The Aam Aadmi Party and the Jannayak Janta Party on Friday formed an alliance for the Lok Sabha election in Haryana and announced that the latter would contest seven of the 10 seats in the State. The distribution of constituencies and the names of the candidates would be declared later. The JJP was launched in December 2018 by Dushyant Chautala, grandson of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. Making the announcement at a joint press conference on Friday, Mr. Dushyant Chautala said it would be a long-term alliance and the two parties will fight together in the Haryana Assembly elections as well. The decision came two days after AAP called off discussions for an alliance with the Congress as the latter was not ready to give AAP seats in Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana. “People of Haryana wanted this. Congratulations to the people of Haryana. Together, we will defeat BJP and work for development of Haryana,” AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet. Coordination panel Mr. Dushyant Chautala said a coordination committee has been formed with members of both the parties and it will decide within the next two-three days on the seats on which the parties will contest. “Jhadoo and chappal will come together to overthrow them from the area,” Mr. Chautala said in a veiled attack at the Congress and the BJP. He termed it an alliance of “aam” (common) and “jan” (people).
zoom European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has invited the European policy makers and all stakeholders to join industry in “seizing the momentum” to make the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) greenhouse gas emissions roadmap work.The move was made on the back of IMO’s latest decisions regarding global regulation of greenhouse gas emissions of shipping, agreed in late October.The roadmap foresees the adoption of an initial strategy in 2018 to meet the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, which has just entered into force.The initial strategy will be validated by actual emission figures gathered through the IMO’s data collection system as of 2019, which will then lead to a final agreement on targets and measures, including an implementation plan, in 2023.ECSA said that the 2018 and 2023 deadlines are fully consistent with the process agreed in Paris.European policy makers and stakeholders were also invited to join the industry in “showing leadership to make the IMO roadmap work,” Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General, said.He added that, “on the other hand, pursuing regional measures such as an EU ETS or climate fund will seriously endanger international progress, in addition to having negative effects on trade and jobs. The EU should also build trust by aligning its MRV Regulation on the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions to the global data collection system agreed in IMO.” read more