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What tops India’s COP27 agenda?

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Sunday, November 06, 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday raised the pitch in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) campaign for the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections with two public rallies in which he accused the Congress of neglecting the hill state and indulging in corruption in defence deals.

“Congress means instability, selfishness, nepotism and corruption,” he said, adding: “Three decades were wasted as elections happened frequently; there was uncertainty and lot of money was wasted.”

Modi also visited the Radha Soami Satsang Beas dera near Amritsar in Punjab and met with its head Gurinder Singh Dhillon — a move seen by political commentators as an outreach to the group’s large follower base in the neighbouring hill state.

     

THE DAILY QUIZ

In China, locals are protesting the government’s strict 'zero Covid' policy by sharing this 40-year-old Bappi Lahiri hit. The title sounds like “Give me rice”. Name the song every Disco Dancer would know.

a. Halwa Wala
b. Jimmy Jimmy
c. Super Dancer
d. Duniya Ki Aisi Ki Taisi

TAKE THE FULL QUIZ

THE BIG STORY

Modi slams Cong, visits key dera in hill state push

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday raised the pitch in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) campaign for the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections with two public rallies in which he accused the Congress of neglecting the hill state and indulging in corruption in defence deals. Modi also visited the Radha Soami Satsang Beas dera near Amritsar in Punjab and met with its head Gurinder Singh Dhillon — a move seen by political commentators as an outreach to the group’s large follower base in the neighbouring hill state. Read more.

THE BIG QUESTION

What tops India’s COP27 agenda?

India will push for clarifications on climate finance, one of the contentious issues between developed and developing countries, as leaders and officials from 200 nations gather on Sunday for the UN Climate Conference (COP27) in Egypt, coming together after a year in which war and economic turmoil is feared to have weakened the climate agenda, even though the crisis continued to trigger devastation worldwide.

On the agenda for the November 6-18 summit in the resort town of Sharm El Sheikh will be discussions on implementation of various pledges on climate change mitigation and finance, most of which have not been put into action. It is also expected to discuss critical and highly debated issues like loss and damage and adaptation as part of the formal agenda. Read more.

A LITTLE LIGHT READING

Starry knight

For weeks, astrophysicist Manoj Puravankara struggled to find good Master’s students to add to his A-list team researching young stars in the universe. All that changed last month. Scientists are now falling over each other to work with him. “I’m inundated with emails,” says the 49-year-old faculty member of the department of astronomy and astrophysics at Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Puravankara recently became one of only two Indian scientists granted use of the new, $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Built jointly by the European Space Agency, NASA (the US’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration), and the Canadian Space Agency, the giant telescope — the most powerful ever built — was launched on December 25, 2021, and reached its orbital point, nearly 1 million miles away from Earth, a month later. Read more.

THE WEEKEND FIX

Are you still watching?

Don’t blame the kids. When MTV debuted The Real World, 30 years ago, no one knew what they were in for. The music channel was expanding its programming. Perhaps getting seven to eight young people to live together in a Manhattan loft, and filming their lives non-stop, might be interesting?

The Real World was an instant hit, running from 1992 to 2017 and spawning several spin-offs. It set up a formula for the genre: real people in a stressful situation, personality clashes, surprise challenges, confessions on camera, elimination rounds, petty humiliations and indignities.

Reality shows have thrived in every country since. And 30 years on, the genre has become as hard to define as it is to criticise. Read more.

ALWAYS AT THE MOVIES

No fireworks, no fizz this Diwali

Credit: Shutterstock

In 2010, after watching Sex and the City 2, I posted on Twitter that a bad film works exactly like a Dementor (from the Harry Potter world). It sucks the joy and happiness out of you. This line came back to me as I watched Bollywood’s big Diwali releases, Ram Setu and Thank God.

Bollywood’s Diwali face-off used to be a spectator sport, with distributors and audiences buzzing over which film opened better and which finally triumphed. The noise added sparkle to the festivities. Not this year. Ram Setu and Thank God generated little pre-release buzz and few advance bookings. Read more.

HT This Day: Nov 6, 1956

Approach of superior might deprecated

Mr Nehru made a moving call today to the delegates to the ninth session of U.N.E.S.C.O. to “ pay heed to the collapse of conscience and morals “ in the world where Panch Shila had become “ mere words without meaning to some countries who claim the right of deciding problems by superior might.” Read more.

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Written and edited by Kartikeya Ramanathan. Produced by Divneet Singh. Send your feedback to kartikeya.ramanathan@hindustantimes.com or divneet.singh@partner.htdigital.in.

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