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Rajnath Singh asks for Hindi to be included in UN official languages

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source: economic times

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By Newsgram Staff writer

Bhopal: A group of participants from the Communication and Information Technology world gave a call to the 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan (World Hindi Conference) here on Saturday to ensure that the Hindi language was written only in the Devnagri script and not in the Roman script.

Citing the technology-based companies’ opinion, Home Minister Rajnath Singh stated that Hindi should be included as an official language in the United Nations by garnering support from member nations, as was done for the International Yoga Day.

Technological-based companies have understood its significance and were thus promoting it, the minister said.

Besides, the minister added, Hindi was not just an administrative language but one that represented the Indian culture and values of life and also served as a link.

Ashok Chakradhar source: economic times
Ashok Chakradhar     source: economic times

Presiding over a parallel session of ‘Hindi in Communication and Information and Technology’, poet Ashok Chakradhar opined that the debate over lipi (script) has been on since ages. The need of the hour is not to curse the English language but to promote the Hindi language, he added.

Chakradhar also spoke on the need of a Hindi software said to promote the Hindi language through computers.

(With inputs from IANS)

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World Leaders Gathering in New York for United Nations Summit on Climate Change

U.S. President Donald Trump will not be among those attending the summit

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In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani reviews an honor guard at the Mehrabad airport while leaving Tehran, Iran, for New York to attend UN General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. VOA

World leaders are gathering Monday in New York for a United Nations summit on climate change as scientists warn much more ambitious action must be taken to meet targets to mitigate the effects.

Some 60 presidents and prime ministers are due to address the day-long event on topics including shifting away from coal toward renewable energy sources, preventing and responding to disasters, and climate finance.

U.S. President Donald Trump will not be among those attending the summit.  He is spending Monday attending a meeting about the persecution of religious minorities, particularly Christians, before holding separate talks with leaders from Pakistan, Poland, New Zealand, Singapore, Egypt and South Korea.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has sought to highlight the importance of the climate summit and challenged leaders to “come with concrete plans” and not just “beautiful speeches.”

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Some 60 presidents and prime ministers are due to address the day-long event on topics including shifting away from coal toward renewable energy sources. Pixabay

Ahead of Monday’s event, the U.N. released a report compiled by the World Meteorological Organization showing there has been an acceleration in carbon pollution, sea-level rise, warming global temperatures, and shrinking ice sheets.

The report says the average global temperature for the period of 2015 through the end of 2019 is on pace to be the “warmest of any equivalent period on record” at 1.1 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, which has been ratified by 186 nations, calls for actions to prevent global temperatures from surpassing 2 degrees, and ideally remain within 1.5 degrees by cutting greenhouse gas emissions.  One of the world’s biggest emitters – the United States – announced under President Trump that it would leave the pact. The U.S. decision has not stopped climate action at the state, local and private sector levels.

The report warns that in order to achieve the 2 degree target, “the level of ambition needs to be tripled.”

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Other global issues such as tensions between the United States and Iran; conflicts in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, and Kashmir; rising in equality and intolerance all figure to be themes as the U.N. General Assembly session begins Tuesday. (VOA)