Information consumption vital to China’s economythe US inte

Information consumption has become a new engine for China’s economy, playing a vital role in d

riving domestic demand, creating jobs and pushing forward industrial upgrades, People’s Daily reported.

Last year, China’s information consumption rose 11 percent year-on-year to

5 trillion yuan ($745.39 billion), accounting for 6 percent of the GDP, according to the Internet Society of China.

To further boost information consumption, the Ministry of Industry and Inform

ation Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission unveiled an action plan in August.

According to the plan, by 2020, China’s spending on information consum

ption is expected to be 6 trillion yuan, with average annual growth of more than 11 perce

nt. Information technology is estimated to drive 15 trillion yuan in related consumption.

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Palace Museum to get 5G technologyhen visitors to the

When visitors to the gigantic Palace Museum complex in Beijing feel a need to sit down for a cup

of tea or find a bathroom without a long line, they soon will be able to turn to their smartphones for the information they need.

This modern-day solution at the venerable compound comes thanks to an agreement

signed on Friday by the museum and Huawei Co, the telecommunication giant, to build a “sm

art network” using 5G technology, the fifth generation of mobile network communications.

Under the agreement, 5G Wi-Fi signals will cover the 720,000-square

-meter compound, China’s imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and also known as the For

bidden City, and the branch museum of the institution under construction in northwestern Beijing.

But visitor comfort is not the only benefit of a 5G smart network.

Huawei will also provide the museum with cutting-edge technologie

s for the internet of things-devices or objects linked in a network-cloud computing and a

rtificial intelligence to facilitate such functions as management, security and preservation of cultural relics.

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It’s essential to always stay close to the latest technology t

better serve the public,” said Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum.

Shan said there is still much room for improvement in the handling of a huge number of cultu

ral relics, such as when the priceless painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival is exhibited again next year.

The Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) landscape painting is considered the best-known a

ncient Chinese work of art. When it was last exhibited in 2015, visitors stood in long lines until 3 am to get a

glimpse. The museum ended up preparing instant noodles to serve the hungry visitors.

“I don’t want that scenario to recur,” Shan said. “Our operation can be done in a more scientific way.”

The new system will make use of the more than 3,000 closed-circuit television cameras that

are installed all over the Palace Museum. Shan said facial-recognition technology will determine whi

ch areas are most popular with frequent visitors in order to analyze their preferences.

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st time voter Eshna Kutty, 22, wants India’s next leader to giv

  a voice to all the nation’s many minorities.

  ”I am Hindu, I come from a privileged background, so for people like me, no matter which part

y comes to power, we aren’t going to face the brunt of it. The most affected are the minorities and

the poor… If a certain party comes to power, these people will face huge problems.

  ”They are the people I want to keep in mind when I choose a party.”

  For Aastha Kulshrestha, a 23-year-old law student from New Delhi, her expectation of the n

ext government is that it should not pit one group or religion against the other. “It is a great impe

diment to the growth of the nation, a nation that is democratic, socialist and a republic,” she told CNN.

  ”If you want to make a change… you vote”oung voters could have a huge influence on the

outcome. For some, casting their ballot is an exciting “coming of age” moment. But many are disenchanted.

  John Simte, 22, a law student in Bengaluru, says he is “thrilled to be a part of the world’s la

rgest democratic project.” He admits a “deep sense of apathy” amongst his peers but is nonetheless optimistic.

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One witness, who did not want to be named, said he was

  driving by the scene and saw a man with a “with his 3- or 4-year-old

daughter” who had been shot in the back.

  ”He was screaming like get her to the hospital and the ambulance couldn’t come in until it was secured so I just got my truck a

nd loaded up him, and his daughter, and this other guy had been shot in the leg,

and took them to the hospital,” he said.

  One man outside the mosque said that he prayed that the gunman would “run out of bullets.”

  ”I was thinking that he must run out bullets you know, so what I did was

basically waiting and praying to God, oh God please

let this guy run out of bullets,” he said. He said a man told him to remain still

and then the gunman shot the man “straight in the chest.”Christchurch was put

on lockdown, with all schools and council buildings shut and roads closed across the city.

