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Hong Kong Alliance hits back at Carrie Lam for striking group off from companies registry
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Hong Kong Alliance hits back at Carrie Lam for striking group off from companies registry

28-Oct-2021
Hong Kong, October 28 (ANI): Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China on Tuesday hit back at an executive order from Chief Executive Carrie Lam which has struck the group from the companies registry.
28-Oct-2021 World
Peace in Afghanistan will only stem from inclusive government: Iran
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Peace in Afghanistan will only stem from inclusive government: Iran

28-Oct-2021
Tehran [Iran], October 28 (ANI): Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Wednesday said that peace in Afghanistan will only emanate from inclusive government in the country.
28-Oct-2021 World
Priyanka Chopra pens a sweet birthday wish for her niece Valentina
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Priyanka Chopra pens a sweet birthday wish for her niece Valentina

28-Oct-2021
Washington [US], October 28 (ANI): Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas' latest Instagram Story is proof of the fact that even kids enjoy her company.
28-Oct-2021 Entertainment
Amanda Seyfried had a ‘tough case of COVID’ pre-Oscar nomination
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Amanda Seyfried had a ‘tough case of COVID’ pre-Oscar nomination

28-Oct-2021
Washington [US], October 28 (ANI): Actor Amanda Seyfried couldn't celebrate her first Oscar nomination for her role in 'Mank' due to her coronavirus diagnosis.
28-Oct-2021 Entertainment
Terrorist killed in J-K’s Baramulla
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Terrorist killed in J-K’s Baramulla

28-Oct-2021
Baramulla (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], October 28 (ANI): A terrorist was killed by the security forces in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, informed police on Thursday.
28-Oct-2021 National
Message to China: India tests Agni-5 missile with a range of 5,000 kms
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Message to China: India tests Agni-5 missile with a range of 5,000 kms

28-Oct-2021
In a major boost to its military might in the midst of the eastern Ladakh row, India on Wednesday successfully test-fired surface-to-surface strategic missile Agni-5. The missile can strike targets at ranges up to 5,000 km with a very high degree of accuracy. The test-firing of the nuclear-capable missile was carried out around 7:50 pm […]
28-Oct-2021 National
Act with determination on Afghanistan, says UN chief
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Act with determination on Afghanistan, says UN chief

28-Oct-2021
New York [US], October 28 (ANI): As the humanitarian situation continues to get worsen in Afghanistan, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said countries must unite and act urgently to secure a better future for Afghan people.
28-Oct-2021 World
Goa government on Tarun Tejpal: Victim named and shamed in the case
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Goa government on Tarun Tejpal: Victim named and shamed in the case

28-Oct-2021
On Wednesday, the Goa Government told the Bombay High Court's bench that the victim in a 2013 rape case which journalist Tarun Tejpal was acquitted, was named and shamed and the trial court's judgement was "retrograde" and "fit for fifth century".
28-Oct-2021 National
“Where’s Our Fuel, Khamenei?”; Iran Faces Countrywide Cyberattack On Gas Stations
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“Where’s Our Fuel, Khamenei?”; Iran Faces Countrywide Cyberattack On Gas Stations

28-Oct-2021
The country faced a massive cyberattack on Tuesday that affected all of the Islamic Republic’s 4,300 gas stations.  Iran, the West Asian country and an Islamic Republic, has declared that it is on high alert for online assaults. The country, ruled by its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei since 1989,  faced a massive cyberattack on Tuesday that affected all of the Islamic Republic’s 4,300 gas stations, a senior official said, as some still faced problems Wednesday.
28-Oct-2021 International
Lalu Prasad advises Sonia Gandhi to hold a meeting
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Lalu Prasad advises Sonia Gandhi to hold a meeting

28-Oct-2021
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) national president Lalu Prasad Yadav addressed a rally in which he said he had a telephonic conversation with the Congress President Sonia Gandhi where asked him about his health. he further said that he advised Sonia to hold a meeting.
28-Oct-2021 National
‘Vague’ net zero promises not enough: planet still on track for catastrophic heating, UN report warns
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‘Vague’ net zero promises not enough: planet still on track for catastrophic heating, UN report warns

