SHANGHAI: The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to back protesters in Hong Kong and send a warning to China about human rights, sending two bills to the White House where President Donald Trump is expected to sign them into law. Mass protests for more democracy and autonomy have roiled Hong Kong for more than five months, with escalating violence and fears that China will ratchet up its response to stop the civil disobedience. The "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act", which the Senate passed unanimously on Tuesday, would put the former British colony's special treatment by the United States under tighter scrutiny linked to Hong Kong's autonomy from Beijing. A second bill, which the Senate also approved unanimously on Tuesday, would ban the export of certain crowd-control munitions to Hong Kong authorities. What next? The two bills have been sent to the White House, where U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign them into law. Once that happens, the … [Read more...] about US legislation on Hong Kong: What does it mean?
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On Wednesday, US-based Invesco-Oppenheimer Developing Markets Fund agreed to pick up 11 per cent stake in Zee Entertainment Enterprises, the flagship media company of Subhash Chandra’s Essel Group. The fund will pick up the stake for a consideration of Rs 4,224 crore, and the purchase will increase its shareholding in the company to 18.7 per cent. Zee Entertainment said that proceeds from the stake sale would go towards paying off loans worth Rs 13,000 crore that the Essel group has across various group companies, particularly in infrastructure, and will also help avert a looming default of Rs 7,000 crore of payments to mutual fund investors in September. The “Essel Group had initiated the process of divesting its key assets, with an aim to repay all the lenders by September 2019,” the statement said. Why did investors show interest? This announcement comes days after the company announced a nearly 40 per cent jump in its profit at Rs 512 crore on a revenue of Rs … [Read more...] about Explained: What Zee stake sale means to media company, and investors
'Such launches don't happen every day. I consider myself lucky.' Photograph: Kind courtesy Warina Hussain/Instagram Say what you will about the fate of her debut film LoveYatri, Warina Hussain won many hearts with her simplicity and gorgeous looks. Five months after its theatrical release, LoveYatri is set to premiere on television on Sunday, February 17, on &pictures and Warina is very excited. Produced by Salman Khan, LoveYatri saw the movie debut of his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma. Despite much pre-release buzz, the film failed at the box-office. Warina thanks the superstar for putting his trust in a newcomer and changing her life forever. "Whenever I have to speak about him, I run out of words," she tells Rediff.com Contributor Mohnish Singh. Will you watch LoveYatri on television? I would love to watch it on TV if I have the chance. I don't have a TV at home. I don't watch TV. I am a workaholic and very busy. I am more of a book reader. I am currently reading M F Husain's … [Read more...] about ‘The failure of a film does not matter’
Email RN By Antony Funnell for Rear Vision Updated November 08, 2018 11:22:37 Photo: The 'One China' policy was designed to be deliberately ambiguous. (Getty: Kecl) Related Story: Why China's humiliating defeat in the Opium Wars still matters today Map: China The "One China" policy means there is only one Chinese nation and that it is governed from Beijing. Right? Wrong.In fact, the policy allows for the existence of two separate Chinese entities, not one. They are People's Republic of China (PRC), governed by the Communist Party from Beijing, and the Republic of China (ROC), based on the island of Taiwan and governed by the Democratic Progressive Party.If that sounds confusing, it's because it is. The policy was designed to be deliberately ambiguous. Listen to the episodeWhat does 'One China' mean? Is it a power for peace? Or is it leading toward armed conflict in the Indo-Pacific? To further complicate matters, the One China policy isn't actually one policy at all, … [Read more...] about ‘One China’ means different things to different people. It also might mean war
On the title page of the Top Secret Report, Henderson-Brooks quotes the Chinese tactician Sun Tzu: 'Know yourself, know your enemy: A hundred battles, a hundred victories', says Claude Arpi, highlighting where the Indian Army and government failed to counter the Chinese attack in 1962. It was probably late 1963. A senior Indian Army officer, just released from a Prisoner of War camp in Tibet where he had spent seven months in dreadful conditions, had gone to the Grindlays Bank in Connaught Place in New Delhi. As he entered the bank, he saw a familiar figure at one of the counters. He had served under this person before being taken prisoner to Tibet by the People's Liberation Army of China. The officer was one of hundreds of ill-fated jawans and officers caught by the Chinese at the front, near the Namkha Chu (river) in the Tawang sector of West Kameng Frontier Division (today the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh). Hundreds of others were even less lucky; they never returned from … [Read more...] about Memories of ’62: Does India know China today?