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Climate Change: India Must Walk The Talk

Climate Change: India Must Walk The Talk

Rediff.com3 days ago

India lost around 38.5 thousand hectares of tropical forest in the last decade. Nearly 14 per cent of the country's tree cover! It is one thing for Modi to announce that India will reach a net-zero level of emissions in 2070. But if it is serious, it needs to start today, points out Ramesh Menon.

India's Approaching Democratic Crisis

India's Approaching Democratic Crisis

Rediff.com5 days ago

India will either have to create a system in which certain geographical areas will wind up being permanent political outsiders at the Union level or it will have to create a system in which certain votes are weighted more heavily than others, observes Mihir S Sharma.

Kerala Needs To Confront Reality

Kerala Needs To Confront Reality

Rediff.com5 days ago

Beginning with the bird's eye view of itself -- a narrow state of hills, rivers and high population density, in a tapering part of the Indian subcontinent. It can be a beautiful place shaped by aesthetic founded in appropriate lifestyle and progressive views, or a junkyard shaped by money and what money buys. The choice is Kerala's, notes Shyam G Menon.

Why India was made the Fall Guy at COP26

Why India was made the Fall Guy at COP26

Rediff.com17 Nov 2021

The game plan is to pressure India and China to come back and commit to further emissions cuts by next year's UN meeting. Neither China nor India has 2030 targets anywhere near in line with a 1.5 degree centigrade pathway, and so will be on the target list of nations under pressure to return next year with more ambition, predicts Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

Xi talks tough with Biden, says China can't be stopped; warns him over Taiwan

Xi talks tough with Biden, says China can't be stopped; warns him over Taiwan

Rediff.com16 Nov 2021

The highly-anticipated summit, which began early Tuesday, is the third engagement between Xi, 68, and Biden, 78, since February.

India's Green Shoots for the Planet

India's Green Shoots for the Planet

Rediff.com16 Nov 2021

Modi's unexpected announcement of achieving net zero by 2070 may have neatly deflected the pressures on India to sign up to an ambitious pledge but it does nothing to dispel the ecological emergency that threatens all life on the planet, , points out former forerign secretary Shyam Saran, the prime minister's special envoy and chief negotiator on climate change 2007-2010.

Climate deal emerges at COP26, India intervenes on fossil fuel

Climate deal emerges at COP26, India intervenes on fossil fuel

Rediff.com14 Nov 2021

Negotiators from nearly 200 countries have accepted a new climate agreement after the COP26 summit in Glasgow concluded its extra time plenary on Saturday with a deal, which recognises India's intervention for the world to 'phase down' rather than "phase out" fossil fuels.

WC Qualifiers: Argentina, England, Egypt secure wins, Italy held

WC Qualifiers: Argentina, England, Egypt secure wins, Italy held

Rediff.com13 Nov 2021

Images from the FIFA World Cup qualifiers matches.

Adani now keen to produce world's cheapest hydrogen

Adani now keen to produce world's cheapest hydrogen

Rediff.com11 Nov 2021

Billionaire Gautam Adani on Thursday said his logistics-to-energy conglomerate will invest $70 billion over the next decade to become the world's largest renewable energy company and produce world's cheapest hydrogen. Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL), the world's largest solar power developer, is targeting 45 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2030 and will invest $20 billion to develop a 2 GW per year solar manufacturing capacity by 2022-23. Adani Transmission Ltd (ATL), India's largest private sector power transmission and retail distribution company, is looking to increase the share of renewable power procurement from the current 3 per cent to 30 per cent by FY 2023 and to 70 per cent by FY 2030.

Biden Checkmates China in Kabul

Biden Checkmates China in Kabul

Rediff.com11 Nov 2021

Beijing's growing assertiveness as kingmaker in Kabul has suffered a setback with Washington quietly moving in, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

US joins India-led International Solar Alliance

US joins India-led International Solar Alliance

Rediff.com10 Nov 2021

The United States on Wednesday became the 101st member country of the India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA), as US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry signed the ISA framework agreement to catalyse global energy transition through a solar-led approach. Kerry described the US membership as a major step towards the rapid deployment of solar power, as he formally signed the framework agreement at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

What's Shilo Shiv Suleman Painting At COP26?

What's Shilo Shiv Suleman Painting At COP26?

