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Biggest Contributors To Global Warming In The World By Country – WorldAtlas.com

Dillinger, Jessica. “Biggest Contributors To Global Warming In The World By Country.” WorldAtlas, Oct. 25, 2019, worldatlas.com/articles/biggest-contributors-to-global-warming-in-the-world.html.

via Biggest Contributors To Global Warming In The World By Country – WorldAtlas.com

Dillinger, Jessica. “Biggest Contributors To Global Warming In The World By Country.” WorldAtlas, Oct. 25, 2019, worldatlas.com/articles/biggest-contributors-to-global-warming-in-the-world.html.

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today, besides being Halloween in many countries (Happy Halloween!), is National Candy Corn Day? Candy corn was created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Philadelphia Wunderle Candy Company. Since then, confectioners have introduced additional color variations suited to other holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. In 2011, there were even caramel apple and green apple candy corn variants. And… in 2013, there were s’mores and pumpkin spice variants. Enjoy!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Halloween is the only time people can become what they want to be without getting fired.”

— Sylvester Stallone

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WORD OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY
1

Rowdy, rambunctious, and noisy

2

Stubborn, uncooperative, or difficult to control

Examples of Obstreperous in a sentence

“School recess is full of obstreperous children running out their energy before settling back in class.”

“The obstreperous bulldog was in need of obedience classes, because he wouldn’t pay attention to anyone.”

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United Kingdom: EY sued by whistleblower over Dubai scandal

via United Kingdom: EY sued by whistleblower over Dubai scandal

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United Kingdom: EY sued by whistleblower over Dubai scandal
Oct 30, 2019 08:00 pm

Big Four accountant EY has been accused of legal and ethical violations in its audit work for a Dubai gold refiner in a court claim due to be heard in London in January. The case is being brought by Amjad…
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United States: Utah FedEx manager charged in $1M suspected fraud scheme
Oct 30, 2019 07:30 pm

A FedEx Ground manager has been indicted on accusations that he accepted bribes from multiple Utah truck company owners who paid more than $1 million to secure hundreds of millions in revenue over the last 10 years, the U.S. Attorney’s…
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United States: Former New Orleans city building inspector pleads guilty to federal bribery charges
Oct 30, 2019 07:00 pm

Kevin Richardson, a former building inspector for the New Orleans Department of Safety and Permits, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to bribery-related charges. As part of the plea, he admitted to receiving $65,000 in bribes. The guilty plea comes…
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Mexico: Wife of disgraced Mexican governor Javier Duarte held in London
Oct 30, 2019 06:30 pm

Prosecutors in Mexico say that Karime Macías, the wife of disgraced Mexican politician Javier Duarte, is being held in London. Mexico has requested the extradition of Ms Macías, 43, who reportedly lived in luxury in the British capital. Her husband,…
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Lebanon: Lebanon’s prime minister says he will QUIT in wake of huge anti-corruption protests
Oct 30, 2019 06:00 pm

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said he would submit his resignation, declaring he had hit a ‘dead end’ in trying to resolve a crisis unleashed by huge protests against Lebanon’s ruling elite. The Sunni politician addressed the nation in a…
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Malaysia: x-CEO Shahrol confirms he is ‘1MDB Officer 2’ in US probe, but denies in league with Jho Low
Oct 30, 2019 05:30 pm

Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi told the High Court that he is the person identified as “1MDB Officer 2” in the United States government’s investigations of the global financial scandal. However, Shahrol denied that he was complicit in the illegal…
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“The National Digital Health Blueprint(NDHB) is just a beginning; it gives us a direction and a path to move towards strengthening healthcare delivery systems”: Dr Harsh Vardhan

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of the National Organization for Women (NOW)? Founded in 1966, the purpose of NOW is “To take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men.”

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”

— Anne Sweeney

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WORD OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY
Elide
əl-eyed
Part of speech: verb
Origin: Latin, mid-16th century
1

To omit or strike out something

2

In speech or writing, to cut off a vowel or a syllable, usually the final one

Examples of Elide in a sentence

“Poetry is known for its readiness to elide letters and syllables for the sake of rhyme and rhythm.”

“His accent and use of colloquial speech caused him to elide the final letters of many words.”

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Wisdom Quote

It’s more dangerous to have education and lack common sense than it is to have common sense and lack education.

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. (Robert Green Ingersoll)

Both the past and the future are beyond our reach, it’s the present you must grasp.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. (Buddha)

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Wisdom Quote

It’s impossible to lose if you never give up.

You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. (Babe Ruth)

We’re harvesting the fruits of the seeds planted by those before us. Make sure you plant the right seeds for those who come after you.
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. (Warren Buffett)

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Wisdom Quote

Find light within the darkness and it’ll outshine even the darkest of shades.

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. (Joseph Campbell)

It’s better to find the source of a problem and being unable to fix it than it is to fix the problem without knowing its source.
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settling a question without debating it. (Joseph Joubert)

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Smart Green Start-up and Sustainable Development

Join us and let’s make a difference. Global Entrepreneurs Grid (GEG) charging up the start-up eco-system across the border. Let’s connect-collaborate-co-create at chairman@globalentrepreneursgrid.com — with Shameem Haider PatwaryDhananjay ParkheSrinivasa Raju Gannavarapu and Sheelan Misra.

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WhatsApp short stories I liked

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(1) Those who had coins, enjoyed in the rain. Those who had notes, were busy looking for shelter.

(2) Man and God both met somewhere. Both exclaimed, “My creator.”

(3) He asked, are you a Hindu or Muslim? The response came, “I am hungry”!

(4) The fool didn’t know it was impossible. So he did it.

(5) “Wrong number,” Said a familiar voice.

(6) What if God asks you after you die, “So how was heaven?”

(7) They told me that to make her fall in love I had to make her laugh. But every time she laughs, I am the one who falls in love.”

(8) We don’t make friends anymore….
We Add them nowadays..

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PM’s statement prior to his departure for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Prime Minister’s Office
28 OCT 2019 8:19PM by PIB Delhi
PM’s statement prior to his departure for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

I am visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a day’s official visit on 29 October 2019. The visit is at the invitation of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, King of Saudi Arabia for attending the Plenary Session of the 3rd Future Investment Initiative Forum being held in Riyadh.

During my visit to Riyadh, I will hold bilateral discussions with His Majesty the King of Saudi Arabia.  I will also meet and discuss with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, HRH Mohammed bin Salman several matter of bilateral cooperation as well as regional and global issues of mutual interest.

