The captured Indian pilot who has become the face of one of the gravest military crises to engulf South Asia in two decades is expected to be released from Pakistani custody on Friday.
A man identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan
has been held in Pakistan after his MiG-21 jet was downed during a dogfight between Pak
istani and Indian warplanes over the ceasefire line in the disputed Kashmir region on Wednesday.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said at a joint session of parliamen
t that the pilot would be released at the Wagah border crossing on the demarcation line dividing the two countries on Friday afternoon, local time.
Crowds of people were seen gathering at the border crossing on Friday, ahead of the pilot’s expected return.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Abhinandan would be release
d Friday as a “gesture for peace,” offering a potential means of defusing tensions between the two nuclear powers.
Despite the gesture, Indian officials have so far remained guarded, On Thursday, Indian
Army Major General Surinder Singh Bahal told a joint news conference that India remains on “high ale
rt” and that it was “fully prepared and in a heightened state of readiness to respond to any provocation by Pakistan.”
Gujarat in late 2001, the state was wracked with violence in which more than 1,000 people — mostly Muslims — were killed.
Although his critics say Modi didn’t do enough to stop the violence, he has always denied any involvement and has never be
en charged with a crime. A supreme court ordered investigation in India cleared him of any blame or wrongdoing.
Now after five years at the helm, he is struggling to retain the support that
saw his spectacular rise in 2014 — in contrast to his Pakistani counterpart. Imran Kh
an, the former cricket star, has been in power in neighboring Pakistan for little over half a year.
”They’re at very different points in their political trajectory,” says Madiha Afzal, a visiting fellow in the Foreign Po
licy and Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution.
”At this point it does appear that Khan has a bit of a cooler head right now,” she said, referring to a speech Wedn
esday in which Khan appeared conciliatory and welcoming of talks, before acknowledging that the cir
cumstances that brought about this latest cross-border crisis led to the deaths of 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers ear
lier this month in a suicide car bomb attack in Pulwama — part of India-controlled Kashmir.
breed 100 chain enterprises, and create 1,000 service outlets for residents this year, according to the project list.
Moreover, construction of the Beijing Daxing International Airport, subway lines 3, 12 a
nd 16 and interurban railways connecting Beijing and the Xiong’an New Area are also underway.
The ongoing national laboratory of cyberspace, Beijing Institute of Quantum Information Science, Science City in No
rtheast Beijing’s Huairou district will pull the city into the fast lane in science and technology.
“Investment contributes around 30 percent to the city’s eco
nomic development,” the director said, adding social capital, or capital raised by society rat
her than the government, has taken up over 90 percent of last year’s 334.6 billion construction investment.
“Social capital is welcomed at key projects investment t
his year as well, aimed at taking up at least 50 percent of projects and 70 percent of investment,” Tan said.
the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, expressed his optimism about the second summit and said that given the DPRK’s announcement that it would shift its strate
gic focus to economic development, the country will likely make concessions on giving up its nuclear weapons during th
is summit in exchange for the lifting of sanctions and the declaration of the end of the war.
Wang said denuclearization is an irreversible trend.
But Jenny Town, a research analyst at the Stimson Center in Washington, worried that it will be difficul
t for the two leaders to generate a specific road map and schedule for denuclearization at a single summit.
Also on Wednesday, the Republic of Korea’s presidential Blue House spokesman sa
id, “Whatever concessions Trump and Kim may make at their upcoming summit will be significant as th
ey will mean further progress toward the complete denuclearization of Pyongyang.”
Trump met separately with Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Tro
ng and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc earlier on We
dnesday. Kim is likely to meet the Vietnamese leaders during his two-day “official goodwill” visit after the summit w
ith Trump, given the local media reports saying Kim would leave the country on Saturday.
CAIRO – At least 20 people were killed and more than 40 others wounded when a fire erupted inside th
e main train station in the city center of Egypt’s capital Cairo on Wednesday, state-run Nile TV reported.
The blaze broke out as a train crashed into the pavement, the report said.
