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Int’l congress on Islamic history, culture, heritage of Kashmir to be held on April 4-5

Staff Reporter. Islamabad. The Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), a subsidiary organ of the Organization of the Islamic.
Subsequently, IRCICA proposed to hold an International Congress in Pakistan on this topic in collaboration with NH LH Division and Government of Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK).In its Program of work for 2019, IRCICA has scheduled an International Congress on “Islamic History, Culture and Heritage of Kashmir” in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan and Government of AJK in mid-2019. The Congress will be held on 4th – 5th April 2019 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad.

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Man Drops Dead Rat In Food To Blackmail Restaurant, Arrested

In November last year, the man, surnamed Guo, brought his own rat to a popular food chain in China named Haidilao. Shanghaiist reports that the incident occurred in Beijing.
The man reportedly went to a Haidilao outlet with his wife and, 20 minutes into the meal, claimed that he had fished out a dead rat from his hot pot.The restaurant initially offered him a voucher for a free meal, which he refused.They then upped their offer to 20,000 yuan (approximately Rs 2 lakh), which Mr Guo again turned down. Instead, he demanded 5 million yuan (approximately Rs 5 crore) in compensation.When the two sides failed to reach an agreement, the restaurant went to the police. After an investigation, Mr Guo was found guilty of extortion and arrested.
At his court hearing on Tuesday, Guancha News reports, he admitted to planting the dead rat in his food in order to blackmail the restaurant and extort money. He explained that he found the dead rat while visiting his hometown in Henan province and brought it back to Beijing in a bottle.He added that he had only wanted a free meal, but later got “a bit greedy”.Click for more trending newsGet the latest election news, live updates and election schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on /elections.

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Letter From The Editor: His food safety budget is Gottlieb’s departing legacy

This is one of those “in-the-news” stories that you might not be expecting. Federal food safety appears to be on the precipice for its best budget year in its history.
That possibility is contained in 2020 budget submitted to Congress by the White House. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on a short list of domestic programs proposed go get budget increases.

Rather dramatic increases, in fact. If accepted by Congress, the FDAs payroll will grow by 455 to 18,052.Its total discretionary budget authority will reach $3.3 billion, an increase of $362 million.FDA food safety will increase by $52 million for a total of $1.122 billion.Putting aside food safety for a moment, the FDAs year-to-year gains in other areas are also dramatic. Its human drugs area rises by $266 million for a total of $1.98 billion. Biologics rise to $52 million; animal drugs and feeds, up $19 million; medical devices,$109 million more; and tobacco products, climbing $135 million.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb must get some of the credit for getting the submission delivered to Congress. His budget-writing success makes his surprise departure from the administration all the more curious.Some credit should probably also go to the Beltway-based Alliance for a Stronger FDA. In its own Washington D.C. words, the Alliance is a multi-stakeholder advocacy group that unites more than 150 patient and consumer groups, biomedical research advocates, health professions societies, individuals and industry to work to increase FDAs budget authority appropriations.That mouthful aside, The Alliance in the past decade has emerged as a force in the FDAs budget process. Between the executive budget writers and Congressional committees and staffs, it takes iron pants to follow the process from beginning to end.When the White House dropped the 2020 budget, Gottlieb and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannis issued a wordy joint statement boosting how the 2020 budget with funding for new resources and staff will allow FDA to enhance signal detection, response to outbreaks, and post-response evaluations.They explained how whole genome sequencing (WGS) is a game-changer.

generating more food safety investigations involving foods contaminated by pathogens.FDAs budget arguments are always better when the agency and its advocates can put numbers together with an effective verbal pitch.The budget submittal has $16 million to improve signal detection of foodborne illness and strengthen the response to food contamination. Another $16 million in new money will go for state cooperative agreements to conduct inspections; and $36 million for review human food ingredients.It unclear who at FDA will be responsible for getting the 2020 budget across the Congressional finish line now that Gottlieb is to be gone.The National Cancer Institutes Ned Sharpless is taking over as FDA Commissioner at least on a temporary basis.

