CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/28/2019 Thu.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/28/2019 Thu.)

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05:16, March 28, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People's Daily app.

Here are today's picks from our editors. 

China to launch month-long production safety inspection

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China's emergency management authorities will carry out a month-long special inspection in the fields of hazardous chemicals, mines and fire safety, according to a statement issued after a video-conference held by the office of the State Council production safety committee and the Ministry of Emergency Management Wednesday.

All localities and relevant departments should put the safety of dangerous chemicals in a more prominent position and ensure that hidden dangers found by municipal and county regulatory agencies are properly rectified, the statement said.

Big data, the Internet of Things and other scientific and technological means should be used to strengthen the real-time monitoring of employees and dangerous chemicals, it added. (Xinhua) 

May concedes desire for 'new leadership'

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May told lawmakers she is prepared to step down “earlier than I intended” in order to win passage of her divorce deal from the European Union.

The comments marked the first time May signaled she was prepared to quit in order to secure the necessary votes for the passage of the Brexit divorce deal she has negotiated with the EU but which has been rejected heavily on two occasions by lawmakers.

Britain was due to leave the EU on March 29 but May has got a short delay after her divorce deal with the EU was rejected. (AP) 

Austrian gov't examines disbanding of far-right group linked to NZ shooting

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The Austrian government is exploring the potential disbanding of a far-right group that received a donation from the perpetrator of the recent Christchurch shooting.

The news broke Monday that Australian national Brenton Tarrant, the suspected gunman in the Christchurch Mosque attacks that left 50 people dead, had donated 1,500 euros to the controversial Identitarian Movement of Austria, led by Martin Sellner.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Wednesday confirmed that the Identitarian group was being examined. (Xinhua) 

Modi says India shoots down satellite on low earth orbit

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a surprise address to the nation Wednesday claimed Indian scientists shot down a live satellite on a low earth orbit (LEO) with an anti-satellite weapon A-SAT.

With the move India has become an elite space power and registered its name among the "greats of the space race," Modi said.

Modi did not give any details about the mission during his address. (Xinhua) 

Iraq says 3,200-year-old tablet returned from UK

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The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that a 3,200-year-old carved Babylonian stone tablet has been returned from Britain.

The ancient monument, which is said to place a curse on anyone who tries to destroy it, was looted during the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

The tablet, known as a kudurru, records the gifting of land by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar I to one of his subjects. (Xinhua) 

Olympic champion Sun Yang roars to world's best 2019 time in 800m freestyle

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China's star swimmer Sun Yang stormed to victory in the 800m freestyle at the Chinese Swimming Championships on Wednesday, setting the world's fastest time over the distance this year in 7:48.03.

As the eldest swimmer in the Qingdao pool, the 27-year-old said he is still as eager for victory as he was growing up.

Ji Xinjie took the silver in 7:56.03, edging Shandong teammate Cheng Long, who finished third in 7:56.38. (Xinhua) 

People don't become 'adults' until their 30s, British scientists say

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People don't become fully "adult" until they're in their 30s, UK scientists recently announced, BBC reported, saying that European brain research shows that there are new nerve cells growing in healthy brains even when people are in their 90s.

"What we're really saying is that to have a definition of when you move from childhood to adulthood looks increasingly absurd. It's a much more nuanced transition that takes place over three decades," said Professor Peter Jones of Cambridge University at a meeting of the Academy of Medical Sciences at Oxford.

His research shows that the human brain undergoes great changes until the age of 18, and is prone to the influence of mental disorders after 20, which will be solved around 30. (People's Daily app) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

The Panama Canal was officially opened by which US president?

(Answer: Woodrow Wilson.)

Today's quote is from French artist Paul Cezanne (1839-1906).

"A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Brian Lowe, and Elaine Yue Lin. Music by Eugene Loner.)


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