COP26 News Updates Live: World leaders convene at climate conference in Glasgow; UK’s Johnson opens, warns of ‘doomsday’

“It is one minute to midnight and we need to act now,” Johnson said as he opened day one of the two-day World Leaders’ Summit of the 26th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.

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We have not increased the VAT on petrol and diesel prices. It was (former CM and Congress leader) Kamal Nath Ji who had increased the VAT despite promising to reduce petrol prices in Congress manifesto. He should answer why he increased it

– Madhya Pradesh Minister, Narottam Mishra

Modi meets Naftali Bennett on sidelines of COP26

The leaders had expressed satisfaction over the remarkable growth in the bilateral relationship in recent years. Prime Minister Modi also emphasised that India greatly values its robust cooperation with Israel in areas like agriculture, water, defence and security, and cyber-security.

Prime Minister Modi meets community leaders/Indologists in Glasgow

It’s fantastic to see PM Modi at COP26 amongst all the world’s leaders. It is very important that all make sure that we’ve some kind of resolution to take this world forward much more environmentally: Pam Gosal, first Indian woman in Scottish Parliament, after meeting the PM

Turkey plans wage hikes, tax cuts for low-income families

Turkey’s government is preparing to boost wages and cut some taxes to support lower-income households that are battling high inflation, according to two senior officials familiar with the plan to tap the country’s relatively strong budget. Turkey’s public finances are strong compared to emerging market peers, leaving it room for potential fiscal stimulus. The budget deficit has dipped to 1.5% of GDP so far this year, and is projected to be about 3.5% for this year and next.

The six years since Paris Climate Agreement have been the six hottest yers on record. Our addiction to fossil fuels is pushing humanity to the brink. We face a stark choice – either we stop it or it stops us. It’s time to say, “enough”

– United Nations’ Secretary General

COP26 climate summit begins; UK’s Johnson warns of ‘doomsday’

Johnson likened an ever-warming Earth’s position to that of fictional secret agent James Bond _ strapped to a bomb that will destroy the planet and trying to work out how to defuse it. He told leaders that “we are in roughly the same position” _ only now the “ticking doomsday device” is real and not fiction. The threat is climate change triggered by the burning of coal, oil and natural gas, and he pointed out that it all started in Glasgow with James Watt’s steam engine powered by coal.

The National Education Policy, 2020 outlines the vision to lay emphasis on the promotion of Indian languages. Going forward, language learning will be promoted as a skill with a formal credit-earning system

– Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

Even though for 200 yers industrialised nations were in complete ignorance of problems they were creating, we now have duty to find those funds – $100 billion a year – promised in Paris by ’20 but which we won’t deliver until ’23 to help rest of world to move to green technology

– Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister

Centre to resume biometric attendance for employees of all levels

The central government has decided to resume biometric attendance for employees of all levels from November 8. Ministry of Personnel said in an office memorandum that it shall be the responsibility of Heads of Department to ensure preventive measures to contain the spread of coronavirus and listed more than eight points. These measures include placing sanitisers mandatorily near biometric machines.

Centre constitutes an Empowered Group of Secretaries

These will be a monitoring mechanism for the development and implementation of the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan, says the Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Coca-Cola to buy controlling stake in sports drink maker BodyArmor

Coca-Cola Co said on Monday it would buy the remaining stake in BodyArmor it did not already own for $5.6 billion, as the soda maker amps up its sports drink portfolio to take on market leader, PepsiCo Inc’s Gatorade.

I’ve seen many sportspersons who couldn’t digest fame and money. Sometimes they divert themselves from the path. I want all of you to guide young players, mentor, motivate and lead them to win medals for India

– Union Min Anurag Thakur at the National Sports and Adventure awards, 2020

Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur felicitates the National Sports and Adventure Awardees 2020. The awards could not be conferred last year in the wake of COVID-19.

“Punjab Cabinet has decided to slash power tariff by Rs 3 across slabs. Rs 1.19 will be the new rate for small consumers,” Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi added.