Hes a fan of Gottliebs aggressive style and is a good bet for the job on a long-term basis.But the White House cut $900 million from the NCIs proposed 2020 budget, supporting increases only for childhood cancer.As promising as it Looks for FDA, it is still going to be a lengthy budget process.Food safety across all FDA programs will total $1.4 billion, an increase of $67 million over the fiscal year 2019. That includes $44 million in user fees.FDA has made the jump from building the regulatory framework to support the Food Safety Modernational Act of 2011 to enforcement.Congress passed the FSMA to prevent foodborne illness, not just respond to it.Theres been doubt about whether Congress would cash that check when it came due.   The outgoing FDA Commissioner has found a way to call those Congressional cards.

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Chinese shares slip over Fed dovish stance at next meet

Chinese shares edged lower on Tuesday as investors took profits after major stock indexes closed near 6-1/2 month highs in the previous session, but the downside was limited by the expectation that the U.S.
Image Credit: Pixabay investors took profits after major stock indexes closed near 6-1/2 month highs in the previous session, but the downside was limited by the expectation that the U.S. Federal Reserve would take a dovish stance at its meeting this week.At the midday break, the Shanghai Composite index was down 0.22 per cent at 3,089.50. China’s blue-chip CSI300 index was down 0.37 per cent. Both indexes closed near 6-1/2 month highs on Monday.
Hong Kong fell 0.46 per cent to 11,620.81, while the Hang Seng Index was down 0.25 per cent at 29,334.61. The smaller Shenzhen index was unchanged for the day and the start-up board ChiNext Composite index was higher by 0.12 per cent. Investors are looking to the Fed policy meeting to see whether policymakers have sufficiently lowered their interest rate forecasts to more closely align their “dot plot”, a diagram showing individual policymakers’ rate views for the next three years.
In contrast to broader market declines, nuclear power-related stocks surged after environmental impact assessments (EIA) for two nuclear power plant projects were submitted for approval to regulators on Monday, a vital stage in the resumption of China’s atomic energy programme after a three-year halt in new approvals. State-owned China National Nuclear Power jumped as much as 10 per cent to its highest since April 2018, before trimming gains.
It was last up 2.29 percent.Around the region, MSCI’s Asia ex-Japan stock index was weaker by 0.05 per cent, while Japan’s Nikkei index was down 0.16 per cent. The yuan was quoted at 6.7162 per U.S.dollar, 0.04 per cent weaker than the previous close of 6.7135. The largest percentage gainers on the main Shanghai Composite index were Lanzhou LS Heavy Equipment Co Ltd, up 10.09 per cent, followed by Hunan Chen Dian International Development Co Ltd, gaining 10.04 per cent, and Beijing Teamsun Technology Co Ltd, up by 10.04 per cent.CGN Power Co LtdChina Gas Holdings Ltd, which has fallen 4.44 per cent, Guangzhou Automobile Group Co Ltd, which has lost 2.8 per cent, and Shenzhou International Group Holdings Ltd, down by 2.6 per cent.In Hong Konggainer on the Hang Seng was Sino Biopharmaceutical Ltd, up 5.27 per cent, while the biggest loser was Shenzhou International Group Holdings Ltd, which was down 2.65 per cent.

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BJP slams Congress for equating PM Narendra Modi with 'Masood, Osama, Dawood and ISI'

New Delhi: Hours after Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said that 'MODI stands for Masood Azhar, Osama bin Laden, Dawood Ibrahim and ISI' the BJP hit back at the grand old party saying that India doesn't need enemies like Pakistan when it has …

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Huawei Sues US Government Over Ban on Its Products