India and Saudi Arabia have enjoyed traditionally close and friendly relations.  Saudi Arabia has been one of the largest and reliable suppliers of India’s energy needs.

The Crown Prince during his visit to New Delhi in February 2019 committed to invest over US$100 billion in sectors of priority in India.

Defence, security, trade, culture, education and people-to-people contacts are the other important areas of bilateral cooperation with Saudi Arabia.

During the visit, the Agreement for establishment of the Strategic Partnership Council will further elevate the India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership to a new level.

I also look forward to my participation in the Future Investment Initiative Forum where I will speak about the growing trade and investment opportunities for the global investors in India as the country marches forward to a 5 trillion dollar economy by 2024.

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VRRK/AK

PM’s statement prior to his departure for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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PM’s statement prior to his departure for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

via

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Prime Minister’s Office
28 OCT 2019 8:19PM by PIB Delhi
PM’s statement prior to his departure for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

I am visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a day’s official visit on 29 October 2019. The visit is at the invitation of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, King of Saudi Arabia for attending the Plenary Session of the 3rd Future Investment Initiative Forum being held in Riyadh.

During my visit to Riyadh, I will hold bilateral discussions with His Majesty the King of Saudi Arabia.  I will also meet and discuss with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, HRH Mohammed bin Salman several matter of bilateral cooperation as well as regional and global issues of mutual interest.

India and Saudi Arabia have enjoyed traditionally close and friendly relations.  Saudi Arabia has been one of the largest and reliable suppliers of India’s energy needs.

The Crown Prince during his visit to New Delhi in February 2019 committed to invest over US$100 billion in sectors of priority in India.

Defence, security, trade, culture, education and people-to-people contacts are the other important areas of bilateral cooperation with Saudi Arabia.

During the visit, the Agreement for establishment of the Strategic Partnership Council will further elevate the India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership to a new level.

I also look forward to my participation in the Future Investment Initiative Forum where I will speak about the growing trade and investment opportunities for the global investors in India as the country marches forward to a 5 trillion dollar economy by 2024.

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VRRK/AK

PM’s statement prior to his departure for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Did you know…

… that today is the Tuxedo’s Birthday? In 1886, the tuxedo, created by Griswold Lorillard, made its American debut at the autumn ball in Tuxedo Park, New York. But you and I both know it was originally the penguin’s idea. 😉

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“It’s always sunny above the clouds. Always. Every day on earth – every day I have ever had – was secretly sunny, after all.”

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WORD OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY
Prorogue
proh-rohg
Part of speech: verb
Origin: Late Middle English, 15th century
1

To postpone a meeting without cancelling it

2

To defer or suspend a legislative session

Examples of Prorogue in a sentence

“The board elected to prorogue the current course of action, tabling future meetings until a more suitable time.”

“In a swift resolution, Parliament voted to prorogue all sessions until the end of the year.”

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Wisdom Quotes

It isn’t what happens that matters, but how you respond to it.
Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. (Lou Holtz)
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The way you affect those around you is perhaps the most important question in life.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
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Strategy . and . Martial arts

Dintingaa is a mostly defensive martial art that focuses on paralyzing your opponent by focusing solely on your opponents movements, figuring out their weakness and exploiting it. The primary focus lies on both sidesteps and knee strikes and it often relies on the endurance and stamina of both the attacker and defender.

The biggest strength of Dintingaa is that it’s not a pretty style, but focuses more on real life situations. By profiting from the shifts in the centers of gravity of your challenger your opponent tends to tire out pretty quickly, which helps defend your weaknesses more.

On the other hand the biggest weakness of Dintingaa is a lack of potentially lethal moves. Not a big weakness, but needed in some situations and in those cases you could quickly end up overpowered.

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Jay’s Torment – The Villanelle Of The StartUp

Jay’s Torment – The Villanelle Of The StartUp

A Villanelle by jay

Jay couldn’t stop thinking about the StartUp
It was just so small and micro
But he could never forget the cup

That morning, Jay was shocked by the sup
He had to calm himself with a row
Jay couldn’t stop thinking about the StartUp

Later, Jay dreampt so up
He tried to focus on a show
But he could never forget the cup

Mentee tried to distract him with a cleanup
Said his mind had become too apropos
Jay couldn’t stop thinking about the StartUp

Jay decided to do something followup
The StartUp was like a toxic grow
But he could never forget the cup

Jay nosedived like a medium checkup
His mind turned into a quo
Jay couldn’t stop thinking about the StartUp
But he could never forget the cup

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Hand Gestures/ Body Language

Raising your left hand with the palm towards someone else, thumb and one finger forming a circle, one finger fully clenched, one half clenched and one fully clenched is a gesture that is used as a minor insult and is often used as a joke in the territory of Refrait.


Holding your left hand, with the palm towards the ground, three fingers crossed, one fully stretched and one fully clenched, next to your right hand with the palm towards the side, two fingers fully stretched, two fingers half clenched and one fully clenched is a gesture that is used as a formal greeting in the province of Ketrana.

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WISDOM QUOTES

It takes courage to speak up when needed, but it also takes courage to listen.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. (Winston Churchill)

Wisdom lies not in the answers one gives, but in the questions one asks.
It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question. (Eugene Ionesco)

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Liberty Day? The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France and designed by sculptor Frederic Bartholdi, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland, on this date in 1886. Trivia fans: It was originally named Liberty Enlightening the World.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I think the only way to get through this life is laughing hard and constantly, mostly at myself.”

— Shannon Hale

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Me and my Reverse Poetry experiments

Will you glimmer on the roof?

Will you kling to your head

On the floor?

What ball shall we pitch?

We have a wrong,

On the bank we share our sorrows-

The loosened strings tells our note:

O bright,

Bring me swiftly into our song.

She is great,

We measure her by the Alpine-trees.

Reverse 

Alpine-trees.
the by her measure
We are great,
She song. our into swiftly me
Bring bright,

O note: our tells strings loosened
The sorrows- our share we bank the
On wrong, a have

We pitch? we shall ball
What floor? the
On head your to kling you
Will roof? the on glimmer you Will

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Members of European Parliament call on PM

via Members of European Parliament call on PM . So EU is still barking the Turkish tunes. 

They never will change.  What great timing.  Just after #Baghdadi killing.   Let there be a surgical strike on those hidden by ISI now.

Members of European Parliament call on PM

Members of European Parliament called on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi today.  Prime Minister appreciated the importance the Parliamentarians attach to their relationship with India by visiting right at the beginning of their term.

