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Monday, July 17, 2017

China should 'keep calm' about India's rise: Chinese media
India is receiving a "massive influx" of foreign investments which will greatly enhance its ability to develop the manufacturing sector and China should "keep calm" and start working on a more effective growth strategy for the new era, a state-run newspaper said today. "This massive influx of investment by foreign manufacturers is of great significance for India's economy, employment and industrial development," an article in the Global Times said. "China should be calm seeing India's rise. To cope with competition from India, China could start working on a more effective growth strategy for the new era now," it said.

US calls for Iran's immediate release of detained US citizens
The United States called on Iran today to immediately release US citizens and other foreigners detained on "fabricated" national security charges, after Tehran said an unnamed American has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. "We call for the immediate release of all US citizens unjustly detained in Iran so they can return to their families," a State Department official said. The statement made no specific reference to any individual, but it came after an Iranian spokesman announced the sentencing of an unidentified US citizen for alleged "infiltration" of the country.

‘Karachi drinking water with bacterial, faecal contamination’
Residents of Pakistan's port city Karachi have been left puzzled after a report said today that up to 80 per cent of the water supplied to them was unfit for human consumption due to bacterial and faecal contamination. According to the report by Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), more than 80 per cent of water samples collected from surface and groundwater sources in 14 districts of Sindh province, including Karachi, were not fit for human consumption. The bad news for the estimated 20 million residents of the provincial capital was that 107 samples out of the 118 collected in Karachi were found unsafe for human consumption after laboratory analysis.These samples had bacterial contamination with 40 per cent having faecal contamination.

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