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China: Hubei market witnessed gas explosion, 25 killed in blast
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China: Hubei market witnessed gas explosion, 25 killed in blast

Hubei, China: China’s market witnessed a gas explosion in which at least 25 people have died. Now the authorities have started a probe into it The explosion which occurred on Sunday rocked a trade market building in a residential community in Zhangwan District of Shiyan. More than 100 people were injured, Xinhua news agency reported. According to the local authorities, a total of 150 people were pulled from the debris, and the injured are still receiving treatment at local hospitals. The explosion destroyed a wet market there and greatly affected nearby residents. “Hearing the loud bang, I immediately scrabbled beneath the table, thinking it was an earthquake,” a resident surnamed Liu, told the Global Times via phone. Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping had called for a th
French operator reported gas build up in China’s Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong
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French operator reported gas build up in China’s Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong

Beijing: French operator and part-owner reported a gas build-up. China later said radiation levels were normal at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong province and there were no safety concerns."There is no abnormality in the radiation levels around the nuclear power plant, and safety is guaranteed," said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian. The US government, however, is assessing a report of a leak at a Chinese nuclear power plant, after a French company that helps operate it warned of an "imminent radiological threat."A document obtained by CNN reveals that the warning included an accusation that the Chinese safety authority was raising the acceptable limits for radiation detection outside the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant. China Rejects NATO Claims of 'Systemic Cha...
G7 countries to offer infrastructure plan
Asia, Business, China

G7 countries to offer infrastructure plan

In the G7 summit the seven nations to counter the influence of China have decided offer a infrastructure support plan.The G7, whose leaders are meeting in southwestern England, has been searching for a coherent response to the growing assertiveness of Xi after China's surging economic and military rise over the past 40 years.U.S. President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders hope their plan, known as the Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative, will provide a transparent infrastructure partnership to help narrow the $40 trillion needed by developing nations by 2035, the White House said."This is not just about confronting or taking on China," a senior official in Biden's administration said. "But until now we haven't offered a positive alternative that reflects our values, our standards and o...
G7 leaders agreed on partnership for helping other countries
China, Opinion, World

G7 leaders agreed on partnership for helping other countries

London, UK: In the G7 summit the countries agreed to do partnership with the poor countries and full fil their needs of infrastructureOfficials described the China issue as one of the most challenging elements of the G7 gathering."There was some interesting discussion, and a little bit of differentiation of opinion on, not whether this threat is there but on how strong, from an action perspective, I think different G7 members are willing to take things," the official said.At one point, Biden made a forceful call to other leaders about vocally calling out China's anti-democratic practices, emphasising the need to take action, informed an official.Biden was joined by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron on pushing ...
Srinagar based NGO distributed ‘Covid-toolkits’ to corona patients, care takers attendants
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Srinagar based NGO distributed ‘Covid-toolkits’ to corona patients, care takers attendants

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India: ‘Kashmir Care’ a Srinagar based Ngo has come up with a ‘Covid- toolkits’ to help out those affected by the Covid pandemic. These kits include basic items required by Covid patients as well as their caretakers such as oximeters, sanitizers, PPE kits, digital thermometers, N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, etc. Dr. Sameena, who heads the NGO said, “Our basic aim is to educate the Covid-affected patients and their families on how important these equipment are for Covid-care. By handing over masks to the general public, we are trying to make them aware, and are also trying to break the chain of transmission”.Dr. Shahid, a member of Kashmir Care said, “These toolkits benefit all those Covid-positive who cannot afford to buy these necessities”.Sh
China’s ambition now includes influence beyond immediate neighbourhood
China, Conflict, Opinion, Politics, Singapore

China’s ambition now includes influence beyond immediate neighbourhood

Beijing, China: A Chinese navy unit has recently its training exercise in Pacific Ocean. This is giving birth to speculation that China is now aiming to expand its border ambition focus away from its immediate neighbourhood.According to South China Morning Post (SCMP), the Southern Theatre Command of the PLA said on Saturday that a fleet under its command had travelled over 6,700 nautical miles over the past month, passing between Indonesia and the Philippines and through the western Pacific."The complicated military situation presents a great challenge to the will and perseverance of the officers and soldiers… The use of weapons in the far seas not only helps assess equipment performance under continuous sailing conditions, it also tests the ability of officers and soldiers to command an
China trying to transform Tibet into Chinese province: Warns Lobsang Sangay
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China trying to transform Tibet into Chinese province: Warns Lobsang Sangay

Washington, US: Lobsang Sangay an outgoing Tibetan President-in-exile warned that China wants to make Tibet it’s one of the province.In an interview with Fox News, Sangay said: "They want to make Tibet into a Chinese province and they want to make Tibetans into Chinese."Sangay also said that the increased pressure by the Chinese military in Tibet - where people are being forcibly sterilised, arrested, tortured and killed - 'must be stopped'."The challenge before the world, as far as China is concerned, is either you transform China or China will transform you," he said.The outgoing president of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) recently visited the United States to press the Biden administration for more support for Tibet against increasing Chinese aggression.Fox News reported that
China-backed projects in Africa face intense backlash over environmental threats
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China-backed projects in Africa face intense backlash over environmental threats

Beijing, China: Dozens of China-backed and funded projects in Africa, most of them developed as part of Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), continue to face intense backlash from communities and environmentalists who accuse the developers of destroying ecosystems in pursuit of commodities like oil, metal and timber.China plans to invest in a massive deposit of high-grade iron ore in the Simandou mountains of Guinea, which opponents say will destroy livelihoods in the process of reducing Beijing's independence on Australian imports amid tensions with Canberra, reported South China Morning Post (SCMP).In Ghana, a USD 2 billion bauxite-for-infrastructure deal with Chinese state-owned firm Sinohydro Corp has also drawn fire for posing a threat to the environment and the people.Uganda an...
Africa: China-backed face intense backlash over environmental threats
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Africa: China-backed face intense backlash over environmental threats

Beijing, China: Many projects of which are backed by China in Africa are facing objection as they are harming the environment and ecosystem on that area. The projects are to gain commodities like, oil, metal, timber. Most of these projects are the part of the Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).China plans to invest in a massive deposit of high-grade iron ore in the Simandou mountains of Guinea, which opponents say will destroy livelihoods in the process of reducing Beijing's independence on Australian imports amid tensions with Canberra, reported South China Morning Post (SCMP).In Ghana, a USD 2 billion bauxite-for-infrastructure deal with Chinese state-owned firm Sinohydro Corp has also drawn fire for posing a threat to the environment and the people.Uganda and Tanzania last week a...
Positivity rate of J-K reduced to 13% to 6.2% in just two weeks
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Positivity rate of J-K reduced to 13% to 6.2% in just two weeks

New Delhi, India: Jammu and Kashmir has reduced its COVID-19 cases from 5,000 to 2,000 in two weeks. The reason behind this is timely response of the government. The Union Territory has also witnessed the low positivity rate from 13% to 6.2% in the same time period.According to Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, the Union Territory is among the leading regions in the country in vaccination of above 45 years age group having vaccinated 66 per cent of its eligible population which is well above the national average of 32 per cent.This was stated by Union Home Secretary during a high-level meeting chaired by him today to review the management of the COVID-19 pandemic across all Union territories.It was mentioned that Jammu and Kashmir is performing reasonably well in mitigating the seco...