Smoking to kill 200 million in China this century: WHO

BEIJING: Smoking-related diseases will claim 200 million lives in China this century and plunge tens of millions into poverty, a report said Friday. China is the world´s largest consumer and producer of tobacco, and the industry provides the government with colossal sums. In 2015, it recorded 1.1 trillion yuan ($160 billion) in profits, up 20 percent year-on-year. But a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said Friday that the Asian giant will suffer an economic toll if it does not urgently reduce its…

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China’s Huawei targets Amazon, Alibaba in public cloud service push

HONG KONG: Chinese telecoms equipment and smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on Tuesday said it aims to compete with Amazon.com Inc and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd as a global provider of public cloud services. The Shenzhen-based firm, which last month reported its slowest profit growth in five years, said it will expand in cloud computing with a dedicated division that will recruit 2,000 more people this year. “We used to focus on private cloud and did well,” Zheng Yelai, president of the new unit, said at an annual analyst…

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Facebook to review handling of videos after Cleveland killing

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc launched a review on Monday of how it handles violent videos and other objectionable material, saying it needed to do better after a video of a killing in Cleveland remained on its service for more than two hours on Sunday. The world’s largest social network plans to look for ways to make it easier for people to report videos and to speed up the process of reviewing items once they are reported, Justin Osofsky, Facebook’s vice president for global operations and media partnerships, said in a…

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‘Pink Star’ diamond: the world’s most expensive gem

HONG KONG: A giant diamond named the “Pink Star” broke the world record for a gemstone sold at auction when it fetched $71.2 million in Hong Kong on Tuesday. The 59.60-carat “Pink Star”, the largest in its class ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America, was sold to the city´s Chow Tai Fook jewellery chain. “Sotheby´s Hong Kong is very proud to have this record,” its Asia chairman Patti Wong told AFP after the sale. Sotheby´s worldwide chairman for international jewellery David Bennett, who conducted the auction, called it…

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China plans to finance $8 bn for Pakistan Railways’ Mainline

ISLAMABAD: China has shown its interest to fully finance over $8 billion for upgrading Pakistan Railways’ Mainline (ML-1) by enhancing amount of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) up to $54 billion from earlier committed amount of $51.5 billion. Beijing had already jacked up CPEC funding from $46 billion to $51.5 billion after indicating $5.5 billion for upgrading Pakistan Railways (PR) and now they are considering increasing it up to around $54 billion. “China wants to complete rail project on priority basis without involvement of any other multilateral or bilateral donors…

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‘Pakistan can become world’s 20th biggest economy’

KARACHI: Pakistan has an immense potential to become the world’s 20th largest economy by 2030, a UK lawmaker said on Saturday, terming the country as a land of opportunities. “Pakistan has a huge potential as there is a plenty of business opportunities in the country, particularly in Karachi, which is why UK parliamentarians are keen to strengthen and deepen relations with Pakistan,” British Parliamentarian Rehman Chishti said during a visit to the Karachi Expo Centre on the second day of ‘My Karachi Exhibition’. The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry…

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19 suspects held during search operations in Punjab: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: At least 19 suspects were apprehended during joint search operations in different areas of Punjab, Inter Services Public Relations said. According to the statement issued by ISPR, military’s media wing, the joint search operations were conducted by Punjab Rangers, police and intelligence agencies. Operations were conducted in DG Khan, Rojhan, Lahore, Narowal, Rawalpindi and Attock. Nineteen suspects were apprehended while cache of weapons and ammunition were also recovered.

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CPEC: China delivers third maritime patrol ship to Pakistan

GUANGZHOU: On April 11, China officially handed a 600-ton patrol ship over to Pakistan’s maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, People’s Daily reported. Among other things, the ship will be used to safeguard Pakistan’s maritime interests, the newspaper said. The new ship, just the third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd. (CSTC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Xijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Its two predecessors have already demonstrated their reliability and excellent performance during visits and exchanges, joint drills, maritime rescue and other missions…

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PSL 2017: Travel ban on cricketers involved in spot-fixing

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry on Monday barred cricketers under investigation for their involvement in spot-fixing scandal from leaving the country. The decision to place names on the Exit Control List (ECL) was taken during a meeting chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar and attended by the officials of PTA, FIA, and Nadra. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended five players after investigations revealed that they were in contact with bookies during the second edition of Pakistan Super League. The minister said those who have defamed Pakistan would be brought…

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Turkey police helicopter crash kills 12

ISTANBUL: A Turkish police helicopter crashed on Tuesday in a mountainous region in the east of the country, killing 12 people on board including police officers and a judge, the interior minister said. Speaking to journalists in a televised statement, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the crash was an “accident that appears to have been caused by weather conditions”. “Any other outside factor is out of the question,” he said, ruling out that the helicopter had come under attack. The Sikorsky helicopter, whose passengers included seven policemen, one judge and…

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