Haryana Congress alleges Rs 5,000 crore mining scam under Khattar-led govt

The Haryana Congress on Saturday alleged that a “mining scam” of Rs 5,000 crore had taken place during the previous BJP-led government in the state and demanded a probe by a sitting high court judge. The main opposition party in the state also alleged that the illegal mining, which was the result of the “nexus” between Manohar Lal Khattar-led regime and the mining mafia, not only caused loss to the state exchequer but also damaged environment. Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala highlighted a Comptroller and Auditor General of India…

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond discusses The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen special

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond set to go on an epic journey in Vietnam and Cambodia for feature-length special The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen By Roxy Simons For Mailonline Published: 14:28 EST, 30 November 2019 | Updated: 14:43 EST, 30 November 2019 Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are set to appear in the first of a series of specials called The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen. The feature-length episode sees the captivating trio head off on an adventure across the waters, where they will captain three very different…

Chinese students in Australia speak: ‘I hope our countries can benefit each other’ | World news

Chinese students in Australia have been accused of trying to stifle freedom of speech on campus, of attacking pro-democracy protesters and of undermining the quality of education at our top universities which are increasingly dependent on the money they bring. They stand at the centre of many of our political debates as we navigate the increasing influence of China in our region, its attempts to infiltrate our politics and institutions, and Australia’s increasing economic dependence. In all this, the voices of individual Chinese students are rarely heard. Over the past…

Water Wars: Breezy Days in Bangkok

The twice-annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was held in Bangkok, Thailand, in the first week of November. Representatives of the 10 member nations were in attendance to discuss regional policy and inaugurate Vietnam as the chair for 2020, but most of the week’s drama came from observer nations. For example, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered an opening statement on Nov. 3 calling for “new progress” on a code of conduct for South China Sea interactions and reiterating China’s commitment to “long term peace” in the…

Japan, India to conduct fighter jet drill for deeper security ties

Japan and India agreed Saturday to conduct their first-ever joint fighter aircraft exercise in Japan as part of efforts to promote bilateral security cooperation in the face of China’s military buildup and regional assertiveness. In the inaugural “two-plus-two” security talks, the foreign and defense ministers of the two Asian democracies also welcomed the significant progress in negotiations for an acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, or ACSA, and called for an early conclusion, according to a joint statement issued after the talks in New Delhi. (Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his…

US Sending Ships to South China Sea to Teach Beijing, Not Fight It | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – An unusually strong surge of U.S. Navy activity this month in the South China Sea shows that Washington is trying to teach China a set of rules for operating in contested waters, official statements and scholars say. The Navy sent two ships into the Asian sea, which is increasingly controlled by China but disputed by five other countries, last week after China sent its first domestically produced aircraft carrier into the same waterway for research and testing. Washington wants to show China that it must keep the economically…

Cargo ship sank in South China sea, no news on crew yet – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 377 General cargo ship TOAN PHAT 68 reportedly sank in South China sea some 4 nm off Qui Nhon port, Bình Dịnh Province, central Vietnam, at around 1030 LT Nov 30. No other information available at the moment.General cargo ship TOAN PHAT 68, IMO 8981638, dwt 3195, built 2003, flag Vietnam, manager THIEN TAN TRADING & TRANSPORT, Haiphong. Comments comments Author // Mikhail Voytenko My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for…

China Three Gorges celebrates first power

China Three Gorges New Energy Co., Ltd.’s (CTGNE) 300MW Yangjiang Shapa phase I offshore wind farm has produced first power today (29 November 2019). The project is scheduled to enter full operation by the end of 2020. The project entered offshore construction in November 2018 and is located roughly 29 km off the coast of Guangdong, Yangjiang in the South China Sea covering an area of approximately 50 square kilometers. The project is consists of 55 turbines, each with a 5.5 MW capacity. The turbines are mounted on 19…

The China Challenge Continues to Mount

While aware that China suppresses freedom of expression within its borders and territories, we are rarely privy to how Beijing’s propaganda keeps its citizenry acquiescent. Adopting Orwell’s 1984’s Newspeak the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) state-run media projects an image of a superior society with even greater safety and freedoms than in the west. Beijing’s claims of greater safety are boosted when international headlines tell of multiple mass shootings of children in the USA. The reality though is just as gruesome within its borders; Attack at School in China Leaves at…