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The warning has been issued that India needs to adapt to increased water scarcity, droughts, floods, cyclones, and other natural disasters.

Indian Meteorological Department issues a warning of the approaching Cyclone Gulab which will hit Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on 26th September 2021. Heavy rainfall can be expected in northern states till 28th September 2021. It is the third September Cyclone of the century that came knocking on our door unexpectedly. The country has already faced major damage left behind by Cyclone Tauktae and Cyclone Yaas in May. These are the warnings from our environment about the increasing climate change which is becoming more and more severe with days passing by.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases a report on how human-induced climate change is gathering pace and how extreme weather events have reached our doorsteps every seven-year or so. IPCC released a report in August 2021 and issued an environmental warning for India to cut down its carbon emissions to avoid a climate catastrophe. India is the third-largest carbon emitter in the world, the first two being China and the US. In Paris Climate Agreement India pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by 33-35% from 2005 levels by 2030. India aims to produce 40 percent of its power from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030. India's carbon emissions fell 24 percent from 2005 levels by 2016- in 11 years. However, India has not yet set out a target for when it will start reducing total emissions (the so-called peak emission year).


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The Paris Climate Agreement aims to keep global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius and strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius to prevent runaway climate change. However, the report shows that this goal is slipping out of reach as several countries are not cutting down their carbon emissions quick enough; and causing global temperature to rising and irreversible climatic changes.

The IPCC report 2021 has something that the second-most populous country in the world, India which was also ranked seventh in a major climate risk index of 2019 cannot ignore. The report says, "The scale of recent changes across the climate system as a whole and the present state of many aspects of the climate system are unprecedented over many centuries to many thousands of years," Climate scientists have claimed such disturbed climate systems of oceans and atmosphere is most likely to result in harsh extreme weather events, that will keep getting worse and so will their impact. The result is right in front of our eyes the third cyclone; Cyclone Gulab from the Bay of Bengal is going to hit the Indian subcontinent merely after 4 months of Cyclone Yaas. The report also warned us about the increasing heavy precipitation from the Himalayan Range shortly which would result in floods in several states.

People walking in flood India will also need to adapt to increased water scarcity, droughts, floods, cyclones, and other natural disasters according to the IPCC report. Gettyimages

According to the 2019 global report by the World Resources Institute India is one of the 17 countries where water stress is extremely high. Even the first-ever climate change report published by the Indian government in 2020 it was discovered that the frequency and intensity of droughts have increased by a large scale as compared to 1952 to 2016. The warning has been issued that the heat waves would intensity by fourfold by the end of the century. India will also need to adapt to increased water scarcity, droughts, floods, cyclones, and other natural disasters according to the IPCC report.

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When India was amidst strategizing about how to control the impact of climatic changes as its location makes it vulnerable to several natural disasters, the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country. The country had to take immediate actions to fight this unforeseen pandemic, by quarantining the population, treat Covid patients and manufacture vaccines as well. Battered by the pandemic the economy of the country fell and is struggling to stand back up. But the extreme weather turbocharged by climate change will not stop or slow down just because there is a pandemic.

India needs to curb the emissions as soon as possible, embrace sustainable development and natural defenses – and more importantly, the country needs to assess the risk before we do anything with the environment.


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It is believed that when a woman goes through her menstrual cycle, she goes through the different lunar energies.

Well, if you'll notice then the moon takes twenty-nine days to complete its lunar cycle, whereas women's menstrual cycle is generally 28 days! Coincidence? I think, not.

It is believed that when a woman goes through her menstrual cycle, she goes through the different lunar energies. In fact, in ancient times it was said that the natural rhythm of women was to menstruate under a new moon and ovulate under a full moon.

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Hugs, caress scenes, extramarital affairs, vulgar and bold dressing, bed scenes and intimacy of married couples are being glamourised in utter disregard to Islamic teachings and culture of Pakistani society," PEMRA stated

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has directed Pak TV channels to stop airing what it calls indecency and intimacy in dramas, Samaa TV reported.

A notification issued by the authority states that it has been receiving numerous complaints from viewers who believe that the content being depicted in dramas does not represent the "true picture of Pakistani society".

"PEMRA finally got something right: Intimacy and affection between married couples isn't 'true depiction of Pakistani society and must not be 'glamourized'. Our 'culture' is control, abuse, and violence, which we must jealously guard against the imposition of such alien values," said Reema Omer, Legal Advisor, South Asia, International Commission of Jurists.

"Hugs, caress scenes, extramarital affairs, vulgar and bold dressing, bed scenes and intimacy of married couples are being glamourized in utter disregard to Islamic teachings and culture of Pakistani society," PEMRA stated, as per the report.

The authority added that it has directed channels time and again to review content with "indecent dressing, controversial and objectionable plots, bed scenes and unnecessary detailing of events".

Most complaints received by the PEMRA Call Centre during September concern drama serial "Juda Huay Kuch is Tarah", which created quite a storm on social media for showing an unwitting married couple as foster siblings in a teaser for an upcoming episode. However, it only turned out to be a family scheme after the full episode aired, but by that time criticism had mounted on HUM TV for using the themes of incest to drive the plot, the report said. (IANS/JB)

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Dozens of female high school and university students in Afghanistan have joined vocational centers to learn tailoring and cosmetology

Dozens of female high school and university students in Afghanistan have joined vocational centers to learn tailoring and cosmetology as the women and girls have been banned from school and university since the Taliban took over the country, Tolo News reported.

According to these girls, sitting at home is very difficult for them, therefore they are willing to learn a profession.

"It has been a couple of months that we are at home since schools and universities were closed. We have to learn a profession or a job because we can't sit like this at home," said Samira Sharifi, a student.

"I want to learn a profession for my future to help my family, we want our schools to be opened so that we can carry on with our education," said Mahnaz Ghulami, a student.

Most of the trainees in the vocational centres are students of high schools and universities.

After the closure of high schools and universities across Afghanistan, Herat female students have started gaining vocational training in the province.

"We have decided to learn tailoring along with our education," said Shaqaiq Ganji, a student.

"It's necessary for every woman to learn tailoring to help her family and her husband, especially in this bad economic situation," said Laili Sofizada, a teacher.

Due to the closure of schools and universities, the number of students in vocational centers doubled compared to recent years, the report added.

"Our classes had the capacity of 20 to 25 students but we increased it to 45 students, because most of the students have lost their spirit, and their schools and universities have closed," said Fatima Tokhi, director of technical and professional affairs at the Herat department of labour and social affairs.

The Labour and Social Affairs department of Herat said the department is working to provide more opportunities for Herat girls and women to learn vocational training.

"The art and professional sector and the kindergarten departments have started their activities, we support them and supervise their activities," said Mulla Mohammad Sabit, head of the labour and social affairs of Herat.

During the past two months, most of the women and girls who worked in state and private institutions lost their jobs and are trying to learn handicrafts and vocational training. (IANS/JB)


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