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Delivering the National Statement at the Glasgow summit, PM Narendra Modi announced five steps that India would take, including reducing carbon intensity of its economy to less than 45% by 2030.



Scaling up India’s ambitious agenda to combat climate change, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced five steps, “amrit tatva” at the COP26 Summit including the target to attain net-zero emissions by 2070.

Delivering the National Statement at the COP26 Summit in Glasgow, he said India will increase its capacity of non-fossil energy capacity to 500 GW and meet 50% of its energy requirements through renewable energy by 2030. He also said that India would make one-billion-tonne reduction in total projected carbon emissions and reduce carbon intensity in its economy to less than 45% by 2030.

“In the midst of this brainstorming on climate change, I would like to present five ‘Amrit tatva’ on behalf of India,” he said. PM Modi described them as “panchamrit ki saugat”.

“India will take its non-fossil energy capacity to 500 GW by 2030. Second, India will meet 50% of its energy requirements from renewable energy by 2030. Third, India will reduce the total projected carbon emissions by one billion tonnes by 2030. Fourth, by 2030, India will reduce the carbon intensity of its economy to less than 45%. And fifth—by 2070, India will achieve the target of net-zero emissions,” he said.

Highlighting India’s efforts to combat climate change, the Prime Minister said that India is the only major economy that has worked and delivered on the Paris commitments both in letter and spirit.

Speaking in Hindi at the COP26 Global Leaders’ Summit here in Glasgow the Prime Minister said, “Today,

the world has acknowledged that India is the only such biggest economy that has worked and delivered on the Paris commitment in letter and spirit. Karambaddh (duty bound) India is bringing results by making all-out efforts.” Paris Agreement goal constitutes an effort to keep the global average temperature increase well below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

“I am pleased to announce that in a developing country like India with a population of 125 crores, constituting 17% of the global population and India’s contribution to the emission has only been 5%. India has left no stone unturned in completing its duty,” he added.

Recalling the Paris climate conference, he said that summit was a sentiment and commitment for him.

“I came to Paris with a concern for the sake of humanity. I came as a representative of that society that believes in ‘Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah’ (Let all be happy, let all be free from debilitation),” he said.

The Prime Minister also laid emphasis on “Lifestyle For Environment” in his speech. “I am keeping proposal of One-Word Movement. This One-Word is one word in the context of climate, ‘one-word’ can become the basic foundation of the world, it can become the resolve. This is a word- LIFE…L, I, F, E, i.e. Lifestyle For Environment,” the Prime Minister said.

He called for collective participation and said “Lifestyle For Environment” should become a movement.

“This environmental consciousness can become a mass movement,” he said.

PM Modi spoke against “mindless and destructive consumption” and said the movement can attain gaols in diverse areas.

“Today is the need to focus on mindful and deliberate utilisation instead of mindless and destructive consumption. This movement, with a unified approach, can attain goals in diverse areas like fishing, agriculture, wellness, dietary choices, housing, packaging, hospitality, tourism, clothing, fashion, water management and the field of energy. It can bring revolutionary changes,” PM Modi said.

“These are the issues which need the conscious choice of everyone, every day. The conscious choice by millions, billions of people will help in billion steps for combating climate change. I believe that this movement will stand every test,” said the Prime Minister.

He cited the example of the International Solar Alliance as a reflection of India’s persistent efforts to combat climate change.

“As a revolutionary step in solar power, we initiated the International Solar Alliance. We have created a coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure for climate adaptation. This is a sensitive and important initiative to save crores of lives,” PM Modi said.

He also said, “More passengers than the entire population of the world travel by Indian Railways every year. This huge railway system has set itself a target of making itself ‘Net Zero’ by 2030. This initiative alone will reduce emissions by 60 million tonnes per annum.”

Also on Monday, PM Modi said adaptation has received less attention compared to mitigation in the global climate debate and emphasised resilience against climate change.

Addressing a COP26 side event on “Action and Solidarity: The Critical Decade” convened by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, PM Modi referred to the adverse impact of climate change including change in cropping patterns and the increasing frequency of floods. “When compared with mitigation, adaptation has received less attention in the global climate debate. The developing countries are facing injustice as they are most affected by climate change,” he said.

“Climate change is a big challenge for farmers in India and other developing nations. There is a change in the cropping pattern. Corps is getting destroyed by rains, floods and other natural phenomena,” he added. Prime Minister Modi said the world would have to make adaptation the main part of development policies and schemes.

“In India, schemes like ‘Nal Se Jal’, Clean India Mission and Ujjwala have not only given adaptation benefits to our citizens but also improved their quality of life,” PM Modi said.

