Pokhara-New Delhi direct bus service launched

By: | Published: July 12, 2016 5:00 PM

New Delhi and Nepal's famous tourist spot Pokhara are now connected by road after a direct bus service was launched between the two cities, following the signing of an agreement during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit here in 2014.

BIRTH Boys at higher risk of life-threatening complications at birth Melbourne, Jul 12 (PTI) Baby boys are much more likely to experience potentially life-threatening outcomes at birth than girls, a first of its kind population-based study in Australia has found. Researchers studied data of more than 574,000 births in South Australia over a 30-year period (1981-2011), to confirm the presence of differences in birth outcomes based on the sex of the baby. The team - involving the University of Adelaide in Australia and the University of Groningen in The Netherlands - evaluated the relationship between the babies' sex and adverse outcomes, such as pre-term birth, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure disorders, and gestational diabetes mellitus. "The major conclusion of our study is that the evidence is there and it is very clear: the sex of the baby has a direct association with pregnancy outcomes," said Claire Roberts, professor at the University of Adelaide. The study found that boys are more likely to be born spontaneously pre-term. Boys showed a 27 per cent higher risk for a pre-term birth between 20-24 weeks' gestation, 24 per cent higher risk for a pre-term birth between 30-33 weeks, and 17 per cent higher risk for pre-term birth between 34-36 weeks, researchers said. Mothers carrying boys were 4 per cent more likely to suffer gestational diabetes and 7.5 per cent more likely to suffer pre-eclampsia at term - a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure and a large amount of protein in the urine. However, pregnant women carrying a girl have a 22 per cent higher risk for early onset pre-eclampsia requiring a pre-term delivery. "Our results indicate there may be a need for specific interventions tailored to male and female babies, to prevent adverse outcomes for both child and mother," said Petra Verburg from the University of Groningen. "We're investigating other factors that may predict pregnancy complications, taking foetal sex into account," added Verburg. Researchers have previously published on sex differences in the expression of 142 genes in the placenta from normal pregnancies. "The placenta is critical for pregnancy success. We believe that sex differences in placental function may explain the differences we're seeing in outcomes for newborn boys and girls, and their mothers," said Roberts. The research appears in in the journal PLOS One.  (Representational Image: PTI)The first direct bus service between Pokhara and New Delhi, South Asia’s two important cities, was flagged off by Nepal Home Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet and India’s ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae yesterday from Pokhara. (Representational Image: PTI)

New Delhi and Nepal’s famous tourist spot Pokhara are now connected by road after a direct bus service was launched between the two cities, following the signing of an agreement during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here in 2014.

The first direct bus service between Pokhara and New Delhi, South Asia’s two important cities, was flagged off by Nepal Home Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet and India’s ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae yesterday from Pokhara.

New Delhi and Nepal’s famous tourist spot Pokhara are now connected by road after a direct bus service was launched between the two cities, following the signing of an agreement during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here in 2014.

The first direct bus service between Pokhara and New Delhi, South Asia’s two important cities, was flagged off by Nepal Home Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet and India’s ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae yesterday from Pokhara.

The two countries had signed a Motor Vehicle Agreement during the visit paid by Modi to Nepal in November, 2014.

After the signing of the agreement, regular buses are being plied from Kathmandu-New Delhi, Kathmandu-Varanasi and Mahendranagar-Delhi and vice versa.

As per the decision made in the Motor Vehicle Agreement, a new bus service between Pokhara and New Delhi was proposed by the Uttar Pradesh State Road transport Corporation (UPSRTC).

Accordingly, a team of officers from UPSRTC visited Nepal in the month of May this year for discussing and finalising the modalities of the proposed bus service between Pokhara and Delhi.

The bus service is a joint initiative of the Modern Era Tours and Travels Pvt Ltd of Nepal and Uttar Pradesh Parivahan Nigam, Ghaziabad depot, of India.

Its bus fare has been fixed at Rs 2,200, informed Keshav Adhikari, at the Pokhara-based travel company. PTI SBP SUA SUA 07121556

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