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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 sit in an outdoor plaza in Gangtok, Sikkim (Representational image)

Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
A customer holds a SIM card packet while waiting to connect his mobile phone to the carrier Reliance Jio | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Rs 4,000 smartphone running on Reliance Jio — How Ambani plans to dominate telecom market

Reliance is apparently in talks with domestic assemblers to make a version of its Jio phone that will run on Google’s Android and be offered with low cost wireless plans from Jio.

Defence

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China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
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Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?