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India's Char Dham.
The Char Dham is a set of four pilgrimage sites in India.
It is believed that visiting these sites helps achieve moksha (salvation).
The four Dhams are, Badrinath (Uttarakhand), Dwaraka (Gujarat), Puri (Odisha) and Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu).
The Char Dham as defined by Adi Shankaracharya consists of four Hindu pilgrimage sites.
Another small circuit in Uttarakhand of four pilgrimage sites Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath is referred to as Chota Char Dham.
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What Is a Green Bond ?
A green bond is a type of fixed-income instrument that is specifically earmarked to raise money for climate and environmental projects.
These bonds are typically asset-linked and backed by the issuing entity's balance sheet, so they usually carry the same credit rating as their issuers' other debt obligations.
Dating back to the first decade of the 21st century, green bonds are sometimes referred to as climate bonds, but the two terms are not always synonymous.
In 2008, the World Bank issued the first so-labeled green bond for institutional investors.
World Ozone Day: 16 September
September 16 was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.
This designation had been made on December 19, 2000, in commemoration of the date, in 1987, on which nations signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
Shoonya Campaign: NITI Aayog
NITI Aayog and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) have launched the Shoonya Campaign.
It is an initiative to promote zero-pollution delivery vehicles by working with consumers and industry.
RMI is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1982.
The campaign aims to accelerate adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the urban deliveries segment and create consumer awareness about the benefits of zero-pollution delivery.
A corporate branding and certification programme is being launched to recognise and promote e-commerce companies to distinguish their offerings from those of their competitors.