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India Aims To Reduce Carbon Footprint By 30-35%: PM Narendra Modi

India Aims To Reduce Carbon Footprint By 30-35%: PM Narendra Modi

Nov 21 2020, 4:12 PMNovember 21 2020, 4:12 PMPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the country was moving forward with the goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 30 to 35%.He also said that efforts were on to increase the use of natural gas by four times in this decade and to double the oil refining capacity in the next five years. The prime minister said this while addressing the eighth convocation of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, via video conference.“Today, the country is moving forward with the goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 30-35%....

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Scientists discover oldest known human-made nanostructures in ancient artifacts in Tamil Nadu

Scientists discover oldest known human-made nanostructures in ancient artifacts in Tamil Nadu

Scientists have discovered the oldest known human-made nanomaterials in the “unique black coatings” of ancient pottery shards — dated to 600 BC — unearthed from an archeological site in Keeladi, Tamil Nadu.The research, published recently in the journal Scientific Reports, revealed that these coatings are made of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) which have enabled the layer to last more than 2,600 years, raising questions on the tools used during those periods to achieve high temperatures for making earthenwares.According to the scientists, including those from Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)...

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Canada to return statue of Hindu goddess stolen over 100 years ago from India

Canada to return statue of Hindu goddess stolen over 100 years ago from India

A Canadian university will soon return to India a unique statue of Hindu goddess Annapoorna that was stolen from a shrine in Varanasi over a century ago and found its way to the varsity’s art gallery, in an attempt to “right historical wrongs” and help overcome the “damaging legacy of colonialism”.The statue is part of the University of Regina’s collection at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. The statue was part of the original 1936 bequest by Norman MacKenzie, the gallery’s namesake. Artist Divya Mehra brought attention to the fact that the statue had been wrongfully taken over a century ago...

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Mike Pompeo says US’ vision of Sri Lanka is very different from 'predator' China

Mike Pompeo says US’ vision of Sri Lanka is very different from 'predator' China

America’s vision on Sri Lanka is “very different” from that of “predator” China, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said here here and reaffirmed US’ commitment to the island nation’s sovereignty and security.Addressing a joint press conference with his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena after bilateral talks, the top US diplomat said that the US and Sri Lanka shared a democratic vision.Also read | Indeed, a strong sovereign Sri Lanka is a positive partner on the world stage. It can be a beacon for a free Indo-Pacific.The Chinese Communist Party is a predator. The US comes in a...

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World experiencing one of the deepest recessions since Great Depression due to COVID-19: World Bank

World experiencing one of the deepest recessions since Great Depression due to COVID-19: World Bank

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World Bank calls on China to cancel debt to coronavirus-hit poor countries

World Bank calls on China to cancel debt to coronavirus-hit poor countries

Text Size:A-A+Beijing: China, the world’s largest creditor, is increasingly coming under pressure to cancel its huge debt to coronavirus-hit poor countries under the Group of 20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI), according to a media report.World Bank President David Malpass on Monday called on China to cancel debt to coronavirus-hit poor countries, blaming Beijing’s well capitalised official lenders of not fully participating in the DSSI.An added factor in the current wave of debt is the rapid growth of new official lenders, especially several of China’s well-capitalised...

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Indo-French satellites to trace illegal spillage of oil by ships: French space agency

Indo-French satellites to trace illegal spillage of oil by ships: French space agency

The constellation of maritime surveillance satellites for the Indian Ocean Region, to be jointly launched by India and France, will be , a senior French space agency CNES official said on Sunday.Also read: In August last year, committed to developing and building a constellation of satellites carrying telecommunications and radar and optical remote-sensing instruments, constituting the first space-based system in the world capable of tracking ships continuously. The monitoring centre will be based in India, the official added. “With a revisit capability (of the satellites), this makes...

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Prime Minister Modi Raises Questions On UN’s Response In Combating Covid-19

Prime Minister Modi Raises Questions On UN’s Response In Combating Covid-19

Sep 26 2020, 7:34 PMSeptember 26 2020, 7:34 PMPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday raised questions on the response of the United Nations in combating the Covid-19 pandemic, and assured the global community that India will use its production and delivery capacity to help all humanity in fighting the deadly disease.“Over the last 8 to 9 months, the whole world has been battling the pandemic of the coronavirus. Where is the United Nations in this joint fight against the pandemic? Where is its effective response?” Modi said as he asserted that reform in the responses, in the processes, and...

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Australian cricket legend Dean Jones dies of cardiac arrest in Mumbai

Australian cricket legend Dean Jones dies of cardiac arrest in Mumbai

Text Size:A-A+Mumbai: Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has died of a cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hotel, IPL broadcasters Star Sports have confirmed.Jones, 59, was in Mumbai with the Star Sports’ commentary team for the Indian Premier League.He played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia and was part of the 1987 World Cup winning team.“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr. Dean Mervyn Jones AM. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest,” Star Sports said a press release.“We express our deep condolences to his family and stand ready to support them in this...