28-Oct-2021
New and updated commitments made ahead of the pivotal climate conference COP26 in the past months are a positive step forward, but the world remains on track for a dangerous global temperature rise of at least 2.7°C this century even if fully met, a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned.
Tuesday’s new Emissions Gap Report updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) - the efforts by each country to reduce national emissions, as well as other commitments made for 2030 but not yet officially submitted - would only lead to an additional 7.5 per cent reduction in annual greenhouse emissions in 2030, compared to previous commitments.
This is not enough. According to the agency, the world needs a 55 per cent reduction to limit global temperature increase below 1.5°C, the capstone defined by scientists as the less risky scenery for our planet and humanity’s future.  "Less than one week before COP26 in Glasgow, we are still on track for climate catastrophe", UN during a press conference introducing the new assessement. "As the title of this year’s report puts it: 'The heat is on'. And as the contents of the report show — the leadership we need is off. Far off", he warned.

The world must wake up

The report finds that net zero pledges, if fully implemented, could make a big difference and bring down the predicted global temperature rise to 2.2°C, providing hope that further action could still head off the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. However, so far these promises are “vague” and inconsistent with most 2030 national commitments, warns. A total of 49 countries plus the European Union have pledged a net zero target. This covers over half of global domestic greenhouse gas emissions, over half of global GDP and a third of the global population. Eleven targets are enshrined in law, covering 12 per cent of global emissions. Yet, many NDCs delay action until after 2030, raising doubts over whether net-zero pledges can be delivered, the report says. Moreover, although twelve G20 members have pledged a net zero target, ambiguity still surrounds the means of reaching that goal, says the report. “The world has to wake up to the imminent peril we face as a species. Nations need to put in place the policies to meet their new commitments and start implementing them within months”, warned , UNEP’s Executive Director in the foreword. “They need to make their net zero pledges more concrete, ensuring these commitments are included in NDCs, and action brought forward. They then need to get the policies in place to back this raised ambition and, again, start implementing them urgently”, she added.

Using wind to produce energy has fewer effects on the environment than many other energy sources.
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Using wind to produce energy has fewer effects on the environment than many other energy sources.

The clock is ticking

The report is clear: to have a chance of reaching the 1.5°C target, the world needs to almost halve greenhouse gas emissions in the next eight years. This means removing an additional 28 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent from annual emissions, over and above what is promised in the updated NDCs and other 2030 commitments. According to the agency, post-pandemic emissions, after lowering initially, have bounced back and are now raising atmospheric concentrations of CO2, higher than at any time in the last two million years. "The emissions gap is the result of a leadership gap but leaders can still make this a turning point to a greener future instead of a tipping point to climate catastrophe. The era of half measures and hollow promises must end", urged UN chief António Guterres.

Missed opportunity

Experts point out that the opportunity for using fiscal rescue and recovery spending to stimulate economies, while fostering a low-carbon transformation, “has been missed in most countries so far”. Only a small number of high-income economies account for the majority of green spending, with developing nations and emerging markets in danger of being left behind. COVID-19 spending has been far lower in low-income economies ($60 per person) than advanced economies ($11,800 per person). Gaps in finance are likely to exacerbate gaps in vulnerable nations on climate resilience and mitigation measures, the report warns. "As world leaders prepare for COP26, this report is another thundering wake-up call. How many do we need?...Scientists are clear on the facts. Now leaders need to be just as clear in their actions. They need to come to Glasgow with bold, time-bound, front-loaded plans to reach net-zero", added Guterres.   

Landfills are a major source of methane emissions, and improved management can capture the methane as a clean fuel source as well as reducing health risks.
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Landfills are a major source of methane emissions, and improved management can capture the methane as a clean fuel source as well as reducing health risks.