Prime Minister said that India’s relationship with the European Union is based on shared interests and common commitment to democratic values. He said that an early conclusion of a fair and balanced BTIA is a priority for the government. Talking about the need to strengthen engagement with EU on regional and global matters, Prime Minister highlighted the importance of close international cooperation to fight terrorism. He also mentioned about the growth of International Solar Alliance as a global partnership.

Prime Minister, while welcoming the delegation to India, expressed the hope that they have a fruitful visit to various parts of the country, including to Jammu and Kashmir. Their visit to Jammu and Kashmir should give the delegation a better understanding of the cultural and religious diversity of the region of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh; apart from giving them a clear view of the development and governance priorities of the region.

Prime Minister highlighted the huge jump in India’s position in Ease of Doing Business rankings from 142 in 2014 to 63 currently. He said that this is a massive achievement for a country as enormous in size, demography and diversity as India. Governance systems are today enabling people to move in aspirational direction, he said.

Prime Minister also underlined the focus of the government on ensuring Ease of Living for all Indians. He mentioned about the success of key programmes of the Government including Swachh Bharat and Ayushman Bharat. He reiterated India’s commitment to eliminate TB by 2025, five years before the global target. He also talked about steps taken for environment protection and conservation including enhanced renewable energy targets and movement against single use plastics.

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VRRK/SH

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Quotes of the Week

Lucy Larcom

“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”

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Pope Paul VI

“Of all human activities, man’s listening to God is the supreme act of his reasoning and will.”

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Juvenal

“All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.”

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Benjamin Franklin

“He that lives upon hope will die fasting.”

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Charles M. Schulz

“There’s a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker.”

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.”

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Story and Happy Diwali wishes

V

ia a friend
Tulsidas came to know about a unique behaviour of Rahim. While giving alms to the poor, Rahim gave with extreme humility.While giving, he kept his gaze downwards towards the earth. He never looked at the person he was giving alms to.Tulsidas promptly wrote the following couplet and sent it to Rahim.“ऐसी देनी देंनज्यूँ, कित सीखे हो सैन
जयोंज्यों कर ऊंच्यो करो, त्योंत्यों निचे नैन”“O great person, where have you learnt this amazing way of giving?
As your hands rise (to give), your eyes look down”Completing the couplet which Tulsidas wrote, Rahim replied in extreme humility.His reply shows how evolved Rahim was as a soul.“देनहार कोई और है, भेजत जो दिन रैन
लोग भरम हम पर करे, तासो निचे नैन”“The Giver is someone else (God almighty), giving day and night.
The world has a misconception that I am the giver. So, I lower my eyes in embarrassment.”The festive week is here,
Make it a week and year of giving,
Make it the week of making people smile🕯 *Happy Diwali and Happy New Year to you* 🕯🙏🏼💥

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that tthere is a  Pass to Yourself Day? In 1997, Minnesota Viking quarterback Brad Johnson passed the ball, had it batted back, caught it, and ran the ball into the end zone, thus becoming the first NFL quarterback to pass to himself for a touchdown. You definitely won’t see a play like that every day!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

— John Wooden

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Wisdom Quotes

If you can’t be the light in the shadows, be the gem that refracts the light all around.

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. (Edith Wharton)

There’s only one you in the entire world, so don’t try to be somebody else.
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! (Dr. Seuss)

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Strategy and Martial arts

Nunde-Gagri is a offensive martial art that focuses on crippling your opponent by focusing entirely on maximizing your own natural strengths and minimizing your weaknesses. The primary focus lies on both agility and quick movements and it often relies on the flexibility and speed of both the attacker and defender.

The biggest strength of Nunde-Gagri is being quite well rounded and thus giving you a bag of tricks for all sorts of situations. By profiting from the blocks of both fighters your opponent may overextend themselves, further giving you leverage to work with.

On the other hand the biggest weakness of Nunde-Gagri is that opposite styles tend to gain the upper hand more easily. So if facing such an opponent all you can do is try to force your opponent into a position you can dominate fro

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Hand Gestures / Body Language

Raising your right hand with the palm towards the sky, three fingers fully stretched and two fingers half clenched is a gesture that expresses the equivalent of ‘calm down’ in the area of Yacheau.


Holding your left hand, with the palm towards the sky, one finger fully stretched and the other four fully clenched, next to your right hand with the palm towards the sky, four fingers crossed and the last fully stretched is a gesture that expresses the equivalent of ‘calm down’ in the area of Ieblen.

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Jay’s Torment – The Villanelle Of The StartUp A Villanelle by jay

Jay’s Torment – The Villanelle Of The StartUp

A Villanelle by jay

Jay couldn’t stop thinking about the StartUp
It was just so small and micro
But he could never forget the pickup

That morning, Jay was shocked by the setup
He had found himself shaking so
Jay couldn’t stop thinking about the StartUp

Later, Jay was spooked by a checkup
He tried to focus on a show
But he could never forget the pickup

Mentee tried to distract him with a lineup
Said it was time to start thinking about a grow
Jay couldn’t stop thinking about the StartUp

Jay took action like a makeup
The StartUp was becoming too pro
But he could never forget the pickup

Jay nosedived like a medium cleanup
His mind turned into a flow
Jay couldn’t stop thinking about the StartUp
But he could never forget the pickup

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WORD OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY
Mawkish
MAW-kish
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Middle English, late 17th century
1

Exaggeratedly sentimental or emotional

2

Having a mildly unpleasant or sickening taste

Examples of Mawkish in a sentence

“The beauty pageant was so over the top that some audience members were made uncomfortable by the mawkish speeches. ”

“His grandmother wanted to be encouraging, but all the baking lessons produced were mawkish cookies.”

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Joint Statement issued at the Conclusion of 29th BASIC Ministerial Meet on Climate Change

via Joint Statement issued at the Conclusion of 29th BASIC Ministerial Meet on Climate Change

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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
26 OCT 2019 6:34PM by PIB Delhi
Joint Statement issued at the Conclusion of 29th BASIC Ministerial Meet on Climate Change

The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Shri Prakash Javadekar participated in the 29th ministerial meeting of the BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) countries on Climate Change at Beijing, China on 25th-26th October 2019.

