India-China trade deficit fell to $5.5 billion in Q1: Govt to Parliament


The trade deficit between India and China in April-June (Q1) of this fiscal year fell to $5.48 billion, compared to $13.1 billion in the corresponding period last year, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.

In a written reply, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said the trade between the countries, too, dipped to $16.55 billion in Q1, against $21.42 billion in the same period last year.

“The Centre has consistently taken steps to balance our trade with China by increasing exports and reducing dependence on imports from China,” he said.

State infrastructure development authorities MMRDA, MSRDC swap projects


State infrastructure development authorities and have decided to swap two crucial projects Virar-Alibaug multimodal corridor and the Thane-Borivali twin tunnel.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Wednesday tweeted that the authority has taken over the tunnel project from Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and handed over the multimodal corridor project to the latter.

According to reports, the decision to swap the projects was taken during a meeting between the two authorities in August.

The 126-km corridor is expected to be a crucial step towards development, strengthening and creating job opportunities in seven growth centres in MMR such as Virar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Dombivali, Panvel, Taloja and Uran.

It is expected to carry all the traffic from JNPT towards Navi Mumbai and Thane outside the city and help reduce traffic congestion within the city, reducing the travel time between Virar to Alibaug by 50 per cent.

The nearly Rs 9,000-crore twin tunnel project, on the other hand, is expected to cut the travel time between Borivali and Mulund by 30 minutes to 20 minutes.

The road will also have a

Fur Flies In Poland Over Animal Rights Law


Polish fur farmers and kosher meat producers protested in Warsaw on Wednesday against new legislation going through parliament with the support of animal rights groups.

Poland is the world’s third biggest fur producer after China and Denmark, according to activists, and a major exporter of kosher meat to Israel and Jewish communities in Europe.

The legislation would ban the breeding of animals for fur — a major industry in Poland — and stop exports of halal and kosher meat.

“Poland’s standards regarding animals should be no worse, or even better, than those in western countries,” Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, said when the legislation was first tabled last week.

Kaczynski, who is known for his love of cats, over the weekend launched the online #stopfurchallenge for people on social media to express their support for the draft amendment.

“In the 21st century, it’s possible to look really good without putting on a fur garment,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said ahead of a parliamentary vote on Wednesday.

Lawmakers later voted down a proposal to scrap the bill and sent it to a parliamentary committee for further consideration.

“In the 21st century, it’s possible to look

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