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Oil leases in Alaska’s Arctic refuge will be suspended, according to US President Joe Biden.

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According to two people briefed on the administration’s strategy, the Biden administration is suspending oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as it assesses the environmental effects of fracking in the remote area that has been the subject of decades of political debate.

The order from the Interior Department was expected to be released later Tuesday. It comes after President Joe Biden placed a temporary ban on oil and gas lease operations on his first day in office. Biden’s executive order from January 20 indicated that a new environmental analysis was required to correct potential legal loopholes in a fracking policy approved by the Trump administration under a 2017 law passed by Congress.

Since the proposal had not been publicly announced, those briefed on it requested anonymity.

Polar bears, caribou, snowy owls, and other animals, as well as migrating birds from six continents, call the 19.6 million-acre refuge home. Republicans and the oil industry have long sought to drill in the wildlife sanctuary, which the Indigenous Gwich’in regard as sacred. Democrats, environmentalists, and several Alaska Native tribes have all attempted to stop it.

On Jan.6, two weeks before Biden took office, the US Bureau of Land Management, an Interior Department agency, conducted a lease sale for the refuge’s coastal plain. The agency signed leases for nine tracts covering nearly 685 square miles eight days later (1,770 square kilometers). However, former President Donald Trump did not officially disclose the leases’ issuance until January 19.

Biden has spoken out against fracking in the region, and environmentalists have pushed for permanent safeguards, which Biden advocated for during his presidential campaign.

The suspension of the leases comes after administration officials frustrated environmental activists last week when they defended a Trump administration decision to approve a major oil project on Alaska’s North Slope. Critics argue that the decision contradicts Biden’s promises to fix climate change.

In a court filing, the Justice Department claimed that critics of the Willow project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska were attempting to halt construction by “cherry-picking” federal agency documents to report environmental review law violations. The filing defends the assessments that led to the approval of project plans last fall.

A consortium of organisations has filed a lawsuit to overturn Trump’s approval. Earlier this year, an appeals court suspended some building operations, and the parties in the case later decided to hold the restrictions in effect until December 1 while the underlying case was still being heard.

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US Supreme Court repeals landmark Roe Vs Wade judgement which granted women the constitutional right to abortion

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Megh Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 29th June 2022

On Friday, the US Supreme Court overrode the historical Roe Vs Wade judgment of 1973 which had granted women the constitutional right to abortion.

The court stated, “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.”

It is being projected that at least half of the 50 American states would severely restrict or even criminalize abortions. As per CNBC, 14 American states have either immediately banned or restricted abortions or will do so in the near future.

The list includes – Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, Alabama, Idaho, Tennesee, Texas, Mississippi, Wyoming and North Dakota.

The verdict drew widespread criticism from US President Joe Biden and several top world leaders including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, all of whom took to Twitter to express their displeasure:

In contrast, the Vatican leadership and US bishops who have always been ardent critics of the practice of abortion, supported the verdict.

Praising the verdict, The Pontifical Academy for Life (The Vatican’s Academy for Life) issued this statement:

Echoing the sentiment, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) also issued a statement. A part of the statement has been displayed below and the link for the full statement will be provided in the caption:

These religious bodies have no inputs or recommendations on what needs to be done when pregnancies occur due to horrific crimes like rape or sexual assault.

With widespread racism, teenagers murdering dozens of people with guns on the streets, the worst Wuhan Virus response in the world and now women being deprived the right over their own bodies by the country’s top court, the United States of America should stop moral counseling and preaching other nations on their internal matters and focus on the sorry state of affairs back home. The world should also take notice and stand up to this hypocrisy. 

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चीनी कंपनी से जुड़े 400 CA और CS पर होगी कार्यवाई

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Nazneen Yakub – Mumbai Uncensored, 20th June 2022

केंद्र सरकार ने 400 चार्टर्ड अकाउंटेंट (CA)और कंपनी संचिवों (CS)पर अनुसशासनात्मक जांच की जाएगी। सीए और सीएस के ऊपर आरोप है कि वह चीनी कंपनियों के साथ शामिल है, उन्होंने कथित तौर पर मानदंडों की धज्जियां उड़ाई हैं।
दरअसल साल 2020 में गलवान की घटना के बाद चीनी व्यापारिक संस्थाओं के खिलाफ सरकार ने संदिग्ध कदम उठाए थे। जिससे संबंधित जांचों के आदेश जारी किए गए है।

सरकार के एक वरिष्ठ अधिकारी अखबार से बताया है कि जिन चार्टर्ड अकाउंटेंट और कंपनी सचिवों के खिलाफ अनुशासना्त्मक कार्रवाई शुरू की गई है, उन्होंने बड़ी संख्या में चीन के स्वामित्व वाली या चीनियों की ओर से बड़े शहरों में चलाई जाने वाली शेल कंपनियों को नियमों और कानून के पर्याप्त अनुपालन के बिना इनकॉर्पोरेट करने में मदद की थी। कॉर्पोरेट मामलों के मंत्रालय ने पिछले दो महीनों से वित्तीय खुफिया यूनिट से प्राप्त सूचनाओं के आधार पर कार्रवाई की सिफारिश की है।

