Americans advised to avoid all travels to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Maldives
PTI | Updated: Apr 23, 2021, 14:13 IST
WASHINGTON: The US has advised its citizens to avoid travelling to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and the Maldives due to the sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in the region.
In a series of travel advisories on Thursday, the authorities also urged Americans to reconsider travel to China and Nepal; exercise increased caution while travelling to Sri Lanka and exercise normal travel precaution to Bhutan, which has been given Level 1, the safest level for travelling overseas.
India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and the Maldives have been put in Level 4, which means asking Americans not to travel to these countries.
“Do not travel to India due to Covid-19, crime, and terrorism,” the State Department said in its latest travel advisory on India, days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a similar warning for India.
The CDC issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for India due to Covid-19, indicating a very high level of Covid-19 in the country.
“Do not travel to the Maldives due to Covid-19. Exercise increased caution in the Maldives due to terrorism,” the State Department said in its travel advisory for the country.
“Do not travel to Pakistan due to Covid-19. Reconsider travel to Pakistan due to terrorism and sectarian violence. Some areas have increased risk,” the State Department said.
Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Pakistan, it said.
“A local history of terrorism and the ongoing ideological aspirations of violence by extremist elements have led to indiscriminate attacks on civilians as well as local military and police targets,” the State Department said.
“Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship, and government facilities. Terrorists have targeted US diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past,” it said.
Terrorist attacks continue to happen across Pakistan, with most occurring in Balochistan and KPK (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), including the former FATA (The Federally Administered Tribal Areas).
Large-scale terrorist attacks have resulted in numerous casualties, the State Department said.
In its advisory on Afghanistan, the State Department asked its citizens not to travel to Afghanistan due to Covid-19, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict.
“Do not travel to Bangladesh due to Covid-19. Exercise increased caution in Bangladesh due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping,” it said.
US applauds India for stepping up its climate change commitment
PTI | Apr 23, 2021, 11:31 IST
The Biden administration has applauded India for stepping up its climate change commitment including the partn…Read More
WASHINGTON: The Biden administration has applauded India for stepping up its climate change commitment including the partnership with the US to deploy 450 gigawatts of renewable power to meet the ambitious 2030 target for climate action and clean energy.
At the Leaders Summit on Climate on Thursday, the two countries launched a new high-level “US-India Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership” to create stronger bilateral cooperation on actions in the current decade to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The partnership will proceed along two main tracks — the Strategic Clean Energy Partnership, co-chaired by Secretary of Energy Granholm, and the Climate Action and Finance Mobilisation Dialogue, co-chaired by Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, a joint statement said.
“India, in partnership with the United States, to deploy 450 gigawatts of renewable power. Why is that important? Because if we can do that — which is where our finance component of this is so critical — if we do that, India is on track to hold the 1.5 degrees centigrade,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference.
Describing the partnership as one of the core venues for the US-India collaboration, the joint statement said that its focus would be on driving urgent progress in this critical decade for climate action.
Both the United States and India have set ambitious 2030 targets for climate action and clean energy. In its new nationally determined contribution, the US has set an economy-wide target of reducing its net greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52 percent below 2005 levels in 2030.
While India, as part of its climate mitigation efforts, has set a target of installing 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030.
Through the partnership, the United States and India are firmly committed to working together in achieving their ambitious climate and clean energy targets and to strengthening bilateral collaboration across climate and clean energy, the statement said.
“India is formally stepping up its commitment to accelerate renewable energy deployment,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said.
The joint statement said the partnership will aim to mobilise finance and speed clean energy deployment, demonstrate and scale innovative clean technologies needed to decarbonise sectors including industry, transportation, power, and buildings, and build capacity to measure, manage, and adapt to the risks of climate-related impacts.