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 1.India ships wheat to Afghanistan via Chabahar. (The Hindu) 

2.INS Viraat to become museum. (The Hindu) 

1.India ships wheat to Afghanistan via Chabahar (The Hindu) 

Synoptic line- It throws light on the operationalization of the Chabahar port as an alternative, reliable and robust connectivity for Afghanistan.  (GS Paper II)

New route being used for first time to send consignment

  • India began shipment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Iranian port of Chabahar.
  • The consignment would be the first to use the new route via Chabahar to access Afghanistan, even as India plans similar transfers in the coming months.

A landmark

  • The shipment of wheat is a landmark moment, as it will pave the way for operationalization of the Chabahar port as an alternative, reliable and robust connectivity for Afghanistan.
  • It will open up new opportunities for trade and transit from and to Afghanistan and enhance trade and commerce between the three countries (India, Iran and Afghanistan) and the wider region. Earlier, the supplies to Afghanistan were transmitted via Pakistan.
  • The transfer was part of India’s commitment to send 1.1 million tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan on grant basis.

The American angle

  • The move is significant as it indicates India remains firm in delivering its regional commitment through partnership with Iran, despite Tehran’s ongoing tension with the United States.

About Chabahar port:

  • Chabahar is a port in south-east Iran that will enable India to bypass Pakistan and open up a route (Zaranj-Delaramroad ) to land-locked Afghanistan.
  • From Chabahar, the existing Iranian road network can link up to Zaranj in Afghanistan.
  • The Zaranj-Delaram road constructed by India in 2009 can give access to Afghanistan’s Garland Highway, setting up road access to major cities in Afghanistan.

2.INS Viraat to become museum. (The Hindu)

Navy warhorse to be refurbished at Kakinada 

  • The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for refurbishing INS Viraat will be ready in sometime and will be submitted to the Union government.
  • The Andhra Pradesh government intends to convert the Navy’s warhorse aircraft carrier into a museum and a hotel in the sea.
  • The ship will bring to Kakinada for refurbishment as soon as the Union government approves the DPR.
  • DPR is preparing by the Representatives of Mumbai-based Master and Associates.
  • It would cost between Rs.15 crore and Rs.20 crore to bring INS Viraat from Mumbai to Kakinada.
  • According to the Navy, the ship cannot be dragged onto the land and has to be kept afloat.