China building tsunami alert centre in South China Sea

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Mar 17 (PTI) China is building a tsunami alert centre in South China Sea, a senior official here has said and underlined that the facility in the disputed region has been approved by the UN.The facility is being constructed in the South China Sea, Wang Hong, chief of the State Oceanic Administration, told reporters on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the annual legislative session yesterday.”In fact, it has begun operations and has already issued tsunami alerts to the international community, including neighbouring countries in the South China Sea,” Wang was quoted as saying by the state-run Global Times.He said the project has received United Nations approval.This is the latest announcement on facilities China is constructing in the disputed South China Sea, though Wang did not reveal the specific location of the facility.China defends facilities in the South China Sea like a light house saying that it will benefit all the countries in the region while critics say it is an attempt by Beijing to solidify its presence in disputed islands and reefs with permanent structures.Officials of South Chinas Hainan Province also announced that the province is building piers and restoring the ecological environment on the the Paracel islands which China calls as Xisha Islands.Lighthouses have started operating since October on Huayan and Chigua reefs in the Nansha (Spratly) islands, whilethe airport on Yongxing Island has been managing flights.China claims almost all of the South China Sea.advertisementIts claims are countered by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.United States Navy too is actively present in the area as Washington seeks to assert freedom of navigation in the South Chia Sea.”Sovereignty is not only protected verbally but is now exercised and governed through our actions. This will effectively enhance our presence in the South China Sea,” Ling Shengli, secretary-general of the International Security Study Centre at China Foreign Affairs University, told the Global Times.Chinas foreign ministry has reiterated that such construction falls within Chinas sovereignty rights and are civilian and public facilities aimed at better serving coastal nations in the South China Sea as well as maritime traffic from around the world.Ling stressed that China has been constructing facilities for civilian use and limited defence facilities to protect civilian infrastructure.Meanwhile, the US will continue to insist on so-called freedom of navigation in the region and may lead to disputes. But major conflicts are not likely between the two countries under the Code of Unplanned Encounters at Sea, Ling said. PTI KJV ASK AKJ ASKlast_img read more

PMG signs up Shikhar Dhawan for 3 years

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) Professional Management Group (PMG), India?s first sports marketing company chaired by legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has signed Indian cricket?s youth icon Shikhar Dhawan for a three year period. As part of this long term association, PMG will now exclusively be looking after Shikhars brand endorsements and associations, corporate profile, patents and digital rights, with a special focus on image building and reputation management. PMG will provide a focused team working on Shikhar with special emphasis on enhancing his dynamic personality and his connect with youth. Commenting on the signing, Sam Balsara, Director, PMG & Chairman, Madison World said,”We are excited to sign up with Shikhar, one of the few batsman to play across all formats for India. He is one of Indias most gifted cricketers with right aggression, competitiveness & consistency. “He has made a place for himself with his solid and powerful batting skills. Being an instant crowd favourite, brands would love to associate with such a strong personality in order to project high spiritedness and exuberance amongst their target audience.” PMG signing youngsters like Sarfaraz Khan, Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw, the signing of Shikhar now shows PMG?s intent of being serious player in the Player Management vertical. PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more