Premji accounted for 80% of “large donations” defined as m

  100 million rupees ($1.4 million) — from India’s richest individuals in the 2018 financial year, according to this year’s India P

hilanthropy Report by consulting firm Bain & Company and philanthropy fund Dasra. Private indi

viduals in India donate about 430 billion rupees ($6.2 billion) each year, the report said.

  Wipro was founded by Premji’s father in 1945 as a vegetab

le oil manufacturer, and transitioned to the technology industry in the 1980s under Premji

‘s leadership. It has since grown into one of India’s biggest IT services companies, with more than 160,000 em

ployees worldwide and over 1,200 clients in industries ranging from aerospace to retail.

  Premji’s foundation focuses on supporting education, and ru

ns the Azim Premji University in Bangalore. Its billionaire benefactor’s latest donation coul

d help it open a second university and “scale up significantly,” the organization said.

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He also repeated the untruth that he predicted the result

  when he flew into his Turnberry golf course in 2016. In fact, Trump arrived on the west coast of Scotland hours after the result of the referendum was announced.

  Whether the President knows he’s lying, or has convinced himself of the truth of his alternative reality, is unclear. But

his continued use of a discredited fact is a core element of his political technique.

  Trump also put Varadkar on the spot — asking him to comment on Brexit, threatening to expose their differences on the issue.

  Then Trump interrupted Varadkar, who watched with a bemus

ed look as the President savaged the EU alongside one of its national leaders.

  ”The European Union treats us very, very unfairly,” Trump s

aid, in a screed that included another characteristic political device — a flagrant threat.

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Women’s consumption of healthcare products, wire-free

bras and fish maw recorded year-on-year increases of 81.03, 61.95 and 124 percent, respectively.

Women’s per-customer transaction on Tmall has been increasing for the last two years, with an increase of 8.85 percent in 2018. Wo

men’s spending power in quasi-first-tier cities is also catching up with that of women in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Hangzhou, Nanjing and Xiamen last year joined Shanghai and Beijing as the cities with the h

ighest spend per transaction, while Guangzhou and Shenzhen dropped out of the top five.

Based on their findings Tmall released an independence index of women, which argu

es that women in first-tier and new first-tier cities are becoming more independent.

Among the cities with the highest independence indic

es, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hangzhou comprise the top five.

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Wang Jianru, the new engine’s chief designer, said it is bas

d on its predecessor, which is used with China’s Long March 11 carrier rocket and

features advanced composite materials built into its casing.

He said the new engine will be used on the upgraded variant of Long March 11, enabling the new model to transport a 1.5-ton

satellite or multiple satellites with a combined weight of 1.5 tons, to a sun-synchronous orbit 700 kilometers high. The

carrying capacity of the original Long March 11 for such orbits is 400 kilograms.

Development of the new engine shows there are plans to diversify the launch portfolio of Long March 11 to turn it from a si

ngle model into a family of models to enable it to meet different demands in the launch market.

The Long March 11, developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology in Be

ijing, is a major solid-fueled carrier rocket and has been used for six flights from the Jiuquan Satellite Lau

nch Center in northwestern China. The rocket is mainly used for lifting small satellites to sun-synchronous orbit

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That means Trump may not be able to bank on high perso

  nal popularity during the most dangerous political moments of his presidency.

  His scattershot approach to the office suggests he lacks the discipline that sustained Clint

on. And Trump’s incessant claims that he is the victim of “hoax” investigations and attempts to tear d

own the guardrails surrounding his office often give the impression that he has something to hide.

  And for all the years of controversies and scandals that plagued Clinton, the 42nd President was never the focus of so many c

redible civil and criminal investigations as are bearing down on Trump.pressured his then-chief of staff John

Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn to grant his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump a security clear

ance against their recommendations, three people familiar with the matter told CNN.

  The President’s crusade to grant clearances to his daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, rankled West Wing officials.

  While Trump has the legal authority to grant clearances, most instances are left up to the White House personnel securi

ty office, which determines whether a staffer should be granted one after the FBI has conducted a ba

ckground check. But after concerns were raised by the personnel office, Trump pushed Kelly and McGahn to mak

e the decision on his daughter and son-in-law’s clearances so it did not appear as if he was tainting the process to fa

vor his family, sources told CNN. After both refused, Trump granted them their security clearances.

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The Government Work Report presented by Premier Li Keq

iang contains a comprehensive review of the progress made in 2018 and the targets achieved. It al

so mentions the challenges and impediments faced in the process. It is significant that despite h

eadwinds in global economy, Chinese economy registered a growth rate of 6.6 percent. More than 13.6 million new urba

n jobs were generated. Unemployment was around 5%. China contin

ued to make strides in the fields of innovation and high-tech. Concerted eff

orts were also made to deal with the problem of environment pollution while infrastructure development was also on course.

