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First-Ever Conclave of Himalayan States to Focus on Environmental Protection

Vice President of Niti Aayog Rajiv Kumar is to be a part of the conclave

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It will be attended by the Chief Ministers of the Himalayan states of Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim. Pixabay

The first-ever conclave of Himalayan states will be held in Uttarakhand on July 28 where the focus will be on environmental protection, Himalayan culture and economic development.

It will be attended by the Chief Ministers of the Himalayan states of Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram and Nagaland, along with administrators and specialists.

Vice President of Niti Aayog Rajiv Kumar is to be a part of the conclave.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said heads of the Finance Commission and Niti Aayog would also participate in the one-day conference in the hill resort of Mussoorie.

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The first-ever conclave of Himalayan states will be held in Uttarakhand on July 28 where the focus will be on environmental protection. Pixabay

It is not yet known who would represent Jammu and Kashmir.

“The meeting would discuss the issues related the Himalayan states as well as their solutions,” Rawat said. The conference would also take up the issue of a separate Himalayan policy which is a longstanding issue in these hill states.

Rawat said, “We will focus on solving the Himalayan states’ problems in the conclave. This conclave will pave the way for making financial resources available for the Himalayan states in the future.”

“The Niti Aayog and the Finance Commission will also be able to accurately ascertain the ground realities in Himalayan states,” he said.

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The main points adopted at the conclave would be presented as a draft to the Niti Aayog for developing policies for the region’s development. (IANS)

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Plastic Free Delhi through “Plogging”, Promised EU And India

Swedish fitness trend to clean delhi

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Plastic Free Delhi through "Plogging" Promised EU And India, Pixabay

Indian and EU runners jogged around India Gate and kept picking up litter around the iconic monument to make a pledge for a clean and plastic free Delhi by “plogging” — a Swedish fitness trend that combines running with collecting garbage.

The event on Friday was organised by the Embassy of Sweden here and a group of ploggers of India together with the European Union ahead of the World Environment Day on June 5.

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Joggers also love to run on plastic-free roads. Pixabay

It was part of the European Union’s series of environmental programmes in India.

The EU delegation and missions of European Union member states in New Delhi with the support of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change co-hosted a Conference on Plastic Pollution and Management – Sharing Best Practices at Vigyan Bhawan on Friday.

The theme of the conference organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries was in line with this year’s theme – ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

The EU ambassador to India Tomasz Kozlowski congratulated India for its leadership in dealing with environmental issues globally. “India is a key partner of the EU with partnerships on clean energy and climate change, water, smart and sustainable urbanization, air quality and resource efficiency,” said by Kozlowski.

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Runners collecting garbage, Pixabay

Taking the cooperation to the next level, the Ambassador said, EU Commissioner for Environment would lead a delegation of about 50 EU businesses to India in September as part of the CII Sustainability Summit.

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On June 5, the EU delegation and the embassies of the EU member states are expected to announce and adopt a “green pledge” aimed at reducing increased pollution levels by eliminating the use of single-use plastic products, saving energy through bio-gas and other technologies which India has also used previously, water resources and managing waste, managing increased greenhouse gases (CFCs, Carbondi-oxide, nitrogen etc.) and industrial pollution. (IANS)