As the Covid-19 pandemic ravages the world, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere are setting record highs. ‘The Working Group I’ contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in August 2021 strongly confirmed that human activity has furthered the warming of the atmosphere, oceans, and land. The atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere, and biosphere have all undergone broad and rapid changes. The weather in 2021 has also been unstable, as can be seen by the winter storm in the US state of Texas that severely damaged the energy system and the record-setting temperatures of nearly 50 degrees Celsius on the North American west coast. By the same token, Western Europe and China have suffered from heavy rains. In addition, Taiwan experienced its worst drought in more than 50 years, which was followed by abnormally heavy rainfall. One can clearly see how climate change has profoundly affected the whole world.
With extreme weather events challenging the entire globe today, the United Nations is calling on all countries to implement the Paris Agreement and take more proactive steps. As a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan is striving to integrate with global efforts to mitigate climate change. President Tsai Ing-wen declared on this year’s Earth Day (April 22) that releasing net-zero emissions by 2050 is the goal of the world, including Taiwan. She also unveiled Taiwan’s target of clearing greenhouse gas emissions. At the 33rd meeting of the National Council for Sustainable Development, Premier Su Tseng-chang announced the inclusion of the ‘2050 Net-zero Emission’ target in the amendment bill for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act, demonstrating Taiwan’s determination to actively reduce carbon emissions. More and stronger management mechanisms and incentive systems will also be introduced with other vital amendments to enhance governance efficiency, introduce carbon pricing mechanisms, and adapt strategies for climate change. These measures aim to encourage private investment in research and development, as well as public participation in the sustainable development of Taiwan.
Taiwan has also established long-term reduction targets and is planning a practical path to attain 2050 net-zero emissions. The Executive Yuan has coordinated relevant ministries and agencies, convened a working group on paths to net-zero emissions, and sought professional consultation from Academia Sinica and the Industrial Technology Research Institute. To carry out interministerial technical assessments four working groups have been formed to focus on the areas of decarbonized energy, industry and energy efficiency, green transportation and vehicle electrification, and carbon-negative technology. With respect to energy and industrial policies, short, medium, and long-term markers for 2030, 2040, and 2050 will be set on the path toward net-zero emissions. In addition, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) and other relevant ministries and agencies have launched a public consultation on visions for 2050 to facilitate social dialogue on critical issues such as agricultural and forestry carbon sinks, net-zero buildings, green transportation, low-carbon industries, economic instruments, and just transformation. With diverse participation from all sectors and research and development investment in innovative technology, Taiwan will seek the most suitable climate governance path for its sustainable development.
The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that Taiwan’s industries are an extremely reliable and significant partner in the global supply chain. Countries worldwide have successively proposed new goals on net-zero emissions to bring about a net-zero economy. The Taiwan government aims to formulate a clear and comprehensive carbon reduction path and green growth strategy. Cooperation with private enterprises plays a critical role in these efforts. The Taiwan Climate Alliance, formed by eight ICT companies, has set the goal of using renewable energy in 100 percent of their manufacturing processes by 2050 and will lead other manufacturers in the supply chain to jointly reach this target. In addition, the Taiwan Alliance for Net Zero Emission, formed by traditional manufacturing, technology, finance, and service industries, seeks to attain net-zero carbon emissions at office sites by 2030 and at production sites by 2050. To support the climate actions of enterprises and other actors in the private sector, the Taiwan government has implemented financial mechanisms such as green financing and green bonds, thus creating a virtuous circle in the investment and industrial pursuit of sustainable development.
Taiwan, situated in a region highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, has long been actively engaged in policy formulation, the establishment of related legal systems, energy transformation, technological research and development, industrial innovation, social transformation, and environmental sustainability in response to climate change. It hopes to actively construct a sustainable green homeland from the facets of supply, manufacturing, demand, and environmental protection. Furthermore, Taiwan will also try to continue to share its experiences and capabilities with the international community to overcome this crisis.
The spirit of cooperating and working together remains key to accelerating and extending global efforts. Although Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, it will always seek to be a model citizen for the international community. Taiwan will continue to work with all other countries to foster a global net-zero emissions future and a more resilient living environment for coming generations and to realise intergenerational justice.
The writer is Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India.
Taiwan has long been actively engaged in policy formulation, establishment of related legal systems, energy transformation, technological research and development, industrial innovation, social transformation, and environmental sustainability in response to climate change.
