PM Modi vows to more than double India’s non-fossil fuel target to 450 GW by 2022
India’s renewable energy target will be increased to 450 GW, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the United Nations Climate Action Summit here. “India today has come not just to talk about the seriousness of this issue, but to present a practical approach and a road map. We believe an ounce of practice is worth more than a tonne of preaching.
Highlights from PM Modi’s speech:
- World not doing enough to overcome serious challenge of climate change.
- Need a global people’s movement to bring about behavioural change.
- India will spend $50 billion on water conservation in next few years.
- India will increase share of non-fossil fuel, will increase renewable energy capacity to beyond 175 GW by 2022 and take it to 400 GW.
- India will inaugurate on Tuesday solar panels on the roof of the U.N. building, built at a cost of $1 million.
- 80 countries have joined the International Solar Alliance initiated by India.
- Called for a people’s movement to end the use of single use plastic and hoped that it will create an awareness at a global level about the harmful effects of single use plastic.
- Need is a global people’s movement to bring about behavioural change.
- India will spend $50 billion on his government’s ambitious ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ for water conservation, rainwater harvesting and for the development of water resources.
- India and China, which faced the highest burden of death from air pollution, will reap the biggest health benefits of a robust climate policy aimed at reducing carbon emissions.
- Calls for comprehensive approach which covers everything from education to values, and from lifestyle to developmental philosophy.
HM Shah moots idea of multipurpose card
Calling for creating 2021 Census data in digital form, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today pitched for having a multipurpose identity card for citizens, which could be used for getting passport, driving licence, opening bank account and filing income tax return.
Around 4,000 words being added to sign language dictionary
Around new 4,000 words are likely to be added to the Indian sign language dictionary in 2020, including words about agriculture for the first time, according to officials of the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry’s Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), which is carrying out the project.
Centre nudges Delhi on fast-track special courts
The Centre has written to the Delhi government for a “quick response” on a scheme to set up 16 more fast-track special courts to dispose of the over 10,000 cases of sexual assault against women and children, including rape, pending in special courts in the city.
Nutrition Mission awareness has surpassed our expectations
September is being observed as ‘Poshan Maah’ (nutrition month) across the country to ensure mobilisation at the grassroots level to achieve the targets laid down under the ‘Poshan Abhiyaan’ or the National Nutrition Mission (NNM).
Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018, the programme aims to reduce levels of underweight, stunting, low-birth weight as well as anaemia by 2022. Member (Health & Nutrition), NITI Aayog, Vinod K. Paul talks about the journey so far.
What are the main pillars of Poshan Abhiyaan?
There is an interplay of three broad themes of which nutrition intake is only 50% of the story. There is low birth weight among newborns due to poor maternal health, which accounts for 25% of the problem; illnesses among children such as diarrhoea are responsible for 25%-30% of undernutrition.
When we look at undernutrition like this, we look at what needs to be done holistically: maternal health, childhood illnesses and optimum amount of feeding — breastfeeding, complimentary feeding and food adequacy. Only 10% of children get adequate nutrition in our country.
Giant earthworm found at the foot of Western Ghats
Farmworkers in the land belonging to Gopalakrishna Katta in Kollamogaru village, near Kukke Subrahmanya, were taken aback when they saw a “snake-like creature” while removing soil for roadwork in January. Assuming it was a snake, they rushed to the landowner’s house to inform him.
But little did the workers realise that they had found a giant earthworm, measuring over three feet in length, which has not been reported in the Western Ghats and the coastal belt of Karnataka so far. The landowner’s son, Nishant Katta, a postgraduate in Applied Zoology, told them that it was not a snake but an earthworm.
Arunachal yields a new frog species
Scientists have reported the discovery of a new species of frog from the northeastern State of Arunachal Pradesh, highlighting India’s amphibian diversity amid rising concerns over biodiversity loss.