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Last week, India committed itself to three sets of climate goals at the COP26 Glasgow Summit: One - Reduce non-fossil energy capacity to 500 GW; Two - Fulfil 50% of its energy requirements from renewables; and Three - Cut its emissions by one billion tonnes and reduce carbon intensity by 45%. All three to be achieved by 2030. Additionally, India pledged to reach the coveted net-zero target by 2070.

Terming these commitments as “ambitious and bold”, Sunita Narain, Editor, Down To Earth, advocates that India needs to “grow differently” if these targets are to be achieved without citizens being deprived of access to energy and growth. Still, India’s commitment sent a clear message to the world that it was ready to walk the talk on climate change.

And if indeed India was keen to walk the talk, India Development Review argues that climate tech start-ups can play a critical role. This is because of the growing interest from “global capital allocators and policymakers”, the expanding list of innovations in climate-tech, and the parallel growth of an enabling ecosystem to sustain these enterprises.

The RBI’s new rules for authenticating recurring auto-debit card-based payments - subscriptions and bill - has led to severe disruption for businesses. The Bastion discusses the implication of these new rules for the social sector and business innovations.

In Uttar Pradesh, the quest for justice and closure for Dalit survivors of sexual violence is an arduous and lonely struggle - harassed, threatened and turned away by the State. Article 14 chronicles the travails and trauma of six such survivors.

And, the arrest of three Kashmiri students in Agra for their alleged “cheering” for Pakistan’s victory against India at the ongoing T20 World Cup, and their booking for sedition by the UP Police, are greatly concerning. Kashmir Observer argues that while the act by the students may be patently “offensive”, the cases are “untenable” and by no stretch of imagination amount to a crime.

For these and more stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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What does PM Modi's climate change goals at CoP26 Glasgow mean for India? Sunita Narain explains.

At the ongoing global climate change summit – COP26 in Glasgow, India made far-reaching commitments towards combating Climate Change. Down To Earth decodes these targets.

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Climate tech start-ups: The need of the hour

India Development Review argues that if India has to address the challenge of climate change, climate tech start-ups are imperative and it dwells on what needs to be done to strengthen this ecosystem.

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How the RBI Ban on Recurring Payments Affects Businesses Across The Board

In the wake of RBI mandating customers to authenticate recurring auto-debit card-based payments, The Bastion analyses how prioritising security will impact the functioning of the social sector and business innovations.

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Justice For UP’s Dalit Rape Victims: A Tale Of Caste Entitlement, Police Apathy

Article 14 records the pain and trauma of six Dalit women survivors of sexual violence and their families in Uttar Pradesh as they wage a lonely battle for justice.

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Cheering For Contenders Isn’t Sedition, Lawyers Debate Amid Din

Kashmir Observer argues that the recent cases of sedition booked against Kashmiri students in Agra for "cheering" Pakistan’s victory over India are legally “untenable” and far from a crime.

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