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President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to make the federal government carbon-neutral by 2050, with a 65% reduction in planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and an all-electric fleet of cars and trucks five years later

The White House said the order shows how the government will “leverage its scale and procurement power to lead by example in tackling the climate crisis.” Read more

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In a statement, the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum said that it is deeply saddened by the tragic demise of CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others in the helicopter crash this afternoon.

“Our thoughts go out to the families of the brave souls lost today. We mourn with the nation at the loss of these patriots,” USISPDF said.

General Rawat left an indelible mark on the course of the US-India defence partnership and was at the center of the Indian Armed Forces’ transformation into a more jointly integrated warfighting organisation.

Defence secretary Austin

My deep condolences on the deaths of Indian Chief of Defence Staff General Rawat, his wife and colleagues who perished in today’s tragic accident.

Blinken

US secretary of state Blinken & defence secretary Austin mourn demise of Gen Rawat

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