India-Nepal border Current Affairs - 2020

India to provide 107.01 million Nepali rupees for construction of schools in Nepal

On March 16, 2020, India signed Memorandum of Understanding with Nepal for construction of new schools in the country. Under the MoU, India is to provide 107.01 million Nepali rupees.

Highlights

India as an initial step of the agreement handed over a cheque of 8 lakh rupees (INR). The India-Nepal Development Partnership Programme is to construct the schools. The Kapilavastu District Coordination Committee will also help in the construction.

District Coordination Committee

The DCC is a district-level authority found in Nepal. The committee acts as a link between provincial assembly and rural municipalities. The committee members are elected by the district assembly for a term of five years. Every district committee has 9 members.

In India, the executives are the links. The Government schemes are implemented by the collector of the district.

India-Nepal

India and Nepal have century old relationship that connects them culturally, economically, socially and religiously. The India-Nepal relations began in 1950 with a Treaty of Friendship and peace signed between the countries.

Recent irritants between India and Nepal

Both Nepal and India claim a region called “Kalapani” as part of their country. In November 2019, India’s new political map including Kalapani created controversies. The Ministry of Home Affairs published the new map after dissolving special status of Kashmir and splitting Himalayan region into two union territories.

Kalapani

Kalapani is in the state of Uttarakhand. The state shares 80 km of porous border with Nepal.

Also, in 2015, Nepal accused India for imposing border blockade. This crippled the land locked nation as 90% of its imports and exports happened through India and its ports. This mainly includes Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam.

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Teams set up by Health Ministry to monitor Corona Virus in villages at Nepal Border

The Ministry of Health has constituted teams to examine for Corona Virus in villages that are bordering Nepal. The spread of Corona Virus is increasing with number of people infected in China touching 70,000 as of February 17, 2020.

Highlights

According to the Ministry of Health, the villages in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Bihar and West Bengal are to be inspected for Corona Virus. The Ministry has formed 5 separate teams of doctors from the National Centre for Disease Control.

National Centre for Disease Control

National Centre for Disease Control is an institute operating Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It was founded in 1963. The origin of the institute is tracked to the Central Malaria Bureau that was established in 1909 in Kasauli, British India. Today there are 14 centres operating under NCDC.

Global Economy

The IMF (International Monetary Fund) says that the virus will have significance effect over the global economy. However, as the US-China trade war has subsided, the effects of the virus will be nullified by the boosts of the improved trade between the two might economies of the world.

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