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WEF recognises EC as champion in circular economy

Davos, Jan 23 (UNI) The European Commission (EC) has been awarded the 2019 Circular Economy Prize by the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders as recognition of the work done to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy that protects the environment and reduces greenhouse gas emissions while delivering opportunities for jobs, growth and investment.
The EC was awarded the prize on Monday evening in Davos.
In 2015, the EC had established a unique comprehensive strategy, the Circular Economy Package, aiming to close the resource loop by introducing measures covering the whole lifecycle of products and materials – from production and consumption to management of waste and its re-use as secondary raw materials in the economy.
The suggested measures also tackle climate change with energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and include the first-ever European Strategy for Plastics.
The Commission has delivered more than 90pc of the 54 planned actions. A circular economy is part of the modernisation and transformation needed for the EU to become the world's first major economy to go climate neutral by 2050, as per the long-term strategy put forward by the Commission in November 2018.
Furthermore, the Commission is currently reflecting on which steps are now needed to make Europe ever more sustainable.
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Colombo, Apr 21(UNI) More than 200 people, including 22 foreigners, were killed and over 400 in a series of blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, hospitals and police officials said, the worst outbreak of violence since the end of the civil war a decade ago.

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Modi speaks to Sri Lankan president, premier; offers assistance for country's security

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21 Apr 2019 | 7:52 PM

Colombo, Apr 21 (UNI) Prime MInister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to his Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Vickamesinghe and offered all possible help and assistance for ensuring its security against challenges posed by terrorism.

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Over 200 die, hundreds wounded in Sri Lanka blasts

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