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China has no plan to divert Brahmaputra: Handique

BK Handique Union Minister for DONER inaugurating the course at IIM Shillong.
Correspondent/Agencies Nongkrem (Meghalaya)/ Shillong, Jul 2:
Published on 3 Jul. 2011 12:50 AM IST
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Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region B.K.Handique Saturday claimed that Beijing has no plan to divert the waters of the Brahmaputra.
“They (China) have informed us that there is no plan to divert the waters of the Brahmaputra river,” Handique told journalists at Assam Rifles headquarters here in Meghalaya.
He, however, said China admitted about the construction of run-of-the-river hydro-electric project which will not adversely impact downstream areas in India.
The 2,906 km-long Brahmaputra is one of Asia’s longest rivers that traverses its first stretch of 1,625 km in Tibet, the next 918 km in India and the remaining 363 km in Bangladesh before flowing into the Bay of Bengal.
China’s plans of building a dam over the Brahmaputra river and diverting water into its arid provinces has been opposed by regional governments in India’s northeast.
“Hydrological experts have also ruled out any plan to divert the Brahmaputra as it is not feasible project,” Handique said.
According to reports, China is building a dam in the Himalayas to divert the Tsangpo river, which is the source river of Brahmaputra originating from the Himalayas in China.
Other experts say that if the project is commissioned, it would almost certainly have devastating consequences on the lives of millions of people in India and Bangladesh.
Apart from the dam, China is reportedly planning to divert 200 billion cubic metres of water to feed the Yellow River in an attempt to ease the acute water shortage in Shaanxi, Hebel, Beijing and Tianjin.
The “South-to-North Water Diversion” project is currently being debated in Beijing for its technical feasibility, reports say.
India and China do not have a water-sharing agreement. Until recently, water sharing was never on the agenda of bilateral talks between the two countries.
India and China fought a bitter border war in 1962, with Chinese troops advancing deep into what is now Arunachal Pradesh.
IIM Shillong launches NER sensitive course
Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region, Bijoy Krishna Handique inaugurated the programme named “Developing Managerial Skills for Entrepreneurship” at IIM Shillong Saturday.
In his inaugural address, Handique said, “I am lucky to be here to inaugurate the first programme which IIM, Shillong has taken the initiative to organize with the financial assistance of the Ministry of DONER. In fact, capacity building of youth and officials of this region has been identified as one of the critical areas for development. Ministry of DoNER and NEC have been focusing on this aspect for some time now”.
Handique lauded the efforts of IIM Shillong in establishing its Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CEDNER) and said that this initiative would meaningfully contribute to the welfare of the society.
He said that the Ministry of DONER with its main objective of development of the region and capacity building for the youth of the region and according to the Vision 2020 has come forward to assist IIM Shillong in organising such trainingin order to provide training of national level with a regional orientation to the local youth.
Such opportunities would enable the people and the region to move away from dependency on government jobs since skill and confidence gained from such programmes will help them to shape their own destiny and that of the region as a whole, he added.
Handique also informed the gathering that another programme on hospitality management is coming up with IIM Shillong in association with North East Council (NEC) within a short time.
Minister of State for Water Resources and Minority Affairs, Vincet Pala and director IIM, Shillong, Dr Ashok Dutta were also present in the inaugural programme.
The Ministry of DoNER has sanctioned an amount of rs.79.15 lakh for this programme for training 60 youth from the region, supported under the “Technical assistance and Capacity Building Scheme” administered by the Ministry of DoNER.

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