One of the world’s largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia, announced that it aims to reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2060.
The kingdom would do so through a so-called “Carbon Circular Economy” approach. That approach focuses on still unreliable carbon capture and storage technologies over efforts to actually reduce global reliance on fossil fuels.
The announcement only pertains to Saudi Arabia’s efforts within its national borders, and does not impact its continued aggressive investment in oil and exporting its fossil fuels to Asia and other regions.
Singapore removed India from its travel restriction list along with Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
However, travellers would still be required to serve a quarantine period at a dedicated facility on entering the country.
All travellers with a 14-day travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka prior to departure to Singapore will be allowed to enter and transit through Singapore from October 26.
Indian-American policy expert Neera Tandenhas been named the White House staff secretary.
The White House staff secretary works behind-the-scenes but has critical role in the West Wing, responsible for managing paper flow to the President from other areas of the administration and the federal government.
Ms. Tanden’s appointment as the White House staff secretary came eight months after she withdrew her nomination as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget due to a stiff opposition from the Republican senators.