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The Ever Given, a 220,000-ton mega ship

The Suez Canal Crisis

The giant cargo ship named Ever Given which was stuck in the Suez Canal in Egypt has finally been rescued. As per the report, the ship was freed on March 29, 2021, a week after it ran aground blocking other ships from transiting.

The head of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), Osama Rabie announced the resumption of traffic in Canal. Former SCA chairman, Mohab Mamish also expressed his joy over this topic by saying “I am well and truly overjoyed, we were able to get out of a very tight jam”.

On social media too it became a trending topic. People (specifically Egyptians) greeted the news by sharing various memes. A Suez Canal employee named Ahmed Abbas, shared live footage from the spot on his Facebook account, writing “Praise be to God, the vessel is finally out! Well done to the SCA boys!”. 

How did it happen?

The large cargo ship weighing 2.2 lakh tons, 400m long, 59m wide which was carrying 18,300 containers got stuck diagonally while entering the Suez Canal from the Red sea. It disrupted  12% of the world’s seaborne trade causing a heavy traffic jam with more than 400 ships waiting to enter the canal.

Reason for this cause

However the complete data of investigation has not come out yet, but it is said that strong wind or human and technical error could be a reason.

Impact of this saga on global trade

The 193 km(120 miles) long canal that links the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. It separates the African continents from Asia and provides the shortest maritime route between Europe and the lands around the Indian and western Pacific oceans, which allows the container ships to avoid long trips around the southern part of Africa. 

According to the renowned shipping journal Lloyds’s list, goods worth $9.6 billion pass through the canal every day. Lloyd says that on average 50 ships get across the canal each day, carrying 1.2 billion tons of cargo.

Several Eastern and western nations have suffered an annihilative economic blow due to the canal blockage. Hundreds of ships carrying goods worth billions were either stuck or forced to take another route, causing significant delays and more shipping costs. Even India has faced a loss of several hundred crores due to this.

Countless retailers around the globe have suffered losses due to the blockage as their shipment was delayed. Ships carrying a large amount of fuel and cargo, have been blocked raising a serious downfall on the global supply chain.

Since the canal route got disrupted for a week by the Japanese-owned ship, the overall trade loss has been estimated roughly around $54 billion

More things to look upon

However, the crisis is not completely resolved yet. The blockage is going to cause a ripple effect on global trade due to the imbalance in shipment time. It was already an imbalanced situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and now the blockage has aggravated the situation.

G Raghu Shankar of the Chennai-based International Clearing and Shipping Agency stated that “We can expect a hike in freight rates soon”.

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Farmers are protesting against the farm bill.

INDIAN AGRICULTURE ACT 2020, referred to as the farm bill 2020 are three acts that are initiated by the PARLIAMENT OF INDIA in September 2020. On 17th September it was passed in Lok Sabha (lower house) and 20th September in Rajya Sabha (upper house). As the government claims these acts will be very beneficial for many small farmers who are being forced to sell their crops for a cheaper price just to get rid of them and attract private investments too.

As now farmers can sell their crops to anywhere in the country wherever they want and to whom they want according to their will under THE FARMERS AGREEMENT ON PRICE ASSURANCE AND FARM SERVICES ACT, 2020. Also, there is a tax in APMC but under the new act selling outside APMC. There will be no tax of either the central or state and it will also break and vanish all the middlemen, who earlier used to half the profit of farmers.

But according to many intellectual’s these laws will give legal rights to private companies to exploit. The farmers more as many of the farmers are not that educated in our country and are not capable to fight the big firms in legal terms and meanwhile with the passage of time government mandis will pack up.

Farmers are protesting against the farm bill.

From, the past 5 months(9th August) farmers are protesting against the farm bill. In the beginning, they were protesting in the states of Punjab and Haryana. Later when the government didn’t pay much attention, they decided to march to Delhi. The number of borders, including the Kalindi Kunj Border, Singhu border, Jharoda Kalan border, Bahadurgarh border, Kundli border, Chilla border, Tikri Border, and Faridabad border, were blocked by protesters during the protests. On 29 November, the protesters announced that they would block five further points of entry into Delhi, namely Ghaziabad-Hapur, Rohtak, Sonipat, Jaipur, and Mathura. All these blockages have disrupted railway and traffic near Delhi. So far 11 rounds of table discussion have taken place between farmers and the government but no proper solution has been found.

