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Green Indian Mission plans approved for 4 states

Union Environment Ministry has approved annual plans of National Mission for Green India (GIM) of four states viz. Kerala, Mizoram, Manipur and Jharkhand.

In this regard, National Executive Council (NEC) has approved the Perspective Plans (PP) and Annual Plan of Operations (APOs) of GIM submitted by 4 states.

Key facts

  • The approval has been granted for alternative energy devices such as biogas, LPG, solar devices, biomass-based systems and improved stoves.
  • These devices in turn will help to reduce pressure on forests and provide carbon emission benefits, along with health and other associated benefits.
  • It will cover around 27,032 households from these 4 states for financial year 2015-16.
  • Financial support: PP of all four states has total financial outlay of 90,202.68 lakh rupees for a plan period of five to ten years. While, APOs of 11,195.32 lakh rupees for same period.
  • Forest and non-forest area: It will be taken up in the 4 states under GIM during the total plan period will be 1, 08,335 hectares. Out of it, 81,939 hectares will help in improving the density of existing forests and 16, 396 hectares in new areas.

About National Mission for Green India (GIM)

  • GIM is one of the 8key Missions outlined under National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).
  • It aims at protecting, enhancing and restoring India’s decreasing forest cover and responding to climate change by a combination of mitigation and adaptation measures.
  • The mission acknowledges the influence forests on environmental amelioration through climate change mitigation, water security, food security, biodiversity conservation and livelihood security of forest-dependent communities.
  • It hinges on decentralized participatory approach by involving grass root level communities and organizations in decision making, planning, implementation and monitoring.

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India gives $ 5 million grant to Palestine

India has given a grant of five million US Dollars to Palestine as Budgetary assistance.

It was given Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to his is Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Indian President visited Palestine as part of his three Western Asian countries Jordan, Palestine and Israel.

India has announced 5 projects worth 17.79 million US dollars in Palestine. These projects are $12 million Technology Park at Ramallah, and $1 million India-Palestine Centre for Excellence in Gaza, $4.5 million Palestine Institute for Diplomacy.

India and Palestine also called for a negotiated and peaceful settlement of the Israel-Palestine issue based on internationally agreed on negotiations and UN Security Council resolutions.  India also ensured Palestine that it continues to support resolution on the formation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 border at the UN.

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Iran’s Parliament gives Preliminary approval for Nuclear Deal

The Parliament of Iran has passed a bill that allows the government to implement a historic nuclear deal reached with world powers i.e. P5+1 countries.

The accord will protect the Iran’s nuclear program and lifting of international economic sanctions.

Under the provisions of bill Iranian government can withdraw from implementation of the nuclear deal if the other side fails to lift economic sanctions against Iran. It also says that International inspectors would have only limited access to military sites.

Background

  • The Nuclear deal between Iran and so-called P5+1 US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany was struck in July 2015 after 20 months of negotiations.
  • Between 2006 and 2015, United Nations Security Council (UNSC) had passed seven resolutions forcing Iran to stop producing enriched uranium which can be used to build nuclear bombs along with using it for civilian purposes.
  • The nuclear deal had called for the lifting of economic sanctions in return for Iran curbing sensitive nuclear programme activities which may had developed nuclear bomb.

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