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China launches a cargo ship to provide supplies to its Space Station

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China launched the Tianzhou-3 cargo spaceship on Monday to supply supplies to its under-construction space station.

According to the China Manned Space Agency, the Long March-7 Y4 rocket carrying Tianzhou-3 lifted off at 3:10 p.m. (Beijing time) from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern island province of Hainan (CMSA).

Tianzhou-3 separated from the rocket after 597 seconds and entered its assigned orbit. Tianzhou-3’s solar panels opened and started working correctly around 3:22 p.m. The CMSA stated that the launch was a great success. Tianzhou-3 will dock with the Tianhe space station core module and Tianzhou-2 cargo vessel later, according to the CMSA. The cargo ship is carrying roughly 6 tonnes of commodities and resources in preparation for the forthcoming launch of the crewed mission Shenzhou-13.

According to the CMSA, Tianzhou-3 is filled with astronaut living supplies, one extravehicular spacesuit for backup, supplies for extravehicular activities, space station platform materials, payloads, and propellants. On September 18, the Tianzhou-2 cargo ship disengaged from Tianhe’s rear docking port and docked with its front docking port.

The CMSA stated that the Tianhe and Tianzhou-2 combination is in good shape and ready for docking with the Tianzhou-3 cargo vessel and the Shenzhou-13 manned spaceship. The launch on Monday marks the 20th mission of China’s human space missions and the 389th mission of the Long March rocket series.

According to the ancient Chinese, supplies such as meals and pastures should be carried ahead of men and horses when performing a critical mission. Cargo spaceships will always be launched ahead of crewed flights during the space station’s construction.

“First, we’ll carry support materials, spare parts, and equipment, and then our team,” CMSA Director Hao Chun explained.

Following the Tianzhou-3 mission, the Shenzhou-13 manned spacecraft will be launched to dock with the Tianhe core module, and three astronauts will begin their six-month stay in orbit.

China intends to complete the verification of key technologies and the in-orbit construction of the space station in two years through repeated launches.

This year, five launch missions are planned: the Tianhe core module, the Tianzhou-2 cargo ship, the Shenzhou-12 crewed mission, the Tianzhou-3 cargo ship, and the upcoming Shenzhou-13 crewed mission.

Six further missions will be launched in 2022, including the Wentian and Mengtian lab modules, two cargo spacecraft, and two crewed spaceships, to finish the space station’s construction.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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Uthuru Thila Falhu to reduce imports, ensure food security: Minister Saeed

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Minister of Economic Development and Trade Mohamed Saeed has emphasised the government’s endeavor to enhance food security through the Uthuru Thila Falhu project, aiming to curtail imports.

In an interview with a private media outlet, Minister Saeed underscored the significance of locally sourced products in ensuring food security for citizens. He also highlighted plans for island-level production.

Additionally, Minister Saeed outlined a upcoming initiative set to launch in Uthuru Thila Falhu, focusing on bolstering food security by cultivating ample fruits, vegetables, and seafood to cater to both resorts and residential areas across the nation. He said that the project aligns with President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu’s vision for the country, aiming to transform Uthuru Thila Falhu into a pivotal food hub.

Furthermore, Minister Saeed disclosed that the Maldives Industrial Development Free Zone has entrusted the China Harbour Engineering Company with reclaiming land and establishing an agricultural zone in Uthuru Thila Falhu. The project includes the creation of a specialized agricultural zone serving as a pivotal distribution center for agricultural products and inputs.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Six independent MP-elects sign with PNC

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Six independent candidates who were elected to the Parliament in the recent elections have signed with the main ruling People’s National Congress (PNC).

In the parliamentary elections held on Sunday, PNC had endorsed several independent candidates over those contesting on the party’s ticket.

A spokesperson from the PNC confirmed on Wednesday that six independent candidates have signed with the party.

All six joined PNC on Tuesday.

They are:

  • Dr. Anara Naeem: Huraa constituency
  • Hassan Zareer: Mathiveri constituency
  • Ahmed Zameer: Central Machangolhi constituency
  • Ahmed Riyaz: Thimarafushi constituency
  • Yaseen Abdulla: Naifaru constituency
  • Azim Abdul Azeez: Vilingili constituency

The PNC had secured a landslide victory in Sunday’s elections; winning 66 out of 93 seats. With the six MP-elects who signed on Tuesday, the ruling party will have 72 seats in the next parliamentary assembly.

This does not take into account the candidates from other parties backed by the government; Maldives National Party (MNP)’s leader Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim, Maldives Development Alliance (MDA)’s leader Ahmed Siyam Mohamed, and Mohamed Abbas – a political from MDA who won the Velidhoo seat.

The MP-elects who signed with PNC on Tuesday includes former party members who lost the PNC primaries held in January. They later ran in the elections as independent candidates, with the government backing their candidacy over that of the ruling party’s own candidates.

This includes Zameer and Ahmed Riyaz. Their rival PNC candidates had later dropped out of the race and backed their candidacy.

Meanwhile, Hassan Zareer, the incumbent Mathiveri MP, had won the 2019 elections on a ticket from the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). But he, along with 13 other lawmakers from MDP, defected to PNC after MDP’s Ibrahim Mohamed Solih lost re-election.

In this year’s polls, Zareer ran for re-election as an independent candidate, but with the government’s backing.

The move by the six independent MP-elects to join PNC comes after the MDP-majority Parliament passed an anti-defection bill on April 1.

The bill, which stipulates that parliamentarians will lose their seat for floor crossing, was signed into law by President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu last week.

Meanwhile, a separate bill to include anti-defection provisions in the constitution is in the works in the Parliament.

The 20th parliamentary assembly will be sworn in on May 28.

Source(s): sun.mv

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Abdul Raheem express confidence in retaining majority of Parliament

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Special Advisor to the President Abdul Raheem Abdulla has expressed confidence that the newly elected Parliament will be retained. The remarks were made during a programme aired on PSM News.

The ruling party, People’s National Congress (PNC) secured the super majority of the Parliament, following the parliamentary elections held on April 21. Abdul Raheem stated that the majority retained is close to 80 members, including 66 PNC candidates elected, who were endorsed by President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu. He affirmed that the new Parliament would strive to amend laws and regulations such that residents attain the maximum benefit, unlike previous Parliaments.

Abdul Raheem claimed to be aware of the reasons behind the incapacity of previous Parliaments of being retained, and revealed that he knew the stories behind the resignation of 12 parliamentarians during the tenure of Former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Hence, he claimed to be aware of the necessary initiatives and preparations to maintain the majority of the newly elected Parliament.

Additionally, Abdul Raheem disclosed that certain candidates who were elected had previously held senior parliamentarian positions. Therefore, he ensured that the majority elected by the residents will be retained, unlike previous Parliaments.

Source(s): PsmNews

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