Following is the Joint Statement issued today at the Conclusion of 29th BASIC Ministerial Meet on Climate Change:

  1. The 29th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change was held in Beijing, China, on 25th-26th October 2019. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. LI Ganjie, Minister of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, attended by H.E. Mr. XIE Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs of China, and

H.E. Mr. Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Information and Broadcasting of the Republic of India, Mr. Roberto Castelo Branco, National Secretary for International Relations, Ministry of the Environment of Brazil, and Mr. Maesela Kekana, Chief Director of International Climate Change Relations and Negotiations of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries of the Republic of South Africa. In line with the ‘BASIC-plus’ approach, H.E. Ammar Hijazi, Ambassador of the state of Palestine, on behalf of the Chair of the Group of 77 and China, and Mr. Mauricio Carabelli of Chile, on behalf of the incoming Presidency of COP25 also attended the meeting as Guests.

 

  1. BASIC Ministers expressed their concern for the global challenge of climate change and its adverse effects, and confirmed their commitments to multilateralism in order to address the issue and to foster climate resilience and promote greenhouse gas emissions reduction, low-carbon and sustainable development, with a view to collectively working towards preparedness of international community for the wellbeing of all. Ministers underscored that all parties should jointly defend the international system underpinned by the United Nations, in accordance with the principles of equity, common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities (CBDR-RC), in the light of different national circumstances. Unilateralism and protectionism undermine the open and free international trade system and the prospect of global economic development and growth, which will end up with damaging global efforts against climate change. It is imperative to focus on safeguarding the multilateral process and the fulfillment of commitments.

 

  1. Ministers emphasized the faithful and comprehensive implementation of the Paris Agreement, in particular of its goals and principles, and underlined the importance of a full, effective and sustained implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its Kyoto Protocol and its Paris Agreement, in accordance with the principles of equity, common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities (CBDR-RC), in the light of different national circumstances, as well as the nationally- determined nature of the Paris Agreement. They emphasized that global climate action should promote climate justice by recognizing the fundamental equality of all people in accessing economic growth and sustainable development. The BASIC Ministers reaffirmed and emphasized the need for people’s participation and climate friendly lifestyles for addressing the challenge of climate change acknowledging that Paris Agreement embodies and calls for sustainable lifestyles and consumption patterns.

 

  1. Ministers highlighted that developing countries, including BASIC countries, notwithstanding the multiple challenges including food security, poverty eradication, and insufficient and uneven progress of domestic

 

development, have been implementing ambitious climate action based on their national circumstances in the context of sustainable development, and have achieved great progress with significant contribution to global efforts in combating climate change. In 2018, China has reduced carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 45.8% from the 2005 level, increased the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to 14.3%. South Africa has recently implemented carbon tax, and announced massive renewable energy program in its latest electricity plan. India has already achieved 21% reduction in emission intensity of GDP in 2014 compared to 2005 levels, thereby achieving its pre-2020 voluntary target. In 2015, Brazil had already achieved a 58% emission reduction in the business as usual scenario set for its NAMAs, thereby overachieving its target of 36%- 39% reductions set for 2020.

 

  1. Ministers noted UN Climate Action Summit and its strong political signal of upholding multilateralism, implementing the Paris Agreement, and enhancing ambitions of action and support. BASIC countries actively engaged and contributed, and are ready to further strengthen international cooperation to explore solutions which are cost-effective and with lower risks, such as nature-based solutions, and technology innovation in industry transition.

 

  1. Ministers expressed their appreciation to the Polish Presidency’s contribution to the conclusion of the bulk of the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP). They appreciated Costa Rica for hosting Pre-COP25 to promote political dialogue on specific issues. The Group pledged their full support to the incoming Chilean Presidency, and highlighted that the key outcome of COP25 will be to conclude negotiations on robust rules to ensure environmental integrity under Article 6 of Paris Agreement and to achieve progress on climate finance which is one of the key enablers for developing countries to implement ambitious climate actions. They committed to working with all other Parties for the success of COP25 in an open and transparent, consensus-based and party- driven manner.

 

  1. Ministers valued the 187 ratifications of the Paris Agreement to date, called on all remaining Parties to ratify, and welcomed the implementation of the Agreement in the post-2020 period. The Group also underscored Kyoto Protocol as the significant milestone in the multilateral climate process. Ministers also welcomed the 134 ratifications, to date, of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol and recalled that only 10 acceptance instruments are outstanding for the amendment to enter into force. They urged the Parties that have not yet ratified the Doha Amendment to do so as soon as possible, striving for its prompt entry into force before COP25.

 

  1. The Group highlighted the substantial gaps not only in mitigation, but also in adaptation and support provided by developed countries to developing countries in the pre-2020 period. They stressed that these gaps should not be transferred to the post-2020 period to present additional burdens on developing countries. They urged developed countries to take urgent actions to close the gaps, including revisiting their targets on mitigation under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, and fulfilling their commitments of providing support to developing countries.

 

  1. Ministers underscored that as developing countries are the most adversely affected by climate change, adaptation is a key imperative but is neglected with imbalanced allocation of resources compared to mitigation. They reiterated that balanced allocation should be made for adaptation and mitigation in terms of support provided by developed countries, including through Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Group encouraged other fora, including the Global Commission on Adaptation to play their part in supporting developing countries on adaptation. They

 

emphasized that it is critical to dedicate a share of proceeds from ITMOs transactions under Article 6 to fund adaptation in developing countries.

 

  1. Ministers underlined their commitment to taking ambitious actions to implement their NDCs. They stressed that action and support are integral in terms of ambition, and the ambition of support by developed countries should match the ambition of action by developing countries. Developed countries shall provide new and additional, sustained, predictable, adequate and timely finance, technology development and transfer and capacity-building support to developing countries, open markets and carry out practical technological cooperation, which serve the basis for mutual trust and important conditions for the comprehensive and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement.

 

  1. Ministers expressed their deep concern on the insufficiency and inadequacy of the support provided by developed countries to date, and underlined that the climate finance should be new, additional, and with significant public funded component. They urged developed countries to fulfill their climate finance commitments of providing USD 100 billion annually by 2020 for developing countries in a transparent and grant-based manner.

 

  1. Ministers urged developed countries to propose the new collective quantified goal on finance as soon as possible, including detailed roadmap and timetable. The goal should be from a floor of USD 100 billion per year, significantly publicly funded and of greater transparency. The 2020 deliberations should draw lessons from the experience of meeting the USD 100 billion pledge, be informed by the needs and priorities of developing countries, and be adequate to meet the ambition of action of developing countries. In this regard, they stressed the importance of establishing a structured deliberation within the UNFCCC, in order to conclude this work in a meaningful and timely manner.

