its poor performance in recent polls in three key Indian states.
One key factor that apparently sealed the fate of the BJP was prevailing anger among upper castes. So the first thing the prime
minister did was to grant 10 percent job reservation to the less well-off among the upper castes.
The BJP projected the move as a “game changer” which it claimed would win it the support of a certain section of society bu
t now finds itself on the back foot as the Congress came out with a proposal promising “minimum income guarantee” fo
r every poor villager if the party was voted to power. The idea has left the BJP leadership unnerved.
The head of the Pakistan Navy hailed the Chinese navy’s participation in the Aman 19 multinational maritime exercise during a visit to the
warship Kunlunshan on Sunday, saying that the Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean is vital to regional security.
Pakistan is holding its sixth multinational maritime naval drills, Aman 19, from Friday to Tuesday in Ka
rachi, with navies and observers from 46 countries including China, Russia and the US participating in the exercise.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy), which has participated in all
previous Aman exercises, sent two warships from the Task Group 998 for the exercise.
“The PLA Navy has always been a very big participant, we are really grateful for that,” Ch
ief of the Pakistani Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi told the Global Times during his visit.
record high in its soybeans exports to China. As of the end of 2018, the local industry association estimated that the country’s total soybeans output will reach 120 million to 125 million tons – a new high – in 2019.
Brazil will enter the harvest season for soybeans in coming months. As China restarts to im
port more from the US, companies in Brazil have also lowered their expectations for soy oil exports.
Brazil’s exports are expected to fall to 400,000 tons this year versus 1.43 million tons last year in terms of soy oil exports, according to Amaral.
Still, the Brazilian industry representative remained optimistic about the future of soybeans trade with China.
“Even with the more intense participation of US products in the Chinese
market, we believe China will continue to need Brazilian soy to fulfill its domes
tic market,” he said, noting that neither US or Brazil can adequately supply Chinese demand.
“Brazil will keep an important presence in the Chinese market,” Amaral added.
Soybeans have been a crucial element in simmering trade tensions between the two count
ries, CNBC said on Saturday. China, the world’s largest soybeans importer, cut off purchases from the US in 201
8, sending prices tumbling and leaving US farmers struggling to sell off their record harvest, the media report noted.