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World Environment Day: 5 June 2017 | Greening the Blue

World Environment Day: 5 June 2017 | Greening the Blue

World Environment Day 2017: Let’s Talk Nature

Canada hosts World Environment Day 2017

On World Environment Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Encourages All To Nurture A Better Planet

New Delhi: Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi flick Interstellar depicts a dystopian world – forlorn and beyond redemption. A world wherein mankind has successfully browbeaten nature, to the extent that there now remains nothing but strange sandstorms and blights. And in such frantic times, human beings search for habitable planets in galaxies several light years away.

While the movie was well-received — with its visually-delightful effects and impeccable performances — it raised pertinent questions, one that led to discussions: Where is the world heading at? And how long before too long?

The world communities are talking about the shift in the environmental paradigm — acknowledging the fact that something needs to be done to salvage the situation and save the only habitable planet in our solar system. And for those that comfortably reside under a rock, global warming is real. The United Nations, therefore, encourages worldwide awareness, by dedicating this one day to the environment.

This year’s theme is ‘Connecting People to Nature’. And depicting the same in inventive artworks, our in-house artist has raised a million-dollar question: what are we doing to our ecosystem, and who is responsible? These everyday objects are a source of environmental imbalance, and it is time we take cognizance of the matter:

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China Welcomes Narendra Modi’s Remarks on Sino-India Border

China Welcomes Narendra Modi's Remarks on Sino-India Border
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Photo: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

Beijing: China on Monday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks in Russia that not a single bullet has been fired at Sino-India border in the last 40 years despite the simmering boundary dispute between the two neighbours.

“We have noted positive remarks made by Prime Minister Modi. We welcome that,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told media briefing here when asked about Modi’s comments made during his visit to Russia last week.

Modi said world has increasingly become inter-connected and inter-dependent, a transformation that has made it necessary for India and China to cooperate on trade and investments despite a simmering border dispute.

“It is true that we have a border dispute with China. But in the last 40 years, not a single bullet has been fired because of border dispute,” Modi said speaking at a panel discussion at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Reacting to his remarks, Hua said, “we have been stressing that as two major countries China and India maintaining sound, steady and in-depth growth of the bilateral relationship is of great significance.”

“Actually, leaders of the two countries pay great attention to the boundary question. Each time they meet they exchange views on this issue. Both sides have agreed that an early question of boundary question serves the interests of the both sides. It is also a strategic goal both sides are striving to achieve,” she said.

Referring to the 19 rounds of boundary talks held by the special representatives of both sides, Hua said both sides have “taken serious measures to maintain peace and tranquility of the border areas.”

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“The two sides will stick to the overall relationship of the bilateral relationship and deepen cooperation in relevant field so as to realise common development and bring more benefits of the people of both sides,” she said.

“We believe that the sound and steady growth of the bilateral relationship will also bring more benefits to the whole region and the world at large,” she added.

Modi’s remarks as well as China’s reaction comes in the backdrop of growing discord between the two countries over a host of issues including the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Beijing blocking India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group as well as the listing of JeM leader Masood Azhar a terrorist by UN.

First Published: June 5, 2017, 2:24 PM IST

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Qatar Denounces ‘Unjustified’ Cutting of Ties by Other Gulf Countries


Updated: June 5, 2017, 1:33 PM IST

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Qatar Denounces 'Unjustified' Cutting of Ties by Other Gulf Countries
File photo of Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. (Reuters)

Doha: Qatar on Monday slammed the decisions of three Gulf states and Egypt to sever ties with it, saying they were “unjustified” and aimed to put Doha under political “guardianship”.

“The measures are unjustified and are based on false and baseless claims,” the Qatari foreign ministry said in a statement, referring to the unprecedented steps taken by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

“The aim is clear, and it is to impose guardianship on the state. This by itself is a violation of its (Qatar’s) sovereignty as a state,” it added.

First Published: June 5, 2017, 1:28 PM IST

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US Businessman Pleads Guilty to Exporting Prohibited Items to Pakistan

Updated: June 5, 2017, 2:03 PM IST

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US Businessman Pleads Guilty to Exporting Prohibited Items to Pakistan
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Washington: A businessman from the United States of America has pleaded guilty to exporting products without a licence to atomic and space agencies in Pakistan, thus violating US federal laws.

A media report in Dawn News identified the accused as 43-year-old Imran Khan, who now faces up to 20 years in prison. Khan is scheduled to be sentenced in August 2017. He has been released on a $100,000 bond since he was arrested in December last year.

The report quoted US Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre Daly as saying that Khan, a resident of North Haven, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty on Saturday in a Hartford federal court to violating US export law.

Khan and others were reportedly engaged in a scheme to purchase goods that were controlled under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and exported them without a licence to Pakistan, in violation of the EAR.

Khan conducted business as Brush Locker Tools or as Kauser Enterprises-USA.

When Khan was asked by US manufacturers about the end-user, he said that the product would either remain in the US or that he had completed an end-user certification indicating that the product would not be exported.

After the products were purchased, the report added, they were shipped by the manufacturer to Khan’s North Haven residence in Connecticut or to a business owned by him.

“The products were then shipped to Pakistan on behalf of either the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) or the National Institute of Lasers and Optronics (Nilop),” the US Justice Department said. All these organizations listed on the US Department of Commerce Entity List, it added.

The Justice Department said that Khan never obtained a license to export any item to the designated entity even though he knew that a license was required prior to export.

The report added that Khan pleaded guilty to one count of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

First Published: June 5, 2017, 1:16 PM IST

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