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18:10, April 01, 2019


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


China holds welcome ceremony for visiting New Zealand PM


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang led a welcome ceremony for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Beijing on Monday. 

Ardern is visiting China from March 31 to April 1 at the invitation of her Chinese counterpart.

It's her first visit to China since she took office. 

During her visit, leaders of both China and New Zealand will exchange views on bilateral ties and issues of common concern. (CGTN)


At least 20 dead in Peru bus fire: emergency services


At least 20 people were killed and about a dozen injured Sunday night in a bus fire at a Peruvian transport terminal, the emergency services said.

A number of the victims died trapped on the second level of the interprovincial bus in the capital Lima, firefighters said, and passersby described scenes of panic and cries of terror.

Initial reports said an electrical fault at the rear of the vehicle triggered the blaze just after 7:30 pm (0030 GMT Monday).

It was one of the worst-ever public transport fires in Lima. (AFP)


One of Russia's richest women dies in plane crash in Germany

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One of Russia’s richest women, S7 Group co-owner Natalia Fileva, has died in a small plane crash in Germany.

The Russian airline operator said the 55-year-old Fileva was aboard a single-engine, six-seat Epic LT aircraft that crashed and burned in a field as it approached the small airport at Egelsbach on Sunday afternoon.

That’s a town in southwestern Germany.

German police said there appeared to be three people aboard the plane.

That included the pilot of the flight, which originated in France. 

They said the two passengers were believed to be Russian citizens, but that positive identification of the occupants would require further investigation. (AP)


China exposes hospitals involved in medical insurance fraud


China's National Healthcare Security Administration has exposed eight hospitals involved in medical insurance fraud as part of a nationwide campaign to crack down on the malpractice.

The hospitals were found to have paid kickbacks to village doctors to "buy" patients, over-treated and over-checked patients, booked fake expenditures, or bought fake invoices to defraud medical insurance funds, said the administration.

Institutions and personnel involved in the cases have been dealt with in accordance with the laws and regulations. (China Daily)


Fentanyl-related substances listed as controlled narcotics


China will add fentanyl-related substances to a supplementary list of controlled narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances with non-medical use in May.

The decision was announced in a joint statement from the Ministry of Public Security, the National Health Commission and the National Medical Products Administration.

Fentanyl and its analogues previously included in the list of controlled narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, as well as the related substances in the supplementary list, will remain controlled based on relevant regulations. (Xinhua)


More remains of Chinese Korean War soldiers to repatriate


South Korea will return more remains of Chinese soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War on Wednesday, the sixth such transfer since 2014.

On Monday, the remains of the soldiers, known as the Chinese People's Volunteers were encoffined.

Those soldiers' remains will be buried at a martyrs' cemetery in Shenyang, the capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province.

In the past five years , South Korea has transferred the remains of 589 Chinese volunteer soldiers killed in that war. (CGTN)


Japan says next emperor Naruhito's era name is 'Reiwa'


And Japan says the name of the era for the soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be "Reiwa."

Emperor Akihito is abdicating on April 30, with his era of "Heisei" coming to an end. 

The new era begins on May 1.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the name draws from the 7th century poetry collection “Manyoshu."

It is believed to be the first time the era name, or “gengo," has been taken from a Japanese document.

That’s a break from more than 1,300 years of using Chinese classics. (AP)


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

(Produced by David Nye and Cheng Weidan)

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