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Pakistan, UAE sign $200m pact for uplift schemes

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a two hundred million dollars cooperation agreement to execute Phase-III of the UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme. The agreement, which will be funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, was signed by UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme Director, Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, and Commandant MCE, Major General Anwar Ul Haq Chaudhry in Islamabad. Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Hamad Obeid Al Zaabi were also…

UK corporate giants sign pact to cut plastic waste

LONDON: More than 40 British companies including major retailers and soft drinks companies on Thursday pledged to eliminate unneccessary plastic packaging as part of an anti-pollution push. The 42 firms, responsible for 80 percent of plastic packaging sold in Britain, have signed up to a pact that aims to tackle plastic pollution over the next seven years through a series of measures. These include cutting down on single-use plastic packaging, making all plastic packaging reusable or recyclable and stipulating that 30…

Japan, India sign controversial civil nuclear deal

TOKYO: Japan and India signed a civilian nuclear accord on Friday, opening the door for Tokyo to supply New Delhi with fuel, equipment and technology for nuclear power production, as India looks to atomic energy to sustain its rapid economic growth. It was the first time Japan, the only country to have suffered a nuclear attack, has concluded such a pact with a country that is not signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). The accord stipulates nuclear fuel and equipment provided can only be used for…

The battle against global warming: a timeline

LE BOURGET, FRANCE: Decades of diplomatic efforts to tackle climatechange culminated in Paris Saturday with a common vision for curbing greenhouse-gas emissions and throwing a lifeline to vulnerable countries.

World adopts historic Paris global warming pact

PARIS: The global climate summit in Paris forged a landmark agreement on Saturday, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world's fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in a bid to arrest global warming.