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Washington: US Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton distanced herself from President Barack Obama’s fresh approval for offshore drilling in the Arctic.

antarctica412015“The Arctic is a unique treasure,” said Clinton on Twitter on Tuesday. “Given what we know, it’s not worth the risk.”

Clinton’s breakaway from the Obama administration came only one day after Obama gave the oil company Shell the green light to drill for oil off Alaska’s coast, and is so far Clinton’s clearest disagreement with the Obama administration’s agenda, Xinhua reported.

After she staked out her opposition to Arctic drilling, Republican presidential candidates immediately issued their accusations, with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush bashing Clinton as “being more-anti energy than Obama is extreme”.

Bush said energy revolution should be embraced to lower prices and create jobs at home.

As the country is embracing itself for another presidential election in the coming year, Arctic drilling is believed to be a contentious issue as more Arctic sales are slated for 2016 and 2017.

Environmentalists have long opposed the Arctic drilling, fearing that any oil spill would cause irrevocable damages to the local eco-system.

(IANS)

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Veteran Actress Shabana Azmi nominated as the Ambassador for WPSP

"I am honoured to be nominated as Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project at Wilson Centre, USA," Shabana tweeted on Sunday.

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Shabana Azmi nominated as Global Ambassador for WPSP

Veteran actress and social activist Shabana Azmi has been nominated as the Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), a Hillary Clinton-founded programme aimed at empowering the next generation of women around the world.

According to the official WPSP website, it is an innovative initiative to advance women to positions of influence in governments and civic organisations worldwide, and was founded by Clinton in partnership with the US Department of State and the Seven Sister Colleges of Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Wellesley College.

“I am honoured to be nominated as Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project at Wilson Centre, USA,” Shabana tweeted on Sunday.

WPSP is a programme of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative. It also mobilises women on issues of critical importance in public service.

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Shabana, who has been speaking up for women’s rights and has been working towards uplifting women’s status in the society through her Mijwan Welfare Society, was congratulated by actors like Tisca Chopra and Divya Dutta.

"I am honoured to be nominated as Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project at Wilson Centre, USA," Shabana tweeted on Sunday.
Shabana Azmi nominated Ambassador for Hillary Clinton’s founded WPSP

Acknowledging Tisca, Shabana wrote: “Women leaders can change the world. When women have a seat at the table, they lend their unique perspective to policy decisions that impact them and their communities. I commend WPSP Director Gwen Young and Advisor Sumera Haque for this urgent project.”

While thanking Divya, who said Shabana was the “best one to bring in the change”, she wrote: “Representation is more than numbers we need to take account of where women are present or absent in decision making. Building data and evidence base for women’s leadership is critical.”

The veteran actress emphasised that WPSP’s goal of 50×50 is an important mission that needs people to step up and enable and empower more women to lead. (IANS)

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