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Pro-democracy Protests: Will HongKong compromise relations with mainland China to tackle looming economy?

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In times when parts of Asia and Africa are facing, directly or indirectly, with wars, uncontrolled immigration, dislocation and ruthless ideological extremism, Hong Kong has long beckoned as an oasis of stability even under the shadow of communist dragon, the People’s Republic of China.

Hong Kong which is closer to China- geographically, in terms of prosperity,  development, investment and tons of opportunity yet far enough of Xi Jinping’s authoritarian policies which has helped it to be a base for investors who are capitalizing on China’s development.

 

Hong Kong was ruled by British till the dusk of the tumultuous 20th century, ending in 1997. The UK government in a deal with China agreed upon giving Hong Kong an Semi-autonomous status of ‘Special Administrative Region’ for the next 50 years ending 2047. Under this status the state is promised a separate police force, flag and unique set of laws promising free press and freedom of speech and expression as if it were a chapter from the ‘Western civilization’ which China doesn’t agree to.

It has served as a bridge between two rival powers nursing mutual suspicions, the United States and China. It is Chinese territory yet governed by a legal system inherited from the West, and intertwined with the global financial system.

 

Controversial Extradition Bill: A Trigger

Taiwan, another controversial independent territory which is not a part of China, faced a situation where a murder suspect was tracked down to Hong Kong but were not able to gain the custody as there’s no formal treaty for ‘extradition of criminals’. This led to the introduction of controversial extradition bill under which a person accused of crime can be deported to mainland China. The move sent chills down the foreign businesses and the stock market with questions over autonomy beginning to resurface.

The introduction of bill was followed by huge protests over following weekends paralyzing traffic, tourism and the crucial airport of the city. Markets began to crash and businesses downed the shutters following pressure from pro-democracy protesters and pro-China counter protesters.

 

The introduction of the bill caused widespread criticism and fears domestically and abroad from the rights groups including Amnesty International, international media organisations, business groups, and foreign governments fearing the erosion of Hong Kong’s legal system, its built-in safeguards for its residents, as well as damage to Hong Kong’s thriving investment and a loss of reputation of safe haven from China’s Communist Party. Largely, this fear is attributed to clause in the bill that proposes to allow

to arrest voices of political opinions opposing China in Hong Kong and sending them back to the mainland.

The protests which started off with a few thousand then swelled to a million when protesters marched in the streets and called for Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down along with four other demands.

 

Hong Kong protests soon spread to campuses of foreign universities, especially the US, creating a rift between pro and anti China students both of  whom form a huge pool of foreign students for foreign universities and no such move was taken in large by any host country that could upset China or hinder it’s business.

 

After weeks of protests on 15 June, leader Carrie Lam eventually said the bill would be suspended indefinitely. Protests continued as protesters feared the bill could be revived calling for the bill to be withdrawn completely.

On 4 September, after 13 weeks of protests, Lam officially promised to withdraw the bill and subsequently on 23 October after resumption of legislative assembly John Lee Ka-chiu, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Security, announced the government’s formal withdrawal of the bill.

 

Till day the protests continue for demands other than withdrawal of bill such as leader Carrie Lam to step down, an inquiry into police brutality, for those who have been arrested to be released, and greater democratic freedoms.

 

The Beijing’s tone continues to intensity while accusing the United States of America and it’s leaders including President Trump and opposition Democratic Party of fueling and funding unrest who had condemned the Hong Kong’s police brutality and Beijing’s threats in strong terms and unequivocal voice.

There’s no end to this protests in the near future and whether People’s Liberation Army of China’s Communist Party sets their foot on the Hong Kong soil is to be seen. If so, the downfall of city’s falling economy and looming tourism has no near relief.

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It is Sunday and it implies it is the ideal opportunity for Hollywood Newsmakers of the Week. This week was loaded up with nearly everything. The Critics Choice Awards 2020 was reported, commending the best of exhibitions from 2019. Then, Jennifer Aniston joined Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow for a speedy smaller than usual Friends gathering.
Notwithstanding, there were a couple of different VIPs who made a stronger clamour than the others. Right away, here’s a gander at a couple of Hollywood Newsmakers of the Week:
BTS drops Black Swan:
Following quite a while of expectation, BTS dropped their first single titled Black Swan this week from their forthcoming collection Map of the Soul: 7. In contrast to their past music recordings, the new single sees BTS work together with MN Dance Company for a workmanship film. The hypnotizing music video has left the ARMY in amazement. The band has additionally declared that they will play out the tune on The Late Show with James Corden.
Sovereign Harry and Meghan Markle lose their HRH titles:
Amid reports about Megxit, Queen Elizabeth II concluded Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s regal split understanding. The new arrangement ripped off their His and Her Royal Highness titles. It has been uncovered that Harry and Meghan won’t get open assets for obligations did in the interest of their family. They will likewise need to reimburse $3 million spent on redesigning their U.K. home.
Selena Gomez’s new tattoo:
She’s uncommon and she’s creation certain she remembers it with another tattoo. Selena Gomez has another tattoo that peruses Rare, commending her new collection. The new tattoo is set on her neck. Her new tattoo comes days after it was accounted for that she has another tattoo recognizing her 2017 kidney transplant.
Oscar Nominations 2020:
The Oscars nominations 2020 were reported for the current week. Joker packed away 11 designations with Joaquin Phoenix assigned for Best Actor. Sometime in the distant past in Hollywood, 1917 and The Irishman followed the DC themed motion picture in the nomination list.
Priyanka Chopra and Richard Madden in Russo Brothers series:
Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Richard Madden are meeting up for an Amazon Prime series by Avengers: Endgame chiefs Russo Brothers. Close to 12 months after Joe Russo admitted he was in talks with PeeCee for a non-MCU adventure, the task was reported for the current week.
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JEE Main 2020 Result Declared: Direct Link Here, Check JEE Main Toppers List 2020

