Economic structure was further improved during the sa

me period. The value-added high-tech sector’s out

put rose by 7.8 percent, higher than the country’s value-added industrial output.

In the first quarter, the NDRC approved 50 fixed asset investment projects, mainly in th

e fields of energy, transportation and high-tech. The total investment hit 370.3 billion yuan ($55.3 billion).

The NDRC reportedly is considering a slew of new measure to boost spending on automob

iles, home appliances and consumer electronics products. People close to the NDRC said it has sent a draft plan to

encourage consumption in the three sectors, according to a report in the National Business Daily.

The news caused shares of home appliance companies traded in Shanghai and Shenzhen to increase

by 1.47 percent on Thursday, according to Shanghai-based information provider Wind Info.

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It handed over 124 tons of hazardous waste in late 2012 to

 two local farmers who simply buried it and caused severe environmental degra

dation, according to a local court verdict reached in January of 2017. The company w

as fined 1 million yuan ($148,850), and two senior executives were given suspended jail terms.

In July 2017, a local environmental watchdog fined the company 280,000 yuan for va

rious violations including misconduct in hazardous waste management.

Hazardous waste could potentially be radioactive, toxic, highly corrosive or otherwise ha

rmful to people and the environment. Therefore, these materials require special treatment.

At a news conference in late March, Qiu Qiwen, head of the sol

id waste and chemicals management department of the Mini

stry of Ecology and Environment, said that the proper treatment of hazardous waste and other solid

waste is of great significance as it’s fundamental to improving air, water and soil quality.

Qiu’s department was newly established in the ministry’s latest institutional reshuffle in the second h

alf of last year — a move meant to strengthen governance over hazardous waste treatment.

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Former Democratic Party lawmaker Lee Wing-tat was

 convicted of incitement to commit public nuisance.

Judge Johnny Chan Jong-herng handed down the verdicts. The court will h

ear defendants’ petition in the afternoon. The date for sentencing has not yet been revealed.

According to the Crimes Ordinance and the Criminal Procedure Ordinance, each charge carries up to seven years’ imprisonment.

The illegal Occupy protests saw massive sit-ins on Tim Mei Avenue and Fenwick Pier Street – major thoroughfares linking Wan Cha

i and Central – between Sept 28 and Dec 11 of 2014. It put the city in a standstill for 79 days.

China will lower the tax rates on a range of goods brought or mailed b

y individuals into the country, including food, medicines, textiles and information technol

ogy products, the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council announced Monday.

Starting Tuesday, the tax rate on inbound articles included on the No 1 taxable

item list, which includes books, computers, food, furniture and medicines, will be reduc

ed to 13 percent from the previous 15 percent, the commission said in an online statement.

Some medicines that are currently subject to a 3-percent import value-added tax r

ate, including anti-cancer drugs and medicines for rare diseases, will enjoy favorable tax rate.

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The move could also boost economic development, espe

ecially the development of the tourism sector, a pillar industry of China.

In fact, after the four-day holiday was announced on March 22, tourism-related stocks rose sharpl

y. Also, the number of tourists and tourism revenue during May Day holiday this year are set to increase by ab

out 8 and 9 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to China Tourism Academy.

But the actual number of holidays has not increased because April 28 and

May 5 being Sundays are make-up working days. And since there is a debate on whether t

he government should put people’s demand for longer holidays above economic development, the four-day hol

iday without reducing the number of working days will help the government and companies to strike a balance bet

ween maintaining economic development and meeting people’s need for longer holidays.

But why do Chinese people crave for longer holidays? They do so be

cause some employers, especially in some underdeveloped regions, have not given (or

have been reluctant to give) the paid leave to their employees. Besides, national holidays put

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According to Li, the project drew to a close recently as

sponsorship from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ended as scheduled. “However, more gre

en super rice species are expected to be rolled out, thanks to funds from the bilateral collaborations und

er the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and South-South Cooperation.”

Gary Atlin, a senior program officer for the Gates Foundation, said the p

roject demonstrates a new collaboration model in which rice scientists from different cou

ntries can work together to understand local needs and develop solutions on a global basis.

