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World Economic Forum Characterized By Discord Over Issues Like Brexit And World Trade

New Delhi: While domestic woes sidelined major figures like US President Donald Trump, this year’s gathering of the global elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos showcased divisions on pressing issues like trade and the environment.

In the end, a spunky 16-year-old Swedish climate activist all but stole the show.

The World Economic Forum, which wrapped up on January 25, was characterized by discord over momentous issues like Brexit and world trade. Many of the leaders closest to those questions — from Trump to Britain’s Theresa May and China’s Xi Jinping — did not show up as they had in past years...

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Pakistan Diplomat Says, There Is No Cultural And Religious Repression In Xinjiang Province

New Delhi: A senior Pakistani diplomat said there is no cultural and religious repression in Xinjiang province, amid mounting international criticism about China’s decision to hold members of Muslim Uyghur community inside camps, which Beijing says are vocational training institutes.

Pakistan’s support of China’s policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), said to be specifically targeting the Uyghurs, comes as Beijing mounts a sophisticated and large-scale publicity campaign to blunt international condemnation of the camps.

From denying the existence of the camps until October, China is now inviting diplomats and journalists to visit the province to take chaperoned tours of the “training institutes”.

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Kamala Harris Raises More Than $1 Million Funds After Announcing Her Presidential Bid For 2020

New Delhi: Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin Senator, has raised a whopping more than USD 1 million funds within 24 hours after announcing her presidential bid for 2020.

Harris, 54, officially launched her campaign for the US presidential election in 2020 to take on President Donald Trump on Monday, saying she was “honoured” to announce her bid on a day when Americans celebrated Martin Luther King Jr who sought inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi.

In the 24 hours after Harris made the announcement on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, 38,000 donors gave USD 1.5 million to her campaign, the Fox News reported. “Thanks to to you, we surpassed USD 1.5 million in grassroots contributions in under 24 hours,” Harris tweeted.

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One Of The Organisers Distances Itself From Controversial Event Of EVM Hacking

New Delhi: One of the organisers distanced itself from the controversial event of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) hacking. This has happened a day after an individual sought to demonstrate EVM hacking in London.

While the Foreign Press Association (FPA) “strongly” dissociated itself from the event, the other organiser, Indian Journalists Association (IJA), called for an inquiry into allegations made at the event.

The FPA (founded in 1888) said it “strongly disassociates” itself from claims made by the speaker, who called himself Syed Shuja. “The Foreign Press Association strongly disassociates itself with any claims made by the speaker Syed Shuja during the #IJA event in London yesterday. Not one of the masked speaker’s accusations have so far been corroborated,” the FPA said in a tweet.

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China’s Economy On Slowing Trajectory As It Shifts From Investment-Led Model While Carrying A Heavy Debt Load

New Delhi: China isn’t set to come to the rescue of a weakening world economy even amid signs policy makers are successfully cushioning some of its slowdown. A wave of data released on Monday showed December gauges of consumption and factory output in the world’s second-largest economy accelerated and investment held up even as expansion in the fourth quarter dipped to 6.4 per cent, the softest since 2009.

The upshot of all the numbers is that while a slump may for now be avoided, the government’s preference for drip-feed stimulus means a rebound in growth is also unlikely too. That risks disappointing the investors and business leaders descending on Davos for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting and who are already concerned by trade wars, the US government shutdown and Brexit.