He noted that many traditional communities have knowledge of living in harmony with nature. “To make sure that this knowledge flows to next generations, it should be added to school syllabus. Protection of lifestyle suitable to local conditions can also be an important part of adaptation,” he said.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi met UK PM Boris Johnson on the sidelines of COP26. The two leaders discussed regional and global challenges including Afghanistan, counter-terrorism, Indo-Pacific, supply chain resilience and post-Covid global economic recovery here on Monday. The two leaders held talks on the sidelines of the COP26 Summit. During the bilateral talks, Prime Minister Modi congratulated PM Johnson for successfully organising the COP26 and for his personal leadership in championing global action for climate change mitigation and adaptation, according to a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs.

PM Modi and his Israeli counterpart Naftali Bennett had their first in-person meeting on Monday since the latter took office, on the sidelines of the ongoing COP26 Summit.

Also on Monday, PM Modi met United Nations General Asembly’s President Abdulla Shahid.

More than 120 heads of states and governments have reached Glasgow for a two-day summit at the start of the UN’s COP26 conference, which organisers say is crucial for charting humanity’s path away from catastrophic global warming.

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6 ITBP personnel died in a bus accident, president expresses grief



On Tuesday, President Droupadi Murmu expressed sorrow over the deaths of six members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), who perished when the bus they were riding in crashed into a riverbed in Pahalgam.

“The tragic loss of precious lives of ITBP personnel in the unfortunate accident at Anantnag, J&K fills me with sadness. My heartfelt condolences for the bereaved families. I pray for speedy recovery of the injured,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted.

A civilian bus carrying 37 ITBP employees and two J-K Police officers was travelling from Chandanwari to Pahalgam when it apparently experienced brake problems and crashed into a steep gorge, injuring 33 people, according to a senior ITBP official.

“Deeply anguished by the bus accident near Chandanwari in which we have lost our brave ITBP personnel. My condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. All possible assistance is being provided to the injured personnel,” Lt Governor Sinha said.

Amit Shah, the union home minister, also shared his grief over the unfortunate occurrence and wished for the quick recovery of those hurt.

“Anguished to learn about the accident of a bus carrying ITBP and police personnel in Pahalgam, J&K. My prayers and thoughts are with the bereaved families. The injured were rushed to the hospital. May they recover at the earliest,” he tweeted.

According to Dr. Syed Tariq, a physician at the Government Medical College of Anantnag, 30 individuals were injured in the collision.

“Our six jawans have lost their lives, 30 injured. We will provide the best possible treatment to the injured. ITBP Headquarters is keeping a watch on the situation. The jawans were returning from Amarnath Yatra duty. All help will be provided to affected families, Vivek Kumar Pandey, ITBP PRO said.

The incident happened in the Pahalgam region of Frisland.

For the Amarnath Yatra, the jawans were stationed there.

“We are in touch with the local administration and teams of disaster management have been rushed to the site for a rescue operation,” an ITBP official said.

On June 29, the Amarnath Yatra set out from Jammu under the strict security measures put in place by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the army, and the local police.

The pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine, a 3,880-meter-high cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the higher Himalayas, is conducted from the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal.

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Kashmiri Pandit shot dead, 2nd attack in two days



Dead bodies

A Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead in a terror assault in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday, and another person was hurt, according to a tweet from the J&K Police, who also noted that the injured person was receiving medical assistance at the nearby hospital. The dead have been identified as Sunil Kumar Bhat and his brother Pintu Kumar was hurt, according to the identification.

Police declared that the two were killed in an apple orchard.

“Terrorists fired upon civilians in an apple orchard in the Chotipora area of Shopian. One person died and one was injured. Both belong to the minority community. An injured person has been shifted to hospital. The area had been cordoned off.Further details shall follow,” the police said this afternoon.

Omar Abdullah, the leader of the National Conference and a former chief minister of J&K, strongly denounced the attack and expressed his sympathies. It was the most recent in a horrifying string of targeted killings that began in October of last year.

“Terribly sad news from South Kashmir today. An accident (referring to the death of at least six troops from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police who died after the bus they were in fell into a riverbed) and a militant attack have left a trail of death and suffering. I condemn the militant attack in Shopian unequivocally, in which Sunil Kumar was killed and Pinto Kumar injured. My condolences…”

Altaf Thakur, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s J&K spokesperson, declared that he “seriously condemns” the wicked act of terror.”

He said, “I strongly condemn this dastardly act of terror on innocent majority community members… in which one minority community member, Sunil Kumar, was killed and another injured. Terror has no religion. Killers should be punished.”

