Climate Change Mitigation Actions

Plantations in forest areas are undertaken by State/Union Territory (UT) Forest Departments as per approved Working Plans, excluding the areas where individual forest rights titles are issued under the Forest Rights Act, 2006. Wherever Community Forest Rights (CFR) have been recognized, plantations and other activities are taken up in consultation with local communities as per the approved Working Plans and Micro Plans prepared by CFR management committee constituted under rule 4 (e) of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Rules, 2007.

There are no reports from States/UTsto show that the rights of adivasis and forest dwellers vested under FRA, 2006 and PESA, 1996 are being undermined due to Climate Change mitigation action such as plantations.

This information was given by Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change in Lok Sabha today.



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The Western Fleet, known as the ‘Sword Arm’ of the Indian Navy, witnessed a change of helm on 27 December 2021 as Rear Admiral Ajay Kochhar, NM handed over the baton to Rear Admiral Sameer Saxena, NM.

Rear Admiral Saxena was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 July 1989. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla; Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the Naval War College, Newport, USA. A Navigation and Direction specialist, his afloat appointments include being part of the Direction Team of INS Viraat and the Navigating Officer of Indian Naval Ships Kuthar, Godavari and Delhi. He also served as Executive Officer of INS Mumbai. His command tenures include command of the Mauritian Coast Guard Ship Guardian and Indian Naval Ships Kulish and Mysore. He was also the Fleet Operations Officer, Western Fleet. The officer tenanted training appointments at National Defence Academy and Centre for Leadership and Behavioural Studies. His staff appointments include a stint in the Directorate of Personnel and jobs as Naval Assistant to Chief of Naval Staff, Principal Director of Foreign Cooperation, all at IHQ MoD (N). He was also Naval Adviser at the High Commission of India, London. On promotion to the Flag rank, he took over duties as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) on 05 February 2020.

Rear Admiral Kochhar, NM proceeds to take over as Project Director (Operations and Training) at HQ ATVP, New Delhi.



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Fathom Will Change the Way Children Read, Learn and Collaborate

 Schools and families are looking for effective and cost-efficient ways to get books into the hands of students to improve reading skills and help offset learning loss from disruptions due to ongoing pandemic restrictions. Fathom launches today with over 1,200 English titles from 11 U.S. publishers and offers content to support independent reading, language learning, history, math and science. Students reading books related to core-subject matter on Fathom will improve their academic achievement and reinforce vocabulary. It is imperative that all students have access to quality content to read for knowledge and comprehension.

Fathom’s audio-assisted reading helps students build fluency and comprehension. A 2019 report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress found that only one-third of all Fourth-grade students were reading at or above grade level. By combining the audio with word, fragment, or sentence highlighting, students increase word recognition to become better readers. Children needing extra support can slow the audio down while proficient readers may work at a more rapid pace allowing for differentiated instruction.

Struggling readers may also include English as a Second Language students. A 2018 study from Harvard’s School of Education indicates that ESL students should be encouraged to read in their native tongue as well as in English. Fathom’s multilingual ebooks are designed to help students develop into confident readers and speakers in multiple languages. Language learners have a choice of over 1000 translated books with native narration, including Spanish (800 translations), Arabic (20), Chinese (56), French (39), German (21), Haitian Creole (4), Hmong (10), Indonesian (15), Japanese (10), Portuguese (21) and Thai (13). Language and audio flip instantly with a button toggle throughout an open ebook; imagery follows suit in Arabic (right-to-left reader). In addition to language selection, the bilingual mode allows readers to listen and view highlighted words in the primary language, while the secondary language is statically displayed. Inside the ebooks, students can video record themselves reading aloud and then playback the recording, showing progress over time.

An integrated Learning Management System built for the ever-changing needs of teachers, parents, and students is the hub where users can assign and monitor reading performance, video recordings, quizzes, and other activities. Most books have at least one quiz in a shared database, and teachers can create quizzes with varied types of questions. Teachers can lead a class remotely and read an ebook aloud with live video chat and synchronized page advance. With a simple license setup, classes or group members auto-populate into the chat system where text or video calls give educators or remote families an easy and safe space to communicate.

With unlimited simultaneous access, gone is the need for expensive classroom sets of physical books. The platform is designed to fit any budget, allowing purchasers to easily choose books by subject, grade, language, publisher, or individual title. Plans are available for families, classrooms, schools, and districts. Free trials are available for each plan type.

For more information on Fathom, press inquiries can be made to publicist Heather Williams at or (843) 278-2285. General inquiries can be directed to or (843) 278-2285.

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No Change of Guard Ceremony on October 9

The Change of Guard Ceremony will not to be held on this Saturday (October 9, 2021) due to the State Visit of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Denmark. This Ceremony will resume from October 16, 2021, on every Saturday (except on government holidays) between 0800 a.m. and 0900 a.m.



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See Change Education Joins “Go Hong Kong Team” Campaign

See Change Education, a wholly owned subsidiary of Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Limited, took part in the “Go Hong Kong Team” Campaign, organised by the Hong Kong Olympic Fans Club and co-organised by Key Connect last weekend. On that day, See Change Education staged live debate and public speaking performances on topics related to sports and the Olympic spirit, showcasing winners from See Change’s International Parliamentary Debate Competition (IPDC) and International Public Speaking Competition, bringing joy and energy to the event.

Ying Wa College faced off PLK Tung Yuk Tien College, both consisting of winners of Top Speaker Award at See Change’s Debate Competition in 2020

Through the event, See Change Education hopes to provide students with a stage to perform and apply their skills while celebrating sportsmanship and the Olympic spirit. Ms Rita Pang, Founder of See Change Education, said, “By discussing current affairs, I believe that children can apply critical thinking and communication skills to their daily lives. See Change Education runs global classrooms for students aged 5 – 18. We provide trainings in “communications” through courses in Debate & Public Speaking (verbal Skills), Critical Reading & Writing (writing skills) and Media Communications. Our topics cover various important areas such as history, culture, technology, so that students can thrive academically and beyond the classroom. Apart from realizing that public speaking courses are ‘tremendous fun’, children can also consider and analyse issues quickly as well as acquire a high level of organizational competence.”

The winners of International Debate and Public Speaking Competition, which include students from the Diocesan Girls’ Junior School, Diocesan Boys’ School, The Independent Schools Foundation Academy, St. Paul’s Co-Educational College Primary School, German Swiss International School, Harrow International School Hong Kong, Hong Kong International School, ESF Kowloon Junior School, Ying Wa College, Good Hope School, Aldrich Bay Government Primary School, Discovery Bay International School, Quarry Bay School, Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College, Po Leung Kuk Yuen Yuen Primary School, Singapore International School, etc. spoke eloquently on stage and attracted a large audience.

See Change Education booths include an Olympic theme “check-in booth” for photo taking and booths for balloon twisting and souvenir distribution. Many parents are attracted to the West Kowloon Art Park as it provides them with the opportunity to bring their children to experience the Olympic atmosphere.

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