First phase of chabahar port opened: Chabahar port is also seen as the feeder port to the international north-south transport corridor (INSTC) to Russia as well as land route to central Asia. It is also seen as a rival to the Chinese built gwadar port of Pakistan, about 80 km away, which is a critical limk in china’s belt and road initiative and china Pakistan economic corridor.
Operational sing the port will contribute to bilateral and regional trade and economic development and also provide alternate access to landlocked Afghanistan to regional and global markets.
India has committed to building two bearths to Chahbahar to process trade and develop an economic zone around them and 650-km rail link from Chahbahar to Zahedan and into Afghanistan.
The Brahmaputra dispute with china: China is planning to divert waters of the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) to its water-starved Xinjiang province, is a long standing part of the south-north water transfer project(1950).
India and Bangladeshi water experts have raised alarm bells over the plan for the adverse impacts it would have an downstream areas.
In 2015, china signed lancing-mekong cooperation(LMC) alon with 5 other countries through Mekong river flows.this china led multilateral agreement is an alternative to the asian development bank-led Mekong river commission, which china never signed.
The Brahmaputra is an important resourse for india’s own water diversion plans- the national river interlinking project- and is cocidered a power house to met india’s energy demands in the future.
The global hunger index (GHI) prepared by the international food research institute (IFPRI), shows India’s hunger level in very poor light.
In 2017, GHI ranked India 100 out of 119 countries listed.
The above calculation is based on 4 indicators:
- The % of population that is under nourished.
- % of children under 5 years who suffer from wasting.
- % of children under 5 years who suffer from stunting.
- Child mortality.