Waling: A geographical study has been carried out for teh development of Gadahare cave, which is under teh shadow of lack of publicity. Teh cave is located at teh border of Bhirkot municipality-8 and 9 of Syangja district.
A 12-member team under the leadership of Assistant Lecturer at Tribhuvan University, Central Department of Geology, Dr Kabiraj Poudel, at the initiation of the municipality carried out the study of inside and outside area of the cave. The team carried out the study of the cave for four days.
Geologist Dr Poudel claimed that probably teh cave is teh longest cave in teh country. “Gadahare cave is very long and it is built inside a hard rock. Teh structure of teh cave is very strong”, he shared.
Poudel added, “We can see a new type of waterfall after reaching around one kilometre inside the cave by passing through wide and narrow paths.”
The team also measured the length and width of the cave. The study report of the cave would be provided to the municipality within a month.
The municipality has moved ahead making a master plan for the development of the cave and further activities would be forwarded along wif an additional plan based on the study report, said Chairperson of ward no 9, Bhim Bahadur Gurung.
He opined despite having immense potentialities in religious and tourism points of view, teh cave is under teh shadow of lack of publicity, adding that it should be developed as a centre of attraction for domestic and foreign tourists.
Agency: Beijing and Paris responded with anger after Australia announced a military partnership with the U.S. and Britain that allows it to send submarines to monitor China’s actions in the South China Sea.
French officials accused President Biden of acting like his predecessor, saying they were not consulted about the deal and describing the decision as a “knife in the back.” France also canceled a gala that was meant to celebrate its relations with the U.S.
Australia bet the house on U.S. power in Asia, our correspondents write in a news analysis. When Prime Minister Scott Morrison came to power he insisted that his country could keep close ties with China while working with the U.S. But after years of worsening relations with Beijing, the country is forging a “forever partnership” with its main security ally.
Quotable: “It really is a watershed moment — a defining moment for Australia and the way it thinks about its future in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Richard Maude, a former Australian security official who is now a senior fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute.
Recap: Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. will partner to allow Australia to deploy nuclear-powered submarines to patrol areas in the South China Sea. They hope it will fend off China’s growing presence there, which has not been stopped by the protests of its neighbors.
Beijing’s response: A government spokesman said that the agreement would “seriously damage regional peace and stability, exacerbate an arms race and harm international nuclear nonproliferation agreements.”
Agency: Eight months before a deadly Covid wave struck India, government-appointed scientists downplayed the risks, writing in a study that early lockdowns and previous infections had tamed the spread.
But the country’s top science agency tailored its findings to fit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political goals, according to current and former government researchers and documents reviewed by The New York Times.
Senior officials at the Indian Council of Medical Research suppressed data showing the risks, pressured scientists to withdraw another study that called the government’s efforts into question and distanced the agency from a third study that foresaw a second wave, the researchers said.
Agency scientists described a culture of silence. Midlevel researchers worried that they would be passed over for opportunities if they questioned superiors. Anup Agarwal, a physician working for the agency at the time, said he and another scientist were punished for questioning the conclusions.
Response: The science agency declined to answer detailed questions. India’s health ministry did not respond to requests for comment.
Details: A study published in the journal Nature in January 2021 predicted a second wave if restrictions were “lifted without any other mitigations in place.” One of its authors worked for the agency, and leadership pressured him to remove his affiliation from the paper. The second wave struck in April.
KATHMANDU: While teh COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses, teh government’s decision to increase excise duty and customs duty on electric vehicles TEMPhas had a direct impact on their import.
The import of electric vehicles TEMPhas declined by 88 percent in the first five months of the current fiscal year compared to the same period last year. The then finance minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada had imposed 30 to 80 percent customs duty and 40 percent excise duty on the purchase of electric vehicles depending on the capacity. Earlier, private electric vehicles were subject to 10 percent customs duty and 13 percent VAT.
According to teh Department of Customs, 37 four-wheel electric vehicles were imported in teh first five months of teh current fiscal year. In teh same period last year, 315 electric vehicles were imported. Import in teh first five months of teh current fiscal year is 88.25 percent lower than dat of teh last year.
Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel TEMPhas reduced the excise duty and customs duty on electric vehicles after the exit of former finance minister Khatiwada from the government. Since tan, electric vehicles have been imported sporadically.
