Li Keqiang gets close look at China-made tractor

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Li gets close look at China-made tractor

Premier Li Keqiang receives an introduction to the Zoomlion 230-horsepower tractor fromthe company’s deputy director, Wang Jinfu, in Kaifeng, Henan province, on Monday. China previously depended on overseas technology for such products. WU ZHIYI / CHINADAILY

Premier Li Keqiang called on Monday for further efforts to drive agriculturalmodernization and manufacturing upgrades amid China’s economic transformation.

Li, during his inspection tour in Central China’s Henan province, visited an agriculturalmachinery manufacturing plant in Kaifeng and climbed aboard on a newly made tractordeveloped using domestic technology.

The premier had previously proposed developing high-powered tractors to achievetechnological breakthrough.

Li also visited people living in a floodplain.

The tractor company recently designed and began making the farm tractor, which ispowered by a 230-horsepower engine — a product that used to be dependent on overseastechnology.

Wang Hongmei, the company’s office director, said the tractors are eagerly awaited inNortheast China as well as the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, where large-scalefarming and deep plowing are common.

Li, boarding the tractor and learning in detail about its operation from Wang Jinfu, deputydirector of Zoomlion, stressed that such technology upgrades should be more widelyapplied to agriculture modernization.

With almost all control panels inside the operator’s cab, Wang explained that the tractorcan be controlled with only one hand.

The application of big data as well as an internet platform also is used by the company forproduct information collection, as it also developed an internet monitoring platform for allof its machinery products across China.

Breakdown in any area of a machine will be monitored by the internet platform terminal, while such information and data platform are also used for Zoomlion sales.

The company has seen a consecutive increase in sales from January to April this year.

Henan province, located alongside the lower reaches of the Yellow River, has long reliedon agricultural production.

On Monday, Li paid visits to several households in Lizhuang township along the YellowRiver floodplain area, where in villages scattered in low-lying areas suffer frequentflooding. Li urged the relocation of these villages. The township has 18 villages undergoingsuch conditions.


Source : China Daily

Evacuation of 1st batch of militants and their families from Barzeh neighborhood in Damascus

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Damascus – The first batch of militants and some of their family members exited on Monday from Barzeh neighborhood in Damascus and headed north as part of the implementation of an agreement to end the armed manifestations in Barzeh neighborhood in preparation for the return of all state institutions to it.

A number of buses carrying tens of militants and some of their family members exited Barzeh area towards the northern countryside, adding that the evacuation of the militants who reject the reconciliation agreement and their families will be carried out in successive batches throughout the next few days until the neighborhood is completely cleared of all armed manifestations, in addition to settling the legal status of the other gunmen in the neighborhood in accordance with the Amnesty Decree No. 15 for 2016, SANA reported.


Dozens Gather outside ICRC in Damascus to Express Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

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The Syrian Arab Popular Committee for Supporting Palestinian People and Resisting Zionist scheme has organized a solidarity stand with Palestinian prisoners, who have gone on hunger strike in Israeli jails.

The stand was held Tuesday outside the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Damascus with the participation of the visiting delegation of National commission for supporting Arab resistance and resisting normalization with the Zionist entity in Tunisia and Arab Nation League, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The agency clarified that Secretary-General of the Arab Nation League Hala al-As’ad read a statement during which she asserted that the hunger strike is one of the forms of resistance and national struggle against Israeli occupation authority’s violation of occupied Arab lands.

She called on world humanitarian organizations to act against Zionist entity’s practices towards Palestinians.

SJU backs Palestinian prisoners  

Yesterday, Syrian Journalists Union announced its support for the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike, stressing that Zionist entity practices state terrorism and turns a deaf ear to the international community’s humanitarian calls.

“Heroes, who have been able to confront occupier outside jails, are now able to go ahead with their confrontation and to achieve the goals of the hunger strike,” the statement said.

On April 17, hundreds of Palestinians started an open hunger strike in protest of occupation authority’s practice of detentions without trial that has been applied against thousands since the 1980s.

The hunger striking prisoners’ demands include: an end to the transfer of Palestinian prisoners from the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) into prisons in “Israel”; regular family visits; proper medical care; an end to Israel’s practice of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial in so-called administrative detentions; and stopping the use of solitary confinement.