Rediff.com10 Nov 2021

Bengaluru born Shilo Shiv Suleman, an artist with the Fearless Collective, was spotted painting a mural depicting indigenous leaders of unrecognised lands as protests continued during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

Salute these AMAZING Padma Shri Awardees

Salute these AMAZING Padma Shri Awardees

Rediff.com10 Nov 2021

Why the 2020 Padma Shri Awards are an honour truly worth celebrating.

Oil PSUs to set up 22,000 EV charging stations

Oil PSUs to set up 22,000 EV charging stations

Rediff.com9 Nov 2021

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and two other public sector oil firms will install 22,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations over the next 3-5 years to support the nation's target to reduce its carbon intensity and reach net zero emissions by 2070. IOC, the country's largest state-controlled refiner by capacity, will set up EV charging facilities at 10,000 fuel outlets over the next three years, chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidya said. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) said it will set up 7,000 stations over the next five years while Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) has plans for 5,000 stations.

Why is Modi playing the drums?

Why is Modi playing the drums?

Rediff.com9 Nov 2021

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World Raises Its Voice. Will Leaders Listen?

World Raises Its Voice. Will Leaders Listen?

Rediff.com8 Nov 2021

Even as world leaders continue to debate, climate change activists took to the streets of Glasgow for the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice march.

Modi's Biden Moment?

Modi's Biden Moment?

Rediff.com4 Nov 2021

Hours before he was spotted napping during the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Biden had -- it appears from this Press Information Bureau photograph -- a Biden moment when he encountered Narendra Damodardas Modi in Glasgow.

What's Modi Doing in A Squid Game?

What's Modi Doing in A Squid Game?

Rediff.com4 Nov 2021

As more than 120 heads of government and heads of State gathered in Glasgow for the COP26 summit, climate change activists made their point to world leaders outside the Scottish Event Campus, the designated venue for the global summit.

Vinisha Umashankar Steals Show At Climate Summit

Vinisha Umashankar Steals Show At Climate Summit

Rediff.com3 Nov 2021

'Just remember, when it comes to climate change, there is no STOP button!' 'We can't hit pause or even rewind, we can only move together towards the future.'

Xi's no show at COP26 a big mistake: Biden

Xi's no show at COP26 a big mistake: Biden

Rediff.com3 Nov 2021

Speaking at his closing press conference at the COP26 Summit, Biden expressed disappointment over with Chinese actions on climate in Rome, and also the lack of willingness for Chinese President Xi Jinping to show up at either the G20 or COP26 summit.

Climate Crisis Presents Opportunity For India

Climate Crisis Presents Opportunity For India

Rediff.com3 Nov 2021

India's negotiating posture at the multilateral negotiations should be aligned with a significantly transformed development strategy domestically.' 'The positions the country takes at the negotiations will then carry credibility, says Shyam Saran, former foreign secretary and India's chief negotiator on Climate Change 2007-2010.

Uttam's Take: Why 2070? Why Not Earlier?

Uttam's Take: Why 2070? Why Not Earlier?

Rediff.com3 Nov 2021

Uttam Ghosh -- like most leaders at the COP26 summit in Glasgow -- is surprised at India's pledge to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2070.

India set 50-year ambitious climate agenda: Modi at COP26

India set 50-year ambitious climate agenda: Modi at COP26

Rediff.com2 Nov 2021

India has not only exceeded the Paris commitments but has now also set an ambitious agenda for the next 50 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday after he took part in two days of intense discussions with world leaders at the climate summit on the future of the planet.

Modi calls for 'One Sun, One World, One Grid'

Modi calls for 'One Sun, One World, One Grid'

Rediff.com2 Nov 2021

Emphasising that everything is created from Sun, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called for 'One Sun, One World, One Grid' to improve the viability of solar power and announced that India's space agency ISRO will soon provide the world a calculator that can measure solar energy potential of any region across the globe. Addressing world leaders at the event 'Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment' on the sidelines of the climate summit in Glasgow, Modi said that fossil fuel powered many nations to become wealthy during the industrial revolution, but it made the earth and environment poor.

Modi meets Bill Gates; discusses climate change

Modi meets Bill Gates; discusses climate change

Rediff.com2 Nov 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on the sidelines of the climate summit here and discussed ways to further sustainable development, steps to mitigate climate change and vaccine research. The meeting between Modi and the American business magnate, whose foundation is focusing on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, took place after the former launched the Initiative for the Resilient Island States (IRIS) for developing infrastructure of small island nations. Prime Minister Modi expressed appreciation for the work being done by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in India, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

Will Narendra Modi join Israel's Yamina party?

