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Agricultural Bank of China debuts facial recognition withdrawal in Tibet

LHASA, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) — The Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) has introduced facial recognition technology at its automatic teller machines (ATM) in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. According to ABC’s branch in Tibet, by the end of 2017, 20 ATMs with facial recognition technology had been installed, with 14 …

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Record number of air passengers in Tibet for 2017

LHASA, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — Tibet Autonomous Region saw a record 4.51 million air passengers in 2017, up 11.9 percent from the previous year, the regional civil aviation administration said. Tibet’s civil aviation industry has been growing rapidly, becoming an important driver for the regional economy. The plateau region has …

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CPEC to be extended to Afghanistan

BY ABDUS SATTAR GHAZALI In an alarming development for India, after a meeting of foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, in Beijing on Tuesday (Dec 26), Chinese foreign minister Wang said China and Pakistan are willing to find out ways to extend China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the $57 billion …

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India and World Heritage Site, Taj Mahal

BY MUHAMMAD The Taj Mahal, an enduring testament to Shah Jahan’s everlasting love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, is visited by an estimated 3.5 million people every year and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Designated by UNESCO in 1983 as a world heritage site, …

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Revision of transboundary river treaties


BY RATNA SANSAR SHRESTHA, FCA Transboundary river means river that transcends boundaries. Rivers crossing boundaries of multiple users, countries and regions are transboundary rivers. Even lakes can be transboundary if shared by a number of countries (like Lake Superior in North America). In Nepal’s context Koshi, Gandaki and Karnali are …

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The biggest loser in Nepal’s elections

PRAKASH A. RAJ Nepali Congress, the grand old party of Nepal was reduced from the largest to a third place as a result of parliamentary and provincial elections held in November-December this year. Rashtriya Prajatantra party (RPP) a pro-Hindutva party, supporting constitutional monarchy could win only one seat in first-past-the-post …

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Where are China-India ties headed in 2018?

BY LONG XINGCHUN The year 2017 is doomed to be a special year in the history of China-India relations. The Doklam standoff pushed the two Asian powers to the brink of war, becoming the biggest crisis between them in the past 55 years. Bilateral ties have been blighted by three …

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Where geography is destiny

BY C. RAJA MOHAN A series of developments in the Subcontinent at the end of 2017 cast a pall of gloom over Delhi’s foreign policy discourse. The lament was about India losing to China in its own neighbourhood. After all, China has just signed a free trade agreement with the …

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