New is new – new opportunities for new development, a la Yunnan

image By Rajpal Abeynayake, in Kunming, Yunnan, China.

South and South East Asian Commodity Expo and Investment Fair (SSACEIF) got underway in Kunming,Yunnan, China a few days back, with a spectacular opening ceremony that befits an occasion that seems to be getting bigger each successive year.

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When tradition meets innovation, at the typically Kunming exposition

Pakistan was the theme country for the Expo fair this year.
This year’s Expo is different from many others due to a variety of new innovations, which are so much set apart from those of previous years, that the Executive organizing committee calls the Expo a new brand.
Pakistan, a key player in President Xi Jingping’s One Belt One Road Initiative, has brought all they can  in terms of geopolitical gravitas to the whole show, with a large number of stalls.

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The Rajpal Abeynayake Column: When dogs were dogs and not public enemies targeted for mass extermination

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imageThe Rajpal Abeynayake Column 
(Rajpal Abeynayake was the former Editor-in-Chief of the Daily News, the Sunday Observer, and the English language weekly, Lakbimanews.)

This column was written by the author for a English language weekly some years back, when the problems with dogs and stray dogs was not of the life and death variety. In the present time dogs are under threat of elimination on a mass scale, because the authorities have decided their time is up.
Oh for those bucolic days of innocence, when the only issue was poo!

A dog’s life indeed

Did you know that the police are going to prosecute all those who do not carry a bag to clear dog-droppings when they are walking the dog? Mind you they are not prosecuting just those who do not clear their dogs’ droppings, but those who do not carry a bag with intent to doing so.

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