In fresh inputs now available in open source domains, China and Iran are on course to chalk out a comprehensive 25 year strategic partnership based on an agreement signed during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Teheran in January 2016. Iranian President after the visit had stated the visit to be beginning of a new chapter aimed to build economic ties worth up to $600 billion within the next 10 years.Though the number of investments appeared sceptical, it is only now that the details have emerged to give a semblance to the agreement concluded between the two countries in 2016. As per leaked data Iran s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, during his visit to China in August 2019 presented to his counterpart, Wang Li, a comprehensive roadmap for a 25 year China Iran strategic partnership based on the signing of 2016 agreement by the leaders of two countries.The Iran China strategic partnership is aligned to President Xi Jinping ''s cornerstone of its foreign and domestic policy envisaged under Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which is the new name for its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.As per available information, China is to invest US $ 120 billion for upgrading Iran s transport infrastructure beginning with the 2,300 kilometre road that will link Tehran with Urumqi in China s Xinjiang province. This road will be dovetailed with the Urumqi Gwadar link developed under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor under the New Silk Road . The road link when completed would have an ambitious plan to provide connectivity with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and thereafter via Turkey into Europe.The connectivity is to be juxtaposed with development and electrification of the main 900 kilometre railway line connecting Tehran to the north eastern city of Mashhad. Another project to be taken up under the strategic partnership is the completion of Tehran Qom Isfahan the high speed train line and extending this upgraded network to link the north west through Tabriz, which is home to a number of key sites relating to oil, gas, and petrochemicals, and the starting point for the Tabriz Ankara gas pipeline.Major expenditure of the US $ 280 billion would be earmarked for developing Iran s petrochemical, oil and gas industries which have suffered immensely as a result of US led economic sanctions. Interestingly, as per reports, China will position up to 5000 Chinese security personnel to protect its projects in Iran. As part of the agreement, China would increase the import of Iranian oil in defiance of US sanctions.Another significant aspect of the strategic partnership is military cooperation between the two countries which includes weapons development, training between Iranian and Chinese armed forces and intelligence sharing. China would also be allowed the use of Iranian air bases although it is any body s guess as to the utility of such measure. There are indications that the strategic agreement has the backing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, which has sway over strategic matters impacting Iran.There is however also resentment against the Iran China Strategic Agreement amongstIranians who feel that the same has not been disclosed to the Iranian parliament or people; with Iran ''s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying, "The Iranian nation will not recognize a new secret 25 year agreement between Iran and China, " and warned that any contract signed with a foreign country without the people knowing about it will be void.Another important issue that is not lost on every one is total Chinese silence or reaction to the purported salient aspects of the Strategic Agreement between the two countries.Would China risk further isolation after retching up the ante in the South China Sea, Hong Kong and Indo China border is any one s guess. Although China may continue to show defiance to US sanctions against Iran, would it be willing to burn economic ties with middle east and gulf nations who trade substantially with China would be hard to fathom.On the economic front China s overseas investments during the decade gone by averaged the US $ 200 billion annually. Its ability to commit a similar amount specifically towards a troubled region would also be suspect. The CPEC which has been in the works for over a decade with over US $ 60 billion committed to it, is yet to realise its true potential. Any further commitment to link the Xinjiang Gwadar project to Tehran through restive Baluchistan would need careful consideration and commitment by the Chinese.The Iran China strategic agreement signed in 2016 has not seen much movement since the two sides penned it. The details of the road map as revealed now have also been in the public domain for nearly a year now and point towards Iranian predicaments.In essence, the current revelations point to the Iranian wish list who seem to be too eager to come out of isolation from the US sponsored economic sanctions by piggy banking on Chinese shoulders. It also reflects on a measure of acute desperation on part of Iranian leadership as also to satisfy the appetite of the restive population which seems to be desperate to see some measure of economic revival and activity in spite of being endowed with rich mineral and natural resources.From the Indian perspective growing Iran China relationship is a reason for worry and changing strategic landscape. It points to growing Chinese dominance in alignment with Pakistan which threatens its relations with Afghanistan.The development of Chabaharand future of India Afghanistan Iran Trilateral Agreement for the development of Chabaharhas also not seen anticipated progress. Similarly, China backed Pakistan Iran Taliban alignment emerging in India ''s immediate neighbourhood is also a reason for Indian concern.India s relations with Iran cooled off substantially after India agreed to reduce its trade relations with Iran after imposition of sanctions. The visit of President Trump and increasing Indo US economic and strategic partnership seems to have been the last straw. It is unlikely that relations with Iran would improve in the near term.Growing Chinese footsteps in Iran will have a long lasting impact on our relationship with not only Iran but also on Afghanistan and Central Asian nations.(The author is an Indian Army Veteran. Views expressed are personal.)
