ntal programs and inaugurated several large-scale infrast

projects, including highway, railway, airport and power stations. However, in the face of local protests, the effectiveness of Modi’s economic package, delivered just a few months before the

election, seemed very suspicious. Interestingly, because of the tremendous opposition against the Bill and the frustrating situation on the g

round, BJP’s top local politician who was defending the bill changed his tune almost as soon as Modi left.

Clearly, Modi’s twin election trick, which comprised both nationalistic and developmental ele

ments, was clearly at work during his visit to disputed South Tibet. However, sacrificing the pa

instakingly earned mutual trust and progress in Sino-Indian relations for the sake of ephemeral political benefits seems unwise.

Even though India and China have so far held 21 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute, and Modi and President Xi have met at least four times in 2018 to bring b

ilateral ties back on a stable footing, the border issue remains the single-most sensitive topic between the two countries. While

the dispute between China and India remains too large to be resolved altogether, both sides would better carefully manage it.

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The 67-year-old princess, the eldest daughter of the late King

Bhumibol Adulyadej and sister of the present King, married an American and relinquished her title in 1972. After returning to Th

ailand in 2001 following her divorce, she resumed royal duties and enjoyed prestige among the Thai people, although her royal title has not yet been restored.

Around 20 military coups have taken place in Thailand since the country became a constitutional mo

narchy in 1932. The Constitution was also amended in 2017 during the military government’s rule.

In this context, the Thai Raksa Chart party (Thai Save The Nation, or TSN) tried to break the v

icious circle in Thailand’s politics by nominating Ubolratana as the prime ministerial candid

ate. The probability of her winning the election would have been high if she were allowed to contest. Her victory would have brought back political sta

bility to some extent. TSN is linked to former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra, who enjoys popular appeal in the country. Thaksin carried out several pol

icies that benefited the grass roots and won him their support. Even though he was ousted in 2006, his influence remains strong.

In the upcoming election, I believe pro-Thaksin parties can still have high public app

roval ratings. But considering the latest military-drafted constitution which gives considerable

rights to bureaucrats and military, it is still not known whether a pro-Thaksin politician can be elected prime minister.

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Airbus to scrap production of A380 superjumboys its prowe

TOULOUSE – Europe’s Airbus announced plans to scrap production of the A380 superjumbo on Thursd

ay, abandoning its dream of dominating the skies with a cruiseliner for the 21st century after years of lacklustre sales.

The world’s largest airliner, with two decks of spacious cabins a

nd room for 544 people in standard layout, was designed to challenge Boeing’s legendary 747

but failed to take hold as airlines backed a new generation of smaller, more nimble jets.

Airbus said in a statement that the last A380 would be delivered in 2021.

Confirming a shake-up first reported by Reuters, it said Emirates – the largest A380 cust

omer – had decided to reduce its orders for the iconic superjumbo and order a total of 70 of the smaller A350 and A330neo models.

The European company said it would enter talks with unions in coming weeks over the 3,000-3,500 jobs potentially affected.

Airbus will produce 17 more of the planes including 14 for Emirates and 3 for Japanese airline ANA.

As part of the restructuring, Emirates placed a new order for 40 A330-900neo jets an

d 30 A350-900 aircraft, partially restoring a purchase of A350 aircraft which it cancelled in

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Britain’s Prince Philip gives up driving licence after crash

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth’s 97-year-old husband Prince Philip has voluntarily given up his driving licence after a crash last month, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.

Philip escaped without injury on Jan 17 when the Land Rover he was driving flippe

d in a collision with a car close to the royals’ Sandringham residence in eastern England.

“After careful consideration The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to volun

tarily surrender his driving licence,” the royal palace said in a statement.

The other driver, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee and a 45-year-old wo

man passenger in the car, which also had a nine-month-old baby on board, sustained a broken wrist.

Witnesses said Philip pulled into a main road from a drive.

Philip, who suggested low sun had affected his sight for the crash, also re

ceived a warning from police for driving without a seatbelt two days after the crash.

Philip retired from public life in 2017, although he still occasionally appears with his 92-year-old wife at official events.

There is no legal age in Britain to stop driving, but drivers over 70 must renew their licences every three years.

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Macao sets election date for members of chief executive e

he election of members of an election committee of the chief executive of China’s Macao Spec

ial Administrative Region (SAR) is scheduled for June 16, the government of the Macao SAR said on Monday.

According to the Basic Law of the Macao SAR, the chief executive, with a five-year te

nure for each term, shall be elected by a broadly representative election com

mittee in accordance with the law and appointed by the central government.

The election committee consists of 400 members from four sectors, including the industrial, commercial and financial sect

or; the cultural, educational, professional and sports sector; and the labor, social services and religion sector.