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies on Thursday confirmed it is suing the US government over a section of a defence bill passed into law last year that restricted its business in the United States.
“The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products.We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort,” Huawei Rotating Chairman Guo Ping said in a statement.”This ban not only is unlawful, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming US consumers.We look forward to the court’s verdict, and trust that it will benefit both Huawei and the American people.””Lifting the NDAA ban will give the US Government the flexibility it needs to work with Huawei and solve real security issues,” Guo said.
In its lawsuit, Huawei said its “equipment and services are subject to advanced security procedures, and no backdoors, implants, or other intentional security vulnerabilities have been documented in any of the more than 170 countries in the world where Huawei equipment and services are used.”The privately owned firm has embarked on a public relations and legal offensive as Washington lobbies allies to abandon Huawei when building 5G mobile networks, centring on a 2017 Chinese law requiring companies cooperate with national intelligence work.
Founder and Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei No proof,The NDDA bans the US government from doing business with Huawei or compatriot peer ZTE Corp or from doing business with any company that has equipment from the two firms as a “substantial or essential component” of their system.In its lawsuit, filed in US District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, Huawei argues that the section of the law is illegal because it could sharply limit the company’s ability to do business in the United States despite no proof of wrongdoing.
Separately, the lawsuit also alleges that Huawei has been denied due process and that Congress, by stripping Huawei of US commercial opportunities, has violated the “separation of powers” portion of the constitution by doing the work of the courts.UPHILL BATTLE:Some legal experts, however, said Huawei’s lawsuit is likely to be dismissed because US courts are reluctant to second-guess national security determinations by other branches of government.The lawsuit “will be an uphill battle because Congress has broad authority to protect us from perceived national security threats,” said Franklin Turner, a government contracts lawyer at McCarter English.In November 2018, a federal appeals court rejected a similar lawsuit filed by Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, which was challenging a ban on the use of the company’s software in US government networks.
The Texas court hearing Huawei’s case will not be bound by that decision, but will likely adopt its reasoning because of the similarities in the two disputes, said Steven Schwinn, a professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.”I don’t see how (Huawei) can really escape that result,” said Schwinn.Retribution:The legal action and public relations outreach compare with a more restrained response in December emphasising “trust in justice” when its chief financial officer, Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Vancouver at US request.The United States has accused Meng – Ren’s daughter – of bank and wire fraud related to breaches of trade sanctions against Iran.
Meng appeared in court on Wednesday during which her lawyer expressed concern that the allegations have a political character, raising US President Donald Trump’s comments on the case.Separately, Meng, who is fighting extradition, is suing Canada’s government for procedural wrongs in her arrest.The case had strained relations with China, which this week accused two arrested Canadians of stealing state secrets in a move widely seen as retribution for Meng’s arrest.While Meng is under house arrest in Vancouver, it is unclear where the two Canadians are being detained in China.Sources previously told Reuters that at least one of the Canadians did not have access to legal representation.Change of tuneRen met international media for the first time in several years in mid-January, calling US President Donald Trump “great” and refraining from commenting directly on Meng’s case.Shifting tone, Ren in mid-February said Meng’s arrest was politically motivated and “not acceptable”.Long before Trump initiated a trade war with China, Huawei’s activities were under scrutiny by US authorities, according to interviews with 10 people familiar with the Huawei probes and documents related to the investigations seen by Reuters.

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Historical village celebrating Women’s History Month with exhibit

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village will honor some of the women who made history on Sanibel for Women’s History Month. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month to honor the extraordinary achievements of American.
In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month to honor the extraordinary achievements of American women.A different female Sanibel pioneer will be featured in each of the village’s nine buildings.Some of the women highlighted are:Article PhotosMary Dos Santos Bowen Elinor Dormer- Mary Dos Santos Bowen Aa native of Trinidad, Bowen traveled to Sanibel in 1887 with her husband and two children.She was married to Oliver Bowen, a Confederate veteran. When it came time to homestead, Bowen had to be the homesteader, because no one who bore arms against the United States was allowed to homestead.Together they ran and worked their 80-acre farm, growing vegetables for northern markets. She soon became the farmer, as her husband had become eccentric and spent most of his time in a hammock strung between two palm trees over his well.
In 1894, at his request, he was buried in this well. After he died, an older Bowen son from a prior marriage showed up to claim his inheritance – her homestead.
He sent Bowen and her then-f4-year-old son packing back to Trinidad. He sent the other children to a northern relation, and then leased out the farmland.

– Elinor DormerA conservationist dedicated to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Dormer helped formulate the historical preservation section of Sanibel’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan. She was instrumental in getting the Sanibel Lighthouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places.After the toll bridge was built, Dormer worked to preserve the island’s historical buildings and helped form the city’s Historical Preservation Committee. The group was the power behind the formation of the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village in 1984.Dormer authored “The Seashell Islands” in 1987 after interviews with island families and research into the origins of the island’s history. Her book has long been considered the quintessential book on the history of Sanibel.Dormer’s parents, Ross and Daisy Mayer, built the Sears kit home Shore Haven, in 1924 that serves as the museum’s welcome center.The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.Free guided tours are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.based upon docent availability.Admission costs $10 for ages 18 and older; children and members are free.
For information, call 239-472-4648 or visit online at Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is at 950 Dunlop Road.

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