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SANAV, 8-YEAR-OLD INDIAN CREATES WORLD RECORD
Sanav Ramsankar, an 8-year-old, from Tamil Nadu, India and a resident of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, created a World Record on 23rd November 2021 by reciting salient details of 186 Rivers from around the world covering the continents, length in kilometres, outflow/destination and countries each river flows through.
This record was administered through a virtual live event on 23rd November 2021 at 4:30 pm GST (6:00 pm IST) and was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. During the event, Sanav recited the details of all the 186 world rivers in 15 mins 53 seconds and became the first in the world to create the “World Record” in this newly created category. Sanav is deeply interested in learning about geography and general landmarks in particular. To expand his knowledge, he has been avidly collecting and learning information through various sources from the Internet. Sanav also can recount the capitals and currencies of 196 countries. Noticing his talent and capabilities, his parents engaged Mr. Sushant Mysorekar (Founder of Brain Rhyme Pvt. Ltd., Singapore and an Internationally certified Intelligence Coach) to coach Sanav, and thus the journey towards this world record started.
It started about two months back under the mentorship of Mr. Sushant Mysorekar. Since then, Sanav has been training in memorizing the details through a combination of cognitive mindset and several creative learning and memory tools and techniques. A Grade Three student from GEMS The Millennium School (Indian CBSE Curriculum), Dubai, Sanav has put in around 60 hours of work to memorize the world river systems and its details.
Sanav shares the credit of his maiden world record achievement with his mentor and his parents. He says, ‘They have encouraged and worked hard to balance my day-to-day activities and priorities! They helped me practice effectively over the entire period.’ Sanav believes in “Work hard; have fun; learn from mistakes; make history!” and during the event, he conveyed a wonderful message – “Hard work never fails.”
Sanav loves his family comprising of his father, Ramsankar Rajendra Raja, from Tamil Nadu, India, a banking technology professional; his mother Aswini, a homemaker and his ever-playful younger brother, 3-year-old Sajiv.
Interestingly, Sanav also loves to play chess and soccer. He has earned medals and certifications from various internal tournaments in Dubai. His aim is to achieve international norms in chess. In addition, Sanav is a Brown Belt holder in Karate and is working towards receiving Black Belt at the earliest. He has also recently opened his own YouTube channel.
NISSAN WANTS EV TO ACCOUNT FOR 50% OF GLOBAL MODEL RANGE BY 2030
Japanese car manufacturer Nissan unveiled its Ambition 2030 plan on Monday with which it intends to invest heavily in making electric and hybrid vehicles half of its global variety by introducing 23 new car models.
“Based on customer demands for a diverse range of exciting vehicles, Nissan will introduce 23 new electrified models [EV], including 15 new EVs by fiscal year 2030, aiming for an electrification mix of more than 50 percent globally across the Nissan and INFINITI brands,” Nissan said in a statement. The company is planning to build its long-term strategy, Ambition 2030, around the concept of electrification, with the intention of investing 2 trillion yen ($17.6 billion) within five years to accelerate electrification of its line-up as well as level of technology innovation.
COUNTERFEIT RUPEE MADE IN PAKISTAN GOES FROM BANGLADESH TO INDIA
The counterfeit rupee is made in Pakistan—goes to India. The route of smuggling these counterfeit notes is Sri Lanka via Bangladesh, then India. This counterfeit rupee smuggling has been going on for a long time. Counterfeit rupee first arrives in Chittagong in a marble container from Pakistan. Then it was brought to Dhaka and stored. They are then smuggled across the border into India at convenient times. The police came to know about this after arresting two members of a fraud ring with a counterfeit currency of Rs 7.5 crore in a special operation in the capital. They were arrested by Gulshan police.
The arrested are Fatema Akhter Opi and Sheikh Mohammad. Abu Taleb. A case has been registered against the arrested at Khilkhet police station. The accused in the case have been sent to court for remand.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Gulshan Division Deputy Commissioner (DC) Assaduzzaman said this at a press conference held at the DMP Media Center on Saturday afternoon. He said two persons were arrested from Khilkhet and Demra areas of the capital on Friday night. DC Asaduzzaman said that Fatema Akhter Opi was arrested on the basis of information that a woman was standing in front of the gate of Banarupa residential area of Khilkhet with fake Indian rupees. Then 50,000 fake Indian rupees were recovered from him. On the basis of the information provided by her, another 7 crores 34 lakh 50 thousand counterfeit Indian rupees were recovered from his own house in Panditpara area of Dakshin Khan police station. Later, another member of the forgery ring Sheikh Mohammad from Demru’s Sarulia area.
