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A visitor walks past the statues of the characters from the Chinese novel 'Journey to the West' Thursday March 15, 2007 in Lanzhou, China. Lanzhou was an important town along with the ancient Silk Road connecting China and Europe. VOA

Kuwait City, March 11, 2017: Kuwait is aiming to revive the silk road trade route by pumping millions into ‘silk city’. Thus, Kuwait is building one of the world’s longest causeways to its remote north.

Kuwait aims at reinvigorating the ancient silk road route establishing a major free trade zone linking the Gulf to central Asia and Europe, to inject life in uninhabited Subbiya region. The region has been chosen as the location for Silk City.

The 36-kilometre bridge, will cut the driving time between Kuwait City and Subbiya to 20-25 minutes from 90 minutes now.

Investment in the Silk City project is anticipated to top USD 100 billion, and a 5,000-megawatt power plant has already been constructed in Subbiya.

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The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway, named after the emir who died in January 2006. At a cost of 904 million dinars (USD 3.0 billion), it is one of the largest infrastructure ventures in the region, mentioned PTI.

It is already nearly three-quarters completed. Inspite of the sharp drop in oil income which made up 95 percent of public revenues, the emirate has pledged to keep spending on capital projects almost intact.

“The causeway project is a strategic link connecting Kuwait City to the northern region,” stated Ahmad al-Hassan, assistant undersecretary for road engineering at the public
works ministry.

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Kuwait boasts a USD 600-billion sovereign wealth fund, and is in the middle of a five-year development plan stipulating investments worth USD 115 billion.

He also stated that in order to the fully integrate residential Silk City, other economic ventures are in the pipeline for Subbiya and its surroundings. A large container port is also under construction on nearby Kuwait’s largest island Bubiyan.

Finishing the causeway and harbour projects will pave the way for transforming the area into a commercial and investment hub with a free trade zone planned on five small
islands nearby.

– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar of NewsGram. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse


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New Research Suggests Modern Apples Evolved from Kazakhstan 10,000 years ago

The birth of the modern apples ultimately led to 7,500 varieties of the fruit

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Modern Day Apples evolved from Kazakhstan. Wikimedia
  • The latest research suggests that the modern apples originated from Kazakhstan
  • The study was carried out by researchers from Boyce Thompson Institute in the United States
  • It was the genetic exchange from traders who used the Silk Road that the modern apples emerged in Kazakhstan

US, August 17, 2017: A new study suggests that the modern apples that are so crisp, yet so juicy, actually originated from Kazakhstan 10,000 years ago.

The study by researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) in the US reveal that during the back and forth traveling by traders on the Silk Road, the genetic exchange occurred that led to the emergence of modern day apples in Kazakhstan’s mountainous regions. Malus Domestica is the scientific name for our modern domesticated apples.

The Silk Road connected the East to the West. Hence, it led to an exposure of knowledge and ideas. Researchers hypothesize that this exchange of ideas resulted in the birth of the tasty Malus Domestica.

Lead Author of the study and Professor at Boyce Thompson Institute, Zhangjun Fei, explains his team’s study which is published in the journal Nature Communications.

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To carry out the study, the team of researchers sequenced 117 different apples and compared their genomes. These included the wild species extracted from Europe, North America, Central and East Asia.

The birth of the modern apples ultimately led to 7,500 varieties of the fruit. Interestingly, the quality of the fruit changed as from region to region as it first traveled from the East to the West. When the apples returned to go back to the west, the dropped seeds on the way helped the growth of trees in wild places.

M Sylvestris was dominant in the Apple’s growth. It’s ancestor, M Sieversii is found predominantly in Kazakhstan.

Our modern day apples have well-balanced sugar and higher organic acid contents. Hence, it is no wonder now that Apple is one of the favorite fruits for many people.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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