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U.N. report flags Islamic State threat in Karnataka, Kerala

U.N. report flags Islamic State threat in Karnataka, Kerala

A U.N. report on terrorism has warned that there are “significant numbers” of Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Kerala and Karnataka, noting that the al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) terror group is planning attacks in the region.The 26th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team concerning the IS, the al-Qaeda and associated individuals and entities said that the AQIS operates under the Taliban umbrella from the Nimruz, Helmand and Kandahar provinces of Afghanistan.Also read | The group reportedly has between 150 and 200 members from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar...

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India Ideas Summit | India, U.S. negotiating UAV co-development programme: Pentagon official

India Ideas Summit | India, U.S. negotiating UAV co-development programme: Pentagon official

The U.S. and India are negotiating a co-development programme for the air-launched unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a top Pentagon official has said.Addressing the India Ideas Summit organised by the U.S.-India Business Council on July 22, the top Pentagon official said that the U.S. Air Force research labs have signed a cooperative research and development agreement with an Indian startup to support the development of the air-launched UAV.“I would like to highlight a very exciting project we are currently negotiating — air-launched unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV will be a co-development...

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India begins anti-subsidy probe on Chinese export of certain yarn

India begins anti-subsidy probe on Chinese export of certain yarn

The Commerce and Industry Ministry on Monday initiated a probe into alleged low-cost imports of a certain type of yarn from China, which is impacting the domestic industry.The Commerce Ministry’s investigation arm Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has started the probe to assess if the subsidy programme of China for exports of ‘Viscose Rayon Filament Yarn above 60 deniers” is impacting the Indian industry.Related NewsAssociation of Man-Made Fibre Industry of India (AMFII) has filed an application before the DGTR, on behalf of domestic industry, for anti-subsidy investigation on...

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Sanitisers are disinfectants like soap, will attract 18% GST: Finance Ministry

Sanitisers are disinfectants like soap, will attract 18% GST: Finance Ministry

The government on Wednesday said sanitisers are disinfectants like soaps and anti-bacterial liquids among others, which attract 18% duty under the GST regime. In a statement, the Finance Ministry said various chemicals, packing materials and input services, among others, used for manufacturing hand sanitisers also attract a GST rate of 18%.“sanitisers are disinfectants like soaps, anti-bacterial liquids, dettol, etc., which all attract duty standard rate of 18 per cent under the GST regime,” it said. Reducing the GST rate on sanitisers and other similar items would lead to an inverted duty...

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Number of undernourished people declines in India; obesity in adults on the rise: UN report

Number of undernourished people declines in India; obesity in adults on the rise: UN report

The number of in India has declined by 60 million in over a decade, according to a UN report which said that there were less stunted children but more obese adults in the country. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, released on Monday, estimated that almost 690 million people globally were in 2019, up by 10 million from 2018.Also Read | The report — considered the most authoritative global study tracking progress towards ending hunger and — said that the number of undernourished people in India declined from 249.4 million in 2004-06 to 189.2 million in 2017-19.In...

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Eight lakh Indians may be forced to leave as Kuwait approves expat quota bill

Eight lakh Indians may be forced to leave as Kuwait approves expat quota bill

A total of eight lakh Indians could be forced to leave Kuwait as its National Assembly committee has approved a draft expat quota bill seeking to reduce the number of foreign workers in the Gulf country. The National Assembly’s legal and legislative committee has determined that the expat quota bill is constitutional. According to the bill, Indians should not exceed 15% of the population. This could result in 8,00,000 Indians leaving Kuwait, as the Indian community constitutes the largest expat community in the country, totalling 1.45 million, the Gulf News reported, citing a Kuwaiti...

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India to ban Chinese companies from highway projects, says Gadkari

India to ban Chinese companies from highway projects, says Gadkari

India will not allow Chinese companies to participate in highway projects, including those through joint ventures, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday amid border standoff with China.Mr. Gadakri also said the government will ensure that Chinese investors are not entertained in various sectors like Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The senior minister’s assertions assume significance against the backdrop of in Ladakh that also saw the death of 20 Indian Army personnel last month. Amid escalating tensions, , mostly having Chinese links, citing threats to national...

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Biden seeks restoration of peoples’ rights in Kashmir; disappointed with CAA, NRC

Biden seeks restoration of peoples’ rights in Kashmir; disappointed with CAA, NRC

wants India to take necessary steps to , and has expressed disappointment over the and the implementation of the NRC in Assam. According to a policy paper —‘Joe Biden’s agenda for Muslim American community’ — posted recently on his campaign website, these measures (the CAA and the National Register of Citizens) are inconsistent with the country’s long tradition of secularism and with sustaining a multi-ethnic and multi-religious democracy . A group of Hindu Americans has reached out to the Biden campaign expressing resentment to the language used against India and urged it to reconsider the...

