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COP22 adopts Marrakech Action Proclamation

  • The COP22 to the UNFCC, 12th session of COP of Parties to Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12),
  • And first session of COP of Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) were held in Marrakech, Morocco. Nearly 200 nations attending the COP22 to the UNFCC have adopted Marrakech
  • Action Proclamation for Our Climate and Sustainable Development.
  • The 11-day meeting concluded with all participating member nations collectively reaffirming their commitment to climate action under Paris Agreement adopted in November 2015.

    Tamil Nadu gets world’s first salt-tolerant plant garden

  • The world’s first Genetic Garden of Halophytes (naturally occurring salt-tolerant plants) was inaugurated at the coastal town of Vedaranyam in Tamil Nadu.
  • The first of its kind garden in the world was inaugurated by Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib Fakim through video-conferencing

    Airtel announces merger with Axiata in Bangladesh

  • Telecom operator Bharti Airtel announced the completion of the merger of its subsidiary unit in Bangladesh with Robi Axiata. 
  • Post-merger, Axiata will hold 68.7% stake in the entity while Airtel will hold 25% and the remaining 6.3% stake will be held by NTT DoCoMo
  • This entity will now be the second-largest mobile operator in Bangladesh.

    Reliance Global launches international calling app

  • Reliance Global Call has launched an international calling app “RGC India” which allows direct-dialling of contacts, doing away with the need to enter toll-free or PIN numbers
  • It also announced an introductory offer wherein customers can avail talk-time worth Rs. 200 on sign-up with Rs.100.
  • This is available to mobile and landline users of India on networks like Reliance and Airtel.

    World’s largest LEGO store opens in London

  • Toy company LEGO on Thursday opened its largest store, spread over two-storeys, in Leicester Square, London.
  • The store features a 20-foot tall Big Ben clock tower made of 200,000 bricks and a ‘Mosaic Maker’ for customers to purchase their own LEGO mosaic portrait.
  • The opening also included the unveiling of a new LEGO mascot Lester, an English tea-drinking Minifigure.