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EU probes into Chinese subsidies

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The European Union will apply additional duties of up to 38% on imported Chinese electric vehicles from July in the latest effort to protect home-grown manufacturers.

It has also launched several probes into whether Chinese clean tech producers are dumping subsidised goods on EU markets and whether Chinese-owned companies unfairly benefit from subsidies while operating inside the European Union.

The European Commission, which is carrying out the investigations, says it aims to prevent unfair competition and market distortion.

Here’s what you need to know about the investigations:

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES

The Commission said on June 12 it would impose new tariffs on imported Chinese EVs over what it said were excessive subsidies.

The provisional duties are set to apply by July 4, with the anti-subsidy investigation set to continue until Nov. 2, when definitive duties, typically for five years, could apply.

TINPLATE STEEL

The Commission opened on May 16 an anti-dumping investigation into flat-rolled products of iron or steel plated or coated with Chinese tin.
The EU’s official journal said the investigation follows a complaint from European steel association Eurofer.

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The investigation is to be concluded within 14 months, with the possible imposition of provisional duties in seven to eight months.

WOOD FLOORING IMPORTS

The European Commission initiated an anti-dumping investigation into wood flooring imports on May 16, following a complaint by the European Parquet Federation.

Under investigation are assembled multilayered wood flooring panels. Panels of bamboo, or with at least the top layer of bamboo, are excluded as are panels for mosaic floors.

MEDICAL DEVICES

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The European Commission launched a probe into Chinese public procurement of medical devices, the EU’s official journal said on April 24.

The investigation is the first under the EU International Procurement Instrument, which aims to prevent countries from unfairly favouring domestic suppliers.

If the Commission finds that European suppliers don’t have fair access to the Chinese market, it could place restrictions on Chinese medical device companies bidding in EU public tenders.

The investigation is to be concluded within nine months, although the Commission can extend this period by a further five months.

WIND TURBINES

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The EU is investigating subsidies received by Chinese suppliers of wind turbines destined for Europe, the bloc’s anti-trust commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on April 9.

It will look into wind park development in Spain, Greece, France, Romania and Bulgaria, Vestager said without naming specific companies.

China said the probe was “discriminatory” against Chinese enterprises and endorsed protectionism.

SOLAR PANELS

The European Commission will close its investigation into Chinese bidders in a public tender for a solar park in Romania after the companies withdrew from the process, European Industry Commission Thierry Breton said on May 13.

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It launched two investigations on April 3 into whether the Chinese participants benefited excessively from subsidies in bidding for a contract.

Breton said that the Commission took note of the withdrawal of LONGi Solar and Shanghai Electric from bidding and would therefore close its investigation. 

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Actress, former Miss Teen Esta TerBlanche dies

Actress, former Miss Teen Esta TerBlanche dies

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Actress, former Miss Teen Esta TerBlanche dies

‘All My Children’ star Esta TerBlanche has died, her manager confirmed to PEOPLE on Sunday. She was 51.

“We are deeply saddened by this news,” her manager Annie Spoliansky said in a statement to PEOPLE. “As for a personal statement, I’d like to say that Esta was such a kind, loving, giving, and caring person.”

“She cared so deeply for all people and animals,” she added. “She had squirrels she fed and looked after daily, her two cats and recent kittens that she cared for as her own children.”

“Esta was never anything but generous and lovely to me, and I’m grateful to have known her for the time that I did, and devastated to learn of her passing,” her statement concluded.

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The cause of the South African actress’ death is unknown. Deadline reported that authorities believe TerBlanche had been dead for about a day when her body was found.

TerBlanche was best known for playing Gillian Andrassy Lavery on All My Children from 1997 to 2001. The character was a Hungarian princess whose love interest and eventual husband on the show was Cameron Mathison’s character Ryan Lavery.

“RIP my Sweet Princess,” Mathison, 54, wrote in tribute over a photo of the pair in character on his Instagram Stories on Sunday.

He also posted another photo of the TV couple posing together with broken heart emojis over it.

“Esta helped me last year when Red was sick and paralyzed and I was struggling,” he wrote over another photo of the pair, a recent selfie. “One of the sweetest people ever.”

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Mathison grinned in the photo as TerBlanche made a kissing face near his cheek.

TerBlanche held the title of Miss Teen South Africa in 1991 before she began pursuing a career in acting, Deadline reported.

The former soap opera star was born in South Africa on Jan. 7, 1973 and starred as Bienkie Naudé Hartman on Egoli: Place of Gold, a popular drama in the country, before landing her role on All My Children. 

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Police arrest suspects involved in kidnap of playwright Khalilur Rehman

Police arrest suspects involved in kidnap of playwright Khalilur Rehman

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Police arrest suspects involved in kidnap of playwright Khalilur Rehman

The Lahore police claim to have arrested the culprits involved in the kidnapping of famed playwright Khalilur Rehman Qamar.  

A day earlier, the writer had lodged a complaint against his kidnappers and requested the law-enforcement officials for help. 

Police took immediate action and traced the suspects within hours. 

Among those arrested were Amina Urooj, Mamnoon Haider, Zeeshan Qayyum, Javed Iqbal, Tanveer Ahmed, Falaksher, Qaiser Abbas, Rashid Ahmed, Mian Khan, Babar Ali, Shumaila Bibi and Maryam Shahzadi. 

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“The main suspect, Amina, is a repeat criminal and has a history of committing similar crimes. Her modus operandi involves deceiving her victims by presenting herself as a British citizen, thereby gaining their trust before carrying out the robbery along with her associates,” say police.   

In this regard, Organized Crime Unit DIG Imran Kishwar, along with the writer, held an important press conference to inform the public about the details. 

WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE CELEBRITY? 

The Lahore police on Sunday registered a case on the complaint of eminent writer Khalilur Rehman Qamar that he was kidnapped and tortured. 

Qamar is a famous writer and has given the industry some major hits. He is also known to have some controversial views on a variety of subjects. 

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A woman named Amina had called Qamar to her house, saying she wanted to make a drama and when he reached the woman’s house, armed men kidnapped him. 

The Payare Afzal writer had to give a huge sum of money to the kidnappers for his release. 

Later, the Sundar police registered a case on his statement. 

In the FIR, it is mentioned that the accused kept on torturing Qamar and kept moving him to different places. They also threatened to kill him and asked him to request for more money from his relatives. 

Rehman alleged that the men confiscated Rs60,000, an iPhone 11, an ATM card as well as his national identity card. 

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The FIR added that more than Rs200,000 were also drawn from a separate bank account belonging to the complainant.

The kidnappers, the FIR states, told Rehman that they had been given the orders to kill him, before demanding a ransom payment of Rs10 million, to which Rehman told them that he did not have that kind of funds available.

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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan takes exception to news about his arrest in Dubai

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan takes exception to news about his arrest in Dubai

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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan takes exception to news about his arrest in Dubai

 Famous singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has cleared the air of his arrest at the Dubai Airport.

The iconic singer said he was merely questioned in a routine manner and that he was not investigated much less arrested.

He mentioned that the Dubai officials received request for questioning only and that the matter was noting of any serious nature.

Earlier, some media outlets reported that the famous singer had been arrested at the Dubai Airport.

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As per the details, the singer was apprehended due to the complaints filed by his former manager Salman Ahmed to the Dubai authorities.

The musician had ended the contract of his former manager after developing differences over vital issues.

The ‘Mere Paas Tum Ho’ singer had reached Dubai for his concert.
 

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