Punjab Cabinet approved PSPCL’s proposal to terminate GVK Goindwal Sahib PPA, who was providing electricity at Rs 6-7 per unit. Now, Punjab announced its own 500 MW tender. The rate of electricity will be Rs 2.38 per unit

– Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi

Wrote to PM Narendra Modi calling his urgent attention to the issue of delays in payment of MGNREGS wages which is causing hardships to rural households in Tamil Nadu. I’ve also requested him to release funds immediately considering the festival season

– Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin

District administration has given Rs 1 lakh each to the families of 13 people who died in a road accident on Bulhad-Byla road in Chakrata tehsil yesterday. Rs 40,000 were given to the injured

– Dr R Rajesh Kumar, Dehradun DM

The state government has announced a 11% hike in dearness allowance (DA) for State government employees

– Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi said during a press conference in Chandigarh

Five more countries recognise India’s vaccination certificate, including Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, State of Palestine, Mauritius and Mongolia: MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.

Amit Shah doing dog-whistle politics, says Asaduddin Owaisi over Namaz remark

Stating that Union Home Minister Amit Shah is indulging in dog-whistle politics by commenting on Muslims offering Namaz on streets, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday questioned whether the union minister was the home minister of the entire country or just for a particular community. The MP from Hyderabad said: “Why is the home minister worried if a Muslims offer namaz on the streets for 10-15 minutes. Shah is indulging in dog-whistle politics. I know that the ideology of Amit Shah is of RSS… but he is also the home minister of the country and not of a particular community.”

We discussed the gift, they even gave me a commitment that they won’t go on a strike, whatever might the situation be, as long as this govt is in power. They will sit and discuss the issue

– Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi, in Chandigarh

On the occasion of Diwali, I wanted to give a gift to the state govt employees. They would have never had such a gift till date. The employees were on strike even before I became the CM. I spoke with them this morning

– Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi, in Chandigarh

Gold declines marginally; silver falls by Rs 230

Gold prices declined marginally by Rs 10 to Rs 46,673 per 10 gram in the national capital on Monday amid muted global trends, according to HDFC Securities. The precious metal had settled at Rs 46,683 per 10 gram in the previous trade. Silver also declined by Rs 230 to Rs 63,014 per kg from Rs 63,244 per kg in the previous trade.

It’s clarified that some reports in media alleging that the University has sought recovery of Non-Net fellowship from research students are misleading. It’s underlined that JNU disburses Non-Net fellowship to students of MPhil/PhD programs as per guidelines prescribed by UGC: JNU

Supreme Court takes up Texas law banning most abortions

The Supreme Court is taking up challenges to a Texas law that has virtually ended abortion in the nation’s second-largest state after six weeks of pregnancy. The justices are hearing arguments on Monday in two cases over whether abortion providers or the Justice Department can mount federal court challenges to the law, which has an unusual enforcement scheme its defenders argue shields it from federal court review. In neither case is the right to an abortion directly at issue, but the motivation for lawsuits filed by abortion providers and the Justice Department is that the Texas law conflicts with landmark Supreme Court rulings that prevent a state from banning abortion early in pregnancy.

If we form Govt in Goa, we will arrange free pilgrimage to Ayodhya for Hindus and to Velankanni for Christians. For Muslims, we will provide a free trip to Ajmer Sharif and to Shirdi temple for those who revere Sai Baba

– Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in Goa

Union Minister for Coal, Mines Pralhad Joshi urged Coal India Ltd (CIL) and its subsidiaries to make all-out efforts to ensure at least 18 days’ coal stock with thermal power plants by November end this year: Ministry of Coal

IFS Sunjay Sudhir appointed India’s Ambassdor to UAE

Indian Ambassador in the Maldives, Sunjay Sudhir, has been appointed as the country’s next envoy to the United Arab Emirates, the Ministry of External Affairs informed on Monday. He is expected to take up the assignment shortly, the MEA said.

Both Congress and BJP are corrupt. This is why Congress doesn’t dare to speak against BJP because they know they would be sent to jail if they speak. Why hasn’t a single case been filed against ex-Congress CM or minister in last 10 yrs of BJP rule?

– AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in Goa

Both Congress and BJP are working in collusion. Mil baant ke malai khate hain. They have an agreement, as per which, neither takes action against another when they come to Govt

– Delhi CM and AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal in Goa

For Nov, a demand of 41 lakh MT urea, 17 lakh MT DAP and 15 lakh MT NPK was received from all states. We’ve planned to supply 76 lakh MT urea, 18 Lakh MT DAP and 20 lakh MT NPK in November. I request farmers to not believe any rumour of shortage

– Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

Novavax and Serum Institute of India receive Emergency Use Authorization for Covid-19 Vaccine in Indonesia

TMC was born out of Congress. If a child tells their mother that she’s finished, it means they’re finished too. You can call them political traitors. They do politics but forget manners and reject their own status. They should’ve seen what party they’re born out of

– AR Chowdhury

Biden swings focus of climate effort from US to the world

President Joe Biden was swinging the focus of his battle for fast, concerted action against global warming from the U.S. Congress to the world on Monday, appealing to global leaders at a U.N. summit to commit to the kind of big climate measures that he is still working to nail down at home. Speaking to world leaders at the newly opened climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Biden planned to tote up his not-yet year-old’s administrations climate efforts and announce new climate initiatives, including billions of dollars in hoped-for legislation to help poorer communities abroad deal with climate damage already underway.

Soaring Covid rate prompts fresh fears in Germany

Germany’s Covid-19 incidence rate surged to over 150 for the first time since May on Monday, prompting concerns of a rampant fourth wave as the country wrestles with a change of government. The number of new infections per 100,000 people over the past seven days reached 154.8, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) health agency — up from 110.1 a week ago. Outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel called for swift measures to tackle the “very worrying” trend, stressing that Germany could not afford to wait until a new government is in place.

Punjab: Ludhiana has witnessed 37% reduction in stubble burning cases this year in the district as compared to the previous season, says Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar

2013 Patna Gandhi Maidan serial blasts: NIA Court Patna pronounces quantum of punishment for 9 convicts-4 get capital punishment, 2 get life imprisonment, 2 get 10-yr imprisonment and one gets 7-yr imprisonment. Blasts had occurred at venue of then PM candidate Narendra Modi’s rally

Supreme Court sets aside Calcutta High Court’s order putting a blanket ban on the sale, purchase and use of all firecrackers in West Bengal during Kali Puja, Diwali celebrations and some other festivities this year to check air pollution amid the COVID-19 pandemic

PM Modi meets members of Indian community in Glasgow ahead of COP-26

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met with members of the Indian community in Glasgow as he arrived to attend the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP-26) in the UK. At COP-26, the parties are expected to work to achieve the completion of Paris Agreement implementation guidelines; the mobilisation of climate finance; actions to strengthen climate adaptation, technology development and transfer; and keeping in reach the Paris Agreement goals of limiting the rise in global temperatures.

Rupee settles on a flat note, rises 1 paisa to 74.87 (provisional) against US dollar

New Chinese aircraft break cover fast and furiously

CBI registers complaint against Mumbai-based company over fraud allegations by IDBI Bank

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against a Mumbai-based company on a complaint filed by the IDBI Bank. The CBI has registered a case against a private company based in Mumbai and others including its directors, unknown public servants, and private persons on the allegations of cheating the bank to the tune of Rs 63.10 crores (approx) during 2014 to 2016.

Most Covid cases are being found in people coming from outside. More people are coming from outside for festival, efforts are being made to test everyone. More than 2 lakh tests are being done daily in the state. Vaccination also done on large scale

– Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

If Akhilesh Yadav think that by giving such statements he can make a section of people happy, I think he is wrong and he should change his advisers. He should also educate himself and read some history

– AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi

Visuals: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets community leaders/Indologists in Glasgow, Scotland

New Zealand relaxes Covid curbs in North Island

New Zealand’s largest city of Auckland will see its restrictions slightly eased from November 9, and its nearby city Waikato will relax restrictions from Tuesday night, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday. Waikato will move to Alert Level 3 – Step 2 on Tuesday at 11.59 p.m., meaning outdoor gatherings can increase to 25 and public facilities, such as libraries and zoos, and retail can open with mask-wearing, contact tracing and physical distancing, Xinhua news agency quoted Ardern as saying.