TV photographs showed clouds of black smoke billowing from the main building in the station.
Dozens of ambulances and firefighters had rushed to the scene.
Eyewitnesses at a hospital said the corpses were completely burned.
Doctors told Xinhua that most of the wounded are of second or third degree of burn and in critical conditions.
The train movement to and from Cairo has been suspended.
Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly is following th
e repercussions of the incident with the transport minister, according to Nile TV.
the anesthetic painkiller ketamine blocks the neuronal activity that dr
ives depression-like behavior. The finding may provide new perspectives on the tre
atment of depression and anxiety, which currently affects some 300 million people worldwide.
4.DNA NANOROBOT FOR CANCER THERAPY
Chinese scientists have constructed an autonomous DNA robot programmed to transport p
ayloads and present them specifically in tumors. The nanorobot proved safe and effective for mice and pi
gs. It represents a promising strategy for precise drug delivery in cancer therapy.
5.PRECISE MEASUREMENTS OF THE GRAVITATIONAL CONSTANT
Chinese scientists have calculated the most precise value of the gravitational con
stant, one of the most fundamental constants of nature. To achieve their results, the team used both the angular-acc
eleration-feedback method and time-of-swing method to come close to producing an accurate value.
based company decided to invest in Green Book in July, as the decision-maker
were attracted by its heartwarming theme, positive values and quality narrative.
Following the decision, the Paper said, Alibaba Pictures recommended the film to Hu
axia Film Distribution, and both sides agreed to introduce Green Book to Chinese audience.
Only four days after the film was announced, Chinese audience could watch it in the nearby theaters. Yu said af
ter watching Green Book on Monday that the cooperation between Alibaba Pictures and Huaxia Film Distribution m
akes the fastest release in China for an imported movie, which is also attributed to the country’s reform and opening-up.
As of the publication time, Alibaba Pictures shares increased 1.39 percent to HK$1.46 on Tuesday in Hong Kong.
d to persuade the world to use its 5G technology and not cave to pressure from Washington.
”This is not something that should be decided by politics,” Huawei’s chairman Guo Ping said on Sunday, ahead of the formal start of Mobile World Congress.
Guo said he was hoping “independent sovereign states” will make “independent decision
s based on their own understanding of the situation and will not just listen to someone else’s order.”
Huawei is taking the center stage at this year’s MWC in Barcelona. The event is expected to attract around 100,000 visi
tors. To get in, they will all need a badge like this, with a Huawei lanyard. pic.twitter.com/D6PRmZpqxe
— Ivana Kottasová (@IvanaKottasova) February 24, 2019
The US government is trying to convince its allies to shun Huawei equip
ment, which it says could be used by the Chinese government for spying. The company vehemently denies that claim.
”Just because you are from a certain country doesn’t mean your equipm
ent is not secure,” Guo said. He added that Huawei must abide by Chinese law and the
laws of countries where it operates. “Huawei will never, and dare not, and cannot violate any regulations,” he said.
Vice President Mike Pence described Huawei as a “threat.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned other cou
ntries that using Huawei would make it more difficult for the United States to “partner” with them.
”Giant pandas are China’s national treasures,” said Minister Xu Xueyuan, the Chinese embassy in the United States. “Although they are large in size, they are also charm
ing, tolerant, and peace-loving, representing many values of China itself, and are loved by people all over the world.”
”Giant pandas are also symbolic of the China-US friendship,” she told a ceremony at the giant panda house.
The housewarming was jointly hosted by the zoo and the Chinese embassy.
Giant pandas live mainly in southwest China’s Sichuan Province as well as neighboring Shaanxi and Gansu.
The latest census in 2014 found there were 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild. The number of pand
as bred in captivity reached 548 globally as of November, 2018, according to China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration.
At the zoo’s David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat currently live three giant pandas, Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and their three-year-old son, Bei Bei.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is one of Washington DC’s most popular tourist desti
nations and is part of the Smithsonian Institution, a world-renowned museum and research complex.
NEW YORK — A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner with three people on board crashed into a bay near Housto