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=> The Union External Affairs Minister – Dr S Jaishankar inaugurated the 3rd edition of NADI – Natural Allies in Development & Interdependence conclave at Guwahati; in presence of the Bangladesh Foreign Minister – A K Abdul Momen, Assam Chief Minister – Himanta Biswa Sarma, and high commissioners and ambassadors from various countries.
=> The conclave is hosted by Shillong-based think tank Asian Confluence in partnership with the Union External Affairs Ministry, the Assam government’s Act East Policy Affairs Department, the North Eastern Council (NEC).
Important issues discussed:
=> The Union External Affairs Minister – Dr S Jaishankar talked about 2 issues mainly-
Kaladan Multimodal project:
=> It is a Multimodal Transit project connecting the state of Mizoram with the Kolkata port via Myanmar.
=> It is joint initiative of India and Myanmar.
=> The project has three different stretches
1. Shipping: Kolkata port to Sittwe port (across Bay of Bengal)
2. Inland water transport: Sittwe port to Paletwa (through River Kaladan)
3. Road stretches: From Paletwa (Myanmar) to Zorinpuri (Indo-Myanmar border on Mizoram)
=> This project will reduce distance from Kolkata to Mizoram by approximately 1000 km and cut travelling time to 3-4 days for transport of goods.
Reasons behind delay-
1. Difficult topography
3. Lack of Cooperation with Myanmar government after military coup in 2021.
India Bhutan Rail Link:
=> So far there is no rail transport in Bhutan.
=> But Bhutan and India have signed a memorandum of understanding to connect Bhutan with the Indian Railways network.
=> The proposed Rail link will pass via Assam, thus will provide economic opportunities for Assam.
=> The rail link is aimed at expanding the Buddhist circuit to connect cherished religious destinations in Bhutan and Nepal to those in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
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