The government stance is very clear that they are in no mood to withdraw the Acts. They are ready to know the opinions and willing to do the changes that are making farmers worry so much. After all of these government got reprimands and hatred from many farmers and their supporters.

This gave a chance to the antagonist to create violence and break the peace of the country. Farmers on 26Th January, Republic Day of India decided to hold a tractor march in Delhi and near its borders. Delhi police allowed the farmers to hold the march but gave them a road map (Hapur road-KGP Expressway) with certain conditions which was agreed by both ( Farmers and Police).

The crowd went violent and gathered near the Delhi Police Headquater at ITO.

All of a sudden the crowd went violent and gathered near the Delhi Police Headquater at ITO. This led to a clash between police personnel and farmers, some on foot and some on tractors with weapons in their hands. Being outnumbered police were forced to use tear gas and were given permission to “Lathi charge” on the violent Crowd.
Both sides had a discussion near old PHQ, but farmers were fully determined to go to Red fort, though police wanted them to stay put. This uplifted the situation and amid the clash, a few farmers were seen driving recklessly, and policemen and farmers scrambled of the way.

All of this situation led to the act of repulsion which provoked many farmers to do mischief and sabotage at Red Fort. Even in one video, it was seen that the Sikh flag was being hosted in Red fort by some goons.
Around 300 barricades, 17 government vehicles, more than 400 police personnel, and many protesters are injured. Even one protester died when a tractor overturned. About 44 FIR’s have been filled and 122 people have been arrested. FIR’s have been registered under the IPC section, attempt to murder, and many others.
Still, Police are trying to identify furthermore people who are responsible for the violence on Republic day.

A few days back, Greta Thunberg who is an environmental activist by mistakenly tweeted a DOC file in her Twitter account named TOOLKIT, in which each and every incident was predefined. How and when all the incidents will take place. Even many famous foreign personalities named Amanda Cerny, Rihanna also tweeted in support of this protest. Now let’s see what government will do in order to optimize the situation and take proper steps ahead in everyone’s interest.

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Arsenic Contamination: The Silent Killer Of India

टुटा ग्लेशियर ,मची तबाही |

arsenic contamination

Arsenic Contamination: The No.1 Silent Killer Of India.

Arsenic contamination is one of the biggest issue Indian people are facing in drinking water. Central Groundwater Board published a report which states that 21 states in our country are facing this issue and have arsenic levels higher than normal.
The first case of contamination of Arsenic in groundwater was observed in 1983 in West Bengal. After that several other states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh of Ganga River basin, and Assam and Manipur of Brahmaputra basin have also registered the case of arsenic pollution in their groundwater.

Arsenic Contamination: A major issue on the groundwater of the Indian peninsula

The situation is getting worse with every passing day according to a survey by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, which implies that about 9.6 m people in West Bengal, 1.6 m in Assam, 1.2 m in Bihar, 0.5 m in Uttar Pradesh, and 0.012m in Jharkhand are at the risk of danger. World Health Organization has given the guideline that the permissible limit of arsenic in drinking water is 10 parts per billion while the Indian government recorded it to be 50ppb which is five times higher, hand pumps of Buxar (a district in Bihar) found to have the highest arsenic contamination of 1500 parts per billion.

However, the main highlight of this whole propaganda is to let you all know that the contamination of groundwater has entered the food chain. The reason behind the penetration of arsenic in our food is that farmers use the contaminated water for irrigation purposes and coincidentally Ganga and Brahmaputra plains are the ideal surface for agriculture of various fields and horticultural crops such as rice, wheat, maize, etc. But what actually grown is crops containing hazardous arsenic.

Talking about the health issue caused by this whole scenario is that, Arsenic has been found to be leading to various forms of cancer in India. Specifically skin cancer and cancer of lungs, kidney, and bladder. Several common symptoms like keratosis and pigmentation, which cause hardening of the skin of the palm and soles of feet. It also leads to few other diseases like vascular diseases and respiratory diseases.

Our government is only showing interest in drinking water for the checkup of arsenic contamination. Each hand pumps and tubewell have been tested and marked as safe or unsafe considering the level of arsenic present in water. But this is not enough as the water used for agricultural means has been observed as a major loophole in the surrounding. To solve this issue up to maximum extent government must conduct a closure study towards the water used for agriculture as well, which will prevent it from entering our food chain.

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Responsible together

Apart from that, it is our responsibility as well to keep an eye on these and be wise enough to save ourselves and our surroundings from any unusual health impact. Ignoring this can be a reason to destroy the environment with this poison.

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