India has practically achieved pre-2020 climate action targets, says Prakash Javadekar.

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Friday launched the “India Climate Change Knowledge Portal” through a virtual event where he said that India has practically achieved its pre-2020 climate action targets.“Happy to inform that India has practically achieved its Pre-2020 #ClimateAction targets. Although India is not responsible for historical emissions, India, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji, is leading the world on ClimateAction...

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J&K goes to polls first time after Article 370 abrogation.

For the first time after the abrogation of Article 370 and the reorganization of erstwhile state Jammu and Kashmir, the union territory is going to the polls on Saturday. Apart from being the first election since August 5, 2019, what makes these elections stand out is the formation of the Gupkar alliance ahead of the elections and the exchange of barbs between Gupkar leaders and BJP leaders ahead of the election.National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Communist Party of India (M), Jammu and Kashmir...

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PM Modi to visit 3 drug development centres today to review Covid-19 vaccine progress.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit drug makers in three cities on Saturday to personally review the Covid-19 vaccine development and manufacturing process. He will visit Ahmedabad’s Zydus Biotech Park, Hyderabad’s Bharat Biotech and Pune’s Serum Institute of India (SII).“As India enters a decisive phase of the fight against Covid-19, PM @narendramodis visit to these facilities & discussions with the scientists will help him get a first hand perspective of the preparations, challenges...

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Nepal’s PM Oli stuns China, tells envoy Yanqi to steer clear of party politics.

Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is believed to have suggested to Chinese ambassador Hou Yanqi last week that he is capable of handling challenges within his party without any assistance from other countries, according to people familiar with the matter.Oli’s comments, the people who asked not to be named added, may have been prompted by happenings in his Nepal Communist Party (NCP). A faction of the party, led by former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has become strident in its opposition...

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PM Modi, Boris Johnson discuss ‘ambitious roadmap’ for India-UK ties in next decade.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Friday about the way ahead for the bilateral ties between the two countries in the next 10 years. The two leaders discussed cooperation in sectors of trade and investment, defence and the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.“Had an excellent discussion with my friend, UK PM @BorisJohnson on an ambitious roadmap for India-UK ties in the next decade. We agreed to work towards a quantum leap in our cooperation in all areas...

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HTLS 2020: ‘No impact of Covid-19 on road projects, construction,’ says Gadkari.

Union minister of road transport & highways and MSMEs, Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that there has been no impact of Covid-19 on road construction projects. The minister was speaking on Day 4 of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2020 on Friday in a session moderated by Zakka Jacob, managing editor, CNN-NEWS18.“The capacity of the construction equipment manufacturers have increased by 80 per cent, that is almost double,” the minister said.Gadkari said that one of the major initiatives...

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Venkaiah Naidu to chair SCO heads of govt meet, India, Pakistan PMs unlikely to join.

Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu will chair the Shanghai Cooperation Organizations’ (SCO) council of heads of government summit on November 30, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan expected not to join the virtual meeting.The council of heads of government is the second highest body of SCO and is responsible for handling the grouping’s trade and economic agenda and approving its annual budget. This is the first time India is hosting a meeting of the body since...

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‘Diamond rush’ in Nagaland village, govt deputes geologists to investigate.

News of what was believed to be diamonds being found in Wanching, a village in Mon district of Nagaland, spread like wildfire after photographs and video clips of villagers digging for the purported precious stone went viral on various social media platforms, prompting the state government to order an investigation to verify the claims.The video clips and photographs showed villagers gathered in large numbers, digging soil on a hillock and displaying small crystalline finds on their palms.The department...

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‘Distressing’: Rahul Gandhi condoles death of Covid-19 patients in Rajkot hospital fire.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condoled the death of five Covid-19 patients who were killed in the early hours on Friday in a fire at a Rajkot hospital.“The news of fire in a Covid hospital in Rajkot is distressing. Similar fire broke out in August in Ahmedabad. The government must investigate seriously into these cases. My condolences to the family of the patients who lost their lives,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.Five coronavirus patients were killed after a fire broke out in the ICU of a designated...

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‘Don’t compel me to come after you’: Uddhav Thackeray’s veiled warning to Opposition.

Slamming the Opposition, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has said he should not be compelled to go after them. In an interview to Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Thackeray’s word of caution comes in the wake of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) action against Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik.Thackeray, who completes a year in office on Friday, said he is keeping a “close eye” on political developments in the state. He said that central agencies are misused in the country and the manner...

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