Amid Trade Spat With US, China To Boost Grain Import From Belt And Road Nations

China has pledged $126 billion for the Belt and Road plan, largely in infrastructure investment.


China aims to step up grain imports from countries linked by President Xi Jinping’s project to create a modern-day Silk Road, seeking to diversify supply sources amid a trade war with the United States, a key cabinet researcher said on Wednesday.

With demand rising, countries included in Xi’s ambitious ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ have strong potential to export “land-intensive agricultural products”, said Ye Xingqing, director of the Rural Economics department at the Development Research Center, a think-tank under China’s State Council.

The Belt and Road plan, unveiled in 2013, aims at connecting China by land and sea to Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. China has pledged $126 billion for the plan, largely in infrastructure investment.

“It will be highly possible that these countries will win orders from China for land-intensive agricultural products,” Ye said, referring to grain that requires a large land area for growth in a speech at an industry conference in Guangzhou.

The comments come months into a trade war between Beijing and Washington that has significantly altered global flows in trade of soybeans and other farm commodities.

Imports of soybeans from the U.S. have come to a near standstill after Beijing imposed tariffs of 25 percent on the oilseed on July 6. Other American grains like corn and sorghum have also been affected.

“The Sino-U.S. trade conflict, if it becomes long-term, will definitely impact the import origins of some products. Countries with great trade growth potential will get a larger share in the Chinese market,” Ye said at the conference.

China has already taken policy action to help replenish some of the supply no longer met by the U.S. In July, it removed tariffs on soybeans, soymeal and rapeseed from five Asian countries including India.

It has also dropped a ban on rapeseed meal imports from India, further helping to diversify sources of protein for use in animal feed.

China’s demand for feed grains has not peaked yet, and the country also needs to diversify its imports given the many factors limiting growth of its domestic grain output, Ye said.

The country’s meat demand could hit 123 million tonnes while demand for grain is expected to peak at 750 million tonnes, the researcher added, without saying when those numbers would be reached.

He said ports along China’s southeast coastline and Yangtze River would be the main points of entry for agricultural products as many large processing companies were nearby.

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Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp Become First Married Couple To Bat Together In An ICC Tournament

South African skipper Dane van Niekerk and her teammate Marizanne Kapp became the first married couple to bat together in an International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament, while playing against Sri Lanka in the Women’s World T20. Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp, who got married in July this year, stitched together a 67-run third-wicket stand to help their side register victory by 7 wickets. Van Niekerk (33) and Kapp (38), who played important cameo knocks, also scalped a wicket each.

In July 2018, Kapp and Van Niekerk became only the second women’s cricket pair to get married after New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu.

Kapp made the news of their wedding public via an Instagram post. The 28-year-old took to Instagram and shared two images from the wedding. The South African captain posted the photo with a ring emoji.

Born in 1993 in Pretoria, Dane van Niekerk has represented South Africa in one Test, 98 ODIs and 70 T20Is.

In 98 ODIs, Van Niekerk has scored 1946 runs at an average of 35.38, including nine half-centuries. She also has 126 wickets in the 50-over format to her name.

Kapp, on the other hand has represented her national team in 1 Test, 96 ODIs and 67 T20Is. She has the highest score of an unbeaten 102 in the 50-over format.

South Africa, currently third in the Group A, behind England and Windies will face the defending champions later on Wednesday.

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Amazon Drops Tanmay Bhat, Keeps Kanan Gill for Comicstaan Season 2 Over #MeToo Concerns

Tanmay Bhat will not be a part of Comicstaan 2, Amazon told Gadgets 360 in a statement, while Kanan Gill will remain a part of the show. “We are no longer working with Tanmay Bhat,” an Amazon India spokesperson said Wednesday. “But we will continue working with Kanan Gill.” Both Bhat and Gill served as judges and mentors on the first season of the reality comedy hunt series. They were two of the biggest names on Comicstaan, which also involved Sapan Verma, Kenny Sebastian, and Biswa Kalyan Rath among several others.

Back in October, Gill was accused of inappropriate behaviour by several women. Bhat was ousted from All India Bakchod, the sketch comedy group he co-founded, over allegations of inaction over sexual harassment. His fellow co-founder, Gursimran Khamba, was put “on a temporary leave of absence” until AIB could properly look into the allegations made against him.

