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A new freight train connects Russia with China

A freight train connecting Russia with China arrived in Ganzhou an inland city in Jiangxi province, carrying goods from Moscow. The freight train travelled more than 7,000 km, before reaching Ganzhou in eastern China.

Significance for China

Jiangxi province is the former revolutionary heartland of the Communist Party. This freight train connecting Russia and China is expected to bring resources from Europe and boost local development. Ganzhou is an inland area with a complex landscape and was a hot bed of revolutionary activities owing to its remote mountain ranges. However, its complex landscape has become a stumbling block in development. Even though, the Chinese government tried to push regional development in the past few decades, Ganzhou could not fetch any major projects due to its geography, making many people to live in poverty.

Rail freight is cheap and costs only half that of air freight and half the time of sea freight. In order to boost its export revenues, China is already operating train services to several cities in Europe. In January 2017, it inaugurated a new train service to London traversing over 12,000 kilometres across 18 days. China is set to gain heavily from opening the ancient trade routes and strengthen connectivity with Europe. It would also enhance regional cooperation in countries that lie along the Silk Road.


Sadikh Khan elected as first Muslim Mayor of London

Sadiq Khan of the British Labour party has been elected the new Mayor of London by comfortably outrunning of his nearest rival.

With this Mr Khan became London’s first Muslim mayor. His victory also marks the return of Labour Party rule in the British capital after eight years of Conservatives in power.

In the elections, Mr. Khan won 44 per cent votes in the first preference votes to Conservative Zac Goldsmith’s 35 per cent.  While in the second preference votes, he crossed 50 per cent threshold to get elected.

About Sadiq Khan

  • Mr Khan is the son of immigrants from Pakistan who settled in London in the 1960s. His father worked as a bus driver.
  • He is a former human rights lawyer and an Member of Parliament from Tooting, east London, since 2005.
  • He had served as the cabinet minister for communities and then transport in the former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown led Government.