 

  1. Ministers noted with concern the significant gap in aspects including funding scale, eligibility and policy- making of the GCF and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) from the need of developing countries. They noted of the contributions made by some developed countries in the first replenishment of the GCF, and urged the other developed countries to make speedy and robust contributions, to ensure the first replenishment doubles the initial resource mobilization pledge in real terms.

 

  1. The Group highlighted that providing information on transparency of support, including its predictability, is a key component of the Enhanced Transparency Framework. In this regard, Ministers urged developed countries to engage in discussion to formulate clear guidance for the biennial communication which has common tables for communicating such information, referred to Article 9.5 in a positive and constructive manner.

 

  1. Ministers underscored the importance of concluding the discussions on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, in accordance with the mandates and principles set out in the Agreement and the accompanying decision, including ensuring environmental integrity and avoiding double counting. They restated that decisions on other subjects should not pre-empt discussions under Article 6, and the issues should be addressed in a balanced and inclusive manner.

 

  1. Ministers expressed that the rules and governance structures for cooperative approaches under Article 6.2 shall be multilaterally agreed and applicable to all Parties, and shall ensure that all transactions are based on actual

 

mitigation efforts, consistent with Article 2. A robust accounting system shall be put in place, which shall have flexibility to accommodate different types of NDCs and a central log to register all transactions.

 

  1. Ministers stated that the design of the mechanism under Article 6.4 shall be conducive to public and private sector involvement and avoid the creation of unnecessary obstacles to investment, provided that environmental integrity is ensured. Appropriate approaches, including corresponding adjustment and other possible means, should be explored to this end. Under no circumstances is the nationally determined nature of commitments and the bottom-up character of the Paris Agreement to be changed. They also stated that the ability of the climate change regime to ensure the appropriate transition of the CDM to the mechanism under Article 6.4 will be key to securing continued engagement of the public and private sectors in mitigation action.

 

  1. Ministers welcomed the review of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts based on the mandates, and emphasized the need to address loss and damage on the basis of equity and in accordance with the principles of CBDR-RC, the relevant provisions of the Paris Agreement and COP decisions.

 

  1. Ministers reiterated that the UNFCCC process remains the preeminent international forum for addressing matters related to climate change, and other fora serve as contributory supplement under the guidance of its principles and spirit. Ministers noted the work of International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Civil Aviation (ICAO) on reduction of GHG emissions, and underlined that the work being undertaken must comply with the key principles of the UNFCCC process, in particular the principle of Equity and CBDR-RC.

 

  1. Ministers hailed the 10th anniversary of the BASIC Group and agreed to further strengthen the solidarity and cooperation among the four countries. In this context, they committed to jointly promote South-South cooperation, providing assistance as capabilities allow to enhance the capacities of other developing countries in addressing climate change. They reiterated their unequivocal support to the State of Palestine, as the Chair of the Group of 77 and China, with a view to strengthening the unity of the Group and advancing the common interests of developing countries.

 

  1. Ministers welcomed the offer of India to host the 30th BASIC Ministerial Meeting.

 

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President Interacts with Rehabilitated Divyangjan Children at Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities

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President Interacts with Rehabilitated Divyangjan Children at Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities

The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind visited Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment here today. He interacted with the outdoor child patients and rehabilitated Divyangjan children and their parents. President greeted Divyangjan children and their parents on Deepawali festival. Divyang child patients were presented with Aids and Assistive Devices on the occasion.

Later, the President also interacted with the faculty members of the institute. Heads of all three departments of the institute presented the brief description of their respective departments as to how the Divyangjan patients are successfully treated at the institute.

Addressing on the occasion, the President said that the serving Divyangjan is the greatest service to society as Divyangjan are the creation of God. He said that the institute and its faculty members are doing a commendable job in providing proper treatment to Divyangjan children and patients. Applauding them he said that they provide not only physical treatment but psychological treatment also. He opined that he was feeling happy to celebrate Deepawali festival along with Divyangjan children and the faculty members of the institute.

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment was present. Ms. Shakuntala Doley Gamlin, Secretary, DEPwD and Smt. Smita Jayavant, Director, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities and senior officers of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment were also present on the occasion.

 

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Materialism alone cannot explain the riddle of consciousness | Aeon Essays

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Materialism holds the high ground these days in debates over that most ultimate of scientific questions: the nature of consciousness. When tackling the problem of mind and brain, many prominent researchers advocate for a universe fully reducible to matter. ‘Of course you are nothing but the activity of your neurons,’ they proclaim. That position seems reasonable and sober in light of neuroscience’s advances, with brilliant images of brains lighting up like Christmas trees while test subjects eat apples, watch movies or dream. And aren’t all the underlying physical laws already known?

From this seemly hard-nosed vantage, the problem of consciousness seems to be just one of wiring, as the American physicist Michio Kaku argued in The Future of the Mind (2014). In the very public version of the debate over consciousness, those who advocate that understanding the mind might require something other than a ‘nothing but matter’ position are often painted as victims of wishful thinking, imprecise reasoning or, worst of all, an adherence to a mystical ‘woo’.

It’s hard not to feel the intuitional weight of today’s metaphysical sobriety. Like Pickett’s Charge up the hill at Gettysburg, who wants to argue with the superior position of those armed with ever more precise fMRIs, EEGs and the other material artefacts of the materialist position? There is, however, a significant weakness hiding in the imposing-looking materialist redoubt. It is as simple as it is undeniable: after more than a century of profound explorations into the subatomic world, our best theory for how matter behaves still tells us very little about what matter is. Materialists appeal to physics to explain the mind, but in modern physics the particles that make up a brain remain, in many ways, as mysterious as consciousness itself.

When I was a young physics student I once asked a professor: ‘What’s an electron?’ His answer stunned me. ‘An electron,’ he said, ‘is that to which we attribute the properties of the electron.’ That vague, circular response was a long way from the dream that drove me into physics, a dream of theories that perfectly described reality. Like almost every student over the past 100 years, I was shocked by quantum mechanics, the physics of the micro-world. In place of a clear vision of little bits of matter that explain all the big things around us, quantum physics gives us a powerful yet seemly paradoxical calculus. With its emphasis on probability waves, essential uncertainties and experimenters disturbing the reality they seek to measure, quantum mechanics made imagining the stuff of the world as classical bits of matter (or miniature billiard balls) all but impossible.

