India mulls nationalising river-linking plan

India mulls nationalising river-linking plan

The idea was discussed at the 14th meeting of the Special Committee for Inter-linking of Rivers held here on Wednesday when the funding issue in connection with the various projects under the inter-linking scheme came up, a senior official of the Water Resources Ministry said after the closed-door meeting.

Our New Delhi correspondent quotes him saying the meeting discussed giving inter-linking of rivers projects the tag of “national” projects would help not only expedite their implementation but also secure speedier flow of funds for them.

Gadkari said time has come for looking at new funding mechanisms, including loans from foreign agencies at low interest, for inter-linking projects and assured the states that his ministry will provide all help to the states for this.

Gadkari also called upon state governments to cooperate with one another and with the federal government to expedite the ambitious projects for interlinking of rivers aimed at transferring water from surplus to deficit areas, and to explore low-interest loans from foreign agencies for the same.

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PM's intervention to settle down Mahadayi water dispute impossible: Jagadish Shettar

, Hubballi, Jan 17 2018, 1:57 IST

PM's intervention to settle down Mahadayi water dispute impossible: Jagadish Shettar

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly and former chief minister Jagadish Shettar. DH file photo

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar on Tuesday dismissed the possibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention to settle down Mahadayi water dispute.

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Mako shark does incredible backflip

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This is the incredible moment a mako shark was caught on camera doing a back flip. Jack Hatwell was on a fishing trip off the coast of Adelaide when a member of his party suddenly hooked the monster fish. As they were trying to reel it in, it leapt out of the water, turned 360 degrees and then plunged back into the ocean. Finally, after another 15 minutes of reeling we ended up getting the shark on board the boat," Hatwell said.

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Fog disrupts flight operations, ferry services

Fog disrupts flight operations, ferry services

The flight operations at the airport were suspended for four and a half hours since 5:50am due to poor runway visibility caused by dense fog, UNB reports quoting Rezaul Karim, public relations officer at Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).

Several domestic flights, including that of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, could not take off and one flight from Singapore was diverted to Chittagong airport during the period, Karim said adding that the operation resumed with Chittagong-bound flight of Biman 'BG011' leaving the airport around 10:20am.

Meanwhile, ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari river route resumed after eight hours of disruption caused by dense, reports our Munshiganj correspondent quoting Shah Newaz Khaled, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Shimulia station.

The authorities kept the ferry services suspended on the route from 2:00am to 10:00am, the official said.

Six ferries remained stranded mid-river, causing immense sufferings to the passengers in the cold weather.

Besides, the ferry services were disrupted for seven hours from 3:30am due to poor visibility caused by thick fog on Paturia-Daulatdia route," UNB reports quoting Mohiuddin Russell, manager (Commercial) of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Aricha.

Four ferries got stranded in the middle of the river, said the official, adding that around 500 vehicles, including buses and trucks, were waiting in queues on both sides of the river to cross it.

The ferry services resumed around 10:30am after the fog disappeared, he said.

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