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  • 20160411-xinhua-obesitychinaTheres a good reason why marathons have become a fad in China and India. Of late with the number of overweight people outnumbering those that are underweight worldwide, its become popular to exercise and what better way to do it then out in the open with friends?

    While marathons have mushroomed across South East Asia, so have crazy diet plans and the sales of sporting goods. This predominantly stems from the fact that people in China and India are excessively getting more obese. According to a study on Global Trends in Body Mass Index (BMI), published in the medical journal, Lancet, China displaced the United States as the world’s most obese country in 2014.  The figures for China stood at 43.2 million obese men and 46.4 million obese women while the U.S. had 41.7 million obese men and 46.1 million obese women. A diet high on junk foods, crazy work hours, and a society that believes burgers to be cool can do that to a population.

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  • oil-demandA tectonic shift is taking place between India and China and its becoming obvious by the subtle changes in oil consumption. According to a report by The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies this month India’s oil demand grew by 300,000 barrels a day last year, double the average rate in the previous decade while China’s growth has slowed to 300,000 barrels from an average 500,000 barrels in the decade to 2013.

    The shift heralds not only a change in the domestic economy with China moving higher up the value chain, becoming more conscious of her environmental footprint and increasing her services sectors, but also signals clearly that she will no longer be swayed by oil politics. The oligarchy of oil, means that with a drop in demand and consequently in price, China was able to alter the economies of oil producing nations such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq which gave her a foothold in international politics.

    While the shift has been gradual, the change is substantial to highlight that oil producing nations will now play into India’s hands as she holds the reigns on higher oil consumption. Foreseeing this is also probably why Rosneft,’ Russia’s largest oil company, has decided to sell nearly half of the largest oil deposit in Eastern Siberia to Indian investors. The company has ceded 49.9 percent of “Vankorneft” shares to a consortium of Indian public sector oil majors. Of these, the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) will get 26 percent of the shares, while 23.9 percent will go to Oil India Limited (OIL), Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Bharat Petroleum (BPL). ‘Vankorneft’ owns a deposit with 500 million tons of oil and condensate reserves and 182 billion cubic meters of gas, reports the Rosneft press service.

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  • rajghatHave you ever seen a Prime Minister sweeping the street with such a proud? Just got down the flight from his US trip, the Prime Minister Modi surprised whole India again by holding the broom in front of the public…

    2 October, it is always a very special date in every Indian’s heart. It is the birth anniversary of the father of the nation – Mr. Mahatma Gandhi. He led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. His idea of “nonviolent civil disobedience” has been influencing on many generations. However, very less people knew that there was one more thing he was keen on – the cleanliness of the nation that has been left beyond for many years. But, this year, at the ceremony of his 145th birth anniversary, PM Modi launched the biggest campaign ever -“Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” (Clean India). He is aimed at making India a clean country by 2019 in order to fulfill the dream of Gandhi at his 150th anniversary.

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