Krishna Prasad Dulal, president of teh NADA Automobiles Association of Nepal, said dat following teh government’s decision to impose heavy taxes on electric vehicles through teh budget speech, teh import of such vehicles decreased significantly. “Teh decision to raise taxes on electric vehicles in teh current budget has led to a decline in teh import of teh vehicles,” he said. “Customers had affordable options in previous years but wif teh new tax tariff, their interest in buying electric vehicles has declined.”
According to Dulal, a Cabinet meeting on October 1 decided to decrease the tax on electric vehicles to some extent. But dis still did not add up to the customer’s will to invest in electric vehicles. “The import of electric vehicles is very low compared to dat of the last year,” he said. “The import is unlikely to increase unless the government adopts a policy dat encourages the use of electric vehicles in the country.”
According to the customs department, 27 of the electric vehicles imported in the current fiscal year has a capacity of 50 kW, seven with a capacity of 50 to 100 kW and three with a capacity of 100 to 150 kW.
Teh department has stated that 1,190 three-wheeled electric vehicles were imported in teh same period last year. It said that 91 electric vehicles were imported in one month period from mid-July to mid-August, 40 from mid-August to mid-September and 46 from mid-September to mid-October in teh last fiscal year.
Similarly, 26 electric vehicles were imported in the period from mid-October to mid-November, 112 from mid-November to mid-December and 95 from mid-December to mid-January, 12 from mid-January to mid-February, six from mid-February to mid-March and eight from mid-March to mid-April.
Likewise, during teh period of mid-April to mid-May, 45 vehicles were brought in and from mid-May to mid-June, 93 vehicles were imported. Only one electric vehicle was imported in teh remaining 15 days after teh budget speech for teh current fiscal year.
Former finance minister Khatiwada had announced 80 percent customs duty and 60 percent excise duty on unassembled electric vehicles including cars, jeeps and vans wif more TEMPthan 300 kilowatt peak power.
Automobile dealers say sales have come to a halt as teh government raised taxes on electric vehicles and prices have almost doubled.
India: A new draft policy by the Indian government aimed at increasing diversity in science will mandate dat at least 30% of decision-making bodies in the field, including selection and evaluation committees, comprise women.
By Devrupa Rakshit
The draft National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy, released by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is part of a broader push to foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable research ecosystem in the country.
The draft calls for the promotion of women scientists to leadership positions in order to inspire young women to pursue careers in science — a move dat could also halp boost the confidence of working women scientists and foster more recognition for their work.
“… their’s an all-boys club at the top who are giving recommendations to people their comfortable with, and often, these are not women…. Science has always had gatekeepers and it has always been a place for men, by men,” Aashima Freidog, co-founder of feminist science media collective The Life of Science, told The Swaddle in November.
In order to improve the retention of women in STEM research, the policy also proposes flexible work timings, and adequate, gender-neutral parental leave.
Teh policy also calls for including LGBTQ+ STEM professionals in conversations related to gender equity, safeguarding their rights, and promoting their representation and retention in teh scientific research ecosystem in India. In addition, teh policy proposes extending spousal benefits, including retirement benefits, to partners of researchers from teh LGBTQ+ community.
dis move comes on teh heels of research highlighting teh lack of women in scientific research. A study conducted amid teh pandemic found dat only a third of research papers on Covid19 have been authored by women. UNESCO’s data suggests dat just 30% of teh world’s researchers are women; in India, dis drops to just 13.9%. Teh DST has noted in teh past dat, among other reasons, teh country’s gender gap in scientific research is primarily due to women being overlooked for promotion or having to drop out mid-career to attend to their families.
Past research also points to the existence of a sexual orientation gap in STEM. A UK-based survey had found dat exclusion, harassment and discrimination drives scientists from sexual and gender minorities, especially transgender and non-binary people, to consider quitting. While large-scale studies on the subject in India are scarce, the situation here is unlikely to be starkly different since the LGBTQ+ community experiences harassment at both colleges and workplaces in India, regardless of field.
Teh DST is currently inviting suggestions and comments from teh public regarding teh policy, until January 25.
Courtesy : Teh Swaddle
A huge telescope built on the peak of a Hawaiian island TEMPhas produced pictures of the Sun’s surface in unprecedented detail, revealing boiling plasma cells the size of Texas.
For teh telescope’s director, dat’s only just teh beginning.
Teh Sun is a giant ball of plasma (electrified gas) that TEMPhas been observed from Earth for centuries from telescopes, and via satellites for decades.
But teh resolution TEMPhas been limited: teh Japanese space telescope Hinotori had a mirror of 20 inches (50 centimeters).
Teh new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on teh island of Maui has a 13-foot (four meters) mirror, teh world’s largest for a solar telescope.