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Pakistan PM Imran Khan calls Osama bin Laden ‘martyr’ in Parliament

Pakistan PM Imran Khan calls Osama bin Laden ‘martyr’ in Parliament

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday called slain al-Qaeda chief and 9/11 mastermind a “shaheed” (martyr) and said that Islamabad faced “embarrassment” by taking part in America’s war on terror.Speaking in parliament during the budget session, Mr. Khan said the American forces without informing Islamabad after which everyone started abusing his country.“I don’t think there’s a country which supported the war on terror and had to face embarrassment for it. Pakistan was also openly blamed for U.S.’ failure in Afghanistan,” Mr. Khan said. “For Pakistanis across the globe, it was an...

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India’s Covid tally jumps to 4,73,105 after registering 16,922 new cases in last 24 hours

India’s Covid tally jumps to 4,73,105 after registering 16,922 new cases in last 24 hours

Text Size:A-A+New Delhi: The highest-ever single-day surge of 16,922 COVID-19 cases pushed India’s total tally to 4,73,105 on Thursday whereas the death toll climbed to 14,894 with 418 new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry.With this, India has registered over 14,000 cases for the sixth day in a row.According to the ministry data updated at 8am, active cases stand at 1,86,514 while 2,71,696 people have recovered and one patient has migrated.“Thus, around 57.43 per cent patients have recovered so far,” an official said.The number of confirmed cases included foreigners.Of the...

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Reliance Industries becomes first Indian firm to hit $150 bn market cap

Reliance Industries becomes first Indian firm to hit $150 bn market cap

on Monday became the first Indian firm to hit a market valuation of $150 billion helped by a continuous rally in its share price.Also read: In morning trade, the company’s market valuation jumped ₹28,248.97 crore to ₹11,43,667 crore ($ 150 billion) on the BSE. The heavyweight stock surged 2.53% to a record high of $1,804.10 on the BSE.On the NSE, it rose by 2.54% to an all-time high of $1,804.20. on Friday became the first Indian company to cross the ₹11 lakh crore market valuation mark. Its market valuation crossed ₹11 lakh crore in the previous session as its share price rallying over 6%...

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Jawan killed in Pakistan firing along LoC

Jawan killed in Pakistan firing along LoC

The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly, says defence officialAn Army jawan was killed on Monday as Pakistani troops opened fire and lobbed mortar shells at forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.The and shelling were reported along the LoC in Poonch district’s Krishna Ghati sector and Rajouri’s Nowshera sector, and along the IB in Kathua district, the officials said.An Army jawan, guarding a forward post, was critically injured after being hit by cross-border shelling in Nowshera sector, they said, adding that...

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China lodges protest with India over violent face-off in Galwan Valley

China lodges protest with India over violent face-off in Galwan Valley

China on Tuesday lodged a protest with India over the June 15 , which it claimed took place when the Indian personnel crossed the border line for “illegal activities and provoked and attacked Chinese personnel” leading to serious physical conflict. The protest was “mentioned” during a meeting with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui, Indian Ambassador Vikram Misri said in Beijing. “There was a meeting at the (Chinese) foreign ministry during which what happened at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Monday was discussed,” Mr. Misri said. When asked if China has lodged the protest, Mr....

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CM Mamata Banerjee extends lockdown in West Bengal till 30 June

CM Mamata Banerjee extends lockdown in West Bengal till 30 June

Text Size:A-A+Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that the lockdown, which was set to end on June 15, has been extended in the state for another 15 days.“The lockdown is being extended in the state till June 30, with all existing relaxations and conditions still in place. Earlier, we had allowed only 10 people at social programmes such as a marriage or a funeral ceremony, now we have increased it to 25,” she said after a meeting of the state cabinet.The Mamata Banerjee-led government eased shutdown curbs in the state from June 1, allowing places of...

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Delhi health infra should be used for its residents only: AAP govt panel

Delhi health infra should be used for its residents only: AAP govt panel

A panel has suggested that the health infrastructure of the city should be used only for treating residents of the national capital in view of the , sources said on Saturday. The panel, headed by Dr Mahesh Verma, has submitted its report to the government in which it has said that if Delhi health infrastructure is open for non-residents, all beds will be occupied within three days. On Friday, Delhi recorded 1,330 fresh taking the COVID-19 tally in the city beyond the 26,000-mark, as the death toll due to the disease jumped to 708.You have reached your limit for free articles this...

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