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India trumped China in pharma exports in 2015

New Delhi: India maintained its supremacy over China in pharmaceutical exports last year, the union commerce ministry said on Tuesday. “India moved ahead of China in all important markets such as the US, Africa and the European Union,” a ministry statement said. “India’s pharmaceutical exports continued its lead over China in 2015.” “While India’s pharma

China bans online media from publishing unverified content

Beijing: Chinese internet regulators have banned online media from publishing unverified news reports and content from social media, the authorities said. Every news item taken from social media must be verified before publishing. Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued a notice late Sunday stating that news websites must accredit sources, and were banned from fabricating


World’s largest telescope poised for trials in China

Beijing: The world’s largest telescope builtin China, having a reflector of the size of 30 football fields, is poised for a trial-run as installation work has been completed after the last of 4,450 panels was fitted into the centre of the big dish today. Hoisting the last triangular panel to the reflector lasted about 40

China Airlines workers on indefinite strike in Taiwan

Taipei: Flight attendants for Taiwan’s China Airlines on Friday started an indefinite strike that has led to the cancellation of 67 flights, a move taken by the union in protest of the relocation of their workplace. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who began her tour of US, Panama and Paraguay on a China Airlines plane, said

Powerful tornado kills 51 people in China

Beijing: At least 51 people were killed anddozens injured today by a powerful tornado as extreme weather wrecked havoc in east China’s Jiangsu province, officials said. Downpours, hailstorms and a tornado battered parts of Yancheng City at 2:30 pm, destroying many houses, the city government said in a statement. It said the extreme weather was


China sets up first dark sky reserve

Beijing: China launched its first “dark sky reserve” for astronomical observation in the Tibetan prefecture of Ngari, bordering Nepal and India, officials said on Thursday. The reserve covers an area of 2,500 sq.km and aims to limit light pollution by stepping up protection of dark-sky resources for education and tourism development, the China Daily reported.

China,India can join hands to tackle urban pollution

Shanghai: China is ready to share advancedtechnology, experiences, as well as ‘green’ practices with India to counter the effects of environmental degradation, such as air pollution, caused by the economic development of cities, a top Shanghai foreign affairs official has said. “It is a fact that environmental pollution is a challenge for cities around the

China to seek Indian yoga experts’ help to train varsity teachers

Beijing: Yoga has gained immense popularity in China over the years, so much so that the government has approached Indian experts of the discipline to train teachers in the varsities of Beijing. Yogi Yoga, a well-known yoga institute run by an Indian, is in talks with China’s sports ministry that apparently wants the Physical Education

China starts human survival experiment for space exploration

Beijing: At least four volunteers on Friday started a 180-day living experiment in a sealed space capsule, which will test technologies that will support China’s deep-space exploration projects. The volunteers will live in a sealed capsule in Shenzhen city. Scientists hope the experiment will cast light on how oxygen, water and food can be used

14 dead in floods, landslides in China

Beijing: At least 14 people have died due tofloods and landslides in China as heavy rains and hailstorms wrecked havoc in several provinces causing economic losses and forcing thousands to flee homes, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Thursday. Nine people died in the southwestern Guizhou Province while another nine have been reported missing.

Human rights record improved; still long way to go: China

Beijing: Under constant fire for suppressionof human rights, China today said civil and political rights of its people have been effectively improved in the last three years, but acknowledged that the world’s most populous nation has a long way to realise higher-level protection of rights. Citizens’ civil and political rights have been effectively protected, and

China sets up global quantum communications network

Beijing: China has begun establishing quantum communications networks in several cities, and is currently building a 1,000-km quantum communications line connecting Beijing and Shanghai. Based on the principles of quantum physics, quantum communication provides a new way to process information, including encoding, storage, transmission and logic operations, as well as the precise manipulation of photons,

Kerry urges China to obey maritime laws as bilateral talks start

Kerry urges China to obey maritime laws as bilateral talks start Beijing: US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is visiting Beijing for the eighth session of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue that kicked off on Monday, has urged China to obey the rules of international law to resolve the South China Sea issue.

US warns China against building ‘Great Wall of Self-zisolation’

Washington: US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has warned China against aggression in the South China Sea, saying the nation is bucking positive regional cooperation in Asia in pursuit of its own ambitions. Carter made the remarks on Friday at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, an annual conference addressing security

Bible story removed from text book in China after criticism 

Beijing: Chinese authorities have removed the Bible story from secondary school text books, days after its inclusion in the curriculum sparked a controversy in the communist nation. The co-compiler of a Chinese textbook used in Beijing secondary schools said the “controversial Bible story” has been removed from the book after facing criticism that it spread

CHINA: Wal-Mart steps up online efforts in China as a key to future

Shanghai: Wal-Mart’s tiny warehouse in eastern Shanghai doesn’t look like much. But it’s a key part of the company’s strategy to win over grocery customers in China who are fast heading online. Inside, on a recent visit, a reporter found six-packs of toilet paper and bottles of oil on the concrete floor next to piles

China-Rain: Heavy rains to lash flood-ravaged south China

Beijing: Heavy rains and hailstones will lashsouth China, where rain-triggered floods have already displaced tens of thousands of people, in the next three days, a Met department forecast said today. More rain and even hailstones are on the way for China’s southwestern and southern provinces as well as regions along the Huaihe and Yangtze rivers,

China issues blue alert for heavy rain

Beijing: China’s weather authorities on Saturday issued a blue alert, the lowest level in its four-tier warning system, for heavy rains in the southern region in the next 24 hours. From 8.00 a.m. Saturday to Sunday, heavy rains and storm are expected in many southern provinces, including Guangdong, Hainan, Fujian and Yunnan, the National Meteorological

Aditi Ashok set to make cut in China

Shanghai (China): Young Indian golfer Aditi Ashok overcame another rough start to close at a modest two-over 74 in the first round of the Euros 600,000 Buick Championship here. Aditi, who has turned professional only this season, and made the cut last week at Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco, had three bogeys in first seven

China has deployed more troops near Indian border: Pentagon

Washington: China has increased defence capabilities and deployed more troops along the Indian border, the Pentagon has said, as it warned of increasing Chinese military presence including bases in various parts of the world, particularly Pakistan. “We have noticed an increase in capability and force posture by the Chinese military in areas close to the