DC Asaduzzaman said the arrested Fatema Akter was an active member of the International counterfeit Indian money-laundering ring. For a long time, he used to collect Indian counterfeit currency from Pakistan through international channels and smuggle it to India through marketing through domestic channels. Abu Taleb, who was arrested on November 23, handed over the recovered Indian counterfeit to Fatema Akhter Opi. Taleb, through Pakistani nationals Sultan and Shafi, skillfully smuggled out of 500 sacks of marble stones imported from Pakistan, 95 sacks marked with pink thread, to Bangladesh via Sri Lanka. Describing the ring as involved in the scam for nearly 10 years, DC Asaduzzaman said, “Fatima used to collect these counterfeit coins from Pakistani nationals Sultan and Shafi.
Fatema and Taleb used to hide these counterfeit rupees under the water tank of their house in Dhaka. Later, he used to smuggle it to India through various borders of the country. ‘ The police official further said that Danesh, the husband of Fatema Akter Opi, is a Pakistani citizen. He is ill and now lives at home. He was arrested by DB Motijheel Division a few years ago. There are two cases in his name. In addition, Abu Taleb was traveling to Pakistan. Since her husband is Pakistani, Fatima has also visited Pakistan many times. This is the source of their acquaintance with Sultan and Shafi, the leaders of the fake rupee cycle, and later they too became involved in this cycle.
‘The Fuel Delivery’ disrupting fuel distribution landscape
In this era of digitisation, everything- apparel, books, shoes, grocery and now even fuel can be delivered at one click via mobile app. ‘The Fuel Delivery’ is among the pioneering startups in this segment, redefining the fuel distribution landscape through best-in-class service and a superior customer experience.
Founded by Rakshit Mathur in 2021, the startup has deployed an IoT (Internet of Things) – based mobile app wherein a customer can place an order for delivery and get it delivered at the doorstep at the prescheduled slot. The startup’s name is itself suggestive of its objective of doorstep fuel delivery in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner. Fuel is a basic necessity for the Indian economy. It finds usage in several sectors with industries, including agriculture, transportation, construction, manufacturing, retail, logistics and warehousing, healthcare and hospitality, agriculture and transportation, etc. Against the backdrop of the acceleration of e-commerce, doorstep fuel delivery has become a necessity.
The company leverages IoT (Internet of Things) for fuel delivery. All the delivery vehicles are enabled with an IoT solution that allows real-time monitoring and tracking, seamless logistics management, and reduced order fulfillment time. It recently won the ‘Indian Achievers Award for Promising Start-Up 2021’ by the Indian Achievers ‘Forum & Achievers’ World.
“After working for over a decade and a half in the corporate sector, I discovered the potential of IoT (Internet of Things) and wanted to harness it to the fullest. After exploring various options and opportunities, we zeroed in on the concept of fuel delivery via a mobile app. The Fuel Delivery has been established with an aim to redefine the fuel distribution landscape through best-in-class service and a superior customer experience,” said Rakshit Mathur, Founder & CEO, The Fuel Delivery.
“Covid-19 has exacerbated the challenge of the last-mile delivery of diesel which is used as a fuel to run operations. The Fuel Delivery offers the comfort of getting fuel at the doorstep, thereby maintaining social distancing, avoiding pilferage and safety risks and above all, saving time. What differentiates us from our competitors is that we are not a retail player; instead, we’re focusing on bulk deliveries in sectors like hospitality, real estate, hospitals, corporate IT parks, schools and housing societies etc. We also cater to individual customers,” he added
“The minimum order delivery is capped at 100 litres with a one-time nominal convenience fee of just Rs. 99. Our fuel dispensing bowsers are equipped with best-in-class safety features like spark arrestors, emergency shut-off valves, fusible links, emergency vents, pressure vacuum valves, etc., approved by the government authorities and concerned stakeholders, thereby ensuring extra safety advantages for consumers. As a responsible organisation, we are committed to ensuring the utmost level of safety while redefining customer experience,” he further said.
The Fuel Delivery is presently operating in Delhi-NCR and Mumbai. It plans to scale up the national presence by expanding to Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Jaipur, Kolkata, Jammu and Chandigarh etc., in the next 12 to 18 months. It also plans to include alternate fuels like CNG into offerings after getting approvals from the regulatory bodies.