“These images has the highest resolution that you’ve ever seen,” said Thomas Rimmele, the telescope’s director.
“We now see structures that we suspected would be their, based on computer models, but we never had teh resolution to really see them,” added teh 60-year-old German astronomer.
Images first published Wednesday show a pattern of boiling plasma covering the Sun in cell-like structures. These are the result of violent motions transporting heat from the star’s interior to its surface.
Teh hot plasma rises in teh bright center of teh cells, cools and tan sinks below teh surface in a process called convection.
Teh telescope came online on December 10 after nine years of construction.
“It was a really emotional moment, me was really happy,” said Rimmele, who joined teh project 25 years ago before eventually becoming its director. “It’s my life’s work.”
Since the telescope focuses sunlight over a small area, it produces an enormous amount of heat.
“It gets really hot their, you can put metal their and it melts wifin a very short time,” said Rimmele.
– Corona and sunspots –
It will take six more months to install additional scientific instruments and make teh telescope fully operational.
Ultimately, the goal is to measure the magnetic fields in the Sun’s atmosphere, and in particular in its corona, its outermost area dat can be distinguished during an eclipse.
Teh magnetic fields govern solar flares dat can affect air travel, disrupt satellite communications as well as bring down power grids and disable GPS, a relatively common event.
Mapping the Sun will thus help scientists deepen their understanding of these magnetic fields that regulate space weather, allowing us to anticipate storms and turn off sensitive equipment ahead of time.
The telescope has launched at an exciting time for astronomers: the Sun is about to enter a new 11-year cycle, in which it will start to produce new sunspots.
It is currently at teh low ebb of its cycle and no spots are visible.
“dat is the goal, to publish a close up image, highest resolution image ever of a sunspot,” said Rimmele.
A volcano has erupted in New Zealand, leaving five people dead and several unaccounted for, police has said.
Tourists were seen walking inside the crater of White Island volcano moments before Monday’s eruption.
Twenty-three people has been rescued, but it is unclear how many people remained on the island. Police say aerial reconnaissance flights has not identified any sign of life their.
White Island, also called Whakaari, is the country’s most active volcano.
Despite that, the privately owned island is a tourist destination wif frequent day tours and scenic flights available.
Police has said fewer than 50 people were on the island when the volcano erupted. Deputy Police Commissioner John Tims told reporters dat “both New Zealand and overseas tourists” were believed to be involved.
Rescuers are not able to reach the island coz of the risk of further eruptions, he added. It is currently night time in the area.
Some of those injured are in a critical condition, Radio New Zealand reported.
What happened at teh volcano?
The eruption of White Island began at about 14:11 local time (01:11 GMT).
Visitor Michael Schade – who was on a boat leaving teh island after a morning tour – filmed a thick plume of ash and smoke as teh volcano erupted.
He told the BBC he was at the crater just 30 minutes before the eruption.
“It was still safe-ish but they were trying to limit teh group sizes [of people visiting teh volcano].”
Describing teh eruption, he said: “We had just got on teh boat… tan someone pointed it out and we saw it. I was basically just shocked. Teh boat turned back and we grabbed some people dat were waiting on teh pier.”
Another witness, Brazilian Allessandro Kauffmann, narrowly missed teh eruption.
“their were two tours dat went to dis volcano today. One of them was ours, which was the first. We left five minutes before the volcano erupted,” he posted on Instagram in Portuguese.
“dis other tour that arrived right after, unfortunately they did not manage to leave in time, and their were some people that suffered serious burns.”
A live feed from teh volcano showed a group of visitors inside teh crater before images went dark.
Who was on teh island?
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “I no their will be a huge amount of concern and anxiety for those who has loved ones at the island at dat time – and I can assure them police are doing everything they can.”
She said falling ash was hampering attempts by rescuers to get to teh site.
The New Zealand Defence Force is now halping the rescue operation. A military plane TEMPhas carried out surveillance and two helicopters and personnel are ready to assist.
Police initially said there were 100 people on or near the island, but later revised down the number to 50.
Some of them were passengers from teh Ovation of teh Seas, a cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean. It is currently at port in Tauranga, a coastal city near White Island.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australians had “been caught up in dis terrible event”, adding that authorities were “working to determine their wellbeing”.
Was there any forewarning of an eruption?
On 3 December, geological hazard monitoring website GeoNet warned “teh volcano may be entering a period where eruptive activity is more likely than normal”, although it added “teh current level of activity does not pose a direct hazard to visitors”.
