The Prime Minister was speaking at the 14th Conference of
Parties (COP14) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification(UNCCD) at
Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh today. He called upon the leadership of UNCCD
to conceive a global water action agenda which is central to the Land
Degradation Neutrality strategy.
Mr Modi proposed initiatives for greater South-South cooperation
in addressing issues of climate change, biodiversity and land degradation.
The Prime Minister said that time has come for the world to say
goodbye to single-use plastic. He added, apart from having adverse health
implications, plastic renders lands unfit for agriculture. He affirmed India's
commitment towards the development of environment-friendly substitutes of
Mr Modi said, India will raise the target of restoring the land
with degraded status from 21 million hectares to 26 million by 2030.The Prime
Minister said, the country has increased its tree and forest cover by 0.8
million hectares between 2015 to 2017.
Addressing media in New Delhi this afternoon, Environment
Minister PrakashJavadekar said, discussions at COP14 throughout last week, on
the restoration of degraded land, were very productive.
Mr Javadekar said, the Delhi declaration will be announced
tomorrow that will hold various countries accountable for their actions.
The government today announced the rollout of Aadhaar
Enabled Payment System Services by India Post Payments Bank, IPPB.
Minister for Communications, Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar
Prasad said this gives a strong boost to the Centre's efforts in expanding
access to financial services for millions of unbanked and underbanked customers.
He was speaking at the first anniversary celebrations of India
Post Payments Bank in New Delhi.
With today's launch, IPPB has become the single largest platform
in the country for providing interoperable banking services to customers of any
bank by leveraging the last mile unprecedented reach of the Postal network.
Mr Prasad congratulated the bank for achieving the milestone of
one crore customers, and exhorted them to achieve five crore target in the next
Referring to 440 Central schemes on-boarded to the DBT platform,
he said all these schemes must ride on IPPB platform, too.
Stating that inclusive is the government's key mantra, he said
the Department of Posts should strive for banking the unbanked, funding the
unfunded and securing the unsecured.
The US has enquired about strong action taken by the
Bangladesh government against some NGOs working in Rohingya refugee camps of
Speaking to media in Dhaka, Road Transport and Bridges Minister
ObaidulQuader said US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Earl R Miller enquired about the
tough stance taken by the government against some NGOs.
ObaidulQuader said he informed the Ambassador that some NGOs
took permission from the government for offering prayers on the second
anniversary of Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar on August 25, but instead held a big
The incident is being enquired. He said ambassador Miller
appreciated the Bangladesh government for giving shelter to Rohingya refugees.
He also extended support to Dhaka in its steps to repatriate the Rohingyas back
Bangladesh had barred 41 NGOs from undertaking any activity in
Cox's Bazar Rohingya camps for their alleged role in encouraging Rohingyas not
to accept repatriation to Myanmar.
Subsequently, the government banned two more international NGOs
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Al MarkazulIslami for their
role in organising a rally of Rohingyason August 25.
In the wake of the August 25 rally, Bangladesh has taken a tough
stance against some NGOs who are allegedly instigating Rohingya refugees to
oppose repatriation to Myanmar.