Here are the tops stories for this month:

News 1: Coal Emission in G20

A two-day meeting that laid the basis for the UN climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, ended with leaders of the world’s largest economies committing to achieve carbon neutrality “by or around mid-century” as a compromise pledge.

With “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions, a balance is achieved between greenhouse gas emissions and removals. China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia are aiming for net-zero emissions by 2060, while other nations have set a target of 2050.

One of the G-20’s most challenging decisions has been how to deal with coal’s future as a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. “Put a stop to international public financing for new unabated coal power production overseas by the end of 2021,” the leaders decided at Rome’s meeting. Western governments have been shifting away from supporting foreign coal plant construction, and major Asian economies are now doing the same.

During which climate change talks are taking place all across the globe

A two-week period of intensive diplomatic deliberations by over 200 nations on how to address the shared issue of global warming began on Sunday with the inauguration of the 26th annual United Nations climate conference, known as COP26 this year in Glasgow, Scotland. UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP) is known as COP. Initially convened in 1995, the Kyoto Protocol conference now acts as a platform for nations that signed on to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement to discuss how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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News 2: When just WhatsApp exchanges may serve as evidence

With regard to the release of Aachit Kumar on bail in the cruise liner drug bust case, a special NDPS court ruled that it could not be inferred from his WhatsApp chats with Aryan Khan (23) and Arbaaz Merchant (26) that he supplied drugs to them, especially since Khan, with whom he conversed, had already been released on bail by the Bombay high court.

Even though Kumar was freed from jail on bond on Saturday, the court ruling granting it was made public on Sunday instead. Using Khan’s now-retracted confession as evidence, Kumar was taken into custody on October 6.

Though Kumar was caught in possession of just 2.6 grams of marijuana, the prosecution argued that his role was that of a supplier. Kumar’s lawyer had argued that calling him a ‘peddler’ was unfair and that there was no evidence linking Khan and Kumar in any way.

The special NDPS court further ruled that since Kumar’s accused conspirators, Khan and Merchant, had been released on bail, the conspiracy allegation did not apply to him.

News 3: Petrol and diesel price hike runs continuously

There will be no break: Petrol and diesel prices rose for the fifth day in a row on Sunday, reaching Rs 109.34 per liter in Delhi and Rs 98.07 per liter in Mumbai, respectively, and Rs 155.15 per liter and Rs 106.23 per liter in Delhi.

News 4: PM Narendra Modi meets the Pope

After accepting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation, Pope Francis will pay a visit to India, marking the first papal visit to the country since Pope John Paul II visited in 1999.

So what exactly does it mean?

In 2017, Catholic leaders in India were unable to convince Modi to extend an invitation to the Pope, who in 2016 had declared that he was “virtually certain” to visit India when he toured Bangladesh and Myanmar. The Pope’s acceptance of Modi’s invitation marks a significant reversal.

Why it’s important that the Pope comes to town

When Christians are attacked, the majority of countries in the Western Hemisphere condemn it. A US State Department report on International Religious Freedom specifically mentions India’s cancellation of “FCRA licenses of five Christian-linked NGOs” and “cutting off their foreign funding,” as well as the killing of two Christians in police custody for breaking Tamil Nadu’s Covid-19 curfew.