Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Jul 2018 11:57:24










THE mighty Everest has world-wide attraction for passionate climbers. That is the reason why hundreds of climbers from all over the world attempt to reach the summit of the Everest every year. Nepal may be enthused by this enthusiasm of the mountaineers from all over the world, for it fills its coffers sumptuously. While this may be making good economic sense for Nepal’s economy, its Government is overlooking its responsibility of protecting the fragile ecology of the Himalayas. Veteran mountaineers and ecological experts are already warning about the garbage that is being left behind by climbers which includes non-biodegradable material like plastic, cans made of tin and other material that proves toxic for the delicate eco system of the Himalayas. According to experts, growing human activity in the Himalayas is causing rise in temperature, affecting the glaciers There is, therefore, the necessity on the part of the Nepalese Government to restrict the numbers of climbers and the mountaineers to be responsible for keeping the environs clean.



THE seriousness and intensity of New Delhi’s engagement with African countries was distinctly reflected through Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s ‘Dairy Diplomacy’ in Rwanda, one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. The symbolism in donating 200 cows under Rwanda’s Girinka project cannot be missed. Through the gesture India has not only projected itself as a world leader in dairy industry but also made a foray, though delayed, into African countries where China is already spreading its base. The key takeaway from the ‘Dairy Diplomacy’ for India was the defence co-operation agreement with Rwanda and investments in agriculture. India’s outreach to the fast-developing East African country is of strategic importance to cut down the influence of the Chinese who have used infrastructure and roads to gain entry into the African mainstream. Through dairy industry, India can make a big contribution in providing nutritional and financial security to Rwanda and open a gateway for Indian businesses.