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1.India to ratify amended version of Kyoto Protocol.

The 1997 protocol came into effect in 2005

In a token measure to put pressure on developed countries to deliver on climate change commitments, India will soon ratify an amended version of the Kyoto Protocol. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval to ratify the deal that is set to expire in 2020 and was shunned by several developed countries, most prominently the United States.

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2.Climate change plan to get new missions.

India’s eight-point plan to fight climate change will soon become a 11-point plan with new missions to address the impact of climate change on health, coastal zones and waste-to-energy on the anvil, senior officials in the Environment Ministry told The Hindu. read more

3.Navigating a Trumpian world.

The past is no longer a guide to the future. In the coming years, Indian foreign policy will need less red lines and greater agility and pragmatism as the country seeks to find its place in this Age of Uncertainty.

Last week, as Donald Trump took the oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States, millions around the world watched, gripped by the thought that the surreal had become real.

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4.lift the veil of secrecy.

The primary aim of the demonetisation exercise was to tap black money. To mark the last day for depositing the demonetised notes, on December 31, 2016  read more

5.Bridging the Gulf.

India-UAE ties are an exemplar for the changing Indian approach towards the wider region.

India’s ties with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are set to get a major boost with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, visiting New Delhi as the chief guest at the Republic Day parade.

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1. India ratifies Kyoto Protocol

India will soon ratify the second commitment period (2013-2020) of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on containing emission of green house gases (GHGs).The Union Cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval for the ratification.   read more

2. NGT to oversee Ganga cleaning.

Civil society is a global phenomenon. It is widely known as an influential ‘third sector’, after the government and business/ industry.  read more

3.Starting to look west

Fun fact: A large part of Star Wars ­ The Force Awakens was shot in the desert landscape of the UAE. But it was Bollywood that created the futuristic sets of the most recent George Lucas creation for an Abu Dhabi company.  read more

1.Realtors eye incentives for affordable housing.

BENGALURU : Following a period of fluctuation after demonetisation, the real estate sector looks towards lower interest rates on home loans as banks are flush with fresh deposits. Higher tax benefits for giving a boost to the affordable home segment is one of the prime concerns expressed by realtors, who also want incentives for first-time home buyers and industry status for real estate.  read more

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