Battery swapping can propel India’s electric car revolution

Published on Monday, 23 October 2017

Motorists can charge their vehicles automatically in less than a minute with the battery-swapping system.
Motorists can charge their vehicles automatically in less than a minute with the battery-swapping system.

adb.org_Imagine you’re buying a car, and the manufacturer forces you to purchase not only the vehicle itself but also demanded you pay upfront for 10 years worth of fuel. About $25,000 for the car and another $50,000 for the gas. Would you still purchase the car? Absolutely not, unless the gasoline was given at a discount price, right?

Anyone shopping for an electric car could be forgiven for thinking that manufacturers are asking to pay upfront for future energy use. These vehicles are still on average about 35% more expensive than non-electric cars – despite gradually declining battery prices and the promise of practically zero maintenance fees. Continue reading “Battery swapping can propel India’s electric car revolution”

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The scientist who spots fake videos

nature_Hany Farid discusses how to detect image manipulations — and the increasing sophistication of forgers.

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Hany Farid, a computer scientist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, specialises in detecting manipulated images and videos. Farid, who provides his services to clients as varied as universities, media organizations, and law courts, says that image manipulation is becoming both more frequent and more sophisticated. He spoke to Nature about the arms race to stay ahead of the forgers.

Where do you start when trying to spot a fake image?

One simple but powerful technique is reverse image search. You give the image to a site such as Google Image Search or TinEye, and they show you all other instances of it. A project at Columbia University, in New York City, is taking this to the next level, and starting to find parts of images that have been repurposed from other images.

“I’ve seen the technology get good enough that I’m now very concerned”

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Dozens of men describe rape, torture by Sri Lanka government

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LONDON (AP) — One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down.

Another man described being abducted from home by five men, driven to a prison, and taken to a “torture room” equipped with ropes, iron rods, a bench and buckets of water. There were blood splatters on the wall. Continue reading “Dozens of men describe rape, torture by Sri Lanka government”

Tourism projects worth 2.7 billion USD launched in Quang Ninh

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VietNamNet Bridge – A series of projects worth a total 61 trillion VND (2.7 billion USD) will be built in the Van Don Special Administrative – Economic Unit, the northern province of Quang Ninh in 2018, according to Deputy Head of the management board of Quang Ninh economic zone Hoang Trung Kien.

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A graphic image of the Sonasea Dragon Bay project (Photo: cafef.vn)

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UN Security Council increases pressure on Myanmar to end violence against Rohingya

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Council expresses ‘grave concern’ over human rights violations in a statement that was watered down by China

Rohingya refugees walk to take shelter in the southern part of Bangladesh at Palongkhali in Coxs Bazar.
Rohingya refugees walk to take shelter in the southern part of Bangladesh at Palongkhali in Coxs Bazar. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The UN Security Council has called on Myanmar to rein in its military campaign in Rakhine state and allow hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya driven from their homes to return. Continue reading “UN Security Council increases pressure on Myanmar to end violence against Rohingya”

Vietnam action agenda must focus on inclusion: APEC Secretariat

‘Growth should be more inclusive’

By Son Luong / Tuoi Tre News

November 8, 2017, 19:54 GMT+7

Vietnam action agenda must focus on inclusion: APEC Secretariat
Denis Hew, Director at APEC Secretariat Policy Support Unit (L) and Alan Bollard, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat, address a news conference in Da Nang, central Vietnam, November 7, 2017. Photo: Son Luong/Tuoi Tre News

Editor’s note: Denis Hew, Director of the APEC Secretariat Policy Support Unit, spoke to Tuoi Tre News on the challenges to be addressed at the ongoing 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Week in the central city of Da Nang. 

What are the topline points of the APEC summit most relevant to Vietnam? Continue reading “Vietnam action agenda must focus on inclusion: APEC Secretariat”

Vietnam premier highlights solutions for development at APEC business summit

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has underlined three key solutions for boosting Vietnam’s development

By Tuoi Tre News

November 8, 2017, 14:56 GMT+7

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc greets the attendees at the Vietnam Business Summit in the central city of Da Nang on November 7, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has underlined three key solutions for boosting Vietnam’s development during a business summit held in parallel with the ongoing 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) week.

The first Vietnam Business Summit (VBS) was organized in the central city of Da Nang on Tuesday with the attendance of Vietnamese government leaders and officials, representatives from prestigious international organizations, scholars and hundreds of business influencers from across the Asia-Pacific region. Continue reading “Vietnam premier highlights solutions for development at APEC business summit”

Typhoon Damrey kills 106 in Vietnam, reservoirs brimming before APEC summit

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November 8, 2017, 21:23 GMT+7

Typhoon Damrey kills 106 in Vietnam, reservoirs brimming before APEC summit
People travel by boat past buildings flooded by Typhoon Damrey in the ancient UNESCO heritage town of Hoi An, Vietnam November 7, 2017. Photo: Reuters

DANANG, Vietnam, Nov 8 — Vietnam’s deadliest storm this year, Typhoon Damrey, has killed 106 people, while dozens of dangerously full reservoirs release water as the southeast Asian nation prepares to host a regional summit.

