Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/13/2019 Mon.)
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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Implementation plan for national ecological civilization pilot zone unveiled


China has unveiled the “Implementation Plan for the National Ecological Civilization Pilot Zone (Hainan)," foreseeing comprehensive experiments of ecological civilization system reform to be carried out in the southern island province.

Jointly issued by the General Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council, the document vows to bring about a new pattern of harmonious coexistence of man and nature in China's modernization drive and write a chapter of Hainan for building a Beautiful China.

The pilot zone aims at reaching world leading level in terms of environmental quality and resource utilization efficiency, according to the plan. (Xinhua)

China’s high-speed rail carries record 10 billion passengers


China's high-speed trains transported 10 billion passengers by the end of the first quarter of 2019, according to China Railway (CR), the country's top railway operator.

By the end of 2018, the total length of the nation's high-speed railway reached 29,000 kilometers, accounting for more than two-thirds of the total high-speed railway in the world.

According to China Railway, the country plans to build 3,200 kilometers of high-speed railways in 2019. The total length is expected to exceed 30,000 kilometers after completion. (CGTN)

China Mobile says FCC's license application denial is unreasonable


China Mobile made an official announcement on their website after the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) barred their application from the US market, suggesting the US government is now putting "unreasonable pressure" on Chinese companies.

The company said the FCC's decision is against market principles and the trend of economic globalization since there is no apparent evidence to support the FCC action after an investigation that lasted over seven years.

The FCC's ban on China Mobile comes under pressure from the Trump Administration, according to Bloomberg magazine. (CGTN)

Gwadar hotel attack kills 5, several wounded: Pakistan military


Five people were killed during Saturday’s terror attack at a luxury hotel in Gwadar, Pakistan, military officials confirmed in a statement Sunday.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan’s military media outlet, said clearance measures at the hotel were conducted, where the four alleged terrorists responsible for the attack were killed. 

The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), an ethnic Baloch separatist group claimed responsibility for the hotel attack.

During the surprise assault, five people, including four hotel employees and a Pakistan Navy soldier were killed while six others sustained injuries. (People's Daily app)

Myanmar plane in emergency touchdown as landing gear fails


A Myanmar pilot saved the day after his aircraft's landing gear failed, forcing the jet to make an emergency landing without front wheels Sunday morning, an official said.

The nailbiting touchdown, in which nobody was injured, was the second instance of a malfunctioning flight in less than a week in the country. 

Sunday's incident comes just days after a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane crash-landed and slid off a runway while landing at Yangon Airport during a storm on Wednesday, injuring 11 passengers. (AFP)

Iraqi forces destroy 10 IS hideouts in Central Iraq


Iraqi security forces and paramilitary Hashd Shaabi units on Sunday destroyed 10 Islamic State (IS) militant hideouts, killing three suicide bombers in Salahudin Province, Central Iraq.

The troops, backed by the Army's gunships, carried out a preemptive operation against IS militants in the Himreen mountain range, the media office of the Hashd Shaabi said in a statement.

The security situation in Iraq was dramatically improved after Iraqi security forces defeated the IS militants throughout the country in late 2017. (Xinhua)

Peru to limit Machu Picchu access to prevent deterioration


Peru recently announced a two-week restriction on three important areas at Machu Picchu to prevent degradation to the iconic Inca citadel.

From May 15-28, access to the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, and the Intihuatana Stone will be controlled at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Peruvian government officials said.

"These measures are necessary to conserve Machu Picchu, given the evidence of deterioration" on stone surfaces caused by visitors to the three areas, Peru’s culture ministry said.

Authorities will evaluate the impact of the measures before applying new permanent rules on June 1st. (CGTN)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is the worst vegetable to have on a ship?

Answer: A leek (leak). 

Today’s quote is from French novelist Marquis de Sade (1740-1814). 

"One is never so dangerous when one has no shame, than when one has grown too old to blush."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Chelle Wenqian Zeng. Music by Eugene Loner.)