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China, Japan to contribute over $1 bn of aid for reconstructing Nepal

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Kathmandu: China and Japan, on Thursday, announced over $1 billion of aid to Nepal to reconstruct infrastructure after it was devastated by a series of quakes.

At an international donor’s conference here, Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, pledged to extend over $750 million to the Himalayan nation. It ,also,offered training opportunities for 1,500 Nepalis over the next year.

Japan announced $260 million at the conference which would be used in reconstructing the nation after it was hit by the earthquake in April.

Japan also offered to support the repairing of cultural heritages in the country.

Similarly, Norway announced $30 million to Nepal.

(IANS)

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Fossils of 400-Year Old Invertebrate Marine Species Found in China

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have recently found a fossilised body piece of an extinct class of marine animal known as Cystoidea or cystoids in southwest China's Guizhou Province.

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400 mn year old marine Fossils found in China.
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Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have recently found a fossilised body piece of an extinct class of marine animal known as Cystoidea or cystoids in southwest China’s GuizhouProvince.

The fossil, that dates back some 400 million years, was discovered in Tongzi County while the scientists were studying a geological section in the area, according to the county government, Xinhua news agencyreported.

With an egg-shaped body, cystoids are echinoderms, marine invertebrates that existed during the Pleozoic Era, the Ordovician and Silurian Periods, and became extinct during the Devonian Period.

Guizhou boasts a rich store of prehistoric treasures. Fossils of various extinct invertebrate marine species have been discovered in the area. Tens of thousand of vertebrate fossils have also been found there.

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