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Millions of new investors piled into mainland Chinese stock markets in 2020

Finance
An investor looks at an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China.ReutersBEIJING — More Chinese investors are piling into the local stock market.In December, the mainland stock market recorded 1.62 million new investors — double the 809,300 reported a year ago, according to China Securities Depository and Clearing. The organization handles trades for the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges.For all of 2020, new investors increased by 18.02 million to 177.77 million, the data showed. That's about 1.5 million new accounts a month.The surge of interest comes as many people around the world turned to stock trading while being stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.The new investor accounts in China come as mainland stocks soared
Priyanka Chopra Jonas: ‘I want to get South Asian stories influxed into Hollywood’

Priyanka Chopra Jonas: ‘I want to get South Asian stories influxed into Hollywood’

Entertainment
Priyanka Chopra Jonas has told Sky News she is determined to get South Asian stories "influxed" into Hollywood.The actress and activist spoke about representation on the big screen ahead of the release of her new film, The White Tiger, which is based on the 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Aravind Adiga. It tells the story of Balram Halwai (played by newcomer Adarsh Gourav), who narrates his humorous but dark rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. Image: Gourav stars as Balram, a servant who narrates the story Reviews ahead of the film's release have been strong, and it has been touted as a possible outside contender for the Oscars.Following Balram's journey to becoming a driver for a wealthy couple,...
NASA’s ‘megarocket’ roars into life – but only briefly, putting launch in jeopardy

NASA’s ‘megarocket’ roars into life – but only briefly, putting launch in jeopardy

Technology
NASA's deep space exploration rocket has briefly ignited its four engines for the first time.The test was a crucial step towards a debut unmanned launch later this year under NASA's Artemis programme, the Trump administration's mission to return US astronauts to the moon again by 2024. The rocket, built by Boeing, roared into life for just one minute and 15 seconds at the test facility in Mississippi.The engines generated 1.6 million pounds of thrust, consuming 700,000 gallons of propellants while on NASA's largest test stand, which is 35 storeys tall.It was well short of the roughly four minutes that were needed to keep its development on track for it first launch in November. ...
Divers recover ‘black box’ from jet that crashed into sea as first victim identified

Divers recover ‘black box’ from jet that crashed into sea as first victim identified

World
Navy divers have recovered a "black box" from an Indonesian airliner which crashed into the Java Sea on Saturday with 62 people on board.TV pictures showed in inflatable boat carrying a large white container, which in turn was carrying the box. It was unclear whether it was the Boeing 737-500's flight data or cockpit voice recorder.The boxes were believed to be buried under sharp objects which needed to be removed first, Admiral Yudo Margono of the Indonesian navy said. They were thought to be about 75ft (23m) below the surface of the sea.A remotely-operated vehicle was sent to the location between Lancang and Laki islands, just north of the capital, Jakarta, and at least 160 divers were involved in the search. ...
Boeing will pay $2.5bn to resolve US investigation into 737 MAX disasters

Boeing will pay $2.5bn to resolve US investigation into 737 MAX disasters

World
Plane manufacturer Boeing will pay out more than $ 2.5bn to resolve a US investigation into the deadly 737 MAX disasters, the country's Justice Department has said.In a statement, America's government said the settlement includes a criminal penalty of $ 243.6m and compensation to the firm's customers of $ 1.77bn. Boeing will also set up a fund of $ 500m to compensate the families of those who died in the Ethiopian Airlines and the Lion Air crashes.The 737 Max model has been grounded since March 2019 following the two fatal crashes in which 346 people were killed.In November, the US aviation regulator cleared the way for its return to US skies, followed a week later by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) confirming plans to also give the go-ahead. ...