India gifts Afghanistan 3 military choppers
- India gifted 3 military choppers to Kabul few weeks before Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani's maiden visit to New Delhi.
- The Cheetal helicopters will facilitate operations from difficult terrain and high altitude regions as well as from unprepared landing areas.
- The choppers had been ready since last June but had not been delivered for the lack of an appropriate occasion.
BCCI extends support to Afghanistan cricket board
- Indo-Afghan ties seem to have gone beyond politics, with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur confirming India's willingness to extend all kinds of help to Afghanistan.
- BCCI will allow Afghanistan cricket to use an Indian venue to play their matches.
- Afghanistan Cricket Board also requested BCCI to create one centre in India which can be dedicated to Afghanistan cricket, which BCCI happily accepted.
India to help develop Chabahar port
- India divulged its plans to tie up with Iran for developing a port near Iran's border with Pakistan, at Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman.
- Other than the port, India has additionally spent about $100 million on the construction of a 220-km road to link the Chabahar port in western Afghanistan.
- This project will help India circumvent Pakistan and access the land-locked Afghanistan.
China helps Pakistani Gwadar port with $46 billion
India's help on Afghanistan's Chabahar port is very similar to Pakistan's Gwadar port which is being developed with $46 billion funding from China.
India building the most safe parliament for Afghanistan
- The Indian Central Public Works Department (CPWD) is helping set up the new parliament building in Afghanistan.
- The CPWD department contended that the Afghan parliament once constructed, would be the "most secure" parliament house in the world.
- 150 Indian nationals, comprising of architects, engineers, skilled and unskilled labourers are working on the project.
- The building however, is not protected from aerial attack.
Afghanistan's Salma Dam gets India's million dollar push
- The Indian-sponsored Salma Dam project in Afghanistan cleared a critical stage on 26 July 2015 with the closure of Diversion Tunnel Gate and the start of the filling of the dam reservoir.
- The 20-km long and 3.7 km wide reservoir project conceived in the 70s is aimed at binding Indo-Afghan ties.
- The reconstruction project started in 1988, is estimated to cost India $300 million.
Afghans thank India for Salma Dam
- The people of Herat expressed their gratefulness for India's help for Salma Dam project, by carrying a 100 m tricolour, along with their own national flag, on the streets of Herat, Afghanistan on 13 August.
- The project will be completed in 9-12 months.
- The $300 million project is expected to produce 42 MW of electricity and provide water to nearly 80,000 hectares of farmland.
India presents Afghanistan with mega flag
India presented Afghanistan with a 97 by 65 feet Afghanistan national flag which symbolizes ‘Hind-Afghan Dosti’. The ₹2 crore flag was gifted by Naveen Jindal's charitable organisation the Flag Foundation.