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Australia is the worst climate performer out of all developed countries, a new report from the Climate Council has today revealed. ‘From Paris to Glasgow: A world on the move’, has assessed both Australia’s track record on climate and its commitments moving forward against its international peers and found that Australia is the worst performing when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and moving beyond fossil fuels. “A commitment to net zero by 2050 would still leave Australia dead last, unless accompanied by a much stronger commitment to cutting emissions this decade,” said report lead author and Climate Council Head of Research Dr Simon Bradshaw, who is heading to Glasgow for the summit. “This is a defining moment in the world’s response to climate change, and Australia remains the villain, and an outlier in the international community,” said Dr Bradsh.....
New Delhi: India achieved a major milestone in its vaccination programme against COVID-19 as the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 100-crore mark on Thursday Hailing the vaccination landmark as a triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country has scripted history The prime minister also visited the vaccination centre at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here after the milestone was achieved and interacted with hospital officials, staff and some of the beneficiaries He was accompanied by the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.? In a tweet, Mandaviya congratulated the country on achieving the feat, and said it was the result of the able leadership of Prime Minister Modi, whom he described as a visionary Congratulating the country on the vaccination landmark, Dr.....
Australia is heading to the Moon, with the Morrison Government reaching an agreement with NASA for an Australian made rover to be included in a future mission. Leading Australian businesses and researchers will come together to develop the rover, backed by $50 million in funding from the Trailblazer program in the Government’s Moon to Mars initiative. The semi-autonomous rover will collect lunar soil that contains oxides, and using separate equipment, NASA will aim to extract oxygen from the soil. This is a key step towards establishing a sustainable human presence on the Moon and supporting future missions to Mars. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia’s mission to the Moon would contribute to growing our economy in our COVID-19 recovery, and create more jobs for Australians. “This is an incredible opportunity for Australia to succeed in the global space sector,.....
Washington: US President Joe Biden wants to address the inordinate delays in the processing system of the Green Card, the White House has said, a move that will benefit many Indians working in America on the H-1B visa. A Green Card, known officially as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document issued to immigrants to the US as evidence that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing permanently in the US. Indian IT professionals, most of whom are highly skilled and come to the US mainly on the H-1B work visas, are the worst sufferers of the current immigration system which imposes a seven per cent per country quota on allotment of the coveted Green Card or permanent legal residency. "The president absolutely wants to address the delays in the Green Card processing system as well," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference on Frid.....
Mumbai: Following are the highlights of the RBI's bi-monthly monetary policy announced by Governor Shaktikanta Das: * RBI keeps short-term lending rate (repo) at 4 pc for 8th time in row; retains accommodative policy stance * Marginal standing facility rate and bank rate too remain unchanged at 4.25 pc; Reverse repo rate also unchanged at 3.35 pc * GDP growth projection too retained at 9.5 pc for FY'22 * Real GDP growth for Q1:2022-23 projected at 17.2 pc * RBI says retail inflation likely to be 5.3 pc for 2021-22, lower than earlier projection of 5.7 pc * Going forward, several evolving factors provide comfort on food price front, says RBI Guv * RBI says took over 100 measures to safeguard economy from the ravages of COVID pandemic since March, 2020 * RBI to ensure adequate liquidity in system to support process of economic recovery * RBI to introduce framew.....
New Delhi; India has decided to allow foreign tourists into the country, beginning with granting tourist visas to those travelling by chartered flights from October 15 and those by regular planes from November 15. The Union Home Ministry on Thursday announced that with this, the restrictions placed on visa and international travel since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic stand further eased given the present overall pandemic situation. After considering various inputs, the ministry has decided to begin granting of fresh tourist visas for foreigners coming to India through chartered flights with effect from October 15, 2021, a home ministry statement said. Foreign tourists entering into India by flights other than chartered aircraft would be able to do so only with effect from November 15, 2021 on fresh tourist visas. All due protocols and norms relating to COVID-19 as.....
