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Chhattisgarh Assembly Budget Session to Begin on Monday



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 Speaker Charan Das Mahant. (Twitter)

Speaker Charan Das Mahant. (Twitter)

Addressing reporters on the eve of the session, Speaker Charan Das Mahant said all COVID-19 protocols will be followed strictly.

  • PTI Raipur
  • Last Updated: February 21, 2021, 20:44 IST

The Chhattisgarh Assembly’s budget session will begin on Monday and will have 24 sittings till March 26, an official said. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, who holds the finance portfolio, will present the state budget on March 1, he added.

Addressing reporters on the eve of the session, Speaker Charan Das Mahant said all COVID-19 protocols will be followed strictly. The session will start with the address of Governor Anusuiya Uikey followed by the tabling of motion of thanks on the governor’s address, he said.

As on February 20, a total of 2,350 questions were received from the legislators, which comprise 1,262 ‘starred’ questions and 1,088 ‘unstarred’ questions, as well as 24 notices of Adjournment Motion and 117 notices of Call Attention Motion, Mahant said. Leader of Opposition in the Assembly and senior BJP leader Dharamlal Kaushik said his party would corner the Baghel government on the “increasing incidents of rape, murder and loot”, farm distress as well as mismanagement in paddy procurement.

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Airline CEOs, Biden Officials Consider Green-Fuel Breaks



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Chief executives of the nation’s largest passenger and cargo airlines met with key Biden administration officials Friday to talk about reducing emissions from airplanes and push incentives for lower-carbon aviation fuels.

The White House said the meeting with climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also touched on economic policy and curbing the spread of COVID-19 travel has been a vector for the virus. But industry officials said emissions dominated the discussion.

United Airlines said CEO Scott Kirby asked administration officials to support incentives for sustainable aviation fuel and technology to remove carbon from the atmosphere. In December, United said it invested an undisclosed amount in a carbon-capture company partly owned by Occidental Petroleum.

A United Nations aviation group has concluded that biofuels will remain a tiny source of aviation fuel for several years. Some environmentalists would prefer the Biden administration to impose tougher emissions standards on aircraft rather than create breaks for biofuels.

Biofuels are false solutions that dont decarbonize air travel, said Clare Lakewood, a climate-law official with the Center for Biological Diversity. Real action on aircraft emissions requires phasing out dirty, aging aircraft, maximizing operational efficiencies and funding the rapid development of electrification.

Airplanes account for a small portion of emissions that cause climate change about 2% to 3% but their share has been growing rapidly and is expected to roughly triple by mid-century with the global growth in travel.

The airline trade group says U.S. carriers have more than doubled the fuel efficiency of their fleets since 1978 and plan further reductions in carbon emissions. But the independent International Council on Clean Transportation says passenger traffic is growing nearly four times faster than fuel efficiency, leading to a 33% increase in emissions between 2013 and 2019.

The U.S. accounts for about 23% of aircraft carbon-dioxide emissions, followed by Europe at 19% and China at 13%, the transportation group’s researchers estimated.

The White House said McCarthy, Buttigieg and economic adviser Brian Deese were grateful and optimistic to hear the airline CEOs talk about current and future efforts to combat climate change.

Nicholas Calio, president of the trade group Airlines for America, said the exchange was positive.

Airlines are ready, willing and able partners, and we want to be part of the solution” to climate change, Calio said in a statement. We stand ready to work in partnership with the Biden administration.

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