Like most physicists, I learned how to ignore the weirdness of quantum physics. ‘Shut up and calculate!’ (the dictum of the American physicist David Mermin) works fine if you are trying to get 100 per cent on your Advanced Quantum Theory homework or building a laser. But behind quantum mechanics’ unequaled calculational precision lie profound, stubbornly persistent questions about what those quantum rules imply about the nature of reality – including our place in it.

Those questions are well-known in the physics community, but perhaps our habit of shutting up has been a little too successful. A century of agnosticism about the true nature of matter hasn’t found its way deeply enough into other fields, where materialism still appears to be the most sensible way of dealing with the world and, most of all, with the mind. Some neuroscientists think that they’re being precise and grounded by holding tightly to materialist credentials. Molecular biologists, geneticists, and many other types of researchers – as well as the nonscientist public – have been similarly drawn to materialism’s seeming finality. But this conviction is out of step with what we physicists know about the material world – or rather, what we don’t know.

Albert Einstein and Max Planck introduced the idea of the quantum at the beginning of the 20th century, sweeping away the old classical view of reality. We have never managed to come up with a definitive new reality to take its place. The interpretation of quantum physics remains as up for grabs as ever. As a mathematical description of solar cells and digital circuits, quantum mechanics works just fine. But if one wants to apply the materialist position to a concept as subtle and profound as consciousness, something more must clearly be asked for. The closer you look, the more it appears that the materialist (or ‘physicalist’) position is not the safe harbor of metaphysical sobriety that many desire.

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Nylon Name Day? Dupont Chemical Company research teams from New York and London, led by Dr. Wallace Carothers, introduced a new fiber called nylon. Nylon was the first human-made fiber. There are many theories as to how nylon got its name, but one of the most popular is that it is named for the two international cities that cooperated in bringing this synthetic into existence.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Solutions are not found by pointing fingers; they are reached by extending hands.”

— Aysha Taryam

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President Interacts with Rehabilitated Divyangjan Children at Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities

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Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
26 OCT 2019 3:01PM by PIB Delhi
President Interacts with Rehabilitated Divyangjan Children at Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities

The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind visited Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment here today. He interacted with the outdoor child patients and rehabilitated Divyangjan children and their parents. President greeted Divyangjan children and their parents on Deepawali festival. Divyang child patients were presented with Aids and Assistive Devices on the occasion.

Later, the President also interacted with the faculty members of the institute. Heads of all three departments of the institute presented the brief description of their respective departments as to how the Divyangjan patients are successfully treated at the institute.

Addressing on the occasion, the President said that the serving Divyangjan is the greatest service to society as Divyangjan are the creation of God. He said that the institute and its faculty members are doing a commendable job in providing proper treatment to Divyangjan children and patients. Applauding them he said that they provide not only physical treatment but psychological treatment also. He opined that he was feeling happy to celebrate Deepawali festival along with Divyangjan children and the faculty members of the institute.

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment was present. Ms. Shakuntala Doley Gamlin, Secretary, DEPwD and Smt. Smita Jayavant, Director, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya National Institute for Persons with Physical Disabilities and senior officers of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment were also present on the occasion.

 

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Joint Statement issued at the Conclusion of 29th BASIC Ministerial Meet on Climate Change

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26 OCT 2019 6:34PM by PIB Delhi
Joint Statement issued at the Conclusion of 29th BASIC Ministerial Meet on Climate Change

The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Shri Prakash Javadekar participated in the 29th ministerial meeting of the BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) countries on Climate Change at Beijing, China on 25th-26th October 2019.

Following is the Joint Statement issued today at the Conclusion of 29th BASIC Ministerial Meet on Climate Change:

  1. The 29th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change was held in Beijing, China, on 25th-26th October 2019. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. LI Ganjie, Minister of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, attended by H.E. Mr. XIE Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs of China, and

H.E. Mr. Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Information and Broadcasting of the Republic of India, Mr. Roberto Castelo Branco, National Secretary for International Relations, Ministry of the Environment of Brazil, and Mr. Maesela Kekana, Chief Director of International Climate Change Relations and Negotiations of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries of the Republic of South Africa. In line with the ‘BASIC-plus’ approach, H.E. Ammar Hijazi, Ambassador of the state of Palestine, on behalf of the Chair of the Group of 77 and China, and Mr. Mauricio Carabelli of Chile, on behalf of the incoming Presidency of COP25 also attended the meeting as Guests.

 

  1. BASIC Ministers expressed their concern for the global challenge of climate change and its adverse effects, and confirmed their commitments to multilateralism in order to address the issue and to foster climate resilience and promote greenhouse gas emissions reduction, low-carbon and sustainable development, with a view to collectively working towards preparedness of international community for the wellbeing of all. Ministers underscored that all parties should jointly defend the international system underpinned by the United Nations, in accordance with the principles of equity, common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities (CBDR-RC), in the light of different national circumstances. Unilateralism and protectionism undermine the open and free international trade system and the prospect of global economic development and growth, which will end up with damaging global efforts against climate change. It is imperative to focus on safeguarding the multilateral process and the fulfillment of commitments.

 

  1. Ministers emphasized the faithful and comprehensive implementation of the Paris Agreement, in particular of its goals and principles, and underlined the importance of a full, effective and sustained implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its Kyoto Protocol and its Paris Agreement, in accordance with the principles of equity, common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities (CBDR-RC), in the light of different national circumstances, as well as the nationally- determined nature of the Paris Agreement. They emphasized that global climate action should promote climate justice by recognizing the fundamental equality of all people in accessing economic growth and sustainable development. The BASIC Ministers reaffirmed and emphasized the need for people’s participation and climate friendly lifestyles for addressing the challenge of climate change acknowledging that Paris Agreement embodies and calls for sustainable lifestyles and consumption patterns.

 

  1. Ministers highlighted that developing countries, including BASIC countries, notwithstanding the multiple challenges including food security, poverty eradication, and insufficient and uneven progress of domestic

 

development, have been implementing ambitious climate action based on their national circumstances in the context of sustainable development, and have achieved great progress with significant contribution to global efforts in combating climate change. In 2018, China has reduced carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 45.8% from the 2005 level, increased the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to 14.3%. South Africa has recently implemented carbon tax, and announced massive renewable energy program in its latest electricity plan. India has already achieved 21% reduction in emission intensity of GDP in 2014 compared to 2005 levels, thereby achieving its pre-2020 voluntary target. In 2015, Brazil had already achieved a 58% emission reduction in the business as usual scenario set for its NAMAs, thereby overachieving its target of 36%- 39% reductions set for 2020.