Boston - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that air travelers are increasingly frustrated with the COVID-19 travel restrictions. A survey commissioned by IATA of 4,700 respondents in 11 markets in September demonstrated confidence that the risks of COVID-19 can be effectively managed and that the freedom to travel should be restored. 67% of respondents felt that most country borders should be opened now, up 12 percentage-points from the June 2021 survey. 64% of respondents felt that border closures are unnecessary and have not been effective in containing the virus (up 11 percentage points from June 2021). 73% responded that their quality of life is suffering as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions (up 6 percentage points from June 2021). “People are increasingly frustrated with the COVID-19 travel restrictions and even more have seen their q.....
Perth: Work has now started on the Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct in Neerabup, which will form one of the biggest test facilities of its kind in the world. The 51-hectare precinct, around 40km north of Perth, will be a major hub for testing and research into the latest developments in automation, remote operation and robotic systems. A broad range of industries including mining and resources, defence, oil and gas, agriculture, space, logistics, construction, advanced manufacturing and the education sector are expected to use AARP. It will provide suppliers and operators of automation and robotics equipment or systems with access to specialist infrastructure including: Common User Test Beds, with multiple areas and roadways for physical testing; A Common User Facility operation building; and Supporting research and development facilities. The McGowan Gover.....
Washington: Services of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are coming back online after several hours of disruption that impacted millions of people worldwide. While the users of the three social media platforms remained clueless as they repeatedly received error messages for most part of the day, the stocks of Silicon Valley firm Facebook dropped by nearly five per cent as a result. To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who depend on us: we’re sorry. We’ve been working hard to restore access to our apps and services and are happy to report they are coming back online now. Thank you for bearing with us, Facebook, which owns photo sharing app Instagram and messaging platform WhatsApp, said on Twitter. Mike Schroepfer, chief technology officer of Facebook, said on Twitter: Sincere apologies to everyone impacted by outages of Facebook powered services right n.....
State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook has today reaffirmed the State's longstanding economic relationship with India during the India Connect 2021 event at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Attended virtually by the High Commissioner of India in Australia, His Excellency Mr Manpreet Vohra, the event builds on the strong foundations of Western Australia and India's existing investment and trade relationship and people-to-people links. India Connect 2021 provided an important and timely platform for Western Australian and Indian industry and government partners to exchange ideas on new investment and trade opportunities that can support economic development and job creation in both jurisdictions. The event was a fully hybrid format, welcoming both in-person and online attendees from India and from around Australia. Four targeted sessions were held cove.....
Australia is ready to take its next steps to safely reopen to the world, with changes coming to the international border. The government is setting out the framework for how international travel will look in coming months. With first dose vaccination rates at over 78 per cent and double dose rates nationwide at 55 per cent and on track to reach 70 per cent in some jurisdictions over the next week, the government has been finalising plans so Australian families can be reunited, Australian workers can travel in and out of the country, and can work towards welcoming tourists back to Australian shores. Within weeks, large parts of the country will be moving to Phase B and then to Phase C of the National Plan to safely reopen Australia and to stay safely open. Under Phase C, international travel is on track to reopen safely to fully vaccinated Australian travellers. Many countries ar.....
Washington: President Joe Biden is set to host the first in-person gathering of leaders of an Indo-Pacific alliance known as " the Quad on Friday, wrapping up a tough week of diplomacy in which he faced no shortage of criticism from both allies and adversaries. Biden's meeting with leaders from India, Japan and Australia at the White House gives the US president a chance to put the spotlight on a central aim of his foreign policy: turning greater attention to the Pacific in the face of what the US sees as China's coercive economic practices and unsettling military maneuvering in the region. The four leaders' talks are also expected to centre on climate, COVID-19 response and cyber security. Before the summit, the Japanese and Indian governments welcomed a recent announcement that the US, as part of a separate new alliance with Britain and Australia, would equip Australia with nucle.....
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