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Friends of the Lower Mekong and the sustainabilty initiative

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Xe DonWashington DC, Feb. 3: Friends of the Lower Mekong, a donor coordination group, have come together with the countries of the Lower Mekong to discuss the connection between water resources, energy needs, and food security.

Carrying forward this objective, US Counselor Tom Shannon and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Ambassador David Thorne led a U.S. delegation to the Extraordinary Meeting of the Friends of the Lower Mekong in Pakse, Laos on Monday. Accompanying Mr. Shannon and Ambassador Thorne were representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Energy.

The health of the Mekong River is essential to the economic growth and sustainable development of the region. In Cambodia, the Mekong supports the rich biodiversity of a watershed that provides more than 60 percent of the protein intake for the entire country. The river irrigates the “rice bowl” in Vietnam, where more than half of the nation’s rice production is concentrated in the provinces that make up the Mekong delta. In Laos, Thailand, and Burma, the Mekong is an important artery for transportation, a water source for aquaculture and agriculture, and a generator of electricity.

Meeting participants discussed the challenges of ensuring a future in which economic growth does not come at the expense of clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems. The meeting brought together senior officials from Laos, Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam alongside representatives from the United States, the Mekong River Commission, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the European Union, and the governments of Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

At the meeting, the U.S. delegation announced several new initiatives, including the launch of USAID’s Sustainable Mekong Energy Initiative (SMEI). Through the SMEI, the United States will promote the use of alternative energy and low-emission technologies. The delegation also announced that the Department of State will organize and send a Sustainable Energy Business Delegation to the region later this year.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will provide technical assistance on hydropower management and the Mississippi River Commission signed a five year extension to its agreement with the Mekong River Commission to exchange knowledge, information, and best practices. In conjunction, Counselor Shannon and Ambassador Thorne announced that the State Department will contribute $500,000 in support of a Mekong River Commission study on the impacts of hydropower on the community and environment.

In a joint statement, the United States agreed to collaborate with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and others to support development of a national energy grid inLaos. When completed, this national energy grid will help provide stable, reliable electricity to millions of people throughout the country. Counselor Shannon announced that the State Department is working with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Government of Laos to develop a “smart hydro” project that will increase the efficiency and environmental sustainability of its existing small hydropower assets and help build technical capacity in hydropower management.

The Friends of the Lower Mekong will also work together to strengthen the capacity of Lower Mekong countries to more effectively implement social and environmental safeguards such as environmental impact assessments and strategic environmental analyses. The U.S. Government, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Japanese International Cooperation Agency, and the Government of Australia plan to jointly develop a Regional Impact Assessment Training Center at the Asian Institute of Technology Center in Vietnam.

Under the auspices of the Lower Mekong Initiative, the United States is continuing successful projects like Smart Infrastructure for the Mekong (SIM) to provide technical assistance to the region on land and water use management, renewable energy, and infrastructure development. This year, $1.5 million will be spent on SIM projects in the Mekong region.

US secretary of State John Kerry even shared his personal vision for promoting sustainabilty of the Mekong in an op-ed on Foreign Policy

 


Laos, officially the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and the People’s Republic of China to the Northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the South, and Thailand to the West.

Pakxe is the capital and most populous city in the southern province of Champasak, making it the third most populous city in Laos. Located at the confluence of the Xe Don and Mekong Rivers (wikipedia)

23 GoI vacancies under different ministries are now being filled

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government jobsNew Delhi, Jan. 17: Twenty-three senior Government of India posts under different ministries are to be filled in the coming months.

The vacancy notifications and details of the posts to be filled are as follows:

Organisation Subject (Post Details) Post Grade
Last Date
Ministry/Department :- Agriculture and Cooperation
National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) Filling the post of Director General in National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Rajendranagar, Hyderabad. 14300-450-22400 (PB – 37400-67000 and GP – 10000)
09/02/2015
Click For Details http://agricoop.nic.in/imagedefault/vacancies/DGMANAGEVac212015.pdf
Ministry/Department :- Atomic Energy
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP) Appointment as Director in Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), Kolkata. HAG – 67000-79000
23/01/2015
Click For Details http://www.saha.ac.in/web/portal/applications/vacancy/file/For the Post Director.pdf
Ministry/Department :- Expenditure
Chief Advisor (Cost) Filling up of the post of Chief Adviser (Cost) in the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, GOI. 26000-0-26000 (80000 fixed)
12/03/2015
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Ministry/Department :- Heavy Industries
National Automotive Testing and R and D Infrastructrue project (NATRIP) Last date receiving applications extended for the post of Director (Finance). 16400-450-20000 (PB – 37400-67000 and GP – 8700)
31/01/2015
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Ministry/Department :- Personnel and Training
Institute of Secretariate Training & Management Three faculty posts of Deputy Director (Management services) on deputation basis including armed forces personnel on deputation or Re-employment in the ISTM, New Delhi – Reg. 10650-325-15850 (PB – 15600-39100 and GP – 6600)
09/02/2015
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Ministry/Department :- Revenue
Appellate Tribunal for Forfeited Property(ATFP) Appointment to the post of Member, Appellate Tribunal for Forfeited Property (ATFP) at New Delhi. HAG – 67000-79000
09/02/2015
Click For Details http://dor.gov.in/sites/upload_files/revenue/files/MEMBER ATFP.pdf
Indirect Tax Ombudsman Filling up the post of Indirect Tax Ombudsmanat at Lucknow. Others
16/02/2015
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Indirect Tax Ombudsman Filling up the post of Indirect Tax Ombudsmanat at Lucknow. Others
30/01/2015
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Ministry/Department :- Science and Technology
Ministry / Department itself Applications invited for the post of Scientific Attache on deputation 16400-450-20900 (PB – 37400-67000 and GP – 8900)
26/01/2015
Click For Details http://www.dst.gov.in/whats_new/whats_new14/sci_attache.pdf
Ministry / Department itself Applications Invited for the post of CEO-NSDI and Russian Interpreter 18400-500-22400 (PB – 37400-67000 and GP – 10000)
15/02/2015
Click For Details http://www.dst.gov.in/whats_new/whats_new14/CEO&Russian Interpreter.pdf
Technology Development Board (TDB) Filling up of one post each of Director/Deputy Secretary, Deputy Legal Adviser and Accounts Officer/Asst. Accounts Officer in TDB on deputation basis. Others
16/03/2015
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Ministry/Department :- Higher Education
National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training & Research (NITTTR), Chennai Advertisement for the post of Director, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Chennai. Others
07/02/2015
Click For Details http://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/advertisment/DirectorNITTTRChennai.pdf
National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training & Research (NITTTR)Bhopal Advertisement for the post of Director, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training And Research, Bhopal. Others
07/02/2015
Click For Details http://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/advertisment/DirectorNITTTRBhopal.pdf
Ministry/Department :- Urban Development
National Capital Region Planning Board Deputy Director(Project Monitoring & MIS-(PB-3)Rs.15600-39100 with Grade Pay Rs.6600)Temporary Post Others
30/01/2015
Click For Details http://ncrpb.nic.in/appoin_jobs.php
Ministry/Department :- Water Resources
Brahmaputra Board Post of General Manager and Chief Engineer (Level-I), Brahmaputra Board, Guwahati. Others
23/01/2015
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Narmada Control Authority Extension of period for filling up the post of Executive Member in NCA, Indore by appointment on deputation (including short-term contract)-Notice – regarding. HAG – 67000-79000
26/01/2015
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Narmada Control Authority Vacancy circular for appointment on deputation basis for the post of Executive Member in NCA, Indore HAG – 67000-79000
16/02/2015
Click For Details http://wrmin.nic.in/writereaddata/NCA_Vac1.pdf
Ministry/Department :- Youth Affairs and Sports
Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior Notice for appointment of Vice Chancellor in Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior – regarding. Others
06/02/2015
Click For Details http://yas.nic.in/sites/default/files/Vice Chancellor in LNIPE.pdf
Ministry/Department :- Environment and Forests
Society of Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM) Application for the post of Project Director, Society of Integrated Coastal Management Others
30/01/2015
Click For Details http://envfor.nic.in/sites/default/files/SICOM_12-12-2014.pdf
National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management Advertisement for the post of Director, NCSCM Others
30/01/2015
Click For Details http://envfor.nic.in/sites/default/files/NCSCM_MoEFCC.pdf
Ministry/Department :- Power
CEA Appointment to the post of Chairperson in the CEntral Electricity Authority on deputation/short term contract basis 26000-0-26000 (80000 fixed)
Click For Details http://www.powermin.nic.in/whats_new/pdf/post_chairperson_Central_Electricity_Authority.pdf
Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTE) Vacancy of Technical Member, APTEL 26000-0-26000 (80000 fixed)
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Ministry/Department :- Earth Science
India Meteorological Department (IMD) Filling up of 04 (Four) posts of Scientists G in India Meteorological Department (IMD), New Delhi.
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