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NTA has released the JEE Main 2020 Result for January examination conducted between Jan 6 to Jan 9 on January 17, 2020, at around 9 pm. The direct link for JEE Main result of 2020 has been provided below. The JEE Main results of BE/BTech have been announced for now and for paper B.Arch and B.Planning results will be announced later. Along with the result, the National Testing Agency has also published JEE Main 2020 final answer keys for paper 1: BE/BTech on the official website. The direct link for the same has been provided below.

Direct Link for JEE Main 2020 Result for January examination: Click here

Direct Link to Download JEE Main 2020 final answer keys for the Paper 1, BE/BTech: Click here

According to the official notification by NTA, about 9,21,261 candidates have registered and 8,69,010 candidates have appeared for B.E. /B. Tech (Paper 1) examination this year, 2020.

For more information, candidates can download the press release declared by NTA of JEE Main 2020 January examination: Download Here

How to Check JEE Main 2020 Result?

  1. Click on the official website of JEE Main, nta.nic.in
  2. You will see the option ‘View Result/Scorecard’ in the centre of the website.
  3. Enter your JEE Main Application Number, date of birth and security pin.
  4. Click on Submit.
  5. JEE Main 2020 results will be displayed.
  6. Download and take a print out of your JEE Main 2020 scorecards.
  7. Keep your scorecards safe till the admission process conclude.

JEE Main 2020 Toppers List

About 9 candidates have scored 100 percentile in JEE Main 2020 examination this year. Check the table below:

Serial NumberApplication No.Candidates NameState Code of Eligibility
1.200310065452LANDA JITENDRAANDHRA PRADESH
2.200310404791THADAVARTHI VISHNU SRI SAI SANKARANDHRA PRADESH
3.200310120506NISHANT AGARWALDELHI (NCT)
4.200310012227NISARG CHADHAGUJARAT
5.200310041891DIVYANSHU AGARWALHARYANA
7.200310166791PARTH DWIVEDIRAJASTHAN
6.200310436560AKHIL JAINRAJASTHAN
8.200310594754RONGALA ARUN SIDDARDHATELANGANA
9.200310386279CHAGARI KOUSHAL KUMAR REDDYTELANGANA

 

JEE Main 2020 April Examination Details

Next, JEE Main 2020 will be conducted in the month of April starting from April 3, 2020, to April 9, 2020. The online registration/application process for JEE Main 2020 April session will start from February 7, 2020, till March 7, 2020. The Admit cards for JEE Main 2020 (April) session will be declared in the month of March and the results for the same will be declared on April 30, 2020.

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Nirbhaya Case: Death execution dates revised, Will Now Hang On Feb 1 At 6 am, Says Delhi Court

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Today, hours after President Ram Nath Kovind rejected a mercy petition filed by Mukesh Singh, one of the convicts a new date has been issued revising the death execution of the four convicts for the heinous crime.

The four men will now be executed at 6 am on February 1, who are convicted of the gang-raping and murdering a 23-year-old paramedic student medical student in Delhi in 2012, Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora said today.

The new death warrants are dated to exactly 14 days from today, in accordance with a law that states convicts to be executed must have a reprieve from the time their mercy plea is turned down.

Last week the same trial court judge had declared Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh, Akshay Kumar Singh, and Pawan Gupta were to be hanged at Delhi’s Tihar Jail on January. However, Tihar officials on Thursday, five days before, the scheduled execution, asked for a new date, saying the executions could not take place till after all mercy pleas were settled.

The petition had been forwarded to the President via the Home Ministry late Thursday night and was rejected this afternoon. Nirbhaya’s mother, Asha Devi, had made a public appeal to the President to summarily reject the petition.

The dates can be prolonged ahead as the three other convicts too have yet to file their respective mercy petitions, which they may do at any time prior to their execution. Therefore, each time such a petition is filed and rejected, that 14-day period will be observed, and thereby potentially prolonging the execution.

A 23-year-old paramedic student, referred to as Nirbhaya, was gang-raped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons before being thrown out on the road. She died on December 29, 2012, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

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CA Final Result Nov 2019: Check CA Final Result, Pass Percentage, Toppers

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ICAI CA Final Result of November 2019 for the old and new course has been announced on January 16, 2020, at 3:30 pm but was expected to be announced at around 6 PM in the evening. The students can check the result through the direct link given below or visit the official website of ICAI. The overall CA pass percentage under the old syllabus is 10.19 per cent and 15.12 per cent under the new syllabus. On May 2019, the overall CA pass percentage under old syllabus was 22.29 per cent and 26.62 per cent under the new syllabus.

