Asia Scoops


CHINA UNVEILS ‘TOMATO AND EGGS’ 2016 OLYMPIC UNIFORM

Hong Kong (CNN) The idea was to wrap Chinese athletes in the flag. Instead, the team being sent to the Rio Olympics this year will be wearing what some have likened to “stir-fried tomatoes and eggs.”For years, China’s national colors of red and yellow have attracted unflattering comment when used as inspiration for team uniforms,The uniform features a red coat, white shirt and patterned tie for male competitors..
Belle Gibson: Australian blogger who faked cancer faces legal action

Belle Gibson gained fame in Australia after she claimed to have beaten cancer using Ayurvedic medicine, oxygen therapy and a gluten and refined sugar- free diet rather than medical intervention. She launched a successful app and cookbook, but later admitted the diagnosis was made up. Consumer Affairs Victoria is aiming to prosecute Ms Gibson for allegedly breaking Australian consumer law.
Ahead of Jio launch, RIL introduces 4G LYF smartphone brand

A head of Reliance Jio Launch, Reliance Retail has introduced its entry level range of LYF smartphones, LYF Wind 6 and LYF Flame 1. The devices come equipped with technology such as VoLTE and VoWi-Fi, which will deliver 4G experience when used on a VoLTE supporting network. LYF Flame 1 and LYF Wind 6 comes for a price of Rs 6,490 and Rs 7,090 respectively.
India, Japan ink Mou on peaceful use of nuclear energy

The Joint Statement issued after Modi-Abe meeting, clarified that the final document sealing the nuclear deal will take some time to emerge, when a certain finalization of technical details are done with. India will be able to access a new generation of nuclear reactors, over 1000 MW and hi-tech safety features, with the Indo-Japanese nuclear agreement.
Fortescue calls in debt amid iron ore
collapse


Major Australian iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group has launched a tender offer to call in $750 million of debt, in a bid to reduce interest cost amid a commodities price collapse. Prices of iron ore have tanked more than 30 percent this year due to slowing growth in China, hitting miners like Fortescue and its competitors Vale, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.
Hyundai Motor India plans launch of 2-3 new models every year till 2020

Hyundai Motor India plans to launch 2-3 new models every year till 2020 as a part of its efforts to further consolidate its position in the country. The auto major, which is the second largest car maker in India, eyes 1 per cent growth in its market share each year during the period….
Pakistan morgues run out of space as heat wave kills more than 1,000

The worst heat wave to hit Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi in 35 years has killed more than 1,000 people. Morgues ran out of space and residents rushed to supply over-stretched public hospitals. Tents offering iced water and rehydration salts have mushroomed on street corners, run by rival political parties and the military. The heat wave in the city of 20 million people coincided with severe electricity cuts….
Nepal earthquake: How India and China vie for infl uence

India and China’s quick response to the Nepal earthquake is another example of the two Asian giants’ jostle for influence in the Himalayan state. India lost no time in sending aircraft to Kathmandu carrying disaster response forces, medical teams, food, medicines and rescue equipment. China promptly flew in rescue teams, sniffer dogs, medical equipment, tents, blankets and generators.
ALIBABA INVESTS $200 MILLION IN SNAPCHAT

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is investing $200 million in photo-messaging app Snapchat, a source familiar with the deal said, striking its latest Silicon Valley deal as the Chinese ecommerce company builds up mobile services. The investment values the Los Angeles-based company at around $15 billion, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the situation. This places the four-year-old company into the top ranks of privately held startups.
PAKISTAN SCHOOL ATTACK: TALIBAN KILL 132 CHILDREN, 13 OTHERS

In Pakistan’s bloodiest ever terror attack, Taliban militants stormed into the Army Public School in the city of Peshawar and killed atleast 141 people, mostly children. Claiming responsibility for the attack, the group said that it was revenge for killings of Taliban members at the hands of Pakistani authorities.
18TH SAARC SUMMIT CONCLUDES IN NEPAL

The 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has concluded in Kathmandu, Nepal on November 27. The SAARC nations failed to achieve any major breakthrough amid the shadow of regional rivalry between India and Pakistan.
India’s Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala win 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, and Pakistani girl rights activist Malala Yousafzai, have jointly won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
India reaches Mars, creates history

India created history after its first mission to Mars achieved success. The Mars Orbiter Mission vehicle, Mangalyaan, entered the Red Planet’s orbit on September 24. India is the first Asian nation to reach Mars and the first in the world to achieve success in its maiden attempt.
Indian PM Modi’s maiden visit to Kashmir

In his first visit to Jammu & Kashmir after assuming office, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a railway line in the state and a hydel power project in the Kashmir valley. However, his visit was marred by a protest strike called by separatist groups.
Deadly Everest avalanche kills at least 12 Sherpas

A high altitude avalanche has killed at least 12 local climbers and left several others injured in one of the deadliest accidents involving the world’s highest peak.
Crimea: Russia stares down the West

In what is possibly the biggest crisis since the Cold War, an impending face-off between Russia and the West, especially the US, seems imminent over the peninsula of Crimea in southern Ukraine. Despite US warnings, pro-Russia armed men have gained control and a referendum saw 97 per cent of Crimeans wanting to join Russia. Crimea has already shifted to Moscow Time Zone and is effectively now a part of Russia.
Thailand holds elections amid anti-govt protests

Thailand went to polls amid widespread protests by anti-government protesters asking for postponement of elections. The protesters are backed by the Democrat party of Thailand and the government has responded by cracking down on the agitators. The incumbent Yingluck Shinawatra-led, Pheu Thai party, is expected to win but faces tough challenges.
Belle Gibson: Australian blogger who faked cancer faces legal action

Belle Gibson gained fame in Australia after she claimed to have beaten cancer using Ayurvedic medicine, oxygen therapy and a gluten and refined sugar- free diet rather than medical intervention. She launched a successful app and cookbook, but later admitted the diagnosis was made up. Consumer Affairs Victoria is aiming to prosecute Ms Gibson for allegedly breaking Australian consumer law. The regulator said it had conducted an in-depth investigation of Ms Gibson’s activities
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