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Crypto mining emerged as a major source of electricity consumption

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Hemant Singh – Mumbai Uncensored, 31th May 2022

After falling out of the top three in worldwide mining hash rate share, Russia’s crypto mining business now consumes more energy than the country’s agricultural sector, indicating indications of recovery.According to a fresh official assessment, the percentage of crypto miners in Russia’s power consumption pyramid has already surpassed 2%. In light of this, the country’s industry minister feels it is time to regulate the sector and bring it out of the shadows.

Miners use more energy in comparison to farmers.

According to Vasily Shpak, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, miners harvesting digital currency utilise more than 2% of the total electricity used in the Russian Federation, and their acts must be “whitewashed” and supervised. During a lecture held by the ruling United Russia party, Shpak said: “This is higher than the cost of power for agriculture.” In this sense, we can’t help but think of mining as a business.

The government official highlighted during the event devoted to the development of blockchain technology and the regulation of digital financial assets that cryptocurrency mining is currently in the “grey zone,” It will not be taxed in any way and poses a risk to those who engage in it. Shpak believes the government can bring the industry out of the shadows and make it more transparent. The quantity of electricity required by mining will decrease in the future, according to the deputy minister, as the mining sector develops toward less energy-intensive mining methods.Nonetheless, mining operations would undoubtedly continue to consume electricity, according to Shpak, as reported by Interfax. He went on to say, “Our view is very clear: mining must be recognised, controlled, and established as a legitimate economic activity.”

Despite the Bank of Russia’s demand for a blanket ban on all crypto-related operations, Russian officials are currently seeking to legitimise bitcoin mining as one of the most important crypto-related enterprises.The Russian parliament got a bill in late April aimed at attaining this goal. MPs rejected a clause that would have given mining corporations a one-year tax and customs amnesty when the draught legislation was recently modified.

Russian officials believe the industry should be developed, noting the country’s competitive advantages in terms of plentiful energy resources and a good environment. Russian miners, on the other hand, have been sanctioned as a result of the sanctions imposed by the West in reaction to the invasion of Ukraine, depriving the country the capacity to circumvent the restrictions. Russia’s share of the global average monthly hashrate decreased to 4.66 percent this year.

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Strong tremors of earthquake felt in Kathmandu, magnitude 4.7

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Kamaljeet Singh – Mumbai Uncensored, 11th June 2022

Earthquake tremors were felt in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu today. A 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck Kathmandu in the early hours of Saturday. Due to which many people lost their sleep and they were forced to run out of the house. The tremors of the earthquake in Kathmandu were recorded by the National Seismological Center at 2:36 pm. Its center was in Bhaktapur district, 15 km east of the capital city.

The earthquake was felt in and around Kathmandu Valley. However, there was no report of loss of life or property immediately after the incident. Many people have written on social media that the tremors of this earthquake reminded them of the devastating 2015 earthquake.

Jammu and Kashmir’s Pahalgam shaken by earthquake tremors

At the same time, earthquake tremors were also felt in Pahalgam of Jammu and Kashmir. The magnitude of the earthquake was 3.7 on the Richter scale. The earthquake occurred after midnight at 12:37. Panic spread in Pahalgam area of ​​Jammu and Kashmir due to sudden earthquake. The National Center for Seismology (NCS) gave information about the earthquake by tweeting. He said that the magnitude of the earthquake was 3.7, which was recorded at 12:37 minutes and 48 seconds late in the night. The center of which was 5 km away from the city.

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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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दिल्ली में आंधी तूफान के चलते सवा-सौ पेड़ उखड़ गए

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Nazneen Yakub – Mumbai Uncensored, 31st May 2022

दिल्ली में सोमवार को आंधी तूफान के चलते सवा सौ पेड़ जड़ से उखड़ गए जिस कारण दिल्ली की कई जगहों पर भारी जाम लग गया था। दिल्ली के टैफिक पुलिस डीसीपी आलोक पटेल ने कहा है कि ‘करीब सवा सौ पेड़ जड़ से उखड़ कर गिर गए. कल से केजी मार्ग बंद है. दिल्ली में कुछ सड़कों का एक ही रास्ता चल रहा है. अब धीरे-धीरे रास्ते खुल रहे हैं. पेड़, मलबा और पोल रास्तों से हटवाए गए हैं. अब भी लोग काम में जुटे हैं’।

इसके अलावा दिल्ली के प्रह्लादपुर अंडरपास में बारिश से जलजमाव इतना हो गया कि यहां डूबने से एक शख्स की मौत भी हो गई। इस तूफान में तीन लोगों ने अपनी जान गंवाई हैं। 

बता दें कि इस आंधी तूफान के चलते दिल्ली की ऐतिहासिक इमारत जामा मस़्जिद पर भारी नुकसान को मिला हैं। तेज आंधी की वजह से जामा मस्जिद के तीन गुंबदों में सबसे बड़े बीच वाले गुंबद के ऊपर लगे पीतल की धातु, जो खुद एक गुंबद की तरह दिखता है, टूट कर नीचे गिर गया है। इसके अलावा और कई ईमारतों पर नुकसान देखने को मिला हैं।  

मौसम विभाग के  अधिकारी ने बताया है कि दिल्ली में 2018 के बाद से सोमवार को पहली बार इतना ‘‘भीषण” तूफान आया।

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