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Cities don't need to be concrete jungles in conflict with nature in and outside their boundaries.

Cities contribute 80 per cent to global GDP -- but they also account for 75 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Integrating nature-positive solutions can help protect cities from growing risks associated with extreme weather while driving sustainable economic growth. In collaboration with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute and the government of Colombia, the World Economic Forum's BiodiverCities by 2030 Initiative published a report addressing the urgency of cities' untenable relationship with nature.

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China has formally opened another front in its bellicosity in the South China Sea, and practically forcing Jakarta to accept a dispute in the Natunas, where there is none, as the area concerned is within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Indonesia as per the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Beijing claims that its "nine-dash" line, an artificial boundary invented by the CCP (Communist Party of China) that covers most of the South China Sea, giving it ownership of this entire maritime area extending to the EEZ of Indonesia in the Natuna Islands. The EEZ is an area extending up to 200 nautical miles from the baseline of a country. While other countries have a right of innocent passage in such territory, a country has special rights regarding exploration and use of maritime resources in its EEZ, to the exclusion of other powers. Jakarta has always stood up to China bullying her in the EEZ without declaring it loudly.

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The SPMCIL has paid a final dividend of Rs 240.41 crore to the government for FY 2020-21.

Businesses around the world were struggling to cope up with running losses amid the pandemic, but the government mint was able to pay Rs 240 crore dividend to the government, an official statement said on Monday.

During the fiscal year 2020-21, the government mint, the Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd, produced 828.8 crore bank notes, 275.7 crore circulating coins, 6,870 metric tons of security paper, and 600.42 metric tons of security inks, a Finance Ministry statement said.

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Imran Khan and company are accused by Shehbaz Sharif for increasing inflation in the country.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Opposition leader in National Assembly (NA), Shehbaz Sharif, on Friday lashed out at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and said that he had surrendered to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the economic war, Dunya News reported.

Sharif said the government says that the burden will not fall on the poor people, when in reality the mini budget will seize the economy's engine altogether.

This is the level of brutality and indifference this government has shown towards the poor people of Pakistan, said the Opposition leader.

Shehbaz Sharif further accused Imran Khan and company of increasing inflation in the country.

Earlier, the PML-N leader had said that economic and political stability feeds directly into national security.

In a tweet, he said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) tenure in government has been the worst by way of mismanaging economy and delivering poor governance.

Shehbaz added that never before have the citizens been this hopeless about their future and warned that all this has implications for national security.


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