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Two Indians among dead in New Zealand car crash

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Wellington: In a tragic incident, two Indians were named among the victims of a car crash along Auckland’s Muriwai beach. The unfortunate accident was revealed in a media report.
newDilpreet Singh, Pulkit Malhotra, Imad Dib and Syed Haris Jafri were traveling along the beach in a Mitsubishi Pajero when it rolled over on Sunday. The men were killed after they were thrown out of the vehicle in the crash, the New Zealand Herald reported on Monday citing police.

“The fact that the occupants have all been ejected from the vehicle would suggest that they may not have been wearing seat belts, but this will be confirmed once the car has been examined,” Inspector Trevor Beggs was quoted as saying.

Beggs added that based on witness information, police believed the car was traveling at speed along the water’s edge.

“It’s either struck an object or has hit sand. The vehicle has then flipped and rolled several times,” he said.

Singh, Dib and Jafri had been working at Auckland’s Queens Academic Group for the past one year, while Malhotra had recently arrived as a tourist.

(With inputs from IANS)

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New Zealand Passes Zero Carbon Bill Aimed at Combating Climate Change

We in New Zealand are on the right side of history, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a speech at Parliament

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Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy. Pixabay

New Zealand on Thursday passed a bill to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and meet its commitments under the Paris climate accord.

“I am really proud to stand in this House today for what is a historic moment… Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy… We in New Zealand are on the right side of history,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a speech at Parliament.

The law commits New Zealand to keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, as stipulated by the Paris Agreement and marks an important step in the fight against the climate emergency looming over the world according to more than 11,000 scientists worldwide, reports Efe news.

“We’ve led the world before in nuclear free and votes for women, now we are leading again,” Climate Change Minister James Shaw tweeted.

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The zero emissions target excludes methane emissions but the law pledges to reduce them gradually. Pixabay

The zero emissions target excludes methane emissions but the law pledges to reduce them gradually.

The law includes the establishment of a green investment fund worth NZ$100 million ($64 million), a carbon trading scheme and inclusion of agriculture in emissions pricing by 2025, and the plantation of one billion trees by 2028, according to a statement by the Ministry of Climate Change.

The law also stipulates suspending the release of new permits for hydrocarbon explorations at sea and supports the production of cheaper electric vehicles apart from setting a goal of 100 per cent renewable electricity generation by 2035.

The legislation aims to cut biological methane emissions from agriculture by 10 per cent until 2030, and targets 24-47 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050.

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Simon Bridges, leader of the opposition and the New Zealand National Party, said that his party supported the bill but would keep trying to introduce changes in the future in order to make it better. (IANS)

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