As of Wednesday, 106 people were known to have died because of the year’s 12th major storm, which struck on Saturday, leaving 25 missing and 197 injured, the country’s search and rescue committee said. Continue reading “Typhoon Damrey kills 106 in Vietnam, reservoirs brimming before APEC summit”

VN grabs top prizes at APEC Photo Contest

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Viet Nam News ĐÀ NẴNG – Việt Nam, the host of the ongoing 2017 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, brought home all three top prizes of the APEC Photo Contest 2017.

The winners of the photo contest were announced at the Concluding Senior Officials’ Meeting by the APEC Secretariat’s Executive Director, Dr Alan Bollard, on Tuesday.

Sunset Life by Kiều Anh Dũng

Kiều Anh Dũng of the Mekong Delta province of Bạc Liêu received the first prize for his work, Sunset Life. The second and third prize winners were Trương Vinh of HCM City for The Sea Flower and Trần Đình Thương of Bình Thuận Province’s Phan Thiết City for Building the Flower Industry, respectively. Continue reading “VN grabs top prizes at APEC Photo Contest”

One Belt, One Trap? A debate over who benefits from China’s new silk road

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Questions are being asked about how, and whether, China can deliver the benefits of its multi-trillion-dollar initiative to connect a region with 62 per cent of the world’s population. Between The Lines debates the issue.

 
The China-Pakistan Friendship Highway is a crown jewel of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, a massive global infrastructure programme to revive the ancient Silk Road and connect Chinese companies to new markets around the world. AFP/Johannes EISELE

HONG KONG: In Myanmar, first a China-led dam project was suspended because of environmental and social problems. Then local protests about environmental damage have made the joint development of a copper mine a stop-start affair.

In Pakistan, there are internal differences over where the China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects should take place, with poorer provinces petitioning for more projects to be directed towards them instead of Punjab.

Such snags on the ground, among other things, are raising questions about how, and whether, Beijing can deliver on the grand vision of its Belt and Road initiative ushering in a new era of globalisation in Asia, Europe and Africa.

That was an issue debated in a recent Between the Lines episode looking at the implementation of China’s multi-trillion-dollar push to connect a region with 62 per cent of the world’s population. (Watch the episode here)

One thing is clear: Lessons have to be learnt. “The Chinese authorities as well as the business community have to go through a soul-searching process,” said commentator Professor Joseph Cheng, one of four discussants on the programme.

CULTIVATE PEOPLE, NOT JUST GOVERNMENTS

Their suggestions included taking care of local communities, doing good work, such as community projects to build good relations – and not only good public relations – as well as learning the local culture.

“Certainly, some Chinese corporations working in Myanmar were or have been perceived as looking down on the local people, not showing adequate respect for the local people,” said Prof Cheng. “It isn’t enough just to deal with the government.”

 
Myanmar activists protest against The Chinese Copper Mine Wanbao Company, in front of the Chinese

Other characteristics of Chinese investment and participation in infrastructure projects have also led to complaints.

“China has a lot of manpower, so when it takes part in projects, it not only brings along engineers, it also brings along skilful technicians, skilled labour and so on,” noted Prof Cheng.

So this means very little employment opportunities for local labour.

This contrasts with, say, the American viewpoint that bringing engineers to developing countries is costly, he added.

Some of the Chinese workers also start restaurants, small supermarkets and “even take over a segment, sometimes a very substantial segment, of the restaurant business and so on”. Continue reading “One Belt, One Trap? A debate over who benefits from China’s new silk road”

Philippines to ask China to clarify its intentions in disputed sea

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in an apparent policy shift, said on Wednesday he planned to ask China to make clear its intentions in the disputed South China Sea during Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Vietnam.

 
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during Change of Command ceremonies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, metro Manila, Philippines October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao

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MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in an apparent policy shift, said on Wednesday he planned to ask China to make clear its intentions in the disputed South China Sea during Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Vietnam. Continue reading “Philippines to ask China to clarify its intentions in disputed sea”

Canada says won’t be rushed on TPP trade deal at Asia-Pacific meeting

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By Matthew Tostevin and Mai Nguyen
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Ministers gather for a group photo after the APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM) ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit leaders meetings in Danang
Ministers gather for a group photo after the APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM) ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit leaders meetings in Danang, Vietnam, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Made Nagi/Pool

By Matthew Tostevin and Mai Nguyen

DANANG, Vietnam (Reuters) – Canada said on Wednesday it would not be rushed into a revived Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal as the 11 remaining members met in Vietnam to discuss the pact ditched by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Continue reading “Canada says won’t be rushed on TPP trade deal at Asia-Pacific meeting”

Silence on Pacific Rim ministers’ talks ahead of APEC summit

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Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh attends the opening of the APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM) ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit leaders meetings in the central Vietnamese city of Danang Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool Photo via AP)
DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — Foreign and trade ministers of 21 Pacific Rim economies meeting in Danang, Vietnam, appeared to be struggling for a consensus on open markets and other strategic issues ahead of a regional summit, as their hosts appealed for cooperation.

A news conference planned for late Wednesday was canceled as the talks dragged on, and APEC officials said they would continue on Thursday. The ministers were due to endorse a draft of a statement their leaders in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum usually issue at the end of the annual summit. Continue reading “Silence on Pacific Rim ministers’ talks ahead of APEC summit”