चार्टर्ड अकाउंटेंट मामलों को देखने वाली वैधानिक संस्था इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ चार्टर्ड अकाउंटेंट्स ऑफ इंडिया (आईसीएआई) ने अखबार को दिए एक बयान में कहा है, ‘आईसीएआई का अनुशासनात्मक निदेशालय सीए प्रोफेशनलों के खिलाफ देश भर के विभिन्न रजिस्ट्रार ऑफ कंपनीज से शिकायतें प्राप्त कर रहा है, जो कि चीनी नागरिकों से जुड़ी कंपनियों के साथ उनके कथित रूप से ताल्लुकातों को लेकर है।’ हालांकि, आईसीएआई ने फिलहाल उनके कथित दोष को लेकर जांच पूरी होने से पहले किसी तरह की टिप्पणी करने से इनकार कर दिया है।

पिछले दो वर्षों में सरकार के सख्त कदमों के चलते चाइनीज कंपनियों से आने वाला प्रत्यक्ष विदेशी निवेश (एफडीआई) एकदम गिर गया है, लेकिन पिछले साल दोनों के बीच द्विपक्षीय व्यापार रिकॉर्ड 125 बिलियन डॉलर तक पहुंच गया है। डिपार्टमेंट फॉर प्रमोशन ऑफ इंडस्ट्री एंड इंटर्नल ट्रेड के आंकड़ों के मुताबिक 2020 में अप्रैल से जून (साल 2000 से लेकर) के बीच चीन से एफडीआई 15,422 करोड़ रुपए था, लेकिन 2022 की पहली तिमाही में यह गिरकर 12,622 करोड़ रुपये तक आ चुका है।

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India comes last in the Global Environmental Performance Index 2022

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Ranks at 180 in the EPI Index. Centre opposes the Rankings, calls it ‘unscientific’ & ‘Biased’

Shobhit Chandola – Mumbai Uncensored, 11th June 2022

On June 8, 2022 came the report of Global Environment Performance Index published by the Yale Centre for Environment Law & Policy in association with International Earth science Information Network, Columbia University & World Economic Forum. The report consisted of assessment on 180 global nations on the basis of 40 indicators. But what came as a shock was the Performing Score of India  at 18.9 which makes India the lowest in the rank. What comes as a big blow is that the peer countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan & Vietnam have fared above India in the rank. 

It is worth noting that the EPI calculation variables majorly comprises Air Quality Index, Biodiversity, Energy policies, Water Resources, Agriculture and Forest cover. On the contrary, it was Denmark who secured the first position in the index. In the preceding 2020 EPI index, India’s rank was 168/180 which ultimately shows the major drop making India the world’s least sustainable country.

In response to the EPI Index , the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change ( MOEFC ) issued a statement calling out the EPI score to be unscientific and biased in its methodology. The Environment Ministry rebutted that the indicators like forests- wetlands, energy efficiency, soil health, Agro Biodiversity & food loss/waste in which India was faring well in recent time were not taken into consideration in the report. Not just the government but several Environmentalists questioned the credibility of the report as just a few months back, India secured 10th Rank in the Climate Change Performance Index by CAN International and German Watch. One of the renowned Environmentalists and the CEO of IForest, Mr. Chandra Bhushan took a dig at EPI team. Here’s what he said.

What makes the report looks unsuitable to the Centre is the latter’s stance over the Environmental policies. Over the span of 8 years, the think tanks and the MOEF&CC under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi have launched the AMRUT Mission ( for clean cities ), Namami Gange ( river clean-up programme ) , Soil health card in collaboration with ‘Save Soil’ initiative, International Solar Alliance ( to promote resilience of infrastructure systems to climate & disaster ), India Cooling action plan (ICAP ), LiFE Global Movement (for sustainable development & eco friendly lifestyle ) , Eco- Development Force scheme ( for ecological restoration ), Swachh Bharat and much more.

Even the central government achieved the COP21 target of 40% of electricity consumption from non-fossil energy sources , a record 9 years earlier than 2030. And the recent commitment of Net Zero Carbon emission by 2070 at the COP 26 conference at Glasgow, England all indicates the sign of betterment in the field of Environment which ironically shouldn’t make India suffer a big blow in terms of EPI rank.

But then the question arises on the moral grounds and the factors fulfilment which either of the two ( EPI or MOEF&CC) seems to be disenchanted in case the research & implementation contradicts. Only time will tell the achievements of the Environmental Ministry’s policies with respect to the hypothesis of the EPI 2022 report. For now, the conversation between the World Economic Forum & ruling GOI doesn’t seem to be on the same page.

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