Right Now Times: India and Bhutan have extended a major step towards the construction of the 600 MW Kholongchu Project. This is the first joint hydroelectric project of the two countries to be built in the less developed Tresiangtse in eastern Bhutan.
Right Now Times:According to The Hindu newspaper , the agreement was signed through video conferencing between Bhutan’s capital Thimphu between Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and Bhutan Foreign Minister Tandi Dorji and Economic Affairs Minister Loknath Sharma.
This is the first time a hydropower project between India and Bhutan will be in a 50:50 joint venture, not under the Government to Government Agreement.
Right Now Times: At the ceremony, the two foreign ministers described the agreement as a “milestone” for the India-Bhutan partnership. Under this, four 2,100 MW hydropower projects have been constructed in the last 30 years and the other two are currently under construction.
The Kholongchu project is part of four additional projects that were agreed to in 2008. At that time India had committed that it would help Bhutan to develop a capacity of 10,000 MW.
” Mutual interest “
Right Now Times: During the signing ceremony, India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said that “the hydro power sector has been a symbol of bilateral cooperation of mutual interest between the two countries”.
The agreement was signed by a PSU of Himachal Pradesh, JV partner Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) and Bhutanese Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC).
Right Now Times: Jaishankar said, “I congratulate both JV Partners for this remarkable achievement and hope that they will complete this project soon.”
Agreement reached in 2014
Right Now Times: The inter-governmental agreement was signed in 2014 after lengthy negotiations on the Kholongchu project on the joint venture structure and its foundation was laid when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bhutan’s capital Thimphu a few months later.
However, after India’s new power tariff guidelines were released, the progress on the preparation of site ground was halted in December 2016. This guideline was imposed on the cross border electricity trade.
Right Now Times: Then after talking to Bhutan, India changed its guideline. The Foreign Minister of Bhutan said that there has been a benefit because of the delay because the issues on the ground were resolved.
Under the agreement, construction of the Kholongchu power project will be started soon and will be completed by the middle of 2025.
India’s first Kovid-19 vaccine approved for human testing
Right Now Times: According to the Hindustan newspaper , the Central Drug Controller and Human Organization (CDSCO) has approved the clinical trial of ‘Kovaxin’, the first vaccine of Corona formulated in the country.
Phase-1 and Phase-2 trials of vaccines have been granted.
It has been prepared by ICMR’s laboratory, National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune and Bharat Biotech.
Right Now Times: In a statement issued on Monday by Bharat Biotech, it was said that this will be the first Indian teak which has reached the stage of clinical trial.
NIV had assigned the Kovid virus found in India to Isolate and assigned it to Bharat Biotech, whose vaccine he prepared.
Right Now Times: It will take a year for the vaccine to come into the market. Trials will be held in three stages. Side effects will be seen on the body in the first stage tests. In the second phase, trials will be held on a limited number of people and in the third more people.
CJI did not drive motorcycle
Right Now Times: A picture of Chief Justice Bobde sitting in a limited edition CVO 2020 Harley Davidson bike in his hometown Nagpur was virus. Since then this picture was in discussion.
After this, people familiar with this incident related to the controversy that the Chief Justice did not know about the owner of this bike. This news is in Jansatta newspaper .
Right Now Times: People aware of this incident told that the Chief Justice had participated in the plantation program and an automobile dealer had sent this bike to him so that he could experience it.
He told that after Justice Bobde retired, Harley Davidson was thinking of buying the motorcycle and Justice Bobde neither drove it nor did he have any knowledge about its owner.
Right Now Times: While some people appreciated this picture, many including advocate Prashant Bhushan raised questions saying that the Chief Justice was neither wearing a mask nor a helmet.