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Need to improve supply chain - Minister Jaishankar emphasized in Quad meeting
  • To control China's dominance in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, 4 countries, the United States, Australia, Japan, and India have formed an alliance called the Quad. A meeting of foreign ministers of this organization was held in Delhi.
  • Foreign Minister Jaishankar said: U.N. India has been pushing for reforms in the council for a very long time. This has been supported by the same 3 countries of the Quad alliance. The Quad countries are committed to working together against international terrorism.
  • International supply chains are affected due to various reasons. This problem needs to be solved. Improve the supply chain. Credibility, transparency should be increased in the international digital sector. Also international transport links should be improved. It is imperative that the Quad Consortium focus on these areas. Minister Jaishankar spoke thus.
  • The Quad coalition issued, 'Arbitrariness of boundary changes in the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean cannot be allowed. UN in these marine areas. The Council's maritime rules must be strictly followed. Many countries are protesting China's continued aggression in the South China Sea and East China Sea.
First meeting of Tamil Nadu Climate Change Management Committee
  • The first meeting of the Tamil Nadu Climate Change Management Committee was held yesterday at the Chennai Secretariat under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Stalin. The Chief Minister said:
  • The Government of Tamil Nadu is rapidly implementing many schemes to guide the country in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Announcing the climate plan for Tamil Nadu and allocating Rs 500 crore for it, we are setting an example for the country.
  • A ``climate studio'' has been set up in Anna University and plans have been implemented with an allocation of Rs 10 crore to develop unique models for Tamil Nadu and install radars. A palm tree planting program will be implemented to prevent sea erosion and maintain coastal biodiversity. 
  • We have increased the number of Ramsar certified wetlands in Tamil Nadu to 13. For the first time in the country, 'Tamil Nadu Green Climate Institute' has been created to coordinate these projects. 
  • The 'Re-Manjapai' movement has been launched. To coordinate these activities, a 'Climate Change Steering Committee' has been set up under my chairmanship.
  • Growth must be sustainable. Henceforth, all the projects implemented in Tamil Nadu should be analyzed with the lens of climate change and then implemented. This government is working on the principle of 'Integrated Welfare'.
  • The Indian Meteorological Department has announced that the country will experience severe heat waves in the coming months. We need to prepare for heat waves and new diseases just as we deal with storms and floods.
  • Every few months we scientifically publish how much carbon each sector emits. The committee will study it and set a target for Tamil Nadu to achieve carbon balance by 2070, the target set by India.
  • A project to transform 10 villages in Tamil Nadu into resilient villages has been launched today. 'Climate Knowledge Movement' is being implemented to create awareness about climate change among all sections of the society like school, college students, entrepreneurs. The notification will be out soon. The Chief Minister spoke thus.
  • Ministers, State Planning Commission Vice Chairman Jayaranjan, Environment Secretary Supriya Sahu, Central Planning Commission Former Vice Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, World Health Organization scientist Soumya Swaminathan, UN. Eric Solheim, Executive Director, Environment Program, Ramesh Ramachandran, Institute Director, National Center for Sustainable Coastal Management, Sundararajan, 'Friends of the Earth', Nirmala Raja, Head of Ramco Community Services, Department Secretaries and officials were present.
Health Development Program of 7 states including Tamil Nadu: World Bank provides Rs 8,200 crore
  • In the wake of the pandemic, the central government has taken several steps to strengthen the country's health infrastructure and improve facilities to deal with medical emergencies. For this purpose, the Prime Minister Ayushman Bharat Health Framework Scheme 2021 was launched by the central government in October. 
  • Through this project, the medical infrastructure of the country is being improved. In this situation, the World Bank has offered to give a loan of 8,200 crore rupees for this project. The loan agreement for this was signed between the two parties yesterday. 
  • Rajat Kumar Mishra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, on behalf of the Central Government, and Augusti Dano Gome, Director of the Bank's India Division, on behalf of the World Bank, signed the agreement. 
  • Through this loan amount, importance will be given to the development of health infrastructure in seven states namely Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Odisha, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

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