Basma Qaddour

Source : The Syria Times

Monument to Shamahmudov’s family erected in new place

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Monument to Shamahmudov’s family erected in new place

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — A monument to the family of Shaahmed Shamahmudov, who sheltered 15 children of different nationalities during the World War II, was erected in the center of Tashkent.

The monument, which is named as the Monument of Friendship, was installed in Tashkent in 1982. In 2008, it was relocated to one of district of Tashkent city.

The monument to the family of Shaahmed Shamahmudov was relocated from Tashkent suburbs to Friendship Park (former Babur Park).

The monument was installed near the Peace Bell in Friendship Park.

Source : UzDaily

Shavkat Mirziyoyev puts wreath to the monument of Grieving Mother

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Shavkat Mirziyoyev puts wreath to the monument of Grieving Mother

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — Uzbekistan is celebrating Day of Remembrance and Honour on 9 May 2017. Events dedicated to the 72nd victory over Fascism are taking place across the country.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev put wreath to the monument of Grieving Mother in Tashkent city.

After laying the wreath to the monument, Uzbek President bowed to the monument and familiarized with the Memory Square.

Representatives of various state bodies also laid the wreathes to the monument of Grieving Mother.

President of Uzbekistan also takes part in the event, dedicate to the Day of Remembrance and Honour, in the territory of Scientific-research institute of gardening, viticulture and winemaking named after academician Mahmud Mirzaev.

Uzbekistan TV channel is conducting live broadcasting from the event.


Source : UzDaily

(LEAD) Chronology of major events leading to Moon’s presidential election

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SEOUL, May 10 (Yonhap) — The following is a chronology of major events leading to Moon Jae-in’s victory in the presidential election Tuesday, which came in the wake of the impeachment of former president Park Geun-hye.

March 10, 2017: The Constitutional Court upholds the parliamentary impeachment of Park in a unanimous decision, immediately removing her from office.

March 15: The government announces it will hold an election to pick Park’s successor on May 9. Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn says he will not run for president, dealing a blow to the conservative bloc.

March 21: Park is summoned by state prosecutors for the first time for a face-to-face interrogation that lasts a total of 21 hours, the longest for any former president who has been questioned in a criminal investigation.

March 27: The prosecution files a request with a local court to issue an arrest warrant for Park.

March 28: Yoo Seong-min, a four-term lawmaker and former aide to Park, wins the presidential primary of the conservative Bareun Party, which splintered off from the then-ruling Saenuri Party in the wake of Park’s impeachment.

March 30: Former President Park appears at a Seoul district court for a hearing on her arrest.

March 31: A Seoul court issues a warrant for the arrest of Park Geun-hye over corruption charges. The former president is placed in custody at a detention center just south of Seoul.

Meanwhile, South Gyeongsang Province Governor Hong Joon-pyo wins the presidential primary of the former ruling party, which has been renamed from the Saenuri Party to the Liberty Korea Party since Park’s impeachment.

April 3: Moon Jae-in, a former human rights lawyer and chief of staff to former liberal President Roh Moo-hyun, wins the presidential primary of the largest Democratic Party. He commands the highest approval rating among all presidential contenders at some 30-40 percent. Meanwhile, a survey released by The Opinion shows Ahn Cheol-soo of the center-left People’s Party overtaking Moon in a hypothetical matchup with 43.6 percent against 36.4 percent. It is the first poll in which Moon trails Ahn.

April 4: Ahn Cheol-soo, a former software mogul and co-founder of the center-left People’s Party, wins the presidential primary of his party. His nomination completes the lineup for the election.

April 13: The five leading presidential candidates engage in their first joint TV debate, hosted by local broadcaster SBS and the Journalists Association of Korea.

April 15-16: Presidential candidates register their bids with the National Election Commission, the nation’s election watchdog.

April 17: The official presidential campaign kicks off for a 22-day period until the day before the election.

April 25-30: Overseas voting takes place at 204 polling stations in 116 countries, with a record-high turnout of 221,981 overseas voters, or 75.3 percent of those who had registered to vote.

May 2: Thirteen lawmakers announce their defection from the Bareun Party, saying they will return to the Liberty Korea Party and support its presidential candidate Hong Joon-pyo. Meanwhile, the five candidates engage in their final TV debate hosted by the National Election Commission.