The committee also includes members of the Legislative Assembly of Macao, Macao dep

uties to the National People’s Congress and members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Poli

tical Consultative Conference, and members of local departments and organizations.

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China to remain NYSE’s major contributor of int’l IPOs i

China has been a major market for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) when it comes to international initial public offerings

(IPOs) over the past few years, and the trend will continue in 2019, according to the exchange.

The wholly-owned subsidiary of Intercontine

ntal Exchange finished 2018 with 125 billion U.S. dollars in proceeds raised from 356 transactions. In a year mark

d by elevated volatility in U.S. equity markets, NYSE issuers raised 30 billion dollars in proceeds from 73 IPOs, statistics showed.

A total of 25 international IPOs were executed during the year, raising 10 bi

llion dollars in proceeds, including Tencent Music Entertainment Group from C

hina, PagSeguro Digital Ltd. from Brazil, and Hudson Ltd. and Farfetch Ltd. from Britain.

A total of 18 Chinese companies raised more than 4 billion dollars in proceeds las

t year, the exchange said in its response to Xinhua’s inquiry. The compa

nies are from a variety of industries, including education, hospitality, technology, and automotive.

Alex Ibrahim, head of international capital markets at NYSE, told Xinhua that it was a “huge highlight” to have compan

ies like Tencent Music Entertainment listing on the exchange and raising over 1 billion dollars.

The IPO of Nio, a leading Chinese electric vehicle maker, also raised more than 1 b

illion dollars and was a very successful transaction, he noted. “It was super exciti

ng to see those cars in front of the exchange and in Times Square,” Ibrahim said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.

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China clean energy industry develops fast in 2018

China accelerated the development of clean energy last year, with the installed capacity of renew

able energy exceeding 700 million kilowatts, the National Energy Administration said.

China will continue to boost the growth of the oil-and-gas industry this year, increase efforts in oil and gas exploration and d

evelopment, and build more pipelines and gas storage facilities, according to the administration.

China has adopted a slew of measures to encourage the development of clean energ

y, including building vast solar and wind farms, wi

th aims to make non-fossil energy meeting 20 percent of its energy needs by 2030.

To reach this goal, China is investing heavily in renewable energy, pledging to invest 2.5 trillion yuan (about 373 billion US d

ollars) in renewable power generation – solar, wind, hydro and nuclear – by 2020.

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on current high-level development, make further prog

Meeting with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho of the DPRK in December, 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping noted that China wil

l always support the amelioration of inter-Korean relations and facilitate reconciliation and cooperation between the two sides.

“China always stays firmly committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and adheres to establishing a peace m

echanism and solving issues through dialogue. We’ve taken efforts toward this for more than 20 years,” said Wang.

“We are happy to see the situation of “double suspension” continue and expect to promote

parallel progress in the denuclearization of the peninsula and the establishment of a peace mechanism,” he added.

ina-Russia economic and trade cooperation, the bilateral trade volume was proje

cted to exceed 100 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, while the two sides agreed to work togethe

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Extremely cold weather in the Midwestmely cold weather in

On January 28, in the American state of Wisconsin Appleton, a father and son to clear the snow.

Starting on January 28th, a powerful from the arctic cold snap swept across the Midw

est.For days, there are 22 states appear below minus 18 degrees Celsius tempera

ture, the affected population of more than 140 million.Analyzes believed that the United

States recently suffered a cold, do not represent suspend or reverse global warming

trend.On the contrary, the global climate warming frequent extreme weather is to blame for

the cold weather.Hand in hand to tackle global warming no matter in the past, present or future, should be human consensus.

According to the United States department of meteorological data, the recent M

innesota and parts of north and south Dakota, the temperature reached 45 degrees Celsius below zero, Chicago on January 3

0 minus 30 degrees Celsius is extremely low temperatures, the lowest temperatu

re records in the city’s nearly 25 years., due to the impact of extreme weather in many parts of the Midwestern United States s

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itten by the dog to death “of the world’s most lo

The original title: the world’s most lonely duck died

“The world’s most lonely duck died.According to agence france-presse reported Wednesday, the Pacific island countri

es only a duck, niue has the title of “the world’s most lonely duck” trevor 27 bite by a dog died, attract many people to mourn.

Niue is a about 2400 kilometers northeast of New Zealand is a small island

countries.Reported that the country has no natural pond or wetland, trevor is th

ought to be from the New Zealand floats in the storm.

However, over the weekend, trevor, more dog attacked in the bushes.Niue chamber of com

merce President ray Stevens said, “trevor” impressed by the local people, it is a sad moment for niue.New Zealand house

of representatives speaker trevor also lamented death duck of named after him, “the New Zeal

and parliament express the deepest sympathy to the niue people.”Bring about

Source: global times

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