;Being my father;s son, there;s an added pressure of being a star;s son. People think it;s very easy for us. I won;t lie, in a way to get a little attention it helps. It;s easier for people who are from the film industry but it;s double the effort to make it on our own. I managed to get out of my father;s shadow,; added Tiger, son of actor Jackie Shroff.The young actor also opened up about his parent ''s reaction to social media comments on his looks in the initial days of his career.
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In 1999, one year after Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyoming, lawyers for one of the defendants attempted to blame ;gay panic; for their client;s actions. The LGBT Bar defines the LGBTQ panic defense as, ;a legal strategy that asks a jury to find that a victim s sexual orientation or gender identity expression is to blame for a defendant s violent reaction, including murder.; In other words: The perpetrator is justifying his or her actions by saying that the victim;s sexual orientation or gender identity caused their loss of control.The judge in the Shepard case deemed the defense inadmissible. Though, as the American Bar Association (ABA) points out, the decision was "not due to the illegitimacy of the gay trans panic defense, but instead due to Wyoming s statutory insanity defense construct. "
It was April, and I was in Augusta, Georgia, preparing for the Masters. Back home in Virginia, my wife Audrey, felt like she was coming down with a bad cold. But her temperature didn''t relent after two days, her blood pressure had dropped and her heart was beating 140 times a minute. Normal is between 60 and 100.We rushed her to the hospital as she was unable to breathe on her own. Doctors feared, and ultimately confirmed, that she had sepsis, which is essentially blood poisoning. It happens when an infection you already have somewhere else starts a chain reaction throughout the body.
In a speech in Dudley in the West Midlands this morning he said that the Covid crisis is ;the moment; to tackle the problems that have not been addressed for decades.We tolerate "yawning gaps " between the best and rest, he says. We are not as productive as our global competitors, the Prime Minister notes.
India on Saturday deployed advanced quick reaction surface to air missile defense systems, called Akash, on its borders with China in the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh.
India on Saturday deployed advanced quick reaction surface to air missile defense systems, called Akash, on its borders with China in the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh.
It''s no secret that Jerry Seinfeld seems to have an endless flow of girlfriends on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. Many of these women don''t make it past a single episode, but there have been a small number that appear more than once, proving Jerry has some ability to commit, albeit not for very long. Jerry has also found a wide variety of unconventional reasons to break up with these women, from not knowing a woman''s name, to Jerry not wanting to share his dry cleaning discount, to everything in between. Of the many women who appear on Seinfeld as one of Jerry''s girlfriends, here is a list of a few of the most memorable. Start now 10. Gennice Appearing in Season 6, Episode 24, "The Understudy," Gennice Graham is the eponymous understudy for Bette Midler in a Broadway musical production of Rochelle, Rochelle. What is unique and hilarious about Gennice is her seemingly unstable emotional state, exemplified by how easily she bursts into tears. When she''s seen in hysterics while watching Beaches, her reaction is chalked up to the emotional film, however, when she is thrown into a tailspin over dropping her hotdog, Jerry starts wondering what''s going on.
by Abhimanyu Ghoshal mdash; in Apps Back in July 2018, Netflix killed off its user reviews system on its streaming platform, to the dismay of many a devoted viewer around the world. It s since switched to a woefully hampered system that recommends titles based on your interactions with the service, including simple thumbs up and thumbs down reactions to content you ve watched.
NEW DELHI: Several Bollywood stars have been labelled hypocrites after speaking out against racism to lend support to global protests while promoting products in India designed to make people s skin lighter. A series of A list Bollywood actresses, including Priyanka Chopra, shared posts on social media to protest against the death of George Floyd who died in police custody after a white officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. End this race war here in the US, and around the world. Wherever you live, whatever your circumstances, NO ONE deserves to die, especially at the hands of another because of their skin color, Chopra, 37, posted on Instagram. People were quick to call her out on social media for previously promoting an intense fairness moisturiser. They also pointed at her role in 2008 Hindi film Fashion in which she is ashamed of having sex with a black man. Thanks for speaking out for black lives. But, maybe also stop supporting a skin bleaching cream which promotes anti blackness, one user replied to Chopra s Instagram post. Chopra, a former Miss World who became a star in both Bollywood and Hollywood, has said in past interviews that she regretted endorsing such a product as a young actress and that she is proud of her dark skin. She was not immediately available to comment. Actresses Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Deepika Padukone and Disha Patani also faced criticism for their anti racism social media posts while having featured in ads for skin fairness products. India s multi billion dollar skin lightening industry has a host of products appearing to offer dark skinned Indians a lighter, fairer and better version of themselves, often endorsed by the Bollywood s top actors. After years of criticism and campaigns against such products, many brands moved to calling them skin brightening, whitening or lightening creams and face washes. Most brands no longer want to be associated directly with being termed as fairness creams , said actor Abhay Deol, a vocal critic of fairness products and Bollywood s support. Critics say the film industry helps feed India s obsession with fair skin and bias against darker faces, with many pointing out it fails to represent the diversity of Indians. For example, actors from southern states where most people are darker skinned are rarely in mainstream Bollywood films. Last year, the film Bala featured the story of a woman who suffered discrimination because of her complexion and actress Bhumi Pednekar had her skin darkened to play the role. Social media users also questioned why Bollywood continued to write lyrics and dialogues that equated fairness with beauty. Kangana Ranaut, a noted actress, spoke out against her Bollywood colleagues for promoting fairness products. These people, especially Indian celebrities, the successful ones ... have been endorsing all kinds of fairness products and today shamelessly they stand and say black lives matter I mean how dare they? she told the BBC in an interview last week. Indian American comedian Hasan MinHajj took on Bollywood for the endorsements as well on his news comedy program Patriot Act on Netflix. MADRID: A third of the world s population, around 2.6 billion people, have been forced to live under some kind of lockdown or quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID 19). The confinement is having multiple effects, including financial and social, but less visible is the psychological toll. The lockdown is affecting our mental wellbeing in one way or another, varying depending on factors like age, gender or pre existing states, just like COVID 19 itself affects different patients. In Spain, 47 million people had to be confined at home for almost 3 months since the state of emergency was announced by the government. Professionals in the psychology sector subsequently found there were common reactions felt by people confined to their homes.
