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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (7/8/2019 Mon.)

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22:06, July 08, 2019


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

Bus mishap in north India kills at least 27


At least 27 people were killed and 15 others injured when a passenger bus carrying them fell into a drain in India's northern state Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

The mishap occurred near the Agra city in the wee hours of Monday morning.

The bus was reportedly heading towards Delhi from Uttar Pradesh's capital city Lucknow.

Rescue and relief work are ongoing. (Xinhua)


Beijing regrets Tehran's enrichment breach


China on Monday expressed regret over Iran's breach of a landmark nuclear deal and blamed the US for its unilateral hardline policies that reignited the current tensions.

In a latest announcement on Monday, Iran confirmed it has raised the purity of its enriched uranium beyond a concentration of 3.67 percent, a limit set in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal.

A complete and effective fulfillment of the deal targets is the only workable solution to Iran nuclear issue and cooling down the tense situation, said Geng Shuang, spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Looking back to the source of the resurgence of Iran nuclear crisis, Geng said the maximum pressure placed by Washington should take the blame.

The US unilaterally pulled out the Iran nuclear deal in May last year and tensions accelerated after enforcement of US economic sanctions on Iran thereafter. (People's Daily app)


All schools in Macao ready to fly national flag


The Macao Special Administrative Region said flying China's national flag will increase a sense of patriotism and awareness of the national identity among students and teachers.

In response to foreign media reports that some Portuguese-language schools in Macao don't have enough space to raise the national flag, an official with the Department of Youth and Youth Affairs Bureau said all schools in Macao are ready to fly and raise the national flag.

Macao officially implemented the national flag and national anthem law administrative regulations in June.

The regulations require local primary and middle schools, as well as universities, to fly or raise the national flag. (Global Times)


British Airways faces record fine after massive website hack


British Airways is facing a record fine of over 183 million pounds (about 229 million US dollars) over last year's massive hack into its security system, its parent group IAG said on Monday.

The penalty, equivalent to 1.5 percent of the airline's turnover in 2017, is the biggest ever handed out by the UK Information Commissioner's Office, according to the BBC.

The Information Commissioner's Office said the incident took place after users of the British Airways' website were diverted to a fraudulent site, through which personal data of around 500,000 customers were harvested by the attackers.

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said it would consider appealing as it seeks "to take all appropriate steps to defend the airline's position vigorously." (Xinhua)


Deutsche Bank to cut 18,000 jobs in 7.4 billion euro overhaul


Deutsche Bank will axe vast swathes of its trading desks in one of the biggest overhauls to an investment bank since the aftermath of the financial crisis.

It’s a restructuring that will see 18,000 jobs go and cost 7.4 billion euros.

The plan represents a major retreat from investment banking by Deutsche Bank, which for years had tried to compete as a major force on Wall Street.

The bank will scrap its global equities business, scale back its investment bank and also cut some of its fixed income operations.

That’s an area traditionally regarded as one of its strengths. (CGTN)


Panda returned to China from US gives birth to pigeon pair in Chengdu


A giant panda returned to China from the US gave birth to a pigeon pair in Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Saturday.

Each weighing more than 200 grams, the pair is now the world’s heaviest newborn pigeon pair among captive-bred giant pandas.

A newborn panda usually weighs 150 grams on average.

The mother panda was born at the Zoo Atlanta in the US in 2010. It was believed to be a male at first and was named Po after the leading character in the animated movie Kung Fu Panda by the breeders in the zoo.

In 2013, when it was scheduled to return to China and was receiving examinations, the three-year-old Po was accidentally discovered to be a female. (People's Daily app)


China opens first tropical diseases branch in Hainan


And a hospital in Haikou, capital city of south China's island province of Hainan, has launched the country's first tropical diseases branch.

The branch of Haikou-based Second Affiliated Hospital of the Hainan Medical University is expected to develop into a medical base for exchanges and cooperation with countries and regions participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.

A hospital official said that with about 40 percent of the world's population living in tropical and subtropical regions, integrated scientific research and treatment of tropical diseases are crucial. (Xinhua)


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

(Produced by David Nye and Jenny Huang)

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