JEWELLERY IS A VERY PERSONAL THING, MUCH LIKE STYLE: SUSHMITA SEN
In this exclusive interview, Sushmita Sen opened up about the latest collection of Zoya, her favourite piece from the collection and her thoughts on how jewellery adds on the personality of the person, among many other things.
Sushmita Sen recently joined NewsX for an exclusive interview as a part of NewsX India A-list. In the exclusive interview, the actress opened up about the latest collection of Zoya, her favourite piece from the collection and her thoughts on how jewellery adds on the personality of the person among many other things. Excerpts:
Speaking about the latest collection of Zoya and what made her come on board for it, Sushmita said, “Zoya and its team, that I love, not the first time I’ve been a part of Zoya’s launches, in the past and beautiful ones for that. I think it’s just an old connection, an old trust and a beautiful collection that brings me here and of course, it’s house of Saturn. It just makes you feel like you belong to one of the most beautifully thought connections with India. It’s beautiful. It has unchanged elegance.”
Talking about the timing of the collection, she said, “Not just the festivities and the change of season but also nearing the change of a year. That always brings in a sense of rejuvenation and hope for better times. I think when you celebrate that and of course, needless to say, no matter which part of India you are in, people are usually getting married around this time now so, that also adds to it. I think it is a very special time of the year. I was born in it, I think it is lovely.”
Sharing her thoughts on how jewellery adds on a person’s personality and overall looks of the person, she expressed, “Jewellery is a very personal thing, much like style. Different people prefer different things. My sense of elegance is timeless. It has to be pieces that you can wear not just once in your life and never be able to wear it again. The way I see it is, if I did ever get married, I’d still wear jewellery that I can actually repeat rather than something really big and different that i never get to wear it again. That’s my take on jewellery. Of course with different people, it’s different but yeah, it is got to be timeless. It got to be something that is unforgettable for you. it marks a chapter in your life that you can celebrate often.”
When asked about her one special piece of jewellery, she said, “The first solitaire that I ever bought for myself. The whole world has been accredited for it, which is a mistake but I bought that for myself and saved up a long time to get it but it had to be 22 carats.”
I always go to a place, soak in the vibe, and then think about what I can create: Nidhi Khurana
Nidhi Khurana is a travel content creator who loves exploring offbeat places. Her content inspires young women to take the road less travelled when it comes to recreational travel. We hosted Nidhi for a frank interview for our latest series, NewsX Influencer A-List. Below are the excerpts from the interview:
We first asked Nidhi to describe her experience with being a travel content creator, to which she told us, “To be very honest, people think that travelling and content creation is an easy job and it is enjoyable, which it is at times, but when it becomes your job, it gets tedious. You are caught up in so many things that you actually forget to enjoy the place.” Summing up her experiences, she said, “So this is what happens with me. I love what I do, I love travelling, but at times I miss out on experiencing things because I’m busy recording them for my audience.”
Nidhi believes that spontaneity is what keeps her going. She said, “I’m the kind of person who is very spontaneous about things. I do not preplan my shoots. I always go to a place, soak in the vibe, and then think about what I can create for this beautiful place, for my audience.” She also spoke about the technical side of content creation, “When it comes to shooting, editing, it is a whole lot of process, to be very honest. It, at times, takes a toll on you but I believe if you love something, if you’re passionate about something, you just do it.”
We were then curious to know Nidhi’s views about the struggles that women often go through while travelling solo. Nidhi shared with us, “So, travelling as a woman comes with pros, as well as cons. Pros in the way that at times if there is a long queue and most of the people in the queue are males, and if they see you standing there, they, out of generosity, would let you cut to the beginning of the queue.” She then lists some tips for women travelling alone. “I have been travelling since two years ago but I have not really come across anything that would make me feel unsafe and the key point here would be you choosing the right place and the right moment. It’s on us how we keep ourselves safe because we cannot guess what the other person has in their mind,” said Nidhi. She also advised women to properly research their place of stay and carry pepper spray, among other things.
For our next question, we asked Nidhi about her best travel experience, to which she narrated about her trip to Goa that she had to, unfortunately, cut short. “That was a very beautiful experience for me in the sense that I got to discover myself. I have been to Goa many times, but this time I had thought that I’ll be exploring the unexplored Goa – the Goa that is beyond beaches,” she said. Narrating the experience further, Nidhi said, “So, I went for forest hikes and I, literally, saw one of the most offbeat beaches in Goa. So this was one of my best travel experiences to date because I was able to rediscover myself as a person, myself as a creator.”
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