In less than 24 hours, Kashmir has experienced a second attack on Pandits who are not migrants.

Terrorists injured Karan Kumar Singh when they tossed a grenade at a home in Budgam on Monday, the day the nation celebrated its 75th Independence Day. Singh was taken to a hospital in Srinagar.

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Bus carrying 39 ITBP personnel falls into riverbed in Pahalgam, rescue teams rushed



ITBP Bus accident

A major accident happened where an Indo-Tibetan-Border Police (ITBP) bus fell into a deep roadside river bed. Reportedly so far six soldiers have been martyred .

The bus carrying 37 ITBP personnel and two J-K Police was on its way from Chandanwari to Pahalgam. This information has been given by ITBP.

Meanwhile, the cause of the accident is said to be the brake failure of the bus. According to the police, six ITBP personnel have been martyred. The injured were rushed to Anantnag district hospital. The identity of the injured has not been disclosed yet.

“We are in touch with locals administration and teams and disaster management have been rushed to the site for the rescue operation,” the officials said.

Moreover, ITBP commandos have been sent to the spot so that the rescue operation can be done expeditiously. All the jawans going by bus were on duty for Amarnath Yatra and were coming back to Pahalgam. About 20 ambulances are engaged in rescue work on the spot.

Earlier on 29 June, the Amarnath Yatra began amid tight security arrangements made by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

However, further details about the incident are awaited.

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The battle without the gun



5th generation warfare

The 5th Generation Warfare is a covert attempt to paralyse a nation and a battle not on the ground but of strategies to discredit and stymie its growth.The well-described Sun Tzu Strategy is unquestionably proving to be a great approach to debilitate the growth of any country, which lists down five agendas, i.e.,win all without fighting; avoid strength, attack weakness; deception and foreknowledge; speed and preparation; shape your opponent; and character-based leadership.

Daniel Abbot defines the 5th Generation Warfare as the war of “information and perception”  which calls for tactics like social engineering, misinformation and cyber attacks, artificial intelligence and autonomous robots.

The tactic of psychological manipulation in order to decay the intellect, breach privacy, or fleece the people of a country is what can be called social engineering. In recent times, there have been instances where foreign powers have adopted certain methodologies, including baiting, scareware, pretexting, phishing, and spear phishing, to rob the nation.

Deliberately spreading deceptive and misleading information in order to  influence actions and the entire persona in long run is  a commendable tactic to vanquish the enemy nation. Be it fuelling political agenda or be it triggering extremism, misinformation has a vital role to play.

We need to outsmart the strives of the foreign nations to uproot the culture of our country with subtle poisoning of technology along with Cyber attacks and look beyond petty affairs to see the wider picture.

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PM Modi, President Murmu extend greetings on Parsi New Year



Narendra Modi

On the occasion of Parsi New Year-Navroz Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people.

“Greetings on Parsi New Year. May the coming year be filled with joy, prosperity, and good health. Navroz Mubarak,” PM Modi said.

Earlier in the morning today, President Droupadi Murmu greeted the citizens and wished them to live together in harmony.

Taking to Twitter President Murmu said, “On the auspicious occasion of Parsi New Year, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens, especially our Parsi brothers and sisters. The Parsi community has significantly contributed to the development of our nation through their hard work, dedication, and entrepreneurship. The inclusive culture of India inspires all the citizens to live together in harmony.”

Meanwhile, the Parsi New Year is also known as Navroz and its the beginning of the new Persian calendar. Followed by Zoroastrians Navroz is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the calendar. In the Persian language meaning of ‘Nav’ is new and ‘Roz’ means for the day, i.e. the ‘new day’.

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Former Bihar Minister Subhash Singh passes away; Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav pays tribute



Subhash Singh

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav expressed condolences on the demise of former Bihar Minister Subhash Singh on Tuesday.

Taking to Twitter Yadav said, “Received the sad news of the demise of former minister cum BJP MLA Shri Subhash Singh Ji from Gopalganj Sadar. Praying to God to give his soul a place at his feet and strength to his family members to bear the loss. Om Shanti.”

Former Bihar minister and BJP leader Subhash Singh passed away on Tuesday morning at AIIMS, Delhi.

Former Bihar Minister Tarkishore Prasad confirmed the news and said, “Heartfelt tributes to the former minister of Bihar government and MLA from Gopalganj, Subhash Singh on his death. May God give peace to his soul and strength to his bereaved family members to bear this loss. His death is an irreparable loss to the politics of Bihar and the BJP. Om Shanti.”

However, in 2015 Subhash Singh was an elected member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Gopalganj.

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