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By- Tarun Pratap

New Delhi: A 25-year-old law student in Lahore, Asghar Lehagiri has dragged the Pakistan government into the court for its inability to work against damage in climate change and subsequently harming local farmers.

A resident of district Rahim Yar Khan in southern Punjab, Asghar Lehagiri has seen the fight of his family and all the low scale farmers around him against the unpredictable weather of Pakistan.

He filed a petition in Lahore High Court demanding action from the Government to counter the climate change. He filed that the government of Pakistan was violating his fundamental rights by neglecting the impact of climate change.

His initiative seems to have worked as Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah has ordered the formation of a climate change commission to push the policies that the government promised.

Sajjad Ahmed, the joint secretary of climate change ministry said that the government has made policies, but they might not have been implemented yet.

An issue that is important to a common farmer and to the whole humanity someday might not seem to be not so important for the government.

Climate change has impacted the whole life cycle of people who are dependent on nature. The developing part of the world is facing more problems than the developed.

Countries like the US want developing countries specially China and India to cut their greenhouse gas emission, but these countries are demanding that they should be given the same chance for their development as the developed nations had.

Climate change has created huge problems, the monsoon cycle is disturbed and the direct effect of it is on the farmer. The agriculture depends on the nature and any change in nature impacts it badly.

Most of the developing countries are agricultural dependent countries. The Indian subcontinent has the seasonal agricultural cycle, Rabi and Kharif, climate changes the courses of these seasonal cycles and impacts farmers and economy.

Vidarbha area of India has witnessed many suicides of farmers. A country like India where 70 per cent of the population lives off agriculture faces the worst of any impact on nature.

Asghar Lehagiri, a young law student who belongs to farmer family has had enough. But will his effort make any difference?

People in power need to make policies and push these policies which can counter the climate change.

(With inputs from agencies)

 

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China And Russia Accused of Manipulating Their Currencies By Trump

Donald Trump to accuse China and Russia as their currency manipulators

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday it is unacceptable that Russia and China are devaluating their currencies, days after the Treasury Department declined to label these countries as currency manipulators in its latest report.

Amid a possible new round of sanctions against Russia and a simmering trade war with China, Trump tweeted Monday morning, “Russia and China are playing the Currency Devaluation game as the U.S. keeps raising interest rates. Not acceptable!

In general, when a country artificially devaluates its currency, its exports become cheaper and more competitive in the global marketplace.

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FILE – The U.S. dollar, Indonesian rupiah and Chinese renminbi currencies are displayed in the poster of a money exchange shop in Jakarta, June 12, 2013. VOA

During his presidential campaign, Trump has repeatedly accused China of lowering the value of its currency and vowed to formally label China as a currency manipulator, but so far has failed to do so.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says the administration is closely watching China’s currency practices. “That’s something that the Treasury Department is watching very closely and we’re continuing to monitor it,” she said Monday.

In a semiannual report titled “Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States” released last Friday, the Treasury Department did not designate China as a currency manipulator, but put it as one of the six countries on a monitoring list. The other five countries on the list are Japan, Korea, India, Germany, and Switzerland. Russia is not on the monitoring list. The Chinese currency, the renminbi, has appreciated over 3 percent against the dollar since the beginning of this year, after strengthening by over 6 percent in 2017.

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Brad Setser,a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former Treasury Department official said in an interview with VOA he does not think it is an accurate complaint that Russia and China are playing the currency game.

“The Russian ruble was actually quite stable before the sanctions on Russia were intensified. It’s quite clear the volatility in the ruble is a function of the intensification of U.S. sanctions, a sign that the sanctions are biting,” he explained.

Setser said over the past several months, the Chinese yuan has actually appreciated, and China has not been intervening heavily.

“There are plenty of things to criticize China for on trade, but right now, there’s no real basis for criticizing China on currency,” he noted.

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Russia’s Central bank chief Elvira Nabiullina presents the new 2,000 and 200 ruble banknotes in Moscow on Oct. 12, 2017. VOA

In the past three years, the Federal Reserve raised interest rate six times to a range between 1.5 percent and 1.75 percent, and said they expect to raise the rate two or three more times this year.

Usually, when a country raises its interest rates, the value of its currency rises, making its exports more expensive and less competitive. However, higher U.S. interest rates have not raised the value of the dollar.

“The interesting puzzle that the market has been pondering for the past several months is that the dollar has actually weakened even as the U.S. has raised rates, and even as U.S. passed legislation to expand the fiscal deficit,” Setser said.

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Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Economic Analysis at the Treasury Department Setser stressed the United States should not label China as a currency manipulator at this moment.

“It would undermine the United States’ credibility to name China at a point in time when there is no plausible case that China is managing its exchange rate in a way that is adverse to the U.S. interest,” he said.  VOA