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Paris: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the India pavilion at the global climate change conference here, showcasing the country’s commitment to renewable energy for which a target of 175 GW of additional capacity has been set by 2022.

“The India Pavilion at COP-21 has used technology to showcase India’s commitment to climate change and focus on climate justice,” Modi said.

“The India pavilion also seeks to demonstrate the strong belief that the world needs to look beyond climate change and focus on climate justice.”

He said the pavilion also displays the country’s harmony with nature and environment, and added: “Summit is of great significance to India’s future. It is a window to our tradition, progress, aspirations and achievements.”

The prime minister, who said climate change was a major global challenge, also launched a coffee table book “Parampara”. He said India looked at the Paris convention with both commitment and hope.

The Indian prime minister is here for what is officially called the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties (COP-21) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, with 196 member states.

“We want the world to act with urgency. The agreement must lead us to restore the balance between humanity and nature,” the prime minister said. “India’s progress is our destiny and right of our people. But we must also lead in combating climate change.”

India, he said, will ensure 40 percent of installed energy capacity is based on non-fossil fuels.

“We have a target for renewable generation of 175 Gigawatt by 2022. We have got off to a good start, with nearly 12 GW likely to be installed by 2016, more than three times the current capacity,” he said.

“We will convert waste to energy. We will make our cities smart and sustainable, and transform public transportation, including through 50 new metro rail projects,” he added.

“We approach the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in a spirit of partnership, based on the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibility.”

(IANS)

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India successfully test fires n-capable Agni-V ballistic missile

The missile was earlier tested successfully in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

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  • India successfully tests the Agni-V ballistic missile on Thursday
  • This was the fifth test that missile underwent
  • With this success, India is now in ranks with US, UK, China and Russia

India on Thursday successfully tests fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V — the most potent and with the longest range in the Agni series – that can reach targets as far as Beijing.

The test took place at the Abdul Kalam Island facility off the Odisha coast. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted about its success, congratulating its makers DRDO, the armed forces and the defence industry.

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India has many high tech and powerful missiles to its name. Wikimedia Commons
India has many high tech and powerful missiles to its name. Wikimedia Commons

She said the successful test of the 5,000-km-range missile that can carry a one-tonne warhead, was “a major boost to the defence capabilities of our country”.

“The Made in India canistered missile, having three stages of propulsion, was successfully test fired,” she tweeted.

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Agni-V is the most advanced version of the Agni series, part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme that started in the 1960s.

The missile was earlier tested successfully in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

This was the fifth test of the missile and likely to be its first user trial, though there was no official word on it.

India is developing new technologies everyday to strengthen its defence.
India is developing new technologies every day to strengthen its defence.

Thursday’s test brings the missile closer to its induction in the tri-service Strategic Forces Command.

The missile has a much longer shelf life, with its container being made of special steel that absorbs the blast of the takeoff.

In the canisterised launch, a gas generator inside ejects the missile up to a height of about 30 metres. A motor is then ignited to fire the missile.

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With this missile, India joins the super-exclusive club of ICBM (missiles with a range of over 5,000-5,500 km) capable countries of the US, Russia, the UK, France and China. IANS