Prime Minister’s Office:
On the second day of the Outreach Sessions of the G7 Summit, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi took part in two sessions titled ‘Building Back Together—Open Societies and Economies’ and ‘Building Back Greener: Climate and Nature’.
Invited to speak as a Lead Speaker in the session on Open Societies, PM recalled that democracy and freedom were a part of India’s civilizations ethos.
He shared the concern expressed by several Leaders that open societies are particularly vulnerable to disinformation and cyber-attacks, and stressed the need to ensure that cyberspace remains an avenue for advancing democratic values and not of subverting it.
Highlighting the non-democratic and unequal nature of global governance institutions, PM called for the reform of the multilateral system as the best signal of commitment to the cause of Open Societies.
The leaders adopted the ‘Open Societies Statement’ at the end of the meeting.
In the session on climate change, PM highlighted that the planet’s atmosphere, biodiversity and oceans can not be protected by countries acting in silos, and called for collective action on climate change.
Speaking about India’s unwavering commitment to climate action, he mentioned the commitment by Indian Railways to achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2030.
He stressed that India is the only G-20 country on track to meet its Paris commitments. He also took note of the increasing effectiveness of the two major global initiatives nurtured by India i.e. the CDRI and the International Solar Alliance.
Prime Minister stressed that developing countries need better access to climate finance, and called for a holistic approach towards climate change that covers all dimensions of the problem- mitigation, adaptation, technology transfer, climate financing, equity, climate justice and lifestyle change.
Prime Minister’s message of global solidarity and unity, especially between open and democratic societies and economies, in tackling the global challenges of health, climate change and economic recovery was well received by the Leaders at the Summit.
Text of Tamil Nadu CM, MK Stalin to PM Narendra Modi regarding invitation for bids notified by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for extraction of Hydrocarbon in Vadatheru Block of Cauvery Basin:
The Cauvery Basin, as you are well aware, is the bedrock of Tamil Nadu’s food security and agro based economy from time immemorial.
This ecologically fragile zone supports the livelihood of millions of farmers and farm workers.
In this context, projects to extract hydrocarbons from the Cauvery basin have faced unanimous strident opposition from all stakeholders. The Government of Tamil Nadu has consistently opposed hydrocarbon exploration and extraction projects in the Cauvery basin and neighbouring districts, given the pivotal role played by the region in the agrarian economy.
It is learnt that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has invited bids for development of Oil and Gas fields at Vadatheru in Pudukkottai district in the Cauvery basin on 10.06.2021.
The identified area for auction falls in the Cauvery basin and also in the Protected Agricultural Zone declared by the State Government, under the Tamil Nadu Protected Agricultural Zone Development Act, 2020.
This legislation prohibits any new exploration, drilling and extraction of Oil and Natural Gas and other similar hydrocarbons from the Protected Agricultural Zone.
It is unfortunate that the sentiments of the people, the probable ecological impact and the legal enactments by Government of Tamil Nadu have not been taken into account by the relevant authorities.
The calling of bids by Government of India has already ignited public agitation in Pudukkottai and neighboring districts apprehending the adverse consequences of hydrocarbon extraction in this agrarian region.
My Government is of the firm view that no new hydrocarbon projects should be taken up in the Cauvery basin and neighbouring districts in the interest of protecting the livelihoods of the farmers and fragile agro-ecology of the Cauvery basin.
Moreover, any such proposal for new extraction in the Protected Agricultural Zone is in violation of the Tamil Nadu Protected Agricultural Zone Development Act, 2020.
In these circumstances, I urge you to immediately intervene and instruct the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to cancel the bid process for Vadatheru in Cauvery Basin.
I also request you to instruct the Ministry to consult the State Government before bringing any area in Tamil Nadu for any auctions in future for hydrocarbon exploration and extraction.
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Act East Forum with Japan makes a direct infrastructure contribution.
Initiatives with Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan and Nepal expand the reach of our North East.
Atishi – Senior AAP leader:
Delhi has now administered more than 60 lakh doses of vaccine, and 30% of the adult population has received at least one dose of vaccine!
If Delhi gets regular and adequate vaccine supplies, we can vaccinate all of Delhi at high speed!
AAM AADMI Party
BIG ACHIEVEMENT FOR DELHI
More than 60 lakh Delhiites have received the COVID-19 vaccine till date!
46,33,650 people have received their first dose
14.40 lakh people have received both the doses
With 1,29,617 tests and 7,810 new cases in last 24 hours Karnataka’s positivity rate stands at 6.02%.
18,648 recoveries were reported in the stage today including 4,125 in Bengaluru.
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With Govt.’s support, the marketing firms have been able to scale up exports & the farmers have benefited to the tune of several Crores of Rupees
G Kishan Reddy – Minister of State for Home Affairs:
“Venkatadri Samam Sthaanam
Brahmande Naasti Kinchanaa
Venkatesa Samo Devo
Na Bhootho Na Bhavishyati”
Participated in the auspicious Silanyasam of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Jammu which was performed in the midst of Vedic chants, by following Aagama Shastras.
Lt Governor of J&K, Shri Manoj Sinha, MoS PMO & DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh, Chairman, TTD Sri YV Subba Reddy, Sri Ram Madhav, Members & Officials of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams & others participated in the Puja, performed by Archakas of TTD.