Will Narendra Modi join Israel's Yamina party?

Rediff.com2 Nov 2021

"Come and join my party," Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said, as the two leaders laughed and shook hands when they met on the sidelines of COP26 climate summit in Glasgow on Tuesday.

O que este homem est fazendo?!

O que este homem est fazendo?!

Rediff.com2 Nov 2021

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres seems startled by the Pradhan Mantri's proximity-propinquity as he arrives at the Scottish Exhibition Centre to attend the World Leaders Summit, COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland, November 1, 2021.

Ever Seen Modi In A Kilt?

Ever Seen Modi In A Kilt?

Rediff.com2 Nov 2021

We know the Pradhan Mantri is the nation's premier fashionista, so when he visited the land of Rob Roy, Mary Queen of Scots and J K Rowling, would he try out a kilt?

Farmers Protest Follows Modi To Glasgow

Farmers Protest Follows Modi To Glasgow

Rediff.com2 Nov 2021

The year-long farmers's agitation over the government's farm laws followed Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, October 31, 2021.

India's carbon emissions to be net zero by 2070: Modi at COP26

India's carbon emissions to be net zero by 2070: Modi at COP26

Rediff.com2 Nov 2021

Representing India at the 'High-Level Segment for Heads of States and Government' at the UN COP26 underway at Glasgow, UK, Prime Minister Modi said that India is working very hard on tackling climate change related issues.

Modi-Johnson bilateral focuses on renewables, clean tech

Modi-Johnson bilateral focuses on renewables, clean tech

Rediff.com1 Nov 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met his British counterpart Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the COP26 climate summit here and discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in areas like green hydrogen, renewables and clean technology, economy and defence.

Modi's day out with Indian diaspora in Glasgow

Modi's day out with Indian diaspora in Glasgow

Rediff.com1 Nov 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with a cross-section of members of the Indian diaspora in Scotland who gathered here to felicitate him and also unveil his bust.

What India needs to do at COP26, Glasgow

What India needs to do at COP26, Glasgow

Rediff.com1 Nov 2021

Rather than talking endlessly about lost and marginal opportunities, India's climate envoys need to start thinking bigger, says Mihir S Sharma.

Modi, G20 leaders visit iconic Trevi Fountain in Rome

Modi, G20 leaders visit iconic Trevi Fountain in Rome

Rediff.com31 Oct 2021

The prime minister is participating in the G20 Summit in Rome from October 30- 31 at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

Modi's plane flies over Pak airspace en route to Italy

Modi's plane flies over Pak airspace en route to Italy

Rediff.com31 Oct 2021

Prime Minister Modi's plane Boeing 777, 300ER, K7066 entered the Pakistani airspace from Bahawalpur, passed through Turbat and Panjgur and via Iran and Turkey reached Italy, The Express Tribune reported.

Modi to present India's climate action plan at COP26 summit

Modi to present India's climate action plan at COP26 summit

Rediff.com31 Oct 2021

During his three-day UK visit until Tuesday, Modi is listed to address the COP26 summit with a national statement about India's climate action plan in the afternoon session on Monday, ahead of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

PIX: Modi's camaraderie with G20 leaders

PIX: Modi's camaraderie with G20 leaders

Rediff.com30 Oct 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday interacted with world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, exchanging pleasantries and showcasing a spirit of camaraderie.

During hour-long meet Modi invites Pope Francis to visit India

During hour-long meet Modi invites Pope Francis to visit India

Rediff.com30 Oct 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said he had a "very warm meeting" with Pope Francis and discussed a wide range of issues, including the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenge posed by climate change, with the head of the Roman Catholic church and also invited the Pontiff to visit India at an early date.

Dom's Take: BAN Climate Change!

Dom's Take: BAN Climate Change!

Rediff.com29 Oct 2021

Dominic Xavier offers his take on the UN's climate conference, COP26 in Glasgow, where top world leaders -- barring Xi Jinping and Vladmir Putin -- will discuss how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change and altering our planet forever.

PM Modi lands in Italy for G20 Summit; to meet Pope Francis

PM Modi lands in Italy for G20 Summit; to meet Pope Francis

Rediff.com29 Oct 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived in Rome, Italy to participate in the G20 Summit where he will join other leaders in discussions on global economic and health recovery from COVID-19, sustainable development and climate change.

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