For me the most impressive part is the government’s resolve to tac

kle the issue of poverty and create a knowledge-based economy. Projections for 2019 of 6-6.5% GDP g

rowth, creation of 11 million new jobs, an employment-first policy, supply-side structural reform and three critical batt

les against potential risks, poverty and pollution are reflective of key priority areas. Budgetary spending on educ

ation above 4% of GDP and over 2% on R&D shows that China is moving forward to establish a society which me

ets the needs of the people through scientific applications and modern technologies.

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What are entrepreneurs saying at the two sessions essions, Chi

Ma, a deputy to the 13th NPC, on Sunday suggested building a development bank and university for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

He raised the idea that a Greater Bay Area development bank, possibly focusing on fin

tech, would encourage the development and further industrialization of cities in the area.

“(With such convenience), we hope that more foreig

n capital can be attracted to invest in technology and innovative industries,” Ma said.

He also suggested building a Greater Bay Area university with the aim of nurturing high-end talent to dr

ive the region’s future development.CPPCC National Committee member Li said on Sunday, bef

ore the opening of the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, that while China’s demographic ad

vantage in the internet sector has slipped, technologies in many industries have greatly improved.

Li submitted proposals related to artificial intelligence (AI) for the fifth consecutive year, with his three su

ggestions focusing on intelligent transportation, electronic medical records and AI ethics.

“There are definitely bubbles, which might not be small, in the field of AI, but I believe it is normal,” Li said.

He suggested the State should further strengthen its guidance, establish a mechanism for data sharing and uti

lization, and encourage all localities to explore and build intelligent transportation solutions.

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Video footage of the ceremony shows spectators arranged

  on stadium-style bleachers along the road, who shout and clap, egged on by animated cheerleaders, to a soundtrack of patriotic music.

  Military personnel in full regalia perform elaborate fast-paced marches and high kicks in a show of one-upmanship.

  Then the soldiers lower and fold the flags of their respective countries and shake hands, before flinging the border gates shut with a final flourish.

  It’s a powerful show of pride, which draws attendees from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists.

  But anyone hoping to watch the ceremony on Friday will have been left disappoint

ed. Beating Retreat was canceled on the Indian side as officials awaited the return of their pilot.

  Shashank Joshi, defense editor at The Economist and former sen

ior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a defense and sec

urity think tank, said Wagah was probably chosen as the site of the handover for logistical reasons.

  ”It’s a high-security location,” Joshi told CNN via telephone. It did, however, suffer

a deadly suicide attack on the Pakistani side in 2014 following the Beating Retreat ceremony.

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Yi said the new board aims to better serve innovation

orientated enterprises and will serve as a prelude to capital market reforms in a broader scope.

To better serve high-quality economic growth, the commission will carefully evaluate the effect of various reform and innov

ation measures on the new board, based on which fine-tuning measures for the ChiNext and the National Equities E

xchange and Quotations could be pushed forward in a coordinated way, Yi stressed.

The ChiNext and the NEEQ are both existing equity trading platforms, mainly servi

ng China’s Nasdaq-style high-growth enterprises and medium to small-sized enterprises, respectively.

The commission will “pay attention to keep a balance between differe

nt sub-markets” to launch the new board in a smooth and steady way, Yi said.
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President Donald Trump and DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un shake hands before their one-on-one chat during the sec

ond US-DPRK summit at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam February

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The 67-year-old princess, the eldest daughter of the late King

Bhumibol Adulyadej and sister of the present King, married an American and relinquished her title in 1972. After returning to Th

ailand in 2001 following her divorce, she resumed royal duties and enjoyed prestige among the Thai people, although her royal title has not yet been restored.

Around 20 military coups have taken place in Thailand since the country became a constitutional mo

narchy in 1932. The Constitution was also amended in 2017 during the military government’s rule.

In this context, the Thai Raksa Chart party (Thai Save The Nation, or TSN) tried to break the v

icious circle in Thailand’s politics by nominating Ubolratana as the prime ministerial candid

ate. The probability of her winning the election would have been high if she were allowed to contest. Her victory would have brought back political sta

bility to some extent. TSN is linked to former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra, who enjoys popular appeal in the country. Thaksin carried out several pol

icies that benefited the grass roots and won him their support. Even though he was ousted in 2006, his influence remains strong.

In the upcoming election, I believe pro-Thaksin parties can still have high public app

roval ratings. But considering the latest military-drafted constitution which gives considerable

rights to bureaucrats and military, it is still not known whether a pro-Thaksin politician can be elected prime minister.

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