also open up an alternate route to country’s North Eastern states, making it easier and cheaper to reach goods to these places from other parts of the country.

Dredging undertaken along Ship route:

Capital dredging was carried out to maintain an assured draft in navigation channel

Maintenance dredging will be carried out as and when required

Importance: This is for the 1st time ever, an Indian waterway is being used for transport of cargo between two countries, using India for transit.

Steps Taken by Government for promoting Inland Waterways

Currently, at least 10 other National Waterways are under development.

Centre government is also undertaking many initiatives to increase use of Inland Waterways and Coastal Shipping for greater cargo shipment such as providing assured depth of water in channels, terminals at regular intervals, navigation aids (ex- GPS and River Information System), facilities for mechanized handling of cargo handling etc.

At major ports of country a minimum 40 % discount and priority in berthing is being given to coastal vessels.

Central Government has also provided Licensing relaxations under section 406 and 407 of Merchant Shipping Act 1958 for fisheries/animal husbandry products/fertilizers/horticultural/agricultural products/empty containers as well as containers being transshipped from another Indian port, special vessels such as Ro-Ro (Roll-on/roll-off), Ro-Pax (roll-on/roll-off passenger), Project cargo/ Over Dimensional Cargo (ODC).

 

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