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At COP26, PM Modi launches infra plan for ‘vulnerable nations’

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the launch of Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States (IRIS) initiative “fills us with new hope and beliefs and gives us satisfaction to do something for the most vulnerable nations”.

Launching the IRIS initiative at the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26), along with his British counterpart Boris Johnson, PM Modi said, “The launch of Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States fills us with new hope and beliefs. This gives us the satisfaction to do something for the most vulnerable nations.” Speaking about the impact of climate change on the world, PM Modi said, “The past few decades have proven that nobody remains untouched by effects of climate change. Be it developed nations or nations that are rich in natural resources. It’s a huge threat.”

“Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are most threatened with climate change. For them, it is a matter of life and death, a challenge to their existence. Calamities due to climate change can become devastating for them. It is not only a challenge for their lives but also for their economy,” he added.

The Infrastructure for the Resilient Island State (IRIS) is an initiative to boost the infrastructure in small island countries.

PM Modi also said India’s space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), will build a special data window for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to get timely information about cyclones, coral-reef monitoring, coast-line monitoring through satellite.

“India’s space agency ISRO will build a special data window for SIDS (Small Island Developing States). With this, SIDS will continue to get timely information about cyclones, coral-reef monitoring and coast-line monitoring through satellite.” “Guessing the threat of climate change on Small Island Developing States, India made special arrangements for cooperation with Pacific Islands and CARICOM countries. We trained their citizens in solar technologies, made continuous contributions for development,” the Prime Minister said.

PM Modi backed the “One Sun, One World and One Grid” initiative, saying that it will not only reduce storage needs but also enhance the viability of solar projects. Delivering his remarks at the ‘’Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment’ event at COP26, the PM reiterated the idea for the One Sun One World One Grid (OSOWOG) initiative that was put forth by PM Modi, at the First Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in October 2018. The PM also participated in the Build Back Better for the World (B3W) event and laid stress on four aspects in infrastructure creation including sustainable and transparent finance that respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries. The PM underlined the need to ensure four aspects in infrastructure creation which also include climate resilience, incorporating traditional knowledge and prioritising poor and vulnerable sections. The B3W was initiated by US President Joe Biden and President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday met Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on the sidelines of the COP26 and discussed ways to further sustainable development. The two leaders also discussed steps to mitigate the effect of climate change. “Prime Minister @narendramodi met @BillGates on the sidelines of the @COP26 Summit in Glasgow. Both discussed ways to further sustainable development and steps to mitigate climate change,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted.

PM Modi also met with Israeli counterpart Naftali Bennett and discussed ways to deepen various avenues of cooperation between the two countries. Earlier today, PM Modi met Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday said that India’s new target of net zero emissions by 2070, announced at COP26, is based on “scientific projection”. PM Modi has now set a target of 500 gigawatts and he is not doing it under any pressure. “The only pressure on him is the pressure of humanity the pressure of our own future, and I think that is very, very important,” Shringla said in a briefing about India’s National Statement at the COP26 Summit in Glasgow. He further pointed out that India is not going to be pressurised, will not be pressurised and has never been pressurised in any way. It is important that we are doing it of our own volition.

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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

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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

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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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Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin to visit Delhi; likely to meet President Murmu, PM Modi

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Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin will visit Delhi on Tuesday. Stalin will be on a two-day visit to the national capital.

Meanwhile, Stalin is scheduled to arrive in Delhi on Tuesday. According to the information, CM Stalin will call on President Droupadi Murmu. He is also scheduled to meet Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

Earlier on 15 August, Stalin unfurled the tricolor at Fort St George. While addressing people he said, “These are the urgent and necessary ideals for the nation today. We are administering the Dravidian model government which encompasses all such humanitarian ideals.”

“I am desirous of fulfilling the aspirations of every single individual of Tamil Nadu. I am involving myself every day in that initiative,” Stalin said.

Moreover, Chief Minister MK Stalin and PM Narendra Modi met at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai.

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PM Narendra Modi extends birthday greeting to CM Arvind Kejriwal

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended birthday wishes to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday.

Taking to Twitter PM Modi said, “Birthday greetings to Delhi Chief Minster Shri @ArvindKejriwal Ji. I pray for his long life and good health.”

The Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal turned 54 today and thanked the Prime Minister for his wishes.

“Thank you, sir,” CM Kejriwal replied.

Earlier on 16 August, Kejriwal paid tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Taking to Twitter Kejriwal said, “My tributes to former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji on his death anniversary.”

Meanwhile, PM Modi and President Droupadi Murmu, and several prominent leaders paid floral tribute to the former PM at Sadaiv Atal.

Moreover, Union Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also paid floral tribute at Vajpayee’s memorial in Delhi.

Narendra Modi’s government declared Vajpayee’s birthday, 25 December as Good Governance Day. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first non-Congress who became the Prime Minister of India.

However, Vajpayee was elected twice as the country’s prime minister in 1996 and 1999. Later in 2015, he was awarded India’s highest civilian honor Bharat Ratna.

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Bal Aadhaar initiative: 7.9 million enrolled in 4 months

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According to a statement released on Monday by the Union electronics and information technology ministry, over 7.9 million children under the age of five were enrolled between April and July as part of the Unique Identification Authority’s Bal Aadhaar initiative.

“Bal Aadhaar registration is moving on nationwide with an increased pace,” it said. By the end of March, 26.4 million children in the 0–5 age range had Bal Aadhaar, and by the end of July, that figure had risen to 34.3 million.

According to the ministry, states including Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Mizoram, Delhi, and Andhra Pradesh had enlisted 70% of the target category.

Children under the age of five are given the blue Bal Aadhaar, which is the forerunner to the regular Aadhaar. A regular Aadhaar is issued upon expiration. According to the ministry, “Bal Aadhaar acts as a facilitator in obtaining a number of welfare benefits and also serves as a digital photo identity for children.”

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