China said on Monday that it hoped to make a trade deal with the United States as soon as possible, amid intense discussions before fresh U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports are due to kick in at the end of the week.Beijing hopes it can reach a trade agreement with the United States that satisfies both sides, Assistant Commerce Minister Ren Hongbin told reporters on Monday."On the question of China-U.S. trade talks and negotiations, we wish that both sides can, on the foundation of equality and mutual respect, push forward negotiations, and in consideration of each others' core interests, reach an agreement that satisfies all sides as soon as possible," Ren said.Close China and the United States are negotiating a so-called "phase one" deal aimed at de-escalating their prolonged trade dispute, but it is unclear whether such an agreement can be reached in the near term. related news Trump calls impeachment accusation 'ridiculous' BlackRock sees growth edging higher in 2020, … [Read more...] about China says hopes it can reach trade agreement with US as soon as possible
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Xiaomi is all set to unveil its new smartphone -- the Redmi K30 -- under its flagship killer series. The smartphone is scheduled to launch in China first and is likely to hit the Indian shores early next year. The company has been teasing Redmi K30’s specifications and features across all its social media accounts.The Redmi K30 launch event is scheduled to begin at 2 pm local time (11.30 am IST). Xiaomi will be hosting a live-stream of the Redmi K30 launch on Redmi’s official Weibo account for its online audience.Redmi K30 specifications (confirmed and rumoured)In a typical Xiaomi fashion, the company has been teasing many specifications of the Redmi K30. The smartphone is confirmed to be launched in 4G LTE and 5G variants.Close Teasers confirm a 64MP quad-camera unit on the back. Xiaomi would use a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor, paired with a 120-degree ultra-wide, a telephoto, and a macro sensor setup. The standard 4G variant could feature three sensors on the back. … [Read more...] about Xiaomi to launch Redmi K30 in China at 11.30 am IST: Where to watch live-stream, specifications & price
Manoranjan MohantyDespite the boycott call given by the Maoists, the voter turnout in the Jharkhand assembly elections has been significantly high: 62.87 per cent in the first phase of the polls held on November 30, and 64.39 per cent in the second phase on December 7.Even though three more phases are to follow, the region where the Maoist movement is most active has been already covered with the deployment of over 42,000 security personnel. Does it mean that the Maoist ability to enforce their call is limited, thus indicating a sharp decline of their influence? Or was the call a routine ideological statement rejecting the electoral process as sham mode of people’s representation? Or did it show a strategic ambiguity of a movement that has debated this question for five decades as to whether the institutions of parliamentary democracy should be used as a part of the wider political movement as CPI (ML- Liberation) and some other streams of the movement believe?Close The boycott … [Read more...] about Politics | Jharkhand elections, ‘Samadhan’ and the Maoists
Uber listed in the US in May 2019. Ola's founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal plans to take his company public in 18 to 24 months. At 18 months, it will mark two years after Uber listed its shares on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Coincidentally, Ola started its business two years after Uber. Following in Uber's footsteps may have worked initially, but when it comes to listing Ola, it should tread carefully. The harsh lessons Uber learnt while preparing for its IPO should actually make it cautious.Ola has another thing in common with Uber: sizeable losses. To be sure, India's largest ride-hailing startup has narrowed its losses by about 60 percent in the year to March 2019 to Rs 1,160 crore from Rs 2,676 crore in the year ago. But the number is still substantial. Public market investors may want to see a quicker path to profits as they can be less patient than private equity funds.The question then is, why is Ola in a hurry … [Read more...] about Ola IPO | Bhavish Aggarwal likes walking down the Uber path, even to the Street
In the hierarchy of things New York City residents kvetch about, housing ranks near the top. A dearth of affordable apartments has the city in a stranglehold and there’s seemingly no end to escalating rents. (Good luck finding a studio in Manhattan for less than $2,300 per month, the average going rate in the borough.) To tackle this problem, former mayor Michael Bloomberg staged a competition in 2012 to design a micro-units development. In just three years, the experimental buildings have hit the market. But is it enough to alleviate the affordable housing crisis? Short answer: it opens the conversation about retooling the city’s supply of apartments, but it’s not exactly a panacea for NYC’s housing headaches. advertisement advertisement Designed by the Brooklyn-based firm nArchitects, Carmel Place (formerly known as MyMicro) is located in Kips Bay, a neighborhood on Manhattan’s east side, familiar to many as “The place where that movie … [Read more...] about Micro Apartments: Utopia or Dystopia?