Methane in the spotlight

The Emissions Gap Report 2021 also explores the potential of the reduction of methane emissions from the fossil fuel, waste and agriculture sectors, to curb warming in the short term. Cuts to methane could limit temperature increase faster than cuts to carbon dioxide, the experts explain. The gas, the second largest contributor to global warming, has a heating potential over 80 times that of carbon dioxide over a 20-year time horizon; it also has a shorter lifetime in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide – only twelve years, compared to potentially hundreds, for CO2. The report indicates that available no or low-cost technical measures alone could reduce anthropogenic methane emissions by around 20 per cent per year, and with broader structural and behavioural measures, by approximately 45 per cent.
28-Oct-2021 United Nations
UN Chief: ‘We need to make lying wrong again’, curb hate speech 
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UN Chief: ‘We need to make lying wrong again’, curb hate speech 

28-Oct-2021
The UN Secretary-General warned on Tuesday that “hatred takes root in the soil of ignorance” of historical facts, science, and the human qualities which “bind all people together.” 
Antonio Guterres was speaking at the  Remembering the horrors of the Second World War and the genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia and Cambodia, he argued that “denial of historical or scientific facts creates a vacuum of truth that is too easily exploited by the voices of intolerance and hate.”  “There is always room for debate around opinions. There is no room for debate around facts. We need to make lying wrong again”, Mr. Guterres said. 

Global event 

Convened by The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization () and the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (), the event is part of the implementation of the    The one-day event gathers Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Education, to endorse global commitments to address hate speech, both on and offline, through more effective education measures. 

Social Media 

Opening the Conference, Mr. Guterres said that “social media provides a global megaphone for hate”, with lies and misinformation spreading around the world “at the touch of a button.”  “A dubious webpage or anonymous post can call into question decades, even centuries, of work, thought, study and careful analysis by scientists, historians or other experts”, he argued.  Noting that racist, intolerant and extremist views “can spread like wildfire”, Mr. Guterres pointed to the consequences, such as pushing citizens further apart, undermining democratic ideals and, ultimately, endangering lives.   “Too many people are dying from because they were convinced that accepting the vaccine was the wrong thing to do”, he said.  

Solutions 

For the Secretary-General, this conference is about discussing ways in which education can help fight back against disinformation and hate speech.  “When we enrich the soil of knowledge with true expertise, with facts, science and historical accuracy, hatred cannot take root”, he explained.   Mr. Guterres believes that critical thought is not simply about “thinking for yourself”, but about “having the tools and skills needed to properly assess theories and facts.”  “And to tilt the scales in favour of authorities and experts who have spent a lifetime studying, assessing and thinking about these issues, by publicly and privately expressing support”, he added.   Noting that educators, teachers and administrators are the first line of defence, he asked the Ministers of Education participating in the event to be ambitious.   “We need to emerge from this conference with bold, concrete solutions on how we can, individually and collectively, step up the fight against hate speech”, he urged.   Appealing to the inclusion of all groups, such as young people, social media companies, governments and political parties, Mr. Guterres concluded by saying that “hatred is a danger to everyone, and so fighting it must be a job for everyone.” 

Legal response not enough 

According to the UN, hate speech is on the rise worldwide, with the potential to incite violence, undermine social cohesion and tolerance.   It can also cause psychological, emotional and physical harm based on xenophobia, racism, antisemitism, anti-Muslim hatred and other forms of intolerance and discrimination.  Speaking at the Conference, Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, reminded that “this hatred is not new.”  “What has changed more recently is the influence and magnitude of social media platforms, which have become an echo chamber that amplifies hate speech”, she said.  For Ms. Azoulay, “the legal response is essential, but it is not enough.”  “We must also mobilize education, because it is through education that we develop critical thinking and deconstruct prejudices”, she explained.  The Director-General also said that UNESCO stands ready to support its Member States, for instance by developing policy recommendations for educational authorities all over the world. 
28-Oct-2021 United Nations
General Assembly debate underscores need to deliver on climate action
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General Assembly debate underscores need to deliver on climate action

28-Oct-2021
Bridging the financial and technical gaps that will limit global warming, is the focus of a high-level debate in the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. 
The day-long meeting comes just ahead of the COP26 climate change conference for countries to deliver on the promise of keeping global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, in line with the 2015 . 
In his opening remarks, Assembly President Abdulla Shahid highlighted the “blunt realities” of climate impacts such as rising sea levels, which are threatening island nations like his homeland, the Maldives. 