Dr Manmohan Singh has come home and is recovering from Dengue. We’d like to convey our special thanks to all doctors, nurses and support staff of AIIMS and numerous well-wishers for their whole-hearted support and hard work for his speedy recovery

– Gursharan Kaur, wife of ex-PM Dr Manmohan Singh

Esplanade Court sends dismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze to Crime Branch custody till November 6th, in connection with an extortion case

Pakistan may face fifth COVID-19 wave due to slow vaccination

Senior officials have informed that Pakistan could be facing the fifth wave of coronavirus in winter due to the slow pace of vaccination in the country. “The government has achieved vaccination targets to some extent, millions in the country still need to be vaccinated against coronavirus,” said Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan, Samaa TV reported.

Dismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze brought to Esplanade Court in connection with an extortion case. Crime Branch has sought his 10-day custody in the matter.

The search resulted in seizure of unaccounted cash of Rs 5.71 cr. Ten bank lockers placed under restraint. Investment made in fixed deposits, etc. of about Rs 60 cr is under verification. It also led to detection of unaccounted income of about Rs 100 cr: Ministry of Finance

Income Tax Department carried out search and seizure operation on a prominent road construction contractor in Bihar and Jharkhand. The search action was initiated on October 27 at various premises located in Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and West Bengal: Ministry of Finance

Russia logs 40,402 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Russia registered 40,402 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, down from the record 40,993 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 8,554,192, the federal response center said on Monday. “Over the past day, 40,402 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 3,619 cases (9%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase fell to 0.47%.

S Korea acknowledges rights violation at detention centre for illegal immigrants

The South Korean Justice Ministry on Monday acknowledged that human rights violations occurred at a detention centre for illegal immigrants in June after an investigation into allegations that an inmate suffered torture-like treatment. The investigation came after an inmate from Morocco filed a petition with the national human rights watchdog, claiming he was maltreated while being detained at the immigration processing centre in Hwaseong, about 40 km south of Seoul.

Lawyers of Panch witness Prabhakar Sail reached NCB Zonal Mumbai today. They informed NCB that Sail is ready to cooperate in the inquiry but he hasn’t been served any summons yet. If summoned, then he will cooperate

9 firefighters dead, 1 rescued in Brazil cave collapse

Nine Brazilian firefighters died and another was rescued after a cave collapsed in the state of Sao Paulo, burying them underground, authorities said. The accident occurred early on Sunday when 26 firefighters were performing a drill inside a cave in the municipality of Altinopolis, reports Xinhua news agency. After an almost 12-hour rescue operation, nine bodies were retrieved and another person was sent to hospital with hypothermia and respiratory distress, the Fire Department reported.

COVID-19’s global death toll tops 5 million in under 2 years

The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 5 million on Monday, less than two years into a crisis that has not only devastated poor countries but also humbled wealthy ones with first-rate health care systems. Together, the United States, the European Union, Britain and Brazil – all upper-middle- or high-income countries – account for one-eighth of the world’s population but nearly half of all reported deaths. The U.S. alone has recorded over 740,000 lives lost, more than any other nation.

Centre signs agreement with World Bank to strengthen health systems in Meghalaya

The Central government, the Meghalaya government and the World Bank have signed a USD 40 million health project for Meghalaya to improve the quality of health services and strengthen the state’s capacity to handle future health emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic. As per an official release issued by the Ministry of Finance, the Meghalaya Health Systems Strengthening Project, signed on October 28, will enhance the management and governance capabilities of the state and its health facilities, expand the design and coverage of the state’s health insurance programme, improve the quality of health services through certification and better human resource systems and enable efficient access to medicines and diagnostics.

BJP minister said income has increased but only their income increased not of public. Fuel, LPG prices have increased. They don’t think about poor people and only do politics of religion. I hope people will throw out this govt and starts it by defeating them in UP 2022 polls

– Congress leader Kapil Sibal

Kerala schools reopen after long Covid-19 break

Schools in Kerala reopened with Education Minister V Sivankutty inaugurating a school reopening function ‘Praveshanolsavam’ at Cotton Hill Girls Higher Secondary School, Thiruvananthapuram. The schools have been reopened on Monday after closing due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The physical classes for classes 1st to 7th, 10th and 12th resumed from today in a staggered manner.

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