By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The removal of a stone plinth sign written by former Chinese president Jiang Zemin at the entrance of a key Communist Party training centre is not a sign of disrespect, a senior official said on Monday, after rumours of destabilising party infighting. Jiang stepped down as party chief in 2002 and state president in 2003 but remained head of the military for another year after stacking the Politburo, one of the party's elite ruling bodies, with his people. Rumours periodically circulate in leadership and diplomatic circles about Jiang, especially arguments between him and President Xi Jinping about policy, which with China's political system being as opaque and secretive as it is, are impossible to verify.
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- China party says no disrespect meant … Reuters - 16 hours ago
- Slowing economy hits earnings at top … Reuters - 17 hours ago
China's slowing economy has taken its toll on the first-half earnings of major construction machinery makers Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co Ltd and Sany Heavy Industry Co Ltd. Encouraged to expand after Beijing unleashed a $644 billion stimulus package in 2008 during the global financial crisis, Chinese heavy equipment makers are stuck with a glut of unsold equipment and factories they do not need. The government reported annual growth in the second quarter was 7 percent, a figure some economists doubt.
- Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven … Reuters - 17 hours ago
(Reuters) - Prolific horror filmmaker Wes Craven, who directed the slasher classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street," died on Sunday afternoon, his family said in a statement. Craven, who was also behind the 1990s horror hit "Scream," died surrounded by his loved ones at his Los Angeles home after suffering from brain cancer, the family said. "It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away," the family said.
- Sharper forecasts may help avert repeat … Reuters - Sun 30 Aug, 2015
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - The science of predicting hurricanes has come a long way since Katrina caught New Orleans officials off guard 10 years ago. A range of technological advances, from a new generation of satellites to supercomputers and unmanned drones, promises more-accurate forecasts that would increase public officials' confidence in weather experts' advice. If authorities were quicker to heed warnings about the devastating potential of Katrina before it made landfall in Louisiana on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, some of the nearly 1,800 lives that were lost may have been saved, forecasters speculate.
- Court warns Gujarat cops, Hardik Patel … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Sat 29 Aug, 2015
On the day the Gujarat High Court told the state to warn police not to cross “the limits of their power while restoring peace” — a reference to the police action Tuesday — and ordered a probe into the alleged custodial death of Patidar youth Shwetang Patel, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel visited Shwetang’s house and asked his sister to tie a rakhi. Shwetang’s last rites have been deferred until Sunday in view of Raksha Bandhan Saturday. Shwetang’s mother Prabhaben Patel filed a petition Thursday, alleging that her son died due to injuries inflicted by police on Tuesday night when violence broke out following the detention of Hardik Patel after his rally in Ahmedabad.
- The science behind Lionel Messi’s d … Sportskeeda - Sat 29 Aug, 2015
- LeBron James’ 67-day diet and how it … Sportskeeda - Fri 28 Aug, 2015
- Forget goals, get back to nature to … Reuters - Fri 28 Aug, 2015
By Magdalena Mis STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The way to achieve sustainable development is to reconnect with nature, not by setting international targets that are difficult to understand, according to a renowned Indian conservationist. A new set of development objectives - known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - is due to be adopted at a U.N. summit in September. "The SDGs are not the real way you can reach anything," Rajendra Singh told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of a global water conference in the Swedish capital.
- Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin joins Florida … Reuters - Fri 28 Aug, 2015
By Irene Klotz MELBOURNE, Fla. (Reuters) - Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the first Americans to land on the moon, will spearhead a new research institute in Florida aimed at paving a path toward Mars exploration and settlement, officials said on Thursday. The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute will be based at the Florida Institute of Technology, also known as Florida Tech, located about 40 miles (64 km) south of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Melbourne. Aldrin, 85, wants to expand his long-term space exploration program that includes human spaceflight, robotics and science initiatives.
- Sheena: Fresh evidence sent for tests, … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Fri 28 Aug, 2015
Officials at the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Kalina have been searching for a packet with three samples — a patch of pink-colour cloth, a broken tooth and a bone from a right shoulder. Until Thursday night, the packet, received in 2012 from police in Raigad, hadn’t been traced. It contains forensic pieces, which Raigad police believe, can provide “material DNA evidence” in the Sheena Bora murder probe.
- Recycling - fashion world's antidote … Reuters - Tue 25 Aug, 2015
By Anna Ringstrom STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Hennes & Mauritz, the world's second-biggest fashion retailer, is launching a new effort to promote recycling as it seeks to cut its environmental impact, boost its ethical credentials and address looming shortages of raw materials. Sweden's H&M, which is launching a line of jeans containing recycled cotton next week, will offer an annual 1-million-euro ($1.16 million) prize for new techniques to recycle clothes, Chief Executive Karl-Johan Persson told Reuters. "The (prize's) largest potential lies with finding new technology that means we can recycle the fibres with unchanged quality." As population pressure mounts, retailers like H&M are concerned about potential future shortages of cotton, which is heavily water and pesticide dependent.
- Two engineers return from the US to … YourStory Media Pvt. Ltd - Tue 25 Aug, 2015
- GM trials: Sharad Pawar tells PM Modi … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Mon 24 Aug, 2015
Reopening the debate on genetically modified (GM) crops, former Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do away with a rule introduced by his former cabinet colleague, Jairam Ramesh, with regard to field trials of such crops. Ramesh, then environment minister, had made it mandatory for developers of GM varieties to obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the concerned state government before going ahead with field trials. Pawar, who disagreed with Ramesh’s policy on GM crops even when they were part of the UPA cabinet, has now written to Modi saying the NOC requirement was not necessary and was in fact choking the growth of the agricultural biotechnology sector.
- Supreme Court panel says no to mega … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Mon 24 Aug, 2015
The Rs 2,315-crore Hubli-Ankola railway line, cutting across the Western Ghats in Karnataka, has been shown the red signal by a Supreme Court panel on forest and wildlife, which said that the project’s “huge and irreparable” ecological impact would “far outweigh” its “actual tangible benefits”. Last August, Railways Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, who is also a senior BJP leader from Karnataka, had claimed that he was in touch with Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on the issue and that the 168-km rail link project — conceived in 1998 primarily to transport iron ore from the Bellary-Hospet mines — would be cleared in a year. “These figures most effectively demonstrate the extraordinary high ecological and economic value of the forest land involved in the project,” it said, recommending that the apex court may direct the Environment Ministry not to reconsider or approve the project it had earlier rejected.
- ‘In last 5 years, intake of Indian students … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Sat 22 Aug, 2015
The German delegation was led by Stephan Lanzinger, counsellor and head of Science & Technology section of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Director of the German House for Research and Innovation, Dr Alexander P Hansen, was also present, as representatives of various German universities apprised the students of research opportunities. The delegation will be interacting with the students of Indian Institute of Science, Education & Research (IISER), Mohali, on Saturday.
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