Second minor earthquake in a week detected in Beijing

Second minor earthquake in a week detected in Beijing

magnitude earthquake at a depth of 19 kilometers was detected at 12:47pm on Sunday

in Beijing’s Huairou district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

It is the second earthquake in a week that occurred in the capital, following a 2.9-magnitude earthquake in Beijing’s Haidian district last Sunday.

Earthquake experts said minor quakes are normal in the area, as Beijing is located in the earth’s rift zone. There is no need for worry.

Since Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zone of Shanxi province, the North China Plai

n and Yanshan Mountain, it’s normal for the capital to experience small quakes at a magnitude of two to thre

e, said Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, as quoted by Beijing News.

“There will be no major impact on those living or working in the capital,” he said.

Seven rift belts are scattered through the plains in Beijing, mostly lyin

g from the northeast to the southwest. Among those rift belts, active ones are more likely to trigger quakes.

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hina’s smartphone shipments down 4.1% in March

hina’s smartphone shipments down 4.1% in March

China’s smartphone shipments fell 4.1 percent year on year in March to 26.94 million units, dat

a from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) showed.

Last month, smartphones made up 94.9 percent of all mobile phone shipments in the country, ac

cording to a report from the CAICT, a research institute under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Despite the mobile phone market shrinking, the drop has been moderated, said the report.

Overall mobile phone shipments went down 6 percent in March, narrowing from the 1

.9-percent slump in February to 28.37 million units, among which 95.1 percent were 4G phones.

Chinese-brand mobile phones accounted for 90.5 percent of total shi

pments last month, up from 90.3 percent in February 2019, according to the report.

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It stated that an expulsion will be given to more seve

It stated that an expulsion will be given to more seve

re forms of academic dishonesty including dissertation plagiarism or fraudulent pap

ers, after a review by the school’s academic committee. This constitutes a much heavier punishment compa

red to the previous measure, which involved recording a demerit on the student’s record in such cases.

The latest revision also added that students with serious acad

emic dishonesty during their education shall be given a warning and put on probation. At the s

ame time, the academic honors and awards previously granted to them will be revoked. Their qualifications for schola

rships and exemptions from admission exams won’t be restored until any punishment has been removed.

Footage of a mother kicking her three-year-old daughter has gone viral on Chinese social media, sparking outcry online.

The video was shot on Monday in Hangzhou

, East China’s Zhejiang province, and began going viral Wednesday.

The daughter has been revealed to be Niuniu, a well-known

child model, who was kicked because she was allegedly “too tired to perform”.

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Shanghai pays highest monthly wages in China ordi

Shanghai pays highest monthly wages in China ordi

Employees in Shanghai earn the highest monthly incomes in China, according to a report by 58 Tongcheng Recruitment Research Institute.

With an average monthly wage of 9,723 yuan ($1,447.64), Shanghai, China’s financial ce

nter, tops the country’s income rankings, the report on talent flow in quarter one said.

New first-tier city Hangzhou in East China’s Zhejiang province came in second, wi

th an average of 8,684 yuan, up 25.77 percent year-on-year – the highest growth rate.

With development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area set to begin, Gu

angzhou in South China’s Guangdong province offers the most job opportunities, up 24.95 percent year-on-year.

Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen remain job seekers’ p

referred locations, with Shenzhen most popular in the first quarter of this year, the report said.

An employment-first policy has been elevated to the status of a macro policy for the first

time in this year’s government work report, and China will pursue the policy with full force in 2

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The internet offers convenience to children, but th

The internet offers convenience to children, but th

 harmful messages online are also seriously influencing them, or even turning them into criminals or victims,” Fang said.

In a case disclosed by the Supreme People’s