CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (5/20/2019 Mon.)


People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (5/20/2019 Mon.)

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11:17, May 20, 2019


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


At least 1 dead from helicopter crash in Hong Kong


At least one person was killed after a helicopter crashed in Hong Kong's Kadoorie Farm on Sunday.

Police said the helicopter crashed on Lam Kam Road in the New Territories.

A witness said the helicopter disintegrated before crashing into a hillside at the back of the farm's office, which was followed by a fire with sounds of explosions. (Xinhua)


Two dead, 83 injured after bar collapse in SW China


Two people has been confirmed dead and 83 others injured, after the roof of a night bar collapsed early Monday morning in the city of Baise, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. 

Local police, fire and health departments sent 160 people for the search and rescue after the collapse happened at around 1 am. 

The research and cleaning is continuing, as rescuers suspected there are still people buried by the collapsed roof.

The bar with a space of 700 square meters is located on the top floor of a three-story steel-framed building. (People's Daily app)


Approval rating for Japanese PM Abe's cabinet drops slightly


The approval rating of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet dropped slightly.

That’s according to a poll conducted by Kyodo News.

The cabinet's approval rating dropped 1.4 percent compared to the previous survey in early May, while the disapproval rating was 36.2 percent, up from 31.3 percent.

In the nationwide telephone poll conducted over the weekend, 57.6 percent said they oppose the government's plan to raise the consumption tax from 8 to 10 percent in October.

37.6 percent expressed support. (Xinhua)


US Navy conducts exercises in Arabian Sea


The US Navy announced Sunday that it had conducted training exercises in the Arabian Sea.

In a press release, the Navy said the exercises and training were conducted on Friday and Saturday with the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group in coordination with the US Marine Corps.

Also taking part in the exercises were the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, both deployed to the US Fifth Fleet area of operations in the Gulf.

The exercises included air-to-air training, steaming in formation and maneuvering, and establishing joint communications to rapidly enable a command and control environment, according to the Navy.

The exercises came amid increased tensions between the United States and Iran. (Xinhua)


Security Council condemns attacks on UN peacekeepers in Mali


The United Nations Security Council condemned the attacks on UN peacekeepers in Mali.

The attacks led to one death and several injuries. 

A Nigerian UN peacekeeper was killed by unidentified assailants in Timbuktu.

Nearly 200 members of the UN mission have died since it was set up in 2013, making it the deadliest peacekeeping operation in the world.

Peacekeepers were deployed in Mali after Islamist militants seized the north of the country in 2012. (Xinhua)


126 agreements inked at 3rd World Intelligence Congress in Tianjin


A total of 126 agreements with an estimated investment of over 108 billion yuan ($15.6 billion) was inked at the third World Intelligence Congress on Sunday, according to the organizer.

The four-day conference held in northern China's Tianjin Municipality gathered over 1,400 participants from over 40 countries and regions. It also attracted a total of 243 companies and organizations, including 38 of the world's top 500 companies and 60 of China's top 500.

It included forums, exhibitions and competitions for unmanned cars and drones. The Tianjin municipal government, Ministry of Science and Technology, and the National Development and Reform Commission are among the event organizers. (Xinhua)


Legislators trained to read budgets better


And a four-day training program organized by the National People's Congress Standing Committee helped deputies improve their ability to read and review national budget reports.

The sessions were the first to be held for the deputies since they were elected last year during the 13th NPC.

Classes and discussions were held on the budget, the macroeconomic situation, the fiscal system and fiscal reform, along with reviews of State-owned assets. (China Daily)


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

(Produced by David Nye and Wang Zi)

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