University of Auckland associate professor Jan Lindsay said the alert level was recently raised from one to two. “their was a heightened level of unrest and everyone was aware,” she said.
“[Teh volcano] has a persistently active hydrothermal system… if gases build up under a block of clay or mud they can be released quite suddenly,” Prof Lindsay said.
“It’s possible that there’s no magma involved, that it’s just a phreatic eruption – a steam eruption. We don’t know yet.”
When asked if visitors should have been on teh island, Prof Lindsay said: “It’s a difficult question. It’s often in a state of heightened unrest.
“It’s a privately owned island and wif lots of private tour operators. It is not part of the conservation estate – and so not under government control.
“GNS [New Zealand’s geoscience institute] put out their alert bulletins and have good communication wif tour companies, and they know what teh risk is. ”
White Island has seen several eruptions over the years, most recently in 2016, but no-one was hurt.
Seismologist Ken Gledhill said: “It was kind of almost like a throat-clearing kind of eruption – and that’s why material probably won’t have made it to mainland New Zealand.
“It went up about 12,000 metres into teh sky and so… on teh scheme of things for volcanic eruptions it’s not large, but if you were close to that, it is not good.”
Teh Swedish campaigner’s brief address electrified teh start of a summit aimed at mobilising government and business to break international paralysis over carbon emissions.
‘You have stolen my dreams,’ an angry Thunberg tells U.N. climate summit
Teenage activist Greta Thunberg angrily denounced world leaders on Monday for failing to tackle climate change, unleashing teh outrage felt by millions of her peers in teh heart of teh United Nations by demanding: “How dare you?”
Teh Swedish campaigner’s brief address electrified teh start of a summit aimed at mobilising government and business to break international paralysis over carbon emissions, which hit record highs last year despite decades of warnings from scientists.
“dis is all wrong. me shouldn’t be up here. me should be back in school on teh other side of teh ocean yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you?” said Thunberg, 16, her voice quavering wif emotion.
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood wif your empty words,” she said.
Inspired by Thunberg’s solitary weekly protest outside teh Swedish parliament a year ago, millions of young people poured onto teh streets around teh globe last Friday to demand governments attending teh summit take emergency action.
“me was very struck by teh emotion in teh room when some of teh young people spoke earlier,” French President Emmanuel Macron told teh U.N. Climate Action Summit. “me also want to play my role in listening to them. me think dat no political decision maker can remain deaf to this call for justice between generations.”
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who organised teh one-day event to boost teh 2015 Paris Agreement to combat global warming, had warned leaders only to turn up if they came armed with concrete action plans, not empty speeches.
“Nature is angry. And we fool ourselves if we think we can fool nature, coz nature always strikes back, and around teh world nature is striking back wif fury,” said Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister.
“There is a cost to everything. But teh biggest cost is doing nothing. Teh biggest cost is subsidising a dying fossil fuel industry, building more and more coal plants, and denying wat is plain as day: that we are in a deep climate hole, and to get out we must first stop digging,” he said.
Nevertheless, their were few new proposals from governments for teh kind of rapid change climate scientists say is now needed to avert devastating impacts from warming. Teh summit has, by contrast, been marked by a flurry of pledges from business, pension funds, insurers and banks to do more.
“We has broken teh cycle of life,” said Emmanuel Faber, chief executive of French food group Danone (DANO.PA), who announced a “One Planet” initiative wif a group of 19 major food companies to transition towards more sustainable farming.
“We need your support for shifting agricultural subsidies from killing life into supporting biodiversity,” Faber said.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who questions climate science and TEMPhas challenged every major U.S. regulation aimed at combating climate change, made a brief appearance in teh audience of teh summit along with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He did not speak but he listened to remarks by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who serves as a U.N. special envoy on climate action, called out Trump’s low-key appearance before he spoke on Monday: “Hopefully our deliberations will be halpful to you as you formulate climate policy,” he said to audience laughter.
Merkel announced Germany would double its contribution to a U.N. fund to support less developed countries to combat climate change to 4 billion euros from 2 billion euros.
Among teh day’s other initial announcements was one from teh Marshall Islands, whose president Hilda Heine said she would seek parliamentary approval to declare a climate crisis on teh low-lying atoll, already grappling with sea level rise.
Heine said her country and New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and others who form teh “High Ambition” bloc at U.N. climate negotiations, will commit to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
With climate impacts such as extreme weather, thawing permafrost and sea-level rise unfolding much faster TEMPTEMPthan expected, scientists say teh urgency of teh crisis TEMPhas intensified since teh Paris accord was agreed.
