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Headlines: PM Modi Takes Net-Zero Vow For India At COP26 Summit

PM Modi Takes Net-Zero Vow For India At COP26 Summit

While addressing the COP26 summit (2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference) in Glasgow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised his delegates by pledging that India will achieve the target of net-zero emission by 2070. After the disappointing outcome at the G20 meet, PM Modi’s bold affirmation injected new life into the climate change talks. Now, for India, the challenge is to curate a strategy and finance to achieve the net-zero target. However, PM Modi also urged rich countries to support developing countries so that they can shift to clean energy, although he did not explicitly say how much India would need from the international community. Speaking at the summit, PM Modi said: “It is India’s expectation that the world’s developed nations make $1 trillion available as climate finance as soon as possible. Justice would demand that those nations that have not kept their climate commitments should be pressured,” The nation of 1.3 billion people needs to focus on climate change issues since extreme weather events like floods, disruption to the monsoon season or heatwaves can have a devastating impact. Apart from India, Nepal and Thailand also pledged for 2045 and 2050 carbon neutrality targets. Though countries like Canada and Australia did pledge for money towards financing, they declined to set new short-term emission targets. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 10,423 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.21%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 10,423 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 1,53,776, which is the lowest in 250 days, constituting 0.45% of total covid-19 cases reported in the country so far. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered fresh covid-19 cases with recording 15,021 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The daily and weekly positivity rate is currently at 1.03% and 1.16%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 61.02 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 106.85 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Supreme Court Allows The Bursting Of Green Crackers If Air Quality Remains Better Than Poor 

On Monday, while setting aside the Calcutta High Court order that puts a ban on the bursting of crackers, the Supreme Court passed the order that every Indian citizen can burst green crackers on Diwali if the air quality remains better than poor category. During a special sitting, a bench of Justices AM Khanwlikar and Ajay Rastogi said: “There cannot be a complete ban (on bursting of crackers). The Supreme Court, as well as National Green Tribunal, have in numerous orders clarified which crackers can be burst if the ambient air quality remained better than poor level,” However, the ban remains the same for crackers with barium salts. The Top Court also directed states to strengthen vigilance at inter-state border entry points to stop hazardous crackers from being brought into the state. The court said: “Any lapse on the part of the state government/state agencies and Union Territories shall be viewed very seriously and if it is found that any banned firecrackers are manufactured, sold and used in any particular area, the Chief Secretary of the concerned state(s), the secretary(Homes) of the concerned State(s) and the commissioner of police of the concerned area, District Superintendent of Police of the concerned area and the SHO/Police Officer-in-charge of the concerned police station shall be held personally liable,”

Australia Recognizes Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin; PM Modi Thanks Australian Counterpart 

While Bharat Biotech developed covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin is still awaiting the approval of the World Health Organization; 16 countries have already approved the vaccine for travel purposes. The new to join the list is Australia. Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, for the recognition of Covaxin and said that it is an important step forward in the post covid partnership between India and Australia. Countries like Estonia, Mauritius, Nepal, Oman, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Greece, Mexico, Iran, the Philippines and now Australia have already recognized Bharat Biotech made Covaxin. On Monday, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Barry O’Farrell, tweeted: “Today, the @TGAgovau determined that Covaxin (manufactured by @BharatBiotech) vaccine would be ‘recognized’ for the purpose of establishing a traveller’s vaccination status. Importantly, recognition of #Covaxin, along with the previously announced recognition of #Covishield (manufactured by @AstraZenecaIn), means many citizens, as well as other countries, will now be considered fully vaccinated on entry to Australia,” 

Happy Birthday King Khan: Mannat Decked Up With Lights; SRK Fans Shower Love 

The King Khan of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday, falls on 2nd November. However, this time SRK’s birthday is extra special due to his elder son Aryan Khan being home for his father’s birthday. Aryan Khan was arrested in a cruise ship drug case on 2nd October 2021 by the Narcotics Control Bureau. After his bail plea got rejected twice, he was granted bail by the Bombay High Court on 28th October 2021, after spending almost a month at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai. With Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday and Diwali around the corner, SRK’s residence in Mumbai, Mannat, was decked up with twinkling golden lights on every floor of the house. As Shah Rukh Khan turns 56 this year, his charisma stays the same, and we can’t wait to see him back on the silver screen. 

Wedding Bells: Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt To Postpone Their Wedding Plans To 2022?

Recently, Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor visited Jodhpur; there were strong rumours that both were hunting the perfect lavish wedding location. The much-in-love couple has been dating each other since 2018, and from the time both made their relationship public, there have been strong wedding rumours. Earlier, there were rumours that Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor might say ‘I Do’ in December 2021; however, according to a report in Bollywood Life, the duo is eyeing for an early 2022 wedding. Well, we can’t wait to see the power couple getting hitched! Earlier, on Alia-Ranbir wedding, Alia Bhatt’s mother, Soni Razdan, said: “Even I don’t know when it’ll (the wedding) happen. Even I’m waiting for some information. Well, there’s a lot of time left. It’ll happen sometime in the future, and that’s a long way off. Now, when it’ll happen, I don’t know. Maybe, you’ll have to call Alia’s agent for that, but even her agent might not know,” 

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