May 3: In the last opinion surveys published ahead of the election, Moon Jae-in maintains a strong lead over his rivals. In a survey by Realmeter, he gains 42.4 percent, while Hong Joon-pyo and Ahn Cheol-soo tie in second place at 18.6 percent. In a Gallup survey, Moon leads the pack with 38 percent, followed by Ahn at 20 percent and Hong at 16 percent.

May 4-5: Early voting takes place across the nation, drawing a record 11.07 million people, or 26.06 percent of the electorate, to cast their ballots in advance. It marks the nation’s first early voting for a presidential election.

May 9: Moon wins the election to become South Korea’s 19th president.



Source : Yonhap News Agency

(5th LD) Moon Jae-in seen sure to win South Korea’s presidential election

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By Byun Duk-kun and Song Sang-ho

SEOUL, May 9 (Yonhap) — Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party was believed to have won South Korea’s presidential election held Tuesday with an exit poll placing him in the lead with an apparently irreversible gap over his rivals.

Moon was estimated to have garnered 41.4 percent of all votes, according to the exit poll conducted by three major local broadcasters — MBC, KBS and SBS.

The front-runner was followed by Hong Joon-pyo of the conservative Liberty Korea Party with 23.3 percent.

The outcome of the exit poll was announced as the one-day voting came to an end at 8 p.m.

Apparently seeing no possibility of the actual outcome of the vote being any different from the exit poll, Moon said his election, if confirmed, would mark the people’s and the party’s victory.

“It will mark the victory of the people’s desperate wish for a government change. We did our utmost to help realize this aspiration of the people, and I believe that was the driving force that enabled our victory today,” Moon told his supporters and party officials at the party’s Seoul headquarters.

Hong hinted at his acceptance of defeat, suggesting that his winning more than 20 percent of all votes in the election would mark success in its own way.

“If the outcome of the exit poll is true, I will be happy to have rebuilt the party that had collapsed,” he told reporters.

The former ruling party, previously called the Saenuri Party, was split in two after the defection late last year of 33 lawmakers who backed the parliamentary impeachment of then-President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal. They later created the Bareun Party in January.

Moon Jae-in, the presidential candidate of the liberal Democratic Party, speaks to his supporters and party officials at the National Assembly after an exit poll showed him set to win South Korea's presidential election held May 9, 2017. (Yonhap)

Moon Jae-in, the presidential candidate of the liberal Democratic Party, speaks to his supporters and party officials at the National Assembly after an exit poll showed him set to win South Korea’s presidential election held May 9, 2017. (Yonhap)

Park was removed from office on March 10 by a Constitutional Court ruling that upheld the parliamentary impeachment, setting the stage for the rare presidential by-election held Tuesday.

The election had been viewed to be tilted in favor of liberal candidates as it followed the corruption scandal that led to her arrest and indictment.

Ahn Cheol-soo of the center-left People’s Party was expected to finish third, with the exit poll showing him winning 21.8 percent of all votes cast in the election.

The software billionaire-turned-politician acknowledged his defeat.

“I humbly accept the people’s choice. I hope for the Republic of Korea to move forward into the future,” he told a press conference, referring to his country by its official name.

Yoo Seong-min of the splinter conservative Bareun Party came in a distant fourth with 7.1 percent, followed by Sim Sang-jeung of the progressive Justice Party with 5.9 percent, the exit poll showed.

As of 10:45 p.m., Moon had 38 percent of some 4 million votes counted so far, while Hong trailed with 28.2 percent and Ahn 21.2 percent, according to the National Election Commission.

Because the latest presidential election was to fill the country’s now vacant top executive office, the successful candidate’s single five-year term will begin immediately after confirmation of the election result by the NEC.

The NEC earlier said counting all the votes may take up to 10 hours, but that the winner could emerge as early as around midnight.

The election watchdog said 77.2 percent of all eligible voters cast their ballots in Tuesday’s election.

It marked the highest voter turnout in a presidential election over the past two decades. The last presidential election held in 2012 posted a turnout rate of 75.8 percent, following a 63 percent turnout five years earlier.

The high turnout rate in Tuesday’s election may indicate a high public interest in a possible regime change following the massive corruption scandal involving the former president.

Also, a record number of more than 11 million or over 26 percent of the total 42.4 million eligible voters cast their ballots over a two-day early voting period held last week.



Source : Yonhap News Agency