 

  1. Ministers noted UN Climate Action Summit and its strong political signal of upholding multilateralism, implementing the Paris Agreement, and enhancing ambitions of action and support. BASIC countries actively engaged and contributed, and are ready to further strengthen international cooperation to explore solutions which are cost-effective and with lower risks, such as nature-based solutions, and technology innovation in industry transition.

 

  1. Ministers expressed their appreciation to the Polish Presidency’s contribution to the conclusion of the bulk of the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP). They appreciated Costa Rica for hosting Pre-COP25 to promote political dialogue on specific issues. The Group pledged their full support to the incoming Chilean Presidency, and highlighted that the key outcome of COP25 will be to conclude negotiations on robust rules to ensure environmental integrity under Article 6 of Paris Agreement and to achieve progress on climate finance which is one of the key enablers for developing countries to implement ambitious climate actions. They committed to working with all other Parties for the success of COP25 in an open and transparent, consensus-based and party- driven manner.

 

  1. Ministers valued the 187 ratifications of the Paris Agreement to date, called on all remaining Parties to ratify, and welcomed the implementation of the Agreement in the post-2020 period. The Group also underscored Kyoto Protocol as the significant milestone in the multilateral climate process. Ministers also welcomed the 134 ratifications, to date, of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol and recalled that only 10 acceptance instruments are outstanding for the amendment to enter into force. They urged the Parties that have not yet ratified the Doha Amendment to do so as soon as possible, striving for its prompt entry into force before COP25.

 

  1. The Group highlighted the substantial gaps not only in mitigation, but also in adaptation and support provided by developed countries to developing countries in the pre-2020 period. They stressed that these gaps should not be transferred to the post-2020 period to present additional burdens on developing countries. They urged developed countries to take urgent actions to close the gaps, including revisiting their targets on mitigation under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, and fulfilling their commitments of providing support to developing countries.

 

  1. Ministers underscored that as developing countries are the most adversely affected by climate change, adaptation is a key imperative but is neglected with imbalanced allocation of resources compared to mitigation. They reiterated that balanced allocation should be made for adaptation and mitigation in terms of support provided by developed countries, including through Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Group encouraged other fora, including the Global Commission on Adaptation to play their part in supporting developing countries on adaptation. They

 

emphasized that it is critical to dedicate a share of proceeds from ITMOs transactions under Article 6 to fund adaptation in developing countries.

 

  1. Ministers underlined their commitment to taking ambitious actions to implement their NDCs. They stressed that action and support are integral in terms of ambition, and the ambition of support by developed countries should match the ambition of action by developing countries. Developed countries shall provide new and additional, sustained, predictable, adequate and timely finance, technology development and transfer and capacity-building support to developing countries, open markets and carry out practical technological cooperation, which serve the basis for mutual trust and important conditions for the comprehensive and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement.

 

  1. Ministers expressed their deep concern on the insufficiency and inadequacy of the support provided by developed countries to date, and underlined that the climate finance should be new, additional, and with significant public funded component. They urged developed countries to fulfill their climate finance commitments of providing USD 100 billion annually by 2020 for developing countries in a transparent and grant-based manner.

 

  1. Ministers urged developed countries to propose the new collective quantified goal on finance as soon as possible, including detailed roadmap and timetable. The goal should be from a floor of USD 100 billion per year, significantly publicly funded and of greater transparency. The 2020 deliberations should draw lessons from the experience of meeting the USD 100 billion pledge, be informed by the needs and priorities of developing countries, and be adequate to meet the ambition of action of developing countries. In this regard, they stressed the importance of establishing a structured deliberation within the UNFCCC, in order to conclude this work in a meaningful and timely manner.

 

  1. Ministers noted with concern the significant gap in aspects including funding scale, eligibility and policy- making of the GCF and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) from the need of developing countries. They noted of the contributions made by some developed countries in the first replenishment of the GCF, and urged the other developed countries to make speedy and robust contributions, to ensure the first replenishment doubles the initial resource mobilization pledge in real terms.

 

  1. The Group highlighted that providing information on transparency of support, including its predictability, is a key component of the Enhanced Transparency Framework. In this regard, Ministers urged developed countries to engage in discussion to formulate clear guidance for the biennial communication which has common tables for communicating such information, referred to Article 9.5 in a positive and constructive manner.

 

  1. Ministers underscored the importance of concluding the discussions on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, in accordance with the mandates and principles set out in the Agreement and the accompanying decision, including ensuring environmental integrity and avoiding double counting. They restated that decisions on other subjects should not pre-empt discussions under Article 6, and the issues should be addressed in a balanced and inclusive manner.

 

  1. Ministers expressed that the rules and governance structures for cooperative approaches under Article 6.2 shall be multilaterally agreed and applicable to all Parties, and shall ensure that all transactions are based on actual

 

mitigation efforts, consistent with Article 2. A robust accounting system shall be put in place, which shall have flexibility to accommodate different types of NDCs and a central log to register all transactions.

 

  1. Ministers stated that the design of the mechanism under Article 6.4 shall be conducive to public and private sector involvement and avoid the creation of unnecessary obstacles to investment, provided that environmental integrity is ensured. Appropriate approaches, including corresponding adjustment and other possible means, should be explored to this end. Under no circumstances is the nationally determined nature of commitments and the bottom-up character of the Paris Agreement to be changed. They also stated that the ability of the climate change regime to ensure the appropriate transition of the CDM to the mechanism under Article 6.4 will be key to securing continued engagement of the public and private sectors in mitigation action.

 

  1. Ministers welcomed the review of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts based on the mandates, and emphasized the need to address loss and damage on the basis of equity and in accordance with the principles of CBDR-RC, the relevant provisions of the Paris Agreement and COP decisions.

 

  1. Ministers reiterated that the UNFCCC process remains the preeminent international forum for addressing matters related to climate change, and other fora serve as contributory supplement under the guidance of its principles and spirit. Ministers noted the work of International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Civil Aviation (ICAO) on reduction of GHG emissions, and underlined that the work being undertaken must comply with the key principles of the UNFCCC process, in particular the principle of Equity and CBDR-RC.

 

  1. Ministers hailed the 10th anniversary of the BASIC Group and agreed to further strengthen the solidarity and cooperation among the four countries. In this context, they committed to jointly promote South-South cooperation, providing assistance as capabilities allow to enhance the capacities of other developing countries in addressing climate change. They reiterated their unequivocal support to the State of Palestine, as the Chair of the Group of 77 and China, with a view to strengthening the unity of the Group and advancing the common interests of developing countries.

