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One-child policy out as China decides to support families with 3 children.

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China has decided to allow and support couples who want to have 3 children.  In 2016 China changed its one child policy to allowed families to have two children. The decision to allow 3 children comes after the government evaluated the  census data  and decided to respond to its population structure and the aging population, so that China would maintain its human resource advantages.

Today’s move to allow couples to have 3 children, and its decision to support such families was made at a meeting chairs by Chinese President Xi Jinping along with top officials of the government. This meeting emphasized on the importance of Education and guidance for the marriage age young people and helping them building families.

Efforts such as improving prenatal and postnatal care services and developing a universal child care system was stressed during the meeting. Discussion was also made on improving the quality of education and reduce the spending on education.

It was also decided that the Chinese Government would continue to develop and implement its reward and assistance system for the families. Further discussion was also held on improving long-term and regional population development strategy of China.

Source: Xinhua News Agency.

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Netherlands starts Euro2020 with a win.

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Netherlands and Austria have won their Euro2020 matches. First match of Group C was played at 21:00 hours last night between Austria and North Macedonia at Arena nationala, Romania. This match was dominated by Austria as they scored at the 18th minute. This goal was scored by Stefan Lainer.

Austria couldn’t hold their lead for more than 10 minutes, as at 28th minute North Macedonia equalized the score with a goal scored by Goran Pandev. At the second half of the game Austria gave a stronger game as they scored two more goals and secured the top spot of group C with 3 points and 2+ goal difference.

2nd match of the group was played at Johan Cruijff Arean in Netherlands between home team Netherlands and Ukraine. With Home advantage Netherlands secured their first three points although they are at the 2nd spot of the group table having less goals compared to Austria.

Netherlands played a beautiful game and controlled the game but they couldn’t open the goal until the 52nd minute, first goal of the match was scored by Georginio Wijnaldum. 6 minutes later Netherlands doubled their lead, but Ukraine re arranged and scored 2 goals back to back in less than 5 minutes. After the goals both teams played a well-organized football and strived hard to win the game. With the home advantage Netherlands managed to secure 3 points at 85th minute with a header by Danzel Dumfries.

This was the first match Netherlands played at an international tournament within the past 7 years.

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Minister Fayyaz Ismail claims new amendment won’t allow foreign investors to operate ATC- amendment says otherwise.

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Following the public outrage over the recent amendment to the Foreign Direct Investment Policy (FDI), Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail has stated that the “amendment does not allow operation of air traffic by a private investor whether foreign or local.”. However this statement clearly contradicts the amendment now published in the state Gazette.

While Minister Fayyaz Ismail stated that the service would be provided by the state, the current amendment clearly states otherwise.

Allegations are growing that the amendment was made to pave way for an Indian company to operate the Hanimaadhoo airport, which is scheduled to be expanded under a loan from the EXIM Bank of India. Locals of the island and from all over the nation are voicing against the project. The recently announced annexation of 853,937 sqft of public land for the project has also been rejected by the locals. Youths and NGOs have banded together for a petition to the President, calling to cease the project.

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G7 fail to reach consensus on phase-out of coal.

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The G7 has been left stranded on coal as the U.S. and  Japan blocked a deal to end the use of coal in the G7 countries.

Following days of negotiations between the world’s richest and most advanced countries, the G7 leaders’ summit in Cornwall, England failed  as the decision to set a date to phase-out the use of coal was blocked by the U.S. and Japan.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that they sought “language that aligns with the president’s domestic commitments, including a carbon pollution free power sector by 2035”.

According to an EU official, majority of the G7 members were willing to back the phase-out of coal in the 2030s. But Japan which has changed its views on coal following the Fukushima nuclear accident remains in favor of coal.

Criticism has been targeted at the G7 for their lack of commitment on such critical issues while Russia and China has made commitments to go carbon free. China is set to limit the use of coal starting this year and go carbon neutral by 2060.

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