National News-Daily Digest: 2 Key Updates
1. UP govt cancels 15 holidays on VIPs’ birth/death anniversaries
2. China for govt-level talks on BCIM economic corridor
Beijing would like to upgrade the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar-Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC) dialogue from Track I (official diplomacy) to the ‘intergovernmental level’. The two-day BCIM meet began in Kolkata.
The BCIM is a sub-regional group to review economic development of the region while facilitating the construction of a 2,800-km economic corridor from Kunming in south-west China to Kolkata via Mandalay in Myanmar, Imphal (Manipur) and Silchar (Assam) in India, and Dhaka and Jessore in Bangladesh. The idea gained momentum after a meeting between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2013.