Baquba, told the Xinhua News Agency that “mallows spread tremendously this winter. It reminds me of Iraq from a long time ago.”
“Some valleys, close to my hometown of Mandli, 90 kilometers east of Baqub
a, are now being called mallow valleys due to the spread of the weed,” he said.
Arkan al-Nadawi, a local villager, said that “mallows spread this y
ear in wheat and barley fields, and in most of the fields of northern and eastern regions.”
“Mallows taste great and most of the people in villages and countryside love it, and it is the dish of the poor,” he added.
Monshed al-Zaidy, a government employee, who was standing close to a road in the village of Gazania, 96 kilo
meters east of Baquba, was helping his wife to harvest mallow plants and keep it in a plastic bag.
of the polls postponement is that it would cause many voters to be depressed and the country might record a low turnout of electorates when the election eventually holds.
“The momentum is dying. I hope it’s not dead in one week,” he said.
According to the electoral chief, shifting the polls was “a difficult decision for the Commission to take.”
For more than seven hours, the electoral chief and the 12 nation
al commissioners of the INEC were in a closed-door meeting on Friday night.
The elections were supposed to hold at 119,973 polling units across the country while collation of res
ults was to take place in 8,809 registration areas or wards, 774 local government areas in 36 states and the capital Abuja.
Sources had hinted a possible postponement of the election due to logistic challenges in some parts of the country.
The official News Agency of Nigeria, citing official sources in the north-central state of Niger
had reported that ballot papers for two of the state’s three senatorial districts were missing as of Friday evening.
residents’ disposable income levels and income growth. Data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that in 2017, the per ca
pita disposable income of the high-income group reached 64,934 yuan ($9,604.71). For most of the residents in the high-inco
me group, overseas tours remain as a kind of luxury spending, thus the per capita disposable income for residents that traveled abroad
should be raised to at least 120,000 yuan a year. Yet this group probably numbers less than 100 mil
lion residents. In other words, the number of people who can afford the average cost of going abroad is theoretically less than 100 million.
Although many research institutions are optimistic about the development pr
ospects for Chinese people’s overseas tourism, the growth rate of private outbound trip
s was only 5.7 percent in 2017, compared to 22 percent in 2010 and 10.6 percent in 2015, showing a do
wnward trend. This may actually reflect the decline in the growth rate of disposable income.
I don’t agree with the so-called “consumption downgrade,” as the Engel coefficient – the propor
tion of money spent on food in household expenses – fell to 28.4 in 2018. Yet, the slowdown in consumption growth, increased leverage r
atio in home purchases and other factors have all impeded the pace of the consumption upgrade.
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.