China on Thursday held a high-profile celebration to mark what its President Xi Jinping described as “a complete victory” in eliminating absolute poverty. Mr. Xi said over the past eight years under his term, 98.99 million poor in rural areas had been lifted out of poverty while all the 832 designated “impoverished counties” and 128,000 “impoverished villages” had been removed from the government’s list. He described the lifting of close to 100 million people out of poverty in eight years as “a miracle” that would “go down in history”, offering “a China example” to developing countries, although he said “no other country” could do so “in such as short time”. China’s elimination of absolute poverty is defined according to the government’s poverty line of $2.30 in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) per person a day, which is higher than the international poverty line of $1.90 PPP. According to the World Bank, China has lifted more than 850 million out of poverty since its … [Read more...] about China’s President hails ‘complete victory’ in poverty fight
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To say we're in the Christmas spirit is an understatement. Full disclosure: This ultimate gift list was concocted while wearing a novelty Christmas sweater, eating gingerbread men, drinking mulled wine and blasting carols on loop in the background. Because... Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? It’s been a tough 2020 for everyone and we’re all in need of some Yuletide cheer. And what brings more cheer than thoughtfully picked-out presents for our nearest and dearest? Whether they're into gadgets, beauty products or something else entirely, our gifts guide features a hand-picked selection of the best products out there – no halfhearted last minute shopping needed. Bonus hugs from the recipient guaranteed. READ: 'A gift and a lesson': Rebecca Lim and Elvin Ng reflect on 2020 this Christmas season READ: Christmas treats: Dark chocolate logcakes, cheddar cheese cookies and more FOR YOUR BIG BROOD OF GODCHILDREN The Lego Super Mario toy set The … [Read more...] about From Super Mario to whisky: Our ultimate Christmas gift guide for family and friends
Even at just age one, there are a variety of fun activities your little tots can participate in on their own – well, with a little help from you of course. These sensory activities for one-year-olds will not only help your bub develop new skills, they are also safe and possible to carry out at home! From arts, to physical play, to exploring sounds, your one-year-old will surely enjoy these simple sensory activities that will improve their cognitive skills, fine motor skills and creativity. Arts & crafts activities 1. Mess-free canvas art Provide your baby with a canvas, add a few drops of paint on it, then wrap plastic around it. With the drops of paint inside the plastic, encourage your baby to push their little fingers around to draw shapes and mix the colours on the canvas. This way, your child can finger paint without having to get colourful paint all over them or your living room. Plus, you get a wonderful piece of art created by your little one! 2. Baby’s hand … [Read more...] about 41 fun sensory activities for your 1-year-old’s brain development
Hyderabad: Fabricated bills from filling stations with a call ‘not to vote for Modi again’ have gone viral on social media for the last few days. A filling station in Andhra’s Chittoor district lodged a complaint with the cybercrimes police seeking action against the creators of the bill. The bill gives a call at the end, “If you want to reduce petrol price, don’t vote Modi again’. The bill that resembles the original bill was generated on August 20 on a Mumbai filling station address. Later, several other such bills were generated and circulated on social media. Many people kept sharing and forwarding the bills for fun or out of anger over the rise in fuel charges. The bill issued by this petrol bunk is all in capital letters. The entire bill was retained unchanged but the last line of “Thank you visit again” has been meddled with to accommodate the controversial advice. “Customers who usually do not ask for bills have started asking for one in the last few days, … [Read more...] about Fuel bills urging people to not vote for Narendra Modi in 2019 go viral, dealer in Andhra Pradesh files case
1 NEWS The Government has told the Reserve Bank to take house prices into account when considering monetary policy. The move has implications for property investors and speculators. They’re quality, can be custom designed, are cheaper than your average build and manufactured in a fraction of the usual time. The pre-fab industry says with greater investment, New Zealand could be producing tens of thousands more houses every year. Kelly Dennett reports. Ahna Brownlee is busy. Really busy. The Podlife business director says the transportable housing company has been “flat out” since launching five years ago. Manufacturing everything from tiny homes and granny flats, to bachs and container homes at their Whakatane site, Brownlee says they’re working on five pods a week, and finish about five in a month. While the average house price hit $800,000 in December, building isn't much cheaper. The average cost of a build in 2020 was $434,790 in Wellington, $451,910 in Auckland, … [Read more...] about Is pre-fab the future of housing?