WTO Rules Against India’s Localisation Rules of National Solar Mission

Washington: In a setback to India, a World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement panel has ruled in favour of the US in its challenge to New Delhi’s alleged discrimination against US solar exports, according to the US Trade Representative (USTR). The panel agreed with the US that India’s “localisation” rules discriminated against imported solar cells […]


Sherpas Warn of Growing Risks of Climbing Everest

By Charlotte Middlehurst and Ramesh Bhushal On 18 April 2014, an avalanche ripped through the base camp of Mount Everest killing 16 Nepalese Sherpa guides. The accident, the most deadly in the mountain’s history, triggered an unprecedented boycott among the Sherpas, who refused to return to the mountain for the rest of the climbing season. […]


Nepal Submits its INDC to UNFCCC

Bonn, 4 February 2016 – The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal submitted its new climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) comes shortly after the adoption of a new universal climate change agreement in Paris. This INDC and all others submitted by countries are available on […]


Cabinet clears new crop insurance scheme

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday approved a crop insurance scheme that would replace the existing ones to ensure that farmers pay less premium and get early claims for the full sum insured. A decision on the much awaited scheme was taken at the Cabinet meeting, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The cabinet has […]


Government to Launch 1st Major Crop Insurance Scheme in 2016/17: Agriculture Minister

New Delhi: India will launch its first major crop damage insurance scheme for farmers in the fiscal year starting 1 April, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Friday, in what could be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first significant move to address the distress plaguing the country’s agricultural sector. The impact of unseasonal rains and […]


India to go directly to BS-VI emission norms by 2020

New Delhi: India will move up to the toughest emission standards of BS-VI from the current BS-IV by 2020, skipping an intermediate level, transport minister Nitin Gadkari said. The decision—the immediate motivation appears to be the poor air quality in New Delhi—will make cars, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), trucks and buses more expensive. Auto companies […]


Eighth National Steering Committee on Climate Change Approves Three Projects Under National Adaptation Fund

The eighth National Steering Committee on Climate Change (NSCCC) approved four projects from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Punjab and also considered one project submitted by Government of Madhya Pradesh, at a meeting held here today. The agenda of the meeting was to consider the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) submitted by Government of Tamil Nadu and […]


Reactions of countries to the New text on Climate Change

A 29 page draft outcome document has been released on Wednesday, December after Ministerial level of talks. The reactions to the text is by Parties was mixed. Please visit the link, Courtsey Climate Tracker to fiond out how countries have reacted to the new text.


India, France to Launch Global Solar Alliance

Paris:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande will on Monday launch an international solar alliance aimed at eventually bringing clean and affordable solar energy within the reach of all. The launch will coincide with a summit of world leaders at the start of two weeks of talks on the outskirts of Paris […]


India pavilion at Paris climate summit to showcase harmony with nature

Paris: India’s harmony with nature, climate action plans to curb carbon emissions as well as an e-book depicting how the country has been environmentally conscious over the ages will be showcased at its pavilion to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the crucial climate summit which kicks off on Monday. Indian Environment Ministry […]


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