CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/21/2019 Wed.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/21/2019 Wed.)

People's Daily app

06:51, August 21, 2019



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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China vows crackdown on acts disturbing school order


Chinese authorities have promised to crack down on acts that disrupt school order and law-based settlement of disputes over school accidents in a guideline released Tuesday.

Such acts include attacking people, intentionally damaging public property, putting up banners on campus, blocking school gates, and stalking school officials, according to the guideline jointly issued by five departments including the Ministry of Education, the Supreme People's Court and the Ministry of Public Security.

The acts may be conducted by students' family members in disputes over school-related accidents, often to force schools to pay compensation. (Xinhua)

Hong Kong police arrest another suspect involved in assaulting reporter


Hong Kong police said on Tuesday that another suspect was arrested Monday for assaulting a reporter from the mainland during a recent unlawful assembly at the Hong Kong International Airport.

The female, 23, was charged with unlawful detention and unlawful assembly and wounding, Kong Wing-cheung, senior superintendent of police public relations branch, told a press briefing.

So far, two suspects have been arrested for assaulting Fu Guohao, a journalist from the Beijing-based Global Times newspaper, during the violent incident at the airport a week ago. (Xinhua)

Italian PM Conte says he will resign after parliament debate

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday announced he would resign after ongoing parliamentary debate.

"At the end of this debate, I will go to the president of the Republic to inform him about the end of this government, and to present my resignation as prime minister," Conte told senators in a speech Tuesday afternoon.

Conte's address to the upper house, and his announcement, followed the decision of far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini in early August to submit a no-confidence motion against the prime minister, with the declared aim of calling a snap election. (Xinhua)

Brazil bus hijacker shot dead by police


A gunman holding a busload of passengers hostage in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday was shot dead by police, officials said, ending the hours-long hijacking.

Dozens of people were trapped on the bus after it was commandeered by the gunman on a heavily transited bridge connecting Rio with the neighboring city of Niteroi.

Around 31 people had remained on the bus throughout the terrifying ordeal. 

None of the hostages were injured, police said. (AFP)

China's first cloned cat born in Beijing


A company in Beijing announced on Monday that it had successfully bred China's first cloned cat, reports China Science and Technology Daily.

"The kitten named Garlic was born on July 21 in a laboratory of the biotechnology company Sinogene. It was born from an embryo carried by a surrogate mother," said Mi Jidong, the CEO of Sinogene.

It's rare for cats to be successfully cloned, said Shi Zhensheng, a professor from the Veterinary Medicine College at China Agricultural University. Cats have unique reproductive characteristics, which make them difficult to clone. The success of Sinogene marks a step forward in China's cloning research sector. (China Plus)

Chinese museums introduce nighttime hours to meet growing cultural demand


Museums across China are now extending their operation hours to satisfy the country's growing cultural appetite.

According to statistics, at least 50 museums in the country extended their opening hours this summer, including the National Museum of China (NMC) in Beijing, as well as major provincial ones in Shaanxi and Sichuan.

Starting July 28, the NMC extended Sunday opening hours from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. On the first night, it received a considerable number of visitors, no fewer than in the daytime. (People's Daily app)

500-year-old mummy of Incan girl returns to Bolivia


A 500-year-old mummy of an Incan girl has been returned to Bolivia some 129 years after it was donated to the Michigan State University Museum, marking what an official says is the first time human remains of archaeological importance have been repatriated to the Andean country.

Known as Ñusta, a Quechua word for “Princess,” the mummy has amazed many because of its excellent state of preservation: Its black braids seem recently combed and its hands still cling to small feathers.

Experts say the mummy originally came from a region in the Andean highlands near La Paz during the last years of the Inca civilization. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

From which flower is vanilla extracted?

(Answer: Orchid.) 

Today’s quote is from Greek philosopher Thales (624 BC - 546 BC).

"Intellect is the swiftest of things, for it runs through everything."

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

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