Khamba, too, has a project in the works at Amazon called Gormint, a political satire that was earlier known as The Ministry. Amazon said that Khamba is currently not working on the show pending a full investigation, and its fate has yet to be decided. A spokesperson cited the length of the investigation and the involvement of the legal team as reasons for the delay in issuing a public response.

Not everyone has been so particular with their decisions. Hours after AIB said it was disassociating itself from Bhat and Khamba, Hotstar announced that it had cancelled the then-ongoing third season of On Air with AIB with “immediate effect”. The Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), the organising body of the Mumbai Film Festival, axed a feature film called Chintu Ka Birthday from its lineup later the same day, because it had been produced by AIB.

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Deepika Padukone Ranveer Singh wedding Photos viral on internet

खास बातें

  1. रणवीर-दीपिका की हुई शादी
  2. कोंकणी रीति-रिवाज से किया विवाह
  3. तस्वीरें सोशल मीडिया हो रही वायरल

नई दिल्ली: बॉलीवुड के ‘बाजीराव-मस्तानी’ यानी रणवीर सिंह (Ranveer Singh) और दीपिका पादुकोण (Deepika Padukone) की शादी कोंकणी रीति-रिवाज से बुधवार को इटली के लोम्बार्डी में लेक कोमो पर बने विला डेल बालबियानेलो में हुई. इस दौरान चुनिंदा हस्ती और परिवार के लोग शामिल हुए. शादी की तस्वीरें या वीडियो लीक न हो, इसका स्टार्स ने खास ख्याल रखा. इसके बावजूद लेक के पास बोट के जरिए कुछ तस्वीरें और वीडियो सोशल मीडिया पर काफी वायरल हो गए हैं. हालांकि दीपिका पादुकोण और रणवीर सिंह की तरफ से कोई भी ऑफिशियल तस्वीर या वीडियो शेयर नहीं किया गया. कई मीडिया हाउसेस के बॉलीवुड जर्नलिस्ट मौके पर तस्वीरें कैप्चर करने की कोशिश की, लेकिन पूरी तरह से सफल नहीं हो पाए.

कार से उतरते ही थिरकने लगे रणवीर सिंह, व्हाइट गाउन पहन दीपिका पादुकोण संग रचाई शादी; Viral हो रहा Video


हालांकि दीपिका पादुकोण और रणवीर सिंह की शादी (Deepika Padukone Ranveer Singh wedding) अभी कोंकणी रीति रिवाज से संपन्न हुई है. तस्वीरें क्लीयर तो नहीं दिख रहीं, लेकिन यह समझा जा सकता है कि रणवीर-दीपिका की जोड़ी ने कैसा पहनावा पहना हुआ है. दोनों ही व्हाइट रंग के शादी के जोड़े में हैं. फिलहाल अब सिर्फ दोनों की अच्छी तस्वीर आने का इंतजार है. बता दें, गुरुवार को एक बार फिर सिंधी रीति-रिवाज से शादी होनी है. दीपिका-रणवीर की शादी की तस्वीरों को देखने के लिए फैन्स काफी बेसब्री से इंतजार कर रहे हैं. अब आधिकारिक तौर पर फोटो कब पोस्ट की जाएगी, इसकी अभी तक कोई भी जानकारी नहीं है. 

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‘अग्निफेरा’ में छाएगा शादी का जादू, दर्शकों को यूं देखने को मिलेगा हाई वोल्टेज ड्रामा




रणवीर सिंह (Ranveer Singh) और दीपिका पादुकोण (Deepika Padukone) ने अपनी शादी को बेहद प्राइवेट रखा है. शादी समारोह में लगभग 40 मेहमान शामिल हुए हैं. इनकी शादी की तस्वीरें सोशल मीडिया पर देखने के लिए दर्शक बेताब हैं, लेकिन दोनों समारोह को निजी बनाने की कोशिश कर रहे हैं. जानकारों ने आईएएनएस को बताया कि कड़े सुरक्षा निर्देशों और लोगों के कमरों के बाहर मोबाइल फोन इस्तेमाल करने की अनुमति नहीं देने के कारण प्रशंसक अपने चहेते कलाकारों की शादी से जुड़े कार्यक्रमों की झलक नहीं देख पा रहे हैं.