Act as one 

However, as the architect of a “Presidency of Hope”, Mr. Shahid stressed that countries can confront these challenges if they work together.  “Today’s event will not solve climate change, only action will,” he , speaking from the rostrum. “Today’s event is about reminding people of what we are capable of if we act in concert, trust in science, and intelligently mobilize the many resources we have at our disposal.”  Scientists are unequivocal about the causes of the climate emergency. Human activities have warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land, driving ice melt and leading to unprecedented and rapid changes, said Valérie Masson-Delmotte from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (), the UN body that has published a series of ground-breaking but alarming reports on the issue.  “Human-caused climate change is already affecting every region on Earth in many ways, strengthening the frequency and intensity of extreme events such as heatwaves, heavy precipitation events, droughts and fire weather,” she said, speaking via videolink. “The changes we already experience will increase with further warming.” 

COP26 Moment of truth 

The UN and its General Assembly, where all 193 Member States are represented, were created so that countries could unite to address common crises such as climate change, told the meeting.    COP26 in Glasgow will be a moment of truth, he added, because despite the alarm bells, governments’ actions so far “simply do not add up to what is so desperately needed.”    The world currently remains on a track for global temperature rise of 2.7 degrees Celsius, far from the 1.5 degree goal, or what Mr. Guterres called “the only liveable future for humanity.”  

No more ‘diplomatic niceties’ 

He said the situation can only be reversed through reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent this decade, when compared to 2010 levels, and net-zero emissions by mid-century.  Leaders must also come to COP26 with bold targets and new concrete policies.  “The time has passed for diplomatic niceties,” the UN chief .  “If governments - especially G20 governments - do not stand up and lead this effort, we are headed for terrible human suffering.”  And while people expect their governments to lead, Mr. Guterres stressed that everyone has a role in achieving a future where fossil fuels, which create greenhouse gases, are abandoned for cleaner energy sources.  This includes businesses, investors and average citizens. 

Action and solidarity 

“Individuals in every society need to make better, more responsible choices - in what they eat, how they travel, and what they purchase as consumers,” said Mr. Guterres.  “And young people - and climate activists - need to keep doing what they’re doing: demanding action from their leaders.”  The Secretary-General also underlined the need for solidarity, urging richer countries to meet their commitment of at least $100 billion in annual climate finance for developing nations.  He also called for donors and development banks to devote at least 50 per cent of their climate support towards adaptation and resilience in the developing world. 

Leaving no one behind 

Climate action and sustainable development must go hand-in-hand, said the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (), Collen Kelapile.  He underlined that everyone must be part of the net-zero future.  “The global transformation to address climate change must be just, inclusive, and equitable to ensure that no one is left behind, especially women, children, youth, indigenous peoples and displaced populations,” he said.  Mr. Kelapile added that countries must also invest in reskilling affected workers, and in economic diversification of communities.  Like the Secretary-General, he also called for greater support for developing countries as they pursue a greener path.  More than 70 speakers are expected to participate in the debate, which will conclude on Tuesday evening. 
28-Oct-2021 United Nations
“Pegasus crushing democracy”: Rahul Gandhi
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“Pegasus crushing democracy”: Rahul Gandhi

28-Oct-2021
Rahul Gandhi addressed a press conference on the pegasus row. He attacked PM Modi and asked his stance #RahulGandhi #NarendraModi #Pegasus #SupremeCourt #PMModi #PressConference #BJP #Democracy #Snooping #Spyware
28-Oct-2021 India
“Won’t Be A Mere Spectator”: SC’s Earful For Modi Govt, Appoints Committee To Probe Pegasus Case
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“Won’t Be A Mere Spectator”: SC’s Earful For Modi Govt, Appoints Committee To Probe Pegasus Case

