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New Delhi, Dec. 2: The Union cabinet today approved the setting up of a national Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) authority as part of the effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions, reports our special correspondent.

The setting up of the CDM is part of the Kyoto Protocol adopted by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1997. India is party to this convention and acceded to it in August 2002.

Andhra sop

The Cabinet also decided to include more castes and communities in the central list of other backward classes in six states, including poll-bound Andhra Pradesh. The other states covered are Bihar, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim.

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