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Lessons To Be Learnt From Uttarakhand Glacier Burst

The Centre and the Uttarakhand government cannot ignore the larger context of the State’s increasing frailty in the face of environmental shocks. Deep gorges and canyons have attracted many hydroelectric projects and dams, with little concern for earthquake risk. Red flags have been raised repeatedly: Moderate quake took place in the region in 1991; 2013 …

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What Climate Agenda Should India Pursue?

India should frame its Climate Policies in such a ways that meet diplomatic, developmental and climate interest simultaneously. Pursuing net-zero emission policy is neither feasible nor advisable. A pledge of net-zero emissions by 2050 will be appreciated by the developed western countries; diplomatic advancements, but such policy, especially if bound by a low, will adversely …

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Should India Pursue Net Zero Emission Policy?

Net Zero Emission The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release its report in 2021. Updated national pledges on emission limits are expected this year. US President Joe Biden has already placed the climate crisis near the top of its foreign policy agenda. There is plenty at stake for India, including diplomatic, economic and …

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Arguments For And Against Big Tech Companies

Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter, Amazon are generally called Big Tech companies. These companies are being seen as becoming too big for their boots. Arguments In Favour of Big Tech Companies We are all ardent users of Big Tech goods and services. Big Tech companies provide citizens powerful platforms to transact, express themselves, seek out …

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The Indo-Pacific Region And India’s Strategy

The Indo-Pacific region is increasingly being viewed as a global centre of gravity, both for its economic and demographic potential. India supports ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ or FOIP. Pursuing this principle, India has initiated engagements with its partners in the region. About the Indo-Pacific Region The Indo-Pacific region is a vast maritime zone where the …

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India Reaches Out To Indian Ocean Partners

Indian Foreign Minister Dr. S Jaishankar went on a four-day visit to the Maldives and Mauritius February 20-23. The minister held high-level meetings in both countries, including with the defense and foreign ministers. India in recent years has stepped up strategic outreach to its Indian Ocean partners. Both the Maldives and Mauritius have been key in pursuing …

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Stronger China And India’s Foreign Policy Priorities

Many things that started in 2020 could gain strength in 2021. This includes ouster of Trump in America. Trump’s ouster is likely to bring similar regie change in other countries as well. Despite the promise of a Biden presidency to redefine U.S.-Europe relations, Europe has not only turned its back on the U.S., it is …

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PIB News: February 20, 2021

Dr. Harsh Vardhan Addresses ‘Population Versus Planet’ Conference Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare on February 20 participated and expressed his views in WION and Zee Media’s ‘Population versus Planet’ Conference which is a part of its year-long campaign called ‘Mission Sustainability: Population Vs Planet‘. Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “More people …

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Draft Blue Economy Policy For India

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has rolled out the Draft Blue Economy policy for India in the public domain inviting suggestions and inputs from various stakeholders including industry, NGOs, academia, and citizens. The draft blue economy policy document outlines the vision and strategy that can be adopted by the Government of India to utilize …

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