Oz takes sugar fight with India to WTO

first_imgMelbourne: Australia has intensified its sugar related dispute with India by formally asking World Trade Organisation (WTO) to set up a panel to probe if the world’s second-largest sugar producer was breaching its obligations, a media report said Friday. In March, Australia was joined by Brazil to lodge a formal complaint against India with the WTO alleging that India’s continued sugar subsidies to farmers have led to a “glut” and “depressed” global prices. Australia along with Brazil and Guatemala joined hands to ask the WTO to set up the dispute panel to probe if India was breaching its obligations. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAustralian Financial Review report quoted Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham saying “India has not taken concrete action to response to Australia’s long-held concerns and continues to provide subsidies in breach of its WTO commitments.” “The longer these unfair subsidies continue, the greater the impact will be on our hardworking Australian cane growers and millers and the regional jobs they create,” he said. It says India’s subsidies have contributed to a global sugar glut and hurt Australian farmers. “Australia’s relationship with India is strong and it shows how valuable the trading system is that even close partners with good relations can utilise WTO processes to address trade disputes.”last_img read more

New Heat Wave to Hit Morocco in Ramadan

Rabat – A new heat wave is expected to hit several regions of Morocco from Saturday July 4th to Thursday July 9th, the national weather service has announced in a special bulletin.The regions concerned by this heat wave are Zagora, Tata, Assa-Zag, Aousserd, Oued Eddahab, Kasba Tadla, Beni-Mellal, Fquih Ben Saleh and Taroudant, where temperatures could vary from 40 to 44 degrees Celsius.From Sunday July 5th to Monday July 6th, temperatures are expected to reach between 44 and 48 degrees Celsius inAssa-Zag, Es-Smara, Laayoune, Boujdour, Oued Eddahab and Aousserd. During the same period, temperatures will vary between 40 and 44 degrees Celsius in Sidi Ifni, Guelmim, West of Laayoune, Boujdour, Oued Eddahab, Aousserd, Tata, Zagora, Taroudant, Agadir, Inezgane, Agadir Ait Melloul, Chichaoua, Benguerir, Marrakech, Essaouira, Beni Mellal, Tadla, Kelaât Sraghna, Sidi Slimane, Moulay Yaacoub, Meknes, Fez, Sidi Kacem and Taounate.The hot weather coincides with Islam’s holiest month of Ramadan. Moroccans observing the month of Ramadan are being urged to take extra care during the heat wave.It is important for Ramadan observers to stay well hydrated as being directly exposed to the sun may have negative side effects, namely dehydration and other serious health complications. read more

600000 cannabis plants 6 fields 4 camps destroyed at Ebini River

Ranks of the Guyana Police Force on Wednesday conducted yet another major drug eradication exercise in the Berbice River.Based on information received from the police, during the more that twelve hours operations at Ebini River, six fields with an estimated 600,000 cannabis plants measuring between 4 inches to 5 feet in height were found, photographed and destroyed together with four camps and about two hundred kilograms of dried cannabis.Two unlicenced shotguns and fifty-five (55) live cartridges were also found.According to the police no arrests have been made but investigators say they are in the process of tracing the owner(s) of the land.In February of this year a team of law enforcement officers commanded by a Superintendent conducted a fifteen hours long drug-eradication operation at Ebini, Upper Berbice River. That operation saw an estimated 300,000 cannabis plants ranging between 6 inches to 5 feet in height, 150,000 kilograms of dried cannabis, a number of nurseries with about 100,000 seedlings and 4 camps being destroyed by fire.Investigators were also in the process of tracing the ownership of the approximately 10-acre plot of land.However, this publication was informed that the investigators are currently facing challenges with respect to pinpointing the owners of these lands and are currently in the process of engaging the Lands and Survey Commission to assist in their investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related300,000 ganja plants, 4 farms destroyed in 15-hour operation at Ebini, Berbice- PoliceFebruary 8, 2018In “Crime”25,000 ganja plants destroyedJuly 11, 2019In “Crime”5 acres of cannabis cultivation, including 3 camps destroyed- PoliceDecember 1, 2018In “Crime” read more