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Putin vows military aid for Belarus

Russian President Vladimir Putin vows to provide military aid for the embattled Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, at the same time insisting on a peaceful resolution to the unrest that has surfaced after disputed elections. The backup with a group of law enforcement officers has been promised by Russia, and will only be put into action if the situation starts getting out of hand.

 

PM Modi declares India to be capable of supplying weapons

With the goal of self-reliance in mind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi affirms India to be a reliable source of weapon supplier, to friendly nations, aiming to consolidate its position as the net security provider in the Indian Ocean region. He shares a list of advancements made by the Defence Ministry in order to develop new indigenous technologies.

Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat has revealed the increasing number of receptions from various countries, especially radars and artillery support systems.

 

Carbon emissions reduced by 8% in 2020

A senior official of the environment ministry reports that the carbon emission of this year is expected to reduce by at least 8%, due to the lockdown measures taken by the government. Under the Paris Agreement, India had sworn to reduce the emissions intensity of GDP by 30-35% by the year 2030 and create an additional carbon sink of 2.5-3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide balancing through additional forest cover by 2030. The Union Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar, last month had announced that India has achieved a reduction of 21% in emission intensity of its GDP between 2005 and 2014. As a result, achieving its pre-2020 voluntary target. 

The official terms occurring as a silver lining to the pandemic, while also emphasizing upon the importance of biodiversity and conservation.


 


 

Villages in three Odisha districts abandoned by floodwaters

72 long hours of incessant rainfall causes ushering of floodwater in the villages of Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts. Three persons in Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts had died in the flood.

Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marandi reports of agriculture being severely affected, along with roads being cut off and occurring of breaches in the embankments, and ensures of adopting relief measures.

 

Specialized COVID policies cover the lives of 15 lakh people

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) Chairman Subhash C. Khuntia, on speaking about the insurance policy industry, announces the hike in numbers of people issuing themselves post introduction of COVID-19. After much observation, the Irdai came up with two standard policies- Corona Kavach and Corona Rakshak, while the former is a reimbursement-based policy, while the latter is a fixed benefit cover against COVID-19. He also announces that the total number of people who have already issued themselves under these two policies is around 15 lakhs, only in a month’s introduction.

 

SC disposes off the plea for “general directions” for Muharram processions

The apex court refuses to pass “general directions” allowing Muharram processions across the country, in the light of the pandemic. The Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde justifies the refusal saying such a guideline is likely to create chaos, and pointing towards a specific community for spread of COVID-19. 

On being asked about the instances of the Puri temple procession for Rath Yatra, access to Jain temples for the occasion of Paryushan, the Chief Justice pointed at the specific locations of these places that could be assessed, however in the case of the Muharram procession which includes the whole country, the situation will be out of control.


 


 

Rohtang Tunnel ready for opening next month, after initiation a decade ago

In 2009, the joint venture of Shapoorji Pallonji Group-run Afcons and Strabag of Austria won the Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) tender for ₹ 1,458 crores from Border Road Organization. The civil works that started in 2009, was to be completed within 6.5 years. The project cost has crossed ₹ 2,500 crores now.

The ₹ 4,000-crore Rohtang Tunnel, the world’s longest motorable roadway (length of 9.02 km) at an altitude of over 3,000 metres, is ready for its opening by PM Narendra Modi in mid-September.

 

Two illegal building demolished in Lucknow

Two buildings owned by the gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari in the uptight Dalibagh area have been demolished in the presence of a large number of government officials and police personnel. The strict action was taken as the lands belonged to people who have migrated to Pakistan and Ansari had illegally owned them. An FIR has been lodged, and the cost of demolition will be obtained from the gangster.

 

Typhoon Bavi enters North Korea after causing destruction in South

Typhoon Bavi entered South Korea through southern resort island of Jeju, causing power to knock out of thousand households. South Korean authorities have halted some flight and railroad services, shut down sea bridges and moved hundreds of fishing boats and passenger vessels to safety as protective measures from the violent storm.

With the steady pace of 133 kilometres per hour, the typhoon has entered North Korea, reportedly causing minimal damage as Kim Jong Un had called for thorough preparations to minimize casualties and damages from the typhoon.

 

U.S. troops injured in incident with Russian forces in Syria

A small number of troops are reportedly injured in an incident with their Russian counterparts, in northern Syria. As much as the frequency of such situations may be, the U.S. military does not generally comment on injuries. However, one of the officials anonymously said that the injuries were mild and were due to collision and not in exchange of fire. The U.S. military also informed that the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley had spoken with his Russian counterpart, but no details were disclosed.