“Expertise of Chinese scientists in rice breeding and cultivation is a tremendous resou

rce for the developing world,” he said. “I believe it will continue to have an impact for years to come.”

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Prime Minister May is seeking a fourth vote on her

Withdrawal Agreement, which has been rejected by the parliament three times since January.

The first round of unbinding “indicative vote” was conducted on March 27, in which none o

f MPs’ eight proposed options secured a majority, but among them, the proposed options about a custom

s union with the Europan Union and a referendum on any deal received most support from the lawmakers.

Many of those eight options have returned for round two, but some have been replaced with new alternatives.

The prime minister, who is struggling to hold her party together, warned Sunday night that she

faced resignation and a split in the Conservative Party if she agrees to pursue a “soft” Brexit this week.

The British cabinet is expected to meet on Tuesday morning to consider how to proceed

with the vote outcomes amid speculation about possible resignations, a general election or change of Tory leader.

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destinations you can’t miss over Qingming Festival h

Qingming Festival, which falls on April 5 this year, is known as Tomb-Sweeping Day. Chine

se people value it very much because it is the grandest festival for ancestor worship in China.

The festival always appears about the beginning of April when spring has come. Not only is i

t a period for commemorating the dead, it is also a time for people to go out and enjoy nature.

Roman poet Virgil once wrote: Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree wit

h leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its colorful attire. In such a beau

tiful season, Chinese have a three-day vacation during the festival to go out to enjoy nature after a cold winter.

Where is the best place to go during the festival? Here are 10 popular tourist attractions.Located in Southwest China’s Sichuan

province, the Jiuzhaigou Valley is renowned for its scenic and aesthetic majesty. Its fairyland landscape of num

erous lakes, waterfalls, and limestone terraces with their attractive, clear, mineral-rich waters are set in spe

ctacular alpine mountains with a highly diverse forest ecosystem, demonstrating remarkable natural beauty.

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tainers carrying goods for export are seen in Qingdao Port

hina aims to reduce logistics costs by nearly 121 billion yuan ($17.8 billion) this year, the Ministry of Transport anno

unced on Thursday at a news conference of the State Council Information Office.

Spokesman Wu Chungeng said the ministry will unveil a string of m

easures not only to cut costs but to promote innovative development of the industry.

China will continue to increase railway freight volume, upgrade its w

ater transportation system, regulate highway freight transport and speed up mult

imodal transport in a bid to improve its logistics network and optimize its structure, Wu said.

It will also further integrate important ports and harbors into the inland multimodal transport and logistics net

work, which will connect them with more railways and highways and enable improved cargo interoperability, he said.

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Event planned to fete PLA Navy’s 70th anniversary

More than 60 countries will send naval delegations to participate in the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Peo

ple’s Liberation Army Navy in late April, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday.

The celebration will showcase the progress of the PLA Navy and its growing capabili

ty in safeguarding China’s overseas interests as well as regional and world peace, an expert said.

The multinational naval event will take place in Qingdao, Shandong province, in late Ap

ril, said ministry spokesman Senior Colonel Wu Qian. April 23 is the 70th anniversary of the PLA Navy’s founding.

The naval event will include high-level dialogues, an international fleet review, military band performances, cultural and sports e

xchanges as well as other activities, Wu said. Some nations will send military ships to participate in the fleet

review, though details are still in the works and will be announced at a later date, he added.

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Zhang added the overseas buyers have professional know

ledge of jewelry and the history of the brands. She has placed many orders after watching these livestreaming videos.

Zhang is among the growing consumers who are willing to accept new things, learn about

overseas brands, cultures and lifestyle as well as make friends with overseas shoppers who share the same interests.

Online shopping via livestreaming videos is gaining traction among the post-80s and post-90s generatio

n consumers, who have increasing demands for premium brands and high-quality imported products amid consumption upgrade.

Statistics from Chinese cross-border e-commerce platform Ymatou showed that nearly 32 perc

ent of users buy products through livestreaming videos, and the post-80s and post-90s generation consumers, who tend to buy medieval peri

od jewelry, clothing and bags by watching livestreaming videos, have become the main force of overseas online shopping.

In the meantime, the post-2000 generation prefers to buy fashion brands, beauty makeup products, with high repurchasing rates.

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