  By 6 p.m. local time New Zealand police said the lockdown on schools had been lifted.

  Police can now confirm the lock down of schools throughout Christchurch has been lifted. We would like

to reassure members of the public that there is a large Police presence in the city

and the safety of the community is our priority.

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Proposals on social issues included promoting emplo

yment, bolstering vocational and preschool education and better caring for elderly people.

Cao A’min, a CPPCC National Committee member, said the focus on the economy and emp

loyment this year is highly appreciated given the current economic challenges from home and abroad.

At the closing meeting, Wang, the top political adviser, called on all CPPCC mem

bers to strengthen their learning and education to improve their capabilities in performing their duty.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Peop

le’s Republic of China and the CPPCC, he said, adding that socialism with Chinese cha

racteristics has entered a new era and the CPPCC is shouldering more responsibility.

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The CPPCC should improve its quality in carrying out its

  dual responsibility of offering suggestions and building consensus, and shoulder its political responsibilities of impleme

nting the CPC Central Committee’s decisions and plans, of meeting its requirements for CPPCC wo、

rk, and of pooling the wisdom and strength of all Chinese people, at home and overseas, for national rejuvenation, it says.

  ang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and cha

irman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), presides over the closing meet

ing of the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 13, 2019.

  Basketball legend Yao Ming has always voiced his support for physical education during the two sessions.

  This year is no exception. Utilizing his position as a member of the Chinese People’s Polit

ical Consultative Conference’s National Committee, Yao called for more cross-departmental coope

ration and better coaching to further expand a school basketball program launched last year.

  The program is meant not just to deepen the sport’s talent p

ool but, more importantly, to teach students life lessons that classroom study cannot.

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Chi Jian, a CPPCC member and former president of Beij

  jing Sport University, suggested that the education ministry and the GASC, the country’s top sports governing body, should work to

gether to build a training and evaluation platform online to encourage retired athletes and coaches to get involved in helping schools.

  ”As important as upgrading facilities is raising the status of PE teachers in schools to the level of their counterparts in charge of academic classes,” Chi said.

  PE tests are included in China’s high school entrance exams, with required scores varyi

ng based on local policies. However, PE performance is not included in the scoring system for the college entrance examination, or gaokao.

  China’s procurator-general has called for procuratorates nationwide to further improve t

heir capabilities in law enforcement to meet higher public expectations.

  In the past year, amid people’s rising demands for democracy, rule of law, justice, security and a better envir

onment, prosecuting authorities have made consistent efforts to adopt a people-oriented approach in their work, as i

nstructed by President Xi Jinping, according to Zhang Jun, procurator-general of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

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e said that to achieve the 2020 goals, the military must stren

engthen planning and coordination, concentrate resources on its priorities and enhance its accountability system.

More attention should be given to projects that concern the military’s combat readine

ss efforts, and those key to boosting the armed forces’ operational capability or to facilitating reforms in na

tional defense. The military should gear up such projects and make sure they are of high quality, according to Xi.

Policies pertaining to military buildup and troop management should be refined to lay a solid foundation for the realization of the goals.

Xi ordered the military to intensify its internal supervision and inspection to prevent and u

proot the practice of formalities for formalities’ sake and bureaucratism. Funds should be used whe

re they are truly needed, and the virtues of hard work and thrift should be promoted. Management and scrutiny o

ver the use of funds should be strengthened to eliminate misconduct and corruption, he said.

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He stressed that the armed forces’ 14th five-year deve

elopment plan should fit with national strategies in development, security and the mil

itary, and should integrate their current and future needs to pursue sustainable, consistent growth.

Xi insisted on the military understanding the determination and intention of the Party’s leadership, exerting itself to enhance

combat preparedness and firmly safeguarding China’s sovereignty, safety, development interests, and social stability.

He also instructed the military to support the country’s economic and social development, envi

ronmental endeavors and disaster and accident relief work. It should also play its part in poverty alleviation, he added.

Governments at all levels should, in turn, support the military’s work, make appropriate arrangements for veterans’ empl

oyment, take good care of military retirees with physical difficulties and the family members of military personnel, an

d support the military’s efforts to withdraw from all its commercial activities, Xi said.

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