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"Recognising that climate change is a defining challenge of our time and that there are mutual benefits to intensifying
cooperation, President Obama and Prime Minister Singh announced the establishment of an India-US Climate Change
Working Group to develop and advance action-oriented cooperation," the joint statement said.
The two leaders agreed to immediately convene the India-US Task Force on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) to discuss
multilateral approaches that include using the expertise and the institutions of the Montreal Protocol to phase down the
consumption and production of HFCs, based on economically- viable and technically feasible alternatives.
The leaders also agreed upon including HFCs within the scope of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol for accounting and reporting of emissions.
"The leaders are committed to support the full implementation of the agreed outcomes under the UNFCCC with its
ongoing negotiations," the joint statement said.
Both the leaders welcomed the efforts of the UN Secretary-General to mobilise political will through 2014 towards the
successful adoption of a protocol, another legal instrument, or an agreed outcome with legal force under the convention
applicable to all parties by 2015, during COP-21 scheduled to be hosted by France.
The leaders maintained that the US-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE), launched by the two leaders in
2009, is expected to pave the way for energy to millions of Indian households.
"To expand the availability of clean energy resources to more people, President Obama and Prime Minister Singh
endorsed the proposal to launch Promoting Energy Access through Clean Energy (PEACE), a PACE initiative, to rapidly
deploy innovative renewable energy solutions to those who currently lack access to energy," the statement said.
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Indo-U.S. space ties ready for take-off: NASA chief
Nasa chief Charles Bolden.
Once ‘estranged democracies’, India and America are now seeking to leap together into the next big frontier of space
exploration. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of America, the world’s foremost space
exploration agency, and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are today engaged in an intense dialogue to
explore space. It is not widely known that
fifty years ago,
India’s very first rocket-launch, fifty years ago, from Thumba in
Kerala was of an American-made Nike Apache rocket; after this launch, ties went sour as with
sanctions and technology
denial became becoming
their mainstay, and
culminating in
the U.S. went on to intervene intervening
to pre-empt the
sale of cryogenic engine technology to India.