28-Oct-2021
“More than a month after reserving its interim order in the Pegasus Snooping Case, the Supreme Court finally today announced its order in the case. The Supreme court appointed an independent committee comprising three technical experts who will be supervised by its retired judge Justice R V Raveendran. The committee has been tasked to conduct a “thorough inquiry” into allegations of use of Pegasus software for unauthorised surveillance by the govt. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said the committee will “enquire, investigate and determine” whether Pegasus Spyware was used to snoop upon the Indian citizens?
28-Oct-2021 India
Headlines: No Bail To Aryan Khan Today, Hearing To Continue Tomorrow In Bombay HC
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Headlines: No Bail To Aryan Khan Today, Hearing To Continue Tomorrow In Bombay HC

28-Oct-2021
“In a repeat of the previous day, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday again adjourned the hearing of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan’s bail plea in the Mumbai drugs seizure case. A single-judge bench of Justice Nitin W Sambre of the Bombay High Court is hearing the bail pleas of Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchantt and Munmum Dhamecha. The court will resume the hearing on their bail pleas at 2.30 pm on Thursday.
28-Oct-2021 Trending News
Late penalty hands UAE win over India in AFC U-23 C’ship Qualifiers
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Late penalty hands UAE win over India in AFC U-23 C’ship Qualifiers

28-Oct-2021
Dubai [UAE], October 28 (ANI): India was on the receiving end of a 0-1 defeat by hosts UAE in their second match of the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers at the Fujairah Stadium in Dubai on Wednesday.
28-Oct-2021 Sports
In breach of diplomatic protocol; ‘don’t choose extinction’ dinosaur urges world leaders 
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In breach of diplomatic protocol; ‘don’t choose extinction’ dinosaur urges world leaders 

28-Oct-2021
In a UN first, a ferocious and talkative dinosaur bursts into the iconic General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, with a special warning for any diplomats who still think climate action is for the birds.  
“At least we had an asteroid,” the carnivorous critter warns, referring to the popular theory explaining dinosaurs’ extinction 70 million years ago. “What’s your excuse?”  This isn’t a slice of real life of course, rather the key computer-generated scene from a new short film launched this Tuesday by the UN Development Programme (), as the centerpiece of the agency’s ‘Don’t Choose Extinction’ campaign.  The dinosaur then tells the audience of bewildered diplomats that “it’s time humans stopped making excuses and started making changes” to address the climate crisis.  

A global production 

It’s the first-ever film to be made inside the General Assembly Hall using computer-generated imagery, known as CGI, and features global celebrities voicing the dinosaur in numerous languages, including actors Eiza González (Spanish), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish), and Aïssa Maïga (French).  research released as part of the campaign shows that the world spends $423 billion annually just to subsidize fossil fuels, enough to cover a  vaccination for every person in the world or three times the annual amount needed to eradicate global extreme poverty.    “Think of all the other things you could do with that money. Around the world people are living in poverty. Don’t you think that helping them would make more sense than…paying for the demise of your entire species?” the dinosaur says.

In a UNDP short film, Frankie the dinosaur urges world leaders not to choose extinction.
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In a UNDP short film, Frankie the dinosaur urges world leaders not to choose extinction.
28-Oct-2021 United Nations
Middlesex part ways with head coach Stuart Law
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Middlesex part ways with head coach Stuart Law

28-Oct-2021
London [UK], October 28 (ANI): Middlesex Cricket has confirmed that Stuart Law, who has been at the club since January 2019, has left his position as head coach.
28-Oct-2021 Sports
Aryan Khan’s bail plea hearing to continue today in Bombay HC
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Aryan Khan’s bail plea hearing to continue today in Bombay HC

28-Oct-2021
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], October 28 (ANI): The Bombay High Court will resume hearing the bail application of Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan, others on Thursday who were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the Mumbai cruise drugs case.
28-Oct-2021 National