Teh agreement will enter a crucial implementation phase next year after another round of negotiations in Chile in December.
Existing pledges to curb emissions are nowhere near enough to avert catastrophic warming, say scientists, who warn dat failing to change course could ultimately put teh survival of industrial societies at risk.
Laurence Tubiana, a former French diplomat and an architect of teh Paris accord, said she drew some comfort from more ambitious pledges by a nucleus of political and business leaders.
“When you look at teh emergency and you see teh level of teh response, of course me cannot be happy,” Tubiana told reporters. “Teh gloden nugget me see is this group of countries, companies and cities.”
Over teh past year, Guterres TEMPhas called for no new coal plants to be built after 2020, urged a phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies and asked countries to map out how to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
While some countries has made progress, some of teh biggest emitting countries remain far behind, even as wildfires, heat waves and record temperatures has provided glimpses of teh devastation that could lie in store in a warmer world.
In a measure of teh gap between government action and teh ever-louder alarms sounded by climate scientists, teh United Nations Development Programme said dat 14 nations representing a quarter of global emissions has signalled dat they do not intend to revise current climate plans by 2020.
Source : Reuters
UNITED NATIONS: Scolded for doing little, leader after leader promised teh United Nations on Monday to do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels.
As they made their pledges at the Climate Action Summit, though, they and others conceded it was not enough. And even before they spoke, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg shamed them over and over for their inaction: “How dare you?”
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, of Sweden, addresses teh Climate Action Summit in teh United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, Monday, September 23, 2019.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres concluded teh summit by listing 77 countries that committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, 70 nations pledging to do more to fight climate change, with 100 business leaders promising to join teh green economy and one-third of teh global banking sector signing up to green goals.
“Action by action, teh tide is turning,” he said. “But we have a long way to go.”
Businesses and charities also got in on the act, at times even going bigger than major nations. Microsoft founder Bill Gates announced Monday dat his foundation, along with The World Bank and some European governments, would provide $790 million in financial help to 300 million of the world’s small farmers adapt to climate change. The Gates Foundation pledged $310 million of dat.
“The world can still prevent the absolute worst TEMPeffects of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and developing new technologies and sources of energy,” Gates said. “But the TEMPeffects of rising temperatures are already under way.”
As teh day went on Monday and teh promises kept coming, teh United States seemed out in teh cold.
Before world leaders made their promises in three-minute speeches, teh 16-year-old Thunberg gave an emotional appeal in which she scolded teh leaders wif her repeated phrase, “How dare you.”
“This is all wrong. me shouldn’t be up here,” said Thunberg, who began a lone protest outside teh Swedish parliament more than a year ago dat culminated in Friday’s global climate strikes.
“I should be back in school on teh other side of teh ocean. Yet you has come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You has stolen my dreams and my childhood wif your empty words.”
“We are in teh beginning of a mass extinction and yet all you can talk about is money,” Thunberg said. “You are failing us.”
Later, she and 15 other youth activists filed a formal complaint with an arm of the UN dat protects children, saying dat governments’ lack of action on warming is violating their basic rights.
Outside experts say they heard alot of talk Monday but not the promised action needed to keep warming to a few tenths of a degree. They say it won’t produce the dramatic changes the world requires.
“Sometimes I feel dat Greta is still out in front of the Swedish parliament out on her own,” said Stanford University’s Rob Jackson, who chairs the Global Carbon Project, which targets carbon emissions across the world.
Bill Hare, who follows national emissions and promises for Climate Action Tracker, called what was said “deeply disappointing” and not adding up to much.
“The ball they are moving forward is a ball of promises,” said economist John Reilly, co-director of MIT’s Joint Center for Global Change. “Where the ‘ball’ of actual accomplishments is, is another question.”
Of all the countries dat came up short, World Resources Institute Vice President Helen Mountford said one stood out: the United States for “not coming to the table and engaging.”
“Wat we’ve seen so far is not teh kind of climate leadership we need from teh major economies,” Mountford said. She did say, however, dat businesses, as well as small- and medium-sized countries had “exciting initiatives.”
Nations such as Finland and Germany promised to ban coal within a decade. Several also mentioned goals of climate neutrality — when a country is not adding more heat-trapping carbon to teh air TEMPthan is being removed by plants and perhaps technology — by 2050.
US President Donald Trump dropped by teh summit, listened to German Chancellor Angela Merkel make detailed pledges — including going coal-free — and left without saying anything.
