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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (12/19/2018 Wed.)

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18:22, December 19, 2018


This is People's Daily Tonight, your news source from China. 


Poll: More young people say country changing for better


More young Chinese believe their country is changing for the better and identify with its development path. 

The study by China Youth Daily and the Communist Youth League of China Central Committee found that 92.9 percent of young people surveyed think China is heading in the right direction, compared to 89.9 percent in 1998.

The Survey on Young Chinese was conducted in November to mark the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up.

The survey shows young people feel moderately fulfilled, happy and secure with their lives.

Those living in county-level cities were among the most content. (China Daily)


China still holds record for number of completed skyscrapers


According to a report published by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the total number of completed 200-meter-and-higher buildings is 143 in 2018. This year also recorded 18 “supertall” buildings of 300 meters or higher, and more than half of them are found in China.

The total number of 200-meter-and-higher buildings in the world stands at 1,478, a 141 percent increase from 614 in 2010. The number of “supertall” buildings is 144, an increase of 90% compared with five years ago.

Among major cities around the world, Shenzhen, China, with a resident population of 12.5 million, recorded 14 completions, making this the third year in a row in which the city completed the world’s largest number of 200-meter-plus buildings. (People's Daily app)


Trump signs executive order to close the Federal Government


US President Donald Trump signed an executive order closing the executive departments and agencies of the federal government on December 24.

The order follows a tradition of presidents closing agencies on Christmas Eve when it falls on a Monday.

Trump had earlier said he would shut down the federal government unless he received $5 billion to build a wall along the Mexican border. (People's Daily app)


Aussie state allows hunters to harvest wild croc eggs


Crocodile farmers in Australia's Queensland state can now legally hunt and collect the reptiles' eggs in the wild for the production of luxury goods and other products under latest conservation guidelines, amid warnings about the large reptiles lurking in floodwaters.

The hunters will need to apply for a license to gather the crocodiles' eggs, to be transported to private farms and hatched for their leather and meat, reported local media on Wednesday.

Crocodiles are a protected species in Queensland. State authorities have imposed an annual statewide limit of 5,000 crocodile eggs, with egg hunters expected to comply with strict guidelines under a wildlife trade management plan. Input and feedback from independent wildlife specialists and public consultation were also considered. (Xinhua)


China unveils regulations to delegate new energy vehicle approval rights


China said vehicle investment projects will be delegated to local governments and that the approval system will be changed to a filing system in 2019.

It’s a move that an expert said is part of the country's efforts to streamline administration and support the new energy vehicle industry.

The National Development and Reform Commission said the approval system is meant to adapt to changes in the industry and create a better policy environment for local governments and firms.

The vehicle industry faces an overlapping management of different departments and an inefficient approval process. (Global Times)


Efforts to popularize science becoming more diverse


Campaigns to popularize science with the general public are getting more diversified, with more and more involving international exchanges and cooperation, China’s Ministry of Science and Technology said Tuesday.

The number of public venues popularizing science is growing, and more and more research facilities are open to the public, it said in its annual report on nationwide popular science data.

The report showed that the national science fundraising level reached 16 billion yuan ($2.32 billion), up 5.32 percent year-on-year.

Venues for science education continue to grow rapidly, with the infrastructure spending on them totaling 3.74 billion yuan, up 10.54 percent year-on-year. In 2017, there were 1,439 popular science venues nationwide, with the number of visitors continuing to increase to about 200 million visitors, the statistics show. (People's Daily app)


Baby in Vanuatu given world's first drone-delivered vaccine: UNICEF


And a one-month-old baby has become the world's first child to be given a vaccine delivered commercially by a drone in Vanuatu.

The vaccine delivery covered almost 40 kilometers of rugged mountainous terrain from Dillon's Bay on the west side of the island to the east landing in remote Cook's Bay.

That’s where 13 children and five pregnant women were vaccinated by a nurse on Tuesday. (Xinhua)


And that's People's Daily Tonight. Thanks for joining us.

(Produced by David Nye, Cheng Weidan and Wang Xiangyu)

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