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Iran: More Indian ports may transit through Chabahar port



Iran: More Indian ports may transit through Chabahar port

Iranian minister appreciates India’s railway development

In a major development, Iranian ambassador Gholamreza Ansari has said that Chabahar port has positively improved transportation activities between the two countries and will open door to transit cooperation with more Indian ports.

Ansari made these remarks on Friday while talking to IRNA, at New Delhi, at the sidelines of a meeting between Abbas Akhundi, the visiting Iranian Minister of Road and Urban Development and Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways.

Iran’s minister attended a marketing event for Chabahar port being jointly developed by the two countries.  The two sides discussed the proposed $ 6 billion MoU for producing 200 locomotives and freight wagons worth $6 billion.

The envoy said he was positive on the outcome of future collaboration between the two countries in transportation areas. He said that successful development of the Chabahar port will lead to the establishment of links with other Indian ports as well.

Ansari said that generally speaking, the discussion between the two sides were very constructive. He voiced his hope that the MoU will be finalized soon and become operational during the coming high level meetings.

Iranian ambassador appreciated India’s stance saying ‘Fortunately, the Indian government has announced that it will provide the necessary funding for joint projects between India and Iran so there is no challenge in the bilateral.”

However, he said the biggest obstacle on the implementation of agreements of this scale would normally be the financial support that must be given to them.

Iran has been facing the issues in international funds transfer due to US sanctions against. India owes huge Iranian money for purchasing oil from that country.

Iran: More Indian ports may transit through Chabahar portAccording to IRNA, the first phase of Chabahar port development project is of prime importance for both Iran and India. India sees Chabahar Port as a golden opportunity to enhance its regional role and cooperation, the report said.

In October last year, India sent first shipment of 110,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan through the Iranian port under a trilateral transit and trade agreement signed in May 2016 among India, Iran and Afghanistan.

In early December Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the first phase of Chabahar port. The ceremony was attended by 60 foreign guests from 17 countries. Minister of Finance and Shipping R. Ponniah Ayyappan Radhakrishnan attended the ceremony.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj also made a stopover in Tehran, while returning from Sochi, Russia, on December 2, a day before the inauguration of the port. According to MEA sources, she discussed with her Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif the “inauguration of Chabahar port,” which will openAfghanistan and Central Asia to Indian commerce.

India has committed $500 million to building two berths at Chabahar to process trade and develop an economic zone around them, as well as $1.6 billion for a 650-km rail link from Chabahar to Zahedan and into Afghanistan. Iran is completing the current construction at Chabahar at a cost of $340 million.

Outlining the outcome of his visit to India, Iranian Minister said that two countries have agreed to sign agreements worth 2 billion dollars in railway transportation and Chabahar Port development project.

He said that three important issues, including the development of the Chabahar to Zahedan railway, production of 200 locomotives for freight trains and joint production of rails were discussed between the two countries.

Regarding the development of Chabahar to Zahedan railway, he said that “The officials of the Indian company which is involved in this project visited Iran last week to make the necessary inspections and came back to their officials with proposals about the development of the railroad link.”

Regarding the production of 200 locomotives for freight trains, the Iranian minister said, ‘It was an important deal between India and Iran. India is ready to fund the project.’ A portion of the locomotives will be produced in Iran while the total estimated cost for the project would be 600 million dollars.

He appreciated India’s advances in railway sector saying” India has immensely focused on developing its railway industries and has up-to-date technologies, so co-operating with India for Iran means gaining access to the latest technology in the world in this particular field.’

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With post-victory schemes, Karnataka takes DBT route like TN, Telangana, AP

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the government will spend Rs 50,000 crore annually to fulfill the guarantees. He said his government is confident of implementing all five guarantees.




The Congress government in Karnataka Friday announced the implementation of two of its five programmes promised in its election manifesto. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah unveiled the Gruha Lakshmi and Yuvanidhi schemes for women and the unemployed via direct benefit transfer (DBT) schemes.

Karnataka is the fourth state to take the DBT route to implement such schemes for the benefit its people. Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh have already operationalised such progammes.

After the first cabinet meeting on May 20, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the government will spent Rs 50,000 crore annually to fulfill the guarantee. He said his government is confident of implementing five guarantees at any cost. The government can arrange the cost after cutting down on wasteful expenditure, he noted.

Under the Gruha Lakshmi scheme, Rs 2,000 per month to women heads of all households will be transferred to their bank accounts. Under the Yuvanidhi plan, an allowance of Rs 3,000 per month for graduates aged between 18-25 years and Rs 1,500 per month for diploma holders in the same age group will be disbursed via DBT.

