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India ratifies Paris climate agreementIndia ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by depositing the instrument of ratification with the United Nations on Sunday, the 147th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Paris Agreement: 5 things you should knowWith India formally joining the Paris Agreement on Sunday, here are five salient points about the deal.

Six changes after Paris climate deal: How the new global pact could affect your lifeThe fight against climate change began in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro that gave birth to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. And culminated with a global agreement in Paris last year.

Editorials

This war cloud has a new shapeIndia and Pakistan are being drummed into war-mindedness, not in the sense of a readiness to face war should it happen, but in the sense of wanting a war

OPEC’s roll of the dice – The agreement reached at the extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, in Algiers, to trim the cartel’s collective output by about 700,000 barrels a day, in an effort to balance supply and demand in the global oil market, caught markets by surprise.

Breaking out of election mode Conducting simultaneous elections to Parliament and State Assemblies is a huge logistical task. But it is time to ensure political and administrative stability at the Centre and State levels.

Indian Express

Bill in bad faithReligious belief cannot be the basis of preference or discrimination in matters of Indian citizenship.

International

No visa for Baloch leader Naela Quadri – Sending out a negative signal about its support to the Baloch freedom movement, the Government of India has denied visa to prominent Baloch nationalist leader Naela Quadri Baloch.

N-deal with Japan ‘ready’ to be sealed – The India-Japan nuclear agreement, under discussion since 2008, is “ready to be signed” when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Japan later this year, say government sources. This indicated a breakthrough on several contentious issues including a controversial “nullification” clause.

U.K. to begin Brexit process by March 2017 – British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Sunday that her government will trigger Brexit negotiations by the end of March, putting the country on course to leave the European Union (EU) by early 2019.

Petitions in U.S., U.K. to condemn Pakistan gain record support – An online White House petition seeking to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism has gained a record half a million signatures, five times the number needed to get a response from the Obama Administration.

MPC-led policy may be ‘dovish’ Urjit Patel, who was elevated last month to the central bank governor’s position, is expected to announce the interest rate decision based on the majority view in the six-member MPC. Mr. Patel, the panel’s chairman, will have the casting vote in case of a tie.

Indian Express

In fact: Why a special relationship with Russia mattersNew Delhi is heavily dependent on Moscow for upkeep of military hardware and high-end tech transfers.

Environment

NGO promoting clean energy bags UN climate solutions award The NGO, which trains women to become clean energy entrepreneurs across Maharashtra and Bihar, is one of the 13 projects to be recognised at the forthcoming UN climate summit in Marrakesh, Morocco, in November.

Indian Express

Why it rains, or does not | La Niña, El Niño: Opposites attract, repulse monsoonEl Niño and La Niña are mutually opposite phenomena, during which an abnormal warming or cooling of sea surface temperatures is observed in the Pacific Ocean along the equator, off the coast of South America.

Anatomy Of The Urban FloodWe must recentre urban planning to take our agrarian pasts into account.

 

 

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