ARE INDIAN POLITICIANS IGNORANT ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING?

India on path to meet climate targets, rich world falling short Sixteen of the 25 major carbon emitting countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada and the EU nations (counted together) are not on track to achieve their Paris pledges, says a new global report released in Germany on Wednesday. The report, based on scientific analysis of what all the top 25 emitters have been doing to cut their emissions, has noted that only nine of these countries, including India and China, are "on track to achieve or even overachieve their self-determined unconditional" targets. This new report by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and two other institutions including New Climate Institute provides an overview of projected greenhouse gas emissions in 25 major emitting countriesregion up to 2030, taking into account the emission trajectories based on current policies and the implementation of their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. The report, while highlighting how most developed countries were falling short, attributed their poor record on the higher commitments made. It noted that a country likely to meet its NDC was not necessarily undertaking more stringent action on mitigation than a country which is not on track, as this...

WILL THE GUJARAT ELECTIONS BE A REFLECTION OF THE NATIONAL MOOD?

Gujarat elections to set the stage for 2019 Lok Sabha battle The Gujarat elections are not about Gujarat alone—all eyes are on the 2019 general elections. A thumping win in the Gujarat elections slated for December would not only pave the way for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) victory in 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign but also boost its performance in other state elections. For Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the election in his home state is a battle for prestige, with “development” being his slogan. Modi is likely to start a whirlwind campaign of the state later this month by addressing dozens of public rallies and holding roadshows. The party’s campaign “Hun chu vikas, hun chu Gujarat“ (I am development, I am Gujarat) is woven around its star campaigner Modi. This is similar to a 2012 campaign slogan: “Hun Modi no manas chu” (I am Modi’s man). “If the 2012 Gujarat elections where the BJP won for the third successive time under Modi as its CM was a personal battle for the race for the prime ministerial post, the 2017 Gujarat elections are now of national significance both for Modi and the BJP. A reduction in its numbers could mean that the Modi...

SHOULD TRIPLE TALAQ BE BANNED IN EVERY SENSE?

Triple talaq: Govt plans to make practice a punishable offence, likely to table Bill in winter session Three months after the Supreme Court set aside the centuries-old practice of instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat in which Muslim men divorce their wives by uttering talaq three times in quick succession, the government has taken the first step to consider a legislation that will make triple talaq a criminal offence. A Bill to this effect is likely to be tabled in the winter session of Parliament. “The government is contemplating making talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence. Very serious consideration is being given by the government,” a senior government functionary said Tuesday. A committee of ministers has been constituted to finetune the legislation, the official said. The committee comprises Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. SOURCE - INDIAN EXPRESS Modi Govt. Mulling Law To End Triple Talaq The government is considering bringing a legislation in the winter session of Parliament to put an end to instantaneous triple talaq, a Muslim way of divorce which is still in practice despite the Supreme Court striking it down. A ministerial committee has been...

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