Check CA Final Result Nov 2019 for the old and new course from the following links:

  1. icai.nic.in
  2. icaiexam.icai.org
  3. caresults.icai.org 

Steps to download the ICAI CA Final Results Nov 2019

CA candidates can follow the below steps to download the ICAI CA Final Results of November 19, 2019.

Step 1: Visit the official website of ICAI or click the links mentioned above

Step 2: Enter the registration no. and the CA examination roll number

Step 3: Download and print the ICAI CA Final Result 2019 for the future reference

CA Final Nov 2019 Result through SMS

Candidates can also get their CA Final Nov 19 results through SMS:

Create a new message as follows:

Under New Scheme-

CAFNLNEW(space)XXXXXX(where XXXXXX is the 6 digits CA Nov 19 final examination roll number)

Under Old Scheme –

CAFNLOld(space)XXXXXX(where XXXXXX is the 6 digits CA Nov 19 final examination roll number)

  1. CAFNL 000139

and send the message to 57575. This SMS facility is available for all mobile services.

CA Final Nov 2019 Pass Percentages

Check below the ICAI CA final pass percentage of November 2019 examination for group 1 and group 2 under old syllabus.

Applied forCandidates AppearedCandidates PassedPass Percentage
Group 127409738426.94%
Group 237589867923.09%
Both Group 1 And 2802181710.19%

 

Check below the ICAI CA final pass percentage of November 2019 examination for group 1 and group 2 under the new syllabus.

Applied forCandidates AppearedCandidates PassedPass Percentage
Group 127861483017.34%
Group 226972759328.15%
Both Group 1 And 215003226815.12%

CA Final Nov 2019 Toppers

Suryansh Agarwal from Noida and Abhay Bajoria from Kolkata has topped the CA Nov 19 final examination under the new syllabus. Check below the table:

CA Final AIR ICA Final AIR ICA Final AIR IICA Final AIR III
NameAbhay BajoriaSuryansh AgarwalDhruv KothariDarshan Mukeshkumar Shah
CityKolkataNoidaKolkataAhmedabad
Roll No.425315432947424840401346
Marks603/800603/800577/800575/800
Percentage %75.3875.3872.1371.88

Source: ICAI

Source: ICAI

Gurram Naga Sri Krishna Praneeth from Vijayawada has topped the CA Nov 19 final examination under old syllabus. Check below the table:

CA Final AIR ICA Final AIR ICA Final AIR II
NameGurram Naga Sri Krishna PraneethVarada K PDhawal Kapoorchand Chopda
CityVijayawadaMannarkkadMumbai
Roll No.367788353715362019
Marks577/800548/800531/800
Percentage %72.13%68.5066.38

Source: ICAI

Candidates can visit the ICAI website press release section for more information regarding pass percentage, merit list and toppers: Click here

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Doubling investments on Amazon Prime Videos in India, says Jeff Bezos

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Amazon Prime Video is getting good response in India than anywhere else, that is why the company CEO Jeff Bezos has said  he will rise its investment for the streaming service in India .

“In Japan, Germany and in America also Prime Video is doing well.  But India is doing much better than other countries”. Bezos said this on 16 January. He also said  “the world is witnessing a golden age of television, and i want Amazon to be the most talent friendly studio in the world and India features prominently in this plan.

Bezos met Bollywood celebrities at a gathering where he talked with superstar Shah Rukh Khan and director Zoya Akhtar.

The streamer, which rivals Netflix and Hotstar, also unveile seven more shows. The shows are Dilli, Bandish Bandits, Paatal Lok, Gormint, Mumbai Diaries-26/11, The Last Hour and Sons of Soil- Jaipur Pink Panthers, will soon be joining its exclusive Indian content slate.

Bezos said ” A person should not try for a successful formula in entertainment. Storytelling is an incredibly difficult art because people always looking for something new”.”This is one of those businesses which really takes human creativity. I want Amazon Studios to be all over the world. When you look at TV series today, they are really good in terms of content. They’re as good as the very best movies have ever been. And now we’re getting the best storytellers and actors to come and do work”.

“One of the hardest things that humans do is tell creating, engaging, inspiring stories. When you get it right, it can change the world,” he said further.

Amazon Prime has signed up with the majority of Indian production houses and stars for dedicated series and shows. Bezos was also meet some corporate person. Bezos added that “the Prime membership, which comes with free shipping from Amazon, has also proved great for the e-commerce service”.These are the reason we made a decision to increase in our Prime Video investments here” he said. The number of hours that people watched Prime Video had grown by six times in just two years in India, he added.

Bezos came to India on 15 January made a commitment to invest $1 billion in India over the next few years, calling it India’s decade which we have entered in.  Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal on 16January said that Amazon has not done any favor by committing the money.

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