The three other schemes that Congress had promised in the manifesto as guarantees are: Free power of 200 units per month to all households under Gruha Jyothi scheme, 10 kg grain per person per month for below poverty line families under the Anna Bhagya scheme and free bus travel for women under the Gruha Shakti plan. Many people have welcomed the promises and praised the government’s step to fulfill promises made in the Congress manifesto.

Karnataka Rural Development, Panchayat Raj, IT/BT Minister Priyank Kharge on Friday said there is no scheme that is free for all but as promised, it will be implemented with the some rules and regulations.

After the implementation of the scheme, many economists have raised their concern about the revenue generation and suggested money can be raised through three sources to bear the cost of the scheme by increasing excise, entertainment taxes, and by hiking rent for government property. Some experts fear it will be difficult for the Karnataka government to raise the revenue and meet the Rs 50,000 crore estimated yearly expenditure which can exceed projections.

In Telangana, the K Chandrasekhara Rao-led BRS government has cumulatively disbursed Rs 65,559 crore over 10 crop seasons with the money deposited into the Aadhaar-seeded accounts of 65 lakh land-owning farmers under the DBT scheme. The YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh has transferred Rs 210,177.89 crore to the 7.89 crore beneficiaries under 28 DBT schemes.

The DBT scheme has been criticized because it has reduced state accountability in public services after DBT disbursal.

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Former Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia gets permission to meet his wife, arrives home in custody

Sisodia arrived at his Mathura Road home this morning after he was given bail from 10 am to 5 pm, according to the sources.



Former Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia was given temporary relief and permitted to see his ailing wife Seema in the hospital where she was being treated for a deteriorating health condition. His wife is suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Sisodia arrived at his Mathura Road home this morning after he was given bail from 10 am to 5 pm, according to the sources.

However, the High Court permitted him to meet his wife but emphasised that he was not to communicate with the media, anybody outside of his immediate family, or use the internet or his phone.

The court additionally ordered that the medical report of his wife is confirmed and to be positively provided by tomorrow evening.

Further, the bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma instructed the Tihar jail’s superintendent to take Sisodia to his home, where he is permitted to see his wife from 10 am to 5 pm.

According to a senior jail official, Sisodia was moved under security protection to his home at 9 am, and at 5 pm he will report back.

Meanwhile, the legal team of Sisodia has filed an interim bail request in Delhi High Court, citing his wife’s condition. In the interim bail, the court is requested to grant bail for a period of six weeks.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) challenged the interim bail through Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, who said, he can visit his wife while being escorted by the police.

For his suspected involvement in the scam, Sisodia was detained by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on February 26, 2023. On May 30, the High Court declined to grant him bail in the CBI case.

He is currently in judicial detention after being detained on March 9 in connection with the case brought by the ED.

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Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw says high-level committee to probe Odisha train crash

The chief minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik announced on Saturday that the state will observe a day of mourning and that there would be no celebrations.



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Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw visited the accident site in Balasore where three trains collided last night in which 288 people have died and 900 injured. During the visit, Vaishnaw said, in addition to the independent investigation by the rail safety commissioner, a thorough high-level investigation would be performed. He assessed the situation and declared that the administration is concentrating on rescue and relief efforts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to arrive later today to visit the accident site and met the injured. The PM met officials who briefed him on the tragedy.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced on Saturday that the state will observe a day of mourning and that there would be no celebrations.

The injured passengers will receive the best care possible in Cuttack, at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhubaneswar, or the hospitals in Kolkata, according to the railway minister.

According to Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena, the rescue effort is still going on inside one of the damaged coaches that collided with another bogie.

The autopsies of the victims have begun in several locations. The bodies of victims, who have been recognised, are being handed to their relatives who have arrived. According to Jena, every effort is being made to finish the victims’ postmortems as soon as possible.

Around 7 pm on Friday, the train accident, said to be the worst in recent history, occurred close to the Bahanaga Baazar station in Balasore district, which is located 250 kilometres south of Kolkata and 170 km north of Bhubaneswar. Ten to 12 coaches of the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express derailed and fell onto the other track which were then hit by the Yeswantpur-Howrah Superfast Express, causing three to four of its carriages to derail.

According to a statement from the Indian Railways, A M Chowdhary, Commissioner of Railway Safety, South East Circle, will be in-charge of the investigation into the train disaster.

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