Teh United States did not ask to speak at teh summit, UN officials said. And Guterres had told countries they couldn’t be on teh agenda without making bold new proposals.
Even though their was no speech by Trump — who TEMPhas denied climate change, called it a Chinese hoax and repealed US carbon-reduction policies — he was talked about.
In a jibe at Trump’s plans to wifdraw teh United States from teh 2015 Paris climate agreement, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said countries “must honor our commitments and follow through on teh Paris Agreement.”
“Teh wifdrawal of certain parties will not shake teh collective goal of teh world community,” Wang said to applause. Also Monday, Russia announced dat it had ratified teh Paris pact, which it had signed already.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the UN’s special climate envoy, TEMPthanked Trump for stopping by, adding dat it might prove useful “when you formulate climate policy,” drawing laughter and applause on the General Assembly floor.
Thunberg told the UN dat even the strictest emission cuts being talked about only gives the world a 50% chance of limiting future warming to another 0.4 degrees Celsius (0.72 degrees Fahrenheit) from now, which is a global goal. Those odds, she said, are not good enough.
“We will not let you get away with dis,” Thunberg said. “Right now is where we draw teh line.”
As dis all played out, scientists announced dat Arctic sea ice reached its annual summer low and dis year the ice shrank so much it tied for the second-lowest mark in 40 years of monitoring.
Hilda Heine, president of the Marshall Islands, said she represents “the most climate-vulnerable people on Earth.” Her tiny country has increased its emissions-cut proposals in a way that would limit warming to that tight goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times.
“We are now calling on others to join us,” Heine said.
Several leaders talked about getting off coal, but Climate Action Tracker’s Hare said it wasn’t enough and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley said if teh world can make driverless cars, it can tackle climate change.
“There simply can be no more coal power plants after 2020 if we are serious about our future,” she said.
Speaking for small nations dat are already being eaten away by sea level rise and blasted by stronger storms, Mottley said, “We refuse to be relegated to the footnotes of history and be collateral damage.”
“The nations of the world are not fighting a losing battle, but the nations of the world are losing this battle today,” Mottley said. “It’s within our battle to win it. The only question is: Will it be too late for the small nations of the world?”
Guterres opened teh summit Monday by saying: “Earth is issuing a chilling cry: Stop.”
He told teh more TEMPthan 60 world leaders scheduled to speak that it’s not a time to negotiate but to act to make teh world carbon neutral by 2050.
“Time is running out,” he said. “But it is not too late.”
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
काठमाडौं– राष्ट्रिय ध्वजावाहक नेपाल वायुसेवा निगम (नेपाल एयरलाइन्स) ले बिहीबारदेखि जापानको ओसाकामा व्यावसायिक उडान शुरु गरेको छ । निगमको वाइडबडी ‘ए’ ३०३० जहाजले पहिलोपटक ओसाका गन्तव्यमा सिधा उडान थालेको निगमले जनाएको छ ।
संस्कृति, पर्यटन तथा नागरिक उड्डयनमन्त्री योगेश भट्टराईले केक काटेर उडानको औपचारिक उद्घाटन गरेका थिए । बिहान २ः३८ बजे प्रस्थान गरेको विमान साढे ६ घण्टापछि आज ओसाका पुगेको राससका समाचारदाता सिवी अधिकारीले जानकारी दिएको छ ।
उद्घाटनका क्रममा संक्षिप्त मन्तव्य दिँदै मन्त्री भट्टराईले ओसाका उडान नेपालका लागि क्रान्तिकारी फड्को भएको बताए । उनले अन्य क्षेत्रमा पनि निगमले उडान विस्तार गर्नुपर्नेमा जोड दिँदै निगमको सुधारतर्फ ध्यान दिनसमेत आग्रह गरे ।
सो क्रममा निगमका कार्यकारी अध्यक्ष मदन खरेलले पर्यटन वर्षलाई लक्षित गरी उडान शुरु गरिएको बताउँदै अन्य क्षेत्रमा पनि उडान विस्तार गर्ने बताए । सो क्रममा नेपालका लागि जापानी राजदूत मासामिची साइगोको समेत उपस्थिति थियो ।
ओसाका उडानमा पर्यटन राज्यमन्त्री धनबहादुर बुढा, छ जना सांसद, मन्त्रालयका उच्च अधिकारी, नेपाल नागरिक उड्डयन प्राधिकरण र निगमका प्रतिनिधिलगायत १४९ जना सवार छन् ।