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Modi pushes for end to single-use plastic, calls it a form of land degradation

Speaking at a UN meet on the environment, Modi also announced India will raise its ambition of the total area to be restored from land degradation status.
UNCCD executive general Ibrahim Thiaw along with other members at the UN COP-14 | Twitter: @UNCCD

First Gender Caucus at UN convention discusses women’s issues linked to land

The Gender Caucus was part of the 14th Conference of Parties to UNCCD and included discussions on land tenure, drought and sandstorms.
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh | Twitter

At UN convention, scientists propose global indicator to measure droughts

UNCCD lead scientist Barron Joseph Orr proposes a three-tier system for establishing a drought indicator.
A gathering of Brahma Kumarisin Mount Abu last year

Meditation, ‘yogic agriculture’ answer to all environment problems, Brahma Kumaris tell UN

At ongoing 12-day UN convention, members of Brahma Kumaris spiritual group claim application of ‘pure mind power’ could help farmers increase crop yield.
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Need to tackle land degradation to maintain global peace, says top UN official

At UN convention to combat desertification, Under-Secretary-General Ibrahim Thiaw says shrinking land resources result in social, ethnic conflicts.

On Camera

People wearing masks in a park in Shanghai, China | Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Asians will become the new Muslims — how coronavirus will change our world like 9/11

To control another Covid-19 outbreak, solutions like body screening, temperature guns, sanitising kits will become a permanent part of our lives.

Covid-19 Battle: Are Indian chief ministers measuring up or need strong central oversight?

PM Modi held a video conference with all chief ministers Thursday to take stock of the situation arising out of the Covid-19 health emergency.

Defence

The consignment in Maldives

IAF airlifts 6.2 tonnes of essential medicines, hospital consumables to Maldives

The consignment was airlifted to Male by an Indian Air Force C-130 aircraft, as part of 'Operation Sanjeevani'.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.