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Father of high-yielding hybrid rice Yuan Longping has passed away.

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enowned Chinese Scientist Yuan Longping has passed away at the age of 91. Yuan Longping is widely known for the creation of the hybrid rice which helped to alleviate millions of people worldwide suffering from hunger.

Yuan Longping passed away at a hospital in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province of China.

Father of Hybrid Rice Yuan Longping.

Yuan Longping is an academic who spent close to five decades in hybrid rice research, the results of which helped feed over a fifth of the global population, while utilizing less than 9% of arable land. His first breakthrough was in 1973 when he cultivated the world’s first high-yielding rice strain which was later grown worldwide increasing the global output significantly.

Since then he has been upgrading his high-yielding hybrid rice which is currently in its generation. This has allowed China to produce more than simply what is required to feed its people. The high-yielding hybrid rice allows Chinese farmers to cultivate enough rice to feed extra 80 million people around the globe.

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China introduces green and low-carbon construction guideline.

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China has revised their construction code to introduce green and low-carbon construction requirements. This was introduced in a bid to prevent unregulated expansion.

According to guidelines introduced by 15 government departments including Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the population density of built-up areas should be limited to 6,000 to 10,000 people per square Kilometer.

In addition to this, newly constructed buildings should be constructed in safe areas, away areas prone to natural disasters. The new guideline also restricts construction of civil buildings to match the capacity of local fire and rescue brigade. It also states that it may not be higher than 18 stories high.

The new guideline also emphasizes on preserving historic and cultural landscapes. This includes old and rare trees and other fauna.

 

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In Pictures: Mayor Dr. Mohamed Muizzu visits the newly opened Ihsaan Villi in Villimalé.

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China raises voice over illegal military intervention against sovereign states.

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China and a number of other countries has raised concern over military intervention under the pretext of human rights. They raised their concerns at the ongoing 47th session of the Human Rights Council.

Jiang Duan, Minister of the Chinese mission to the United Nations in Geneva, delivered a joint statement to the council yesterday. In it he stated that certain countries are conducting military interventions in sovereign states under the pretext of democracy, human rights and the “responsibility to protect”.

He stated that “These acts severely violate the universally recognized norms of international law, undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the relevant countries, and damage world peace and security,”

He pointed out that such interventions have caused massive losses to the socioeconomic development of those countries along with civilian casualties and force displacement. He also stated that such military interventions are the “root cause of refugee and migrant crisis and regional turbulence.”.

He also added that “Certain countries even connive at their soldiers’ unlawful killing and torture of civilians in overseas military operations, which constitutes serious war crimes and crimes against humanity,”.

Jiang Duan urged the UN institutions to follow up  on illegal military interventions, and called out for the countries concerned to immediately cease their illegal military interventions and to make reparations for the victimized countries and their people.

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