 

  1. Ministers welcomed the offer of India to host the 30th BASIC Ministerial Meeting.

 

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Chief of the Naval Staff Reviews Preparedness in Remote Andaman Outpost

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26 OCT 2019 12:24PM by PIB Delhi
Chief of the Naval Staff Reviews Preparedness in Remote Andaman Outpost

  Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff visited INS Baaz, Campbell Bay, Great Nicobar Island and spent a day with the personnel stationed in various units in Campbell Bay and extended Warm Greetings and Best Wishes to the personnel and their families on the auspicious occasion of Diwali.

During his interaction Admiral Karambir Singh reiterated that the Andaman Nicobar islands were strategically important for national security and would provide critical capability to monitor sea areas in the region. He appreciated the significant contribution made by INS Baaz, towards ensuring maritime security in the Bay of Bengal & Andaman Sea and substantially enhancing Indian Navy’s maritime surveillance capability.

He also commended them on their role in provided succor to the local populace in times of need by facilitating evacuation of medical emergencies. (Campbell Bay is more than 1500 Km from the mainland and 500 km from Port Blair).

Personnel from the IAF, Coast Guard District Headquarters, Territorial Army, Border Road Organisation, Defence Civilians, A&N Police and Civil Administration were also present during this occasion.

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Prime Minister congratulates those who emerged victorious in the BDC polls across Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh.

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Prime Minister congratulates those who emerged victorious in the BDC polls across Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi congratulated all those who have emerged victorious in the BDC polls across Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh. He was also delighted that the BDC polls in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh were conducted in a very peaceful manner.

 

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News that would make every Indian proud!

For the first time since 1947, Block Development Council elections were held in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh on the 24th.

The polls witnessed a historic turnout of 98%. There were over 1080 candidates in the fray in 310 blocks.

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I am delighted to share that the BDC polls in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh were conducted in a very peaceful manner. There was no violence.

This shows the people’s unwavering faith in democracy and the importance they accord to grassroots level governance.

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Narendra Modi

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I congratulate all those who have emerged victorious in the BDC polls across Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh.

This marks the dawn of a new and youthful leadership across the regions, which will make a monumental contribution to national progress in the times to come.

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Narendra Modi

@narendramodi

It would make India’s Parliament proud that due to their historic decision in August this year, the people of J&K have been able to exercise their democratic right with exceptional enthusiasm, as seen in the historic turnout of 98% that too without violence or disturbance.

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Narendra Modi

@narendramodi

It would make India’s Parliament proud that due to their historic decision in August this year, the people of J&K have been able to exercise their democratic right with exceptional enthusiasm, as seen in the historic turnout of 98% that too without violence or disturbance.

Narendra Modi

@narendramodi

Thanks to the decisions of the Indian Parliament, young and dynamic representatives will shape the destiny of the people of all regions of Jammu and Kashmir.

I once again congratulate MPs across Party lines for the historic decisions on J&K.

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Motivation

Strategy . and Martial Arts

Nhunshulo is a mostly offensive martial art that focuses on overthrowing your opponent through swift dodges, quick movements and even faster attacks. The primary focus lies on both throws and grapples and it often relies on the speed and reflexes of the defender.

The biggest strength of Nhunshulo is the inclusion of weapon, or anti-weapon, based techniques. By profiting from the shifts in balance of your challenger your opponent has no choice but to change their stance, giving you the perfect opportunities to retaliate.

On the other hand the biggest weakness of Nhunshulo is that there are too many different styles. So until you’ve mastered enough you may be the one that gets caught off guard.

Motivation

Hand Gestures/ Body Language

Raising your right hand with the palm towards your face, thumb and one finger forming a circle, two fingers fully clenched and one fully clenched is a gesture that is used as a salute and has a meaning similar to ‘strength and honor’ in the remote village of Xaswurg.


Holding your left hand, with the palm towards the side and five fingers fully stretched, under your right hand with the palm towards your face, thumb and two fingers forming a circle and two fingers fully stretched is a gesture that expresses you’re furious in the state of Voblaria.

Motivation

Jay’s Torment – The Villanelle Of The StartUp A Villanelle by jay

Jay’s Torment – The Villanelle Of The StartUp

A Villanelle by jay

Jay couldn’t stop thinking about the StartUp
It was just so small and micro
Never had he known anything so backup

That morning, Jay was shocked by the cleanup
He had to calm himself with a ratio
Jay couldn’t stop thinking about the StartUp

Later, Jay was spooked by a makeup
He tried to focus on a blow
Never had he known anything so backup

Mentee tried to distract him with a cup
Said his mind had become too pro
Jay couldn’t stop thinking about the StartUp

Jay took action like a sup
The StartUp was like a toxic snow
Never had he known anything so backup

Jay nosedived like a medium checkup
His mind turned into a hello
Jay couldn’t stop thinking about the StartUp
Never had he known anything so backup

Motivation

Quotes of the Week

William Lloyd Garrison

“Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependant upon popular opinion?”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/33aqlR6 October 07, 2019 at 10:39AM
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William Hazlitt

“Zeal will do more than knowledge.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/349VJ3v October 08, 2019 at 10:39AM
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Christopher Columbus

“I have come to believe that this is a mighty continent which was hitherto unknown.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/31UMYZr October 09, 2019 at 10:44AM
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Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/322S1al October 10, 2019 at 10:37AM
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Richard M. Nixon

“The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/2MaIKHu October 12, 2019 at 10:37AM
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Jack Welch

“Change before you have to.”

via Today’s Quote https://ift.tt/35xetdB October 13, 2019 at 10:39AM
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Motivation

Did you know…

… that today is Alaska’s Birthday? On this day in 1867, the U.S. formally took possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Texas, and was championed by William Henry Seward, the enthusiastically expansionist secretary of state under President. Happy birthday, Alaska!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Never stop acquiring the commonsense, it is as good as the knowledge.”

— Amit Kalantri

Motivation

Riddle of the day

Poke your fingers in my eyes and I will open wide my jaws. Linen cloth, quills or paper, all will split before my might. What am I?

The answer is: Shears/Scissors

I have memories, but none of my own, whatever’s on my inside is what is shown. If I’m ever different it’s because you changed me, I feel like a decoration, here for you to arrange me. What am I?

The answer is: A picture frame.

Motivation

Wisdom Quotes

It takes courage to speak up when needed, but it also takes courage to listen.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. (Winston Churchill)

Those who love you will come back to you even if you let them go.
If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were. (Richard Bach)