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Japan approves a measure to research the capabilities to jam hostile communication satellites. The government plans to possess the capability to jam hostile communication satellites in outer space, a new policy stipulated in a draft outline of the next National Defense Program Guidelines set to be approved by the Cabinet as early as Tuesday next week. The government submitted on Tuesday this week draft outlines of the guidelines as well as of the Medium Term Defense Program (fiscal 2019-23), which are compiled based on the national defense guidelines, to the ruling parties’ working team and gained general approval. The new national defense guidelines are characterized as reinforcement of counter-capabilities in new domains including space, cyberspace and electromagnetic waves. The outline calls for advancing the “consolidation of the Ground, Maritime an
Vijay Mallya can be extradited back to India, a UK court rules. A London court on Monday ordered extradition of liquor baron Vijay Mallya to India, where the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines boss is wanted for alleged in financial irregularities and loan default ammounting to over $1 billion US Dollars. The Vijay Mallya extradition case has been referred to UK Secretary of State Sajid Javid, who will pass an order based on the verdict. In a setback to Mallya, Westminster Magistrates’ Court Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot ruled that that there was “no sign of a false case being mounted against him”, adding he could be extradited to India to stand trial on the charges brought by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Department, a PTI report said. “Having considered evidence as a whole.
Nepal’s new social security scheme—a campaign that marketing analysts said was worth millions of rupees – was overshadowed by a government publicity stunt. It was supposed to be an earnest attempt to launch the nation’s first contribution-based social security scheme. But millions of residents in Kathmandu woke up on Tuesday morning to receive their newspapers that carried a jacket advertisement featuring a gargantuan picture of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli with a slogan–“Beginning of a new era.” For many, it was more of the same. Over a dozen newspapers, online news outlets, floating street banners and billboard posts were plastered with the prime minister’s image announcing the social security scheme—a campaign that marketing analysts said was
A Chinese scientist’s attempt to produce the world’s first gene-edited babies who are immune to HIV has sparked heated controversy among those in academia and the public. In an online video posted on Monday, He Jiankui, a biological researcher, announced that a pair of twin baby girls, Lulu and Nana, were born healthy a few weeks ago through in-vitro fertilization with genetic editing technology that can prevent them from being infected with HIV. “The mother started her pregnancy by regular IVF with one difference: right after sending her husband’s sperm into her eggs, we also sent in a little bit of protein and instruction for a gene surgery,” He, from the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, said in the video. “Lulu and Nana were just a single cell when the surgery removed the doorway through which HIV enters to infect people.̶
A racist ad and Instagram post has prompted massive backlash at luxury brand Dolce and Gabbana in China. Chinese e-commerce firm Yangmatou has taken 58,000 Dolce & Gabbana (D&G) products off its site, saying “the motherland is more important than anything else”. On Alibaba’s Tmall shopping portal, a search for D&G returned no results, as did a check on JD.com’s site. The boycott comes after the Italian fashion house’s Chinese advertising campaign was deemed racist and insensitive, with the fallout also causing the cancellation of its Shanghai show on Wednesday. Bloomberg reported that the advertising clips
Samsung gradually being pressed by clients like Apple to use renewable energy. Samsung Electronics and 11 large South Korean companies pledged to expand the use of renewable energy and called for the creation of a system that would enable businesses to purchase renewable energy during an energy forum in Seoul on Thursday. The 12 companies, including Samsung Electronics, SK hynix, Shinhan Financial Group, KB Financial Group, Industrial Bank of Korea, AB InBev and Ikea Korea, announced in a joint statement, “We recognize the importance of companies’ responsibility and roles (concerning) climate change. … We will actively expand the use of renewable energy.” The companies also have a number of global clients and partners that belong to RE100, a global campaign to go 100 percent renewable in offices, buildings and production plants. The 155 member companies include Apple, BMW, Volkswagen, Google, Fa