Share on PinterestA new study investigates copper s role in disease.The metal copper is crucial for a healthy metabolism, and yet, scientists know surprisingly little about how the body transports it and maintains optimum levels in tissues.Bonded to protein molecules, copper is a vital component of numerous enzymes that catalyze key metabolic reactions.
His latest novel, Serotonin, was published in an English translation earlier this year, and was promptly analyzed by numerous critics and public intellectuals across the country. Houellebecq s novels are largely set in either the present day or near future, and his focus on a certain kind of male alienation is both compelling and chilling (a 2018 article in The New York Times noted that Houellebecq s work largely anticipated the incel movement). He doesn t shy away from hot button topics: religious fundamentalism (particularly as it relates to Islam), sexual frustration and issues of class suffuse much of his work. The New Republic s review of his novel Submission cited that novel s protagonist as possessing traits belonging to many a Houellebecq character: isolated, cerebral and sometimes loathsome. Reading Houellebecq means dealing with an often surreal blend of reactionary politics and sexual libertinism and if your first instinct is to find those impulses contradictory, you ve identified one of the chief tensions that makes its work bracing. It s not coincidental that Houellebecq s rare foray into nonfiction is a consideration of the life and work of cosmic horror pioneer and infamous racist H.P. Lovecraft it takes a polarizing author to know one, apparently.
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The american actress Amber Heard he explained the difficult situation that happened at the time of explain to your parents she was in love with a person of the same sex. Heard, who recently played the role of the princess Mera in the successful #8216;Aquaman;, spoke about this part of his past in the panel #8216;Making change On and Off the screen;held the last Saturday in Austin, Texas (place of origin of the actress)within the context of the festival of media and music SXSWthat continues until this Sunday, march 17.Heard said that she as expected, their parents did not fit well the reality about their sexual orientation given that they are people of religious conviction and conservative. "I remember that when I told them that I was in love with a woman and had a relationship with her, my parents just started to cry and cry "explained the actress. According to her, their parents had enough problems to render it and chose not to show negativity at the reaction of these.
There''s one place you probably shouldn''t be horny on main, and that''s on the official brand Twitter of a major video game release. Sure, there''s nothing stopping you, but it''s not the best look. You're bound to make somebody upset, and then somebody''s going to get upset at that person getting upset, and then death threats are going to happen. It''s just a bad time.Anyway, the Samurai Shodown Twitter bore witness to this exact cycle of events earlier this month. Following the reveal of absolute unit Iroha, the account began to tweet out screenshots from the latest gameplay trailer. These screenshots were pretty thirsty for the character, and basically all focused on her ass. It was all capped off by the account sharing a ton of community reactions with one simple caption:
Pep Guardiola apos;s reaction to Phil Foden apos;s first team debut was an emphatic one. The young star was "a gift " for the club.Manchester City and Foden had been in action on the club apos;s pre season tour of America in 2017 against rivals Manchester United, and the midfielder held his own against the likes of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick.
According to a report in The New York Times, doctors in New York began treating patients with estrogen last week in order to increase their immunity.Next week, physicians in Los Angeles will start treating male patients with progesterone, the hormone which has anti inflammatory properties and can prevent overreactions of the immune system. The preliminary results can be expected in a few months.
The retail space has become increasingly challenging as shoppers abandon the shopping mall experience and turn to large one stop shop eCommerce destinations. Google recognizes these challenges and is supporting retailers with the opportunity to reach more consumers for free.