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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (7/30/2019 Tue.)

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20:17, July 30, 2019

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Bumper harvest in China continues upward increase


China said its total yield of summer grain this year reached 14.17 million tons, or 2.1 percent more than the previous year.

The agricultural planting structure continues to improve, and the acreage for cotton and soybeans increased.

The output of meat, eggs, milk, fruits and vegetables also remains high and steady.

Also in the first half of the year, cattle output increased by 390,000 heads, an increase of 70,000 tons, and milk output increased by 220,000 tons. (People’s Daily app)


At least 77 injured in traffic accident in Hong Kong


At least 77 people were injured Tuesday after two double-decker buses collided just outside the Tai Lam Tunnel in Hong Kong, according to the Information Services Department of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government.

Around 8:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday, the Fire Services Department of the HKSAR government was informed about this accident, when the two buses collided outside the tunnel, which is a major road in the New Territories, leaving 77 people injured.

Most of the injuries were reported to be minor and they had been sent to different hospitals.

Some passengers on one of the buses said that the speed of the bus was normal when the accident happened, according to local media. (Xinhua)


Trump, Johnson discuss UK's future after Brexit over phone


The White House said US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last Friday discussed Britain's future after Brexit over the phone.

A statement said the two leaders "agreed to immediately deepen and expand the bilateral economic relationship upon the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union”.

Johnson succeeded Theresa May as Britain's prime minister on July 24 after an election by the country's ruling Conservative Party put him over his rival Jeremy Hunt. (Xinhua)


S. Korean airlines cut flights to Japan amid tensions


As trade tensions escalate between South Korea and Japan, South Korean airlines have reduced the number of flights on some Japanese routes amid falling outbound travel demand.

Asiana Airlines said on Tuesday it will reduce the number of flights starting mid-September on routes to Japanese destinations, such as Fukuoka, Osaka and Okinawa.

A day earlier, the country’s top carrier Korean Air Lines said it will suspend its Busan-Sapporo route starting September.

As an increasing number of South Koreans are expected to choose other countries instead of Japan for vacations, big and low-cost carriers in South Korea have announced reduced flights to less popular Japanese cities. (People's Daily app)


Capital one data breach: Arrest after details of 100m US individuals stolen


A tech engineer in the US state of Washington was arrested Monday on charges of stealing sensitive data from millions of credit card applications at financial heavyweight Capital One.

FBI agents arrested Paige Thompson after she boasted about the data theft on the information sharing site GitHub.

The US attorney's office in Washington state said the Virginia-based bank that specializes in credit cards contacted the FBI after confirming the data theft, which took place between March 12 and July 17 this year. (AFP)


China to take effective measures to curb senile dementia: official


China will beef up efforts to reduce the incidence rate of senile dementia, an official with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDCP) said Monday.

The country has vowed to slow the growth rate of senile dementia incidence for people aged 65 and above from 2022 to 2030, according to a guideline to implement the country's Healthy China initiative issued by the State Council earlier this month.

The country will also launch early screening and intervention of senile dementia, instructing the high-risk population to eat and live in a healthy way and help them control their cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, said Li Zhixin, an official with the National Center for Chronic and Noncommunicable Disease Control and Prevention under the CCDCP, at the press conference held by the National Health Commission. (Xinhua)


China reveals return, structure of forex reserves for 1st time


And China has for the first time disclosed the return on investment of its foreign exchange reserves and the currency structure of the reserves.

The State Administration of Foreign Exchange said the country's forex reserves generated an average annual return of 3.68 percent between 2005 and 2014.

It said the currency structure of the country's forex reserves has been increasingly diversified, and is more diversified than the global average. (Xinhua)


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

(Produced by David Nye and Zhan Huilan)

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