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South Korean President Park Geun-hye with U.S. President Barack Obama. Photo Credit: http://www.korea.net/

Washington: US President Barack Obama will host his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye in the White House on October 16 to discuss bilateral and global issues, the White House announced late Wednesday.


South Korean President Park Geun-hye with U.S. President Barack Obama. Photo Credit: http://www.korea.net/

The visit “will underscore the strength and breadth of the US – Republic of Korea partnership and demonstrate the close personal ties between the American and Korean people,” the White House said in a statement.


The two leaders will exchange views on a broad range of security, economic, and global issues, including the alliance and the critical role South Korea plays in assuring regional stability and security, Xinhua reported citing the statement.

“They will chart the expansion of our cooperation into new areas that will increasingly shape the relationship in the 21st century, such as environment, energy, space, health, and cybersecurity,” it said, adding that the two leaders will also discuss the current security situation on the Korean Peninsula “in the face of the continued threat from North Korea”.

Park’s visit to the US, her second since taking office in 2013, was originally planned for June but was delayed due to the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

(IANS)


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Developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, a Decision Support System (DSS) that extends the ability of the existing air quality early warning system (AQEWS) to have decision-making capability for air quality management in Delhi-NCR was launched on Tuesday.

The website for the DSS (https://ews.tropmet.res.in/dss/) is designed to help the Commission for Air Quality Management for NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) by delivering quantitative information about the contribution of emissions from Delhi and its 19 surrounding districts; the contribution of emissions from eight different sectors in Delhi; and the contribution from biomass-burning activities in the neighbouring states.

These information would assist in managing the air quality in a timely manner, a release from the Ministry of Earth Sciences said.

The need was stated by the CAQM, which was formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, during a meeting held in January 2021.

Recently, the Commission reviewed the progress made by IITM and had in principle approved the current version of DSS for air quality management in the Delhi-NCR. The IITM has also developed a new website for DSS with the entire system made operational, the release said.

Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences, Jitendra Singh, while launching the website for AQEWS on the occasion of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' week organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said, "DSS is a significant contribution to 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' on behalf of MoES and IITM and suggestions are invited on this issue."

The website also has a feature whereby the users can create their own emission reduction scenarios (from 20 different districts, including Delhi) so as to examine the possible projected improvement in air quality in Delhi for the next five days.

"This information would explicitly highlight the most important emission sources responsible for the degradation of air quality in Delhi and suggest possible solutions to ameliorate the same. With a plethora of quantitative data, the AQEWS integrated with DSS could become a user-friendly tool for air-quality management in and around Delhi," the release said. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, India, Pollution, IITM, Ministry of Earth Sciences