Friday, 2 September 2016

Nepal-India integrated check-post (ICP)

Posted by Anup Baral September 3rd, 2016 : The under construction Nepal-India integrated check Post has been left in limbo after the southern neighbour started operating unilaterally on its side since the first week of June. A large number of stakeholders have questioned its effectiveness. Though India started operating it on its side unilaterally, it has been confined to formality only. As per Birgunj Customs Office, the Indian side takes only a negligible number of vehicles to the ICP once or twice a week just for formality. Birgunj Chambers of Commerce and Industries Chairperson Pradeep Kumar Kedia said that the operation and effectiveness of ICP had come under question with the unilateral operating system from the Indian side. He also said that import of petroleum, coal and raw materials would create problem as there was no storage facilities for these items at the ICP.
There is an Indian Oil Corporation depot in Raxaul, but there is no direct road connection from Raxaul to the ICP, which is only 13 kilometres away. The government had declared it would bring this ICP into operation from this fiscal during the budget speech. However, the Federation has urged the concerned authority not to operate those ICPs until both are ready. The importers also have demanded easy road access from Raxaul to the ICP. “We have to face around 8 hours vehicular jam at the railway crossing every day,” regretted importers. A version of this article appears in print on August 05, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.