…और भी हैं बॉलीवुड से जुड़ी ढेरों ख़बरें…

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CEC ओ पी रावत ने कहा,’मध्यप्रदेश में लगभग 14,000 मतदान केंद्रों पर की जाएगी वेबकास्टिंग’

भोपाल: भारत निर्वाचन आयोग के मुख्य चुनाव आयुक्त ओपी रावत ने कहा कि मध्यप्रदेश में स्वतंत्र और निष्पक्ष निर्वाचन सुनिश्चत करने के लिए निर्धारित लगभग 14,000 मतदान केन्द्रों पर वेबकास्टिंग की जाएगी.

मध्यप्रदेश में 28 नवंबर को होने वाले विधानसभा चुनाव के सिलसिले में मुख्य चुनाव आयुक्त ओ पी रावत के नेतृत्व में चुनाव आयुक्त सुनील अरोरा और अशोक लवासा दो दिवसीय दौरे में मध्यप्रदेश में विधानसभा चुनाव की तैयारियों की समीक्षा की. 

रावत ने बैठक कर चुनाव की तैयारियों की समीक्षा की
बुधवार शाम को रावत ने बताया, ‘प्रदेश में स्वतंत्र व निष्पक्ष निर्वाचन सुनिश्चित करने के लिये निर्धारित लगभग 14,000 मतदान केन्द्रों की वेबकास्टिंग की जाएगी.’ दो दिवसीय मध्यप्रदेश के दौरे में रावत ने इन्दौर और भोपाल में जिला निर्वाचन अधिकारियों के साथ बैठक कर विधानसभा चुनाव की तैयारियों की समीक्षा की और जरुरी दिशा निर्देश दिए.

उन्होने भोपाल में राजनीतिक दलों के साथ भी बैठक की. बैठक में राजनीतिक दलों की तरफ से अनेक सुझाव चुनाव आयोग को दिये गये. इनमें कुछ दलों ने यह मांग रखी की जब जीतने वाले और हारने वाले प्रत्याशी के बीच 1,000 वोट से कम का अंतर हो तब पुर्नगणना करायी जानी चाहिये . इसके साथ ही कुछ दलों ने मतदान केन्द्रों पर वीडियोग्राफी कराने और मतदान केन्द्रों के बाहर सीसीटीवी कैमरा लगाने की मांग की ताकि एक से अधिक बार वोट डालने वालों के प्रयास को रोका जा सके.

उन्होंने कहा कि हमने राजनीतिक दलों के सुझाव नोट कर लिये हैं और इस पर विचार विमर्श किया जाएगा. उन्होने बताया कि मध्यप्रदेश में पहली बार चुनाव आयोग ने विधानसभा स्तर पर पर्यवेक्षक नियुक्त किये हैं, जो दिव्यांग मतदाताओं की विशेष रुप से सहायता करेगें.

(इनपुट – भाषा)

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First India-Japan Joint Military Exercise Concludes In Mizoram

Indian and Japanese Army’s joint military exercise culminated today.


The first joint military exercise of Indian and Japanese armies concluded in Mizoram today, a defence statement  said.

The two-week exercise ‘Dharma Guardian 2018’ commenced on November 1 at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte with India describing it as a significant step towards fostering military and diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Emphasis was laid on enhancing tactical skills to fight against global terrorism and on increasing inter-operability between forces of both countries, the statement said.

“The primary focus of the exercise was to train and equip the contingents to undertake joint counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations in urban and semi urban terrain,” the statement said.

The contingents honed their tactical and technical skills in a wide spectrum of counter-insurgency operations including joint training on weapons and equipment, field training exercise and handling of improved explosive devices.

Commanders at various levels from both sides were trained to work in close coordination to receive and collate information jointly, plan operations and issue suitable orders to respective integrated groups.

The Japanese contingent was represented by 32nd Infantry Battalion, while the Indian side was represented by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles.

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Hima Das Appointed UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador

Asian Games gold-medallist Hima Das on Wednesday was appointed India’s first youth ambassador of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) India. Talking about her appointment, Hima Das said that she is honoured to be India’s Youth Ambassador. “I’m honoured to be chosen as @UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador, and I hope I will be able to inspire more children to follow their dreams,” Hima Das said. The 18-year-old sprinter had won a gold medal in women’s 4×400 m Relay event at the 2018 Asian Games. UNICEF India took to Twitter to announce Hima’s announcement.

“Meet our Youth Ambassador, Hima Das! The Asian Games medallist is @UNICEF India’s first ever youth ambassador as part of #WorldChildrensDay celebration,” UNICEF India captioned the photo.

Along with a gold medal in the 18th Asian Games, Hima claimed the silver medal in the women’s 400 metres race after clocking a time of 50.79 seconds.

Earlier this year in September, Hima Das was honoured with the Arjuna Award. Soon after receiving the prestigious award, Hima Das was named the ambassador of the state for Assam. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had made the announcement.

Hima had scripted history by winning the gold medal in the women’s 400 metre event at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland in July 2018.

She registered a timing of 51.46 seconds in the final at the Ratina Stadium to become the first Indian track athlete to win gold in a world championship across all age groups.

Courtesy the gold, the young sprinter became a part of an exclusive club of Indian track and field athletes who have won a medal in the World U20 Championships – one that includes Neeraj Chopra (gold in javelin throw in 2016), Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus, 2014).

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Iron Rope Of Rameshwaram’s Pamban Bridge Snaps, 1 Injured


An iron rope of the century-old cantilever Pamban railway bridge snapped Wednesday injuring a 45-year-old worker while it was being raised, resulting in the disruption of vessel traffic, an official said.

Sesu, one of the contract workers who manually lift the span of the bridge, connecting this island town with the mainland, was injured when the rope snapped and fell on him.

He has been admitted to a private hospital for treatment, a Pamban port official said.

The official further said it would take at least a week to repair the sea bridge and no vessel would be able to pass through it till then.

Technical experts from Chennai would arrive to restore it, he said.

The Scherzer span, named after the German engineer William Donald Scherzer, is a rolling lift that helps the bridge open up to allow ships to pass.

Constructed in one of the most corrosive environments of the world, the bridge needs continuous maintenance of its metallic parts.

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Air India Bailout Plan Not Alternative To Divestment, Says Chairman 

The top Air India official said monetising the non-core assets is likely to fetch close to 29,000 crore


The government’s proposed move to pare Rs 29,000 crore of Air India’s debt is a short-term measure and not an alternative to divestment plans, the national carrier’s Chairman and Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola said on Wednesday.

He said discussions are in advanced stage for transferring Rs 29,000 crore out of Air India’s near Rs 55,000 crore total debt to a special purpose vehicle (SPV).

“Temporarily, the divestment is kept on hold. As the scenario improves, the divestment process will restart,” Mr Kharola told PTI on the sidelines of IIM-Calcutta’s 58th annual foundation day.

The non-core assets will also be transferred along with the debt to the SPV, likely to be known as Air India Assets Holding (AIAHL), he said.

“Initially, land and building will be moved and then the subsidiaries will follow,” Mr Kharola said.

The top Air India official said monetising the non-core assets is likely to fetch close to Rs 29,000 crore.

If the plan is implemented, the national carrier will be left with debt of about Rs 26,000 crore, mostly on account of aircraft loans.

Following the transfer, the airline’s annual interest liabilities is expected to decline by Rs 2,700 crore from Rs 4,400 crore.

The revival package for Air India was sought by the aviation ministry after the government failed to find buyers for a 76 per cent stake in the airline.

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Snapchat Gets Friendship Profiles and Bitmoji Stories

Photo-messaging app Snapchat has introduced two new features – Friendship Profiles and Bitmoji Stories in an attempt to make the app more interactive and fun.

With Friendship Profiles, Snapchat would hold content like images, videos, messages and links that users have saved in Chat with a friend or a group of friends, the company wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

“Each Friendship Profile one will be unique, highlighting the most special moments you’ve shared and saved, showcasing relationship privately,” the post said.

Bitmoji Stories are being introduced in English language only, as a new comic strip, starring Bitmoji avtaar of the Snapchatters themselves, with guest appearances from friends.

“Find new episodes of ‘Bitmoji Stories’ each week right in the ‘Discover feed’,” the post added.

Both the features have been released globally and would reach all users over the coming weeks.

Also this week, Snapchat’s Vice President of content Nick Bell stepped down from his position without any specific reasoning, after five years of serving the company.

“I am leaving Snap to take some time off to recharge before deciding on my next adventure. I will be transitioning out of the role between now and the end of the year,” The Hollywood Reporter quoted Bell as saying in a memo he sent to the Snapchat staff on Monday.

Last month, Snap reported it had lost more users than Wall Street expected in the third quarter as it continued to grapple with an unpopular redesign of its Snapchat photo-messaging app and fierce competition from Facebook’s Instagram. Daily active users are expected to fall again next quarter, Snap Chief Financial Officer Tim Stone told analysts on a conference call, which would mark the third sequential quarter of user declines.

Written with inputs from IANS

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