Climate Change Conference in Paris The international conference on climate change has began on 30 November, 2015 in Paris -Le Bourget, France. The summit is aimed at ending a two decade long logjam that seeks to contain global warming. About 40,000 delegates from 195 nations are attended the summit. Among the participants, 183 countries have submitted action plans to achieve the goal of limiting warming to 2 degree centigrade. World leaders launched Mission Innovation for accelerating clean energy revolution across the world. As part of this initiative, the participating countries double their clean energy research and development funding by 2020.
India’s GDP growth accelerates to 7.4 per cent India’s economic growth accelerated to 7.4% in the July- September quarter, overtaking China as the world’s fastest growing major economy in manufacturing, mining and services sectors. The GDP expansion by 7.4 per cent in the second quarter of the current fiscal bettered 6.9% growth in China for the same period. Russia contracted by 4.1 per cent and Brazil with 4.2 per cent in the same period. How ever, the growth rate for the latest quarter was far below 8.9 per cent recorded in the July- September quarter of the previous fiscal.
India launched International Solar Alliance India launched an International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the CoP21 Climate Conference held on 30 November, 2015 in Paris. The new body, which has invited all countries located fully or partly between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn to join, is to function from the National Institute of Solar Energy in India, Gurgaon, Haryana. The centre will provide land and 30 million dollars to form a secretariat for the Alliance, and also support it for five years.
Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) injection launched by Centre As part of Global Polio Endgame strategy, India has launched Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) in New Delhi. The vaccine was launched by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda. The launching of IPV would enable children to get double protection from polio i.e. orally and in the form of injection. IPV and OPV together will further strengthen the children’s immune system and will provide double protection against polio. IPV injection will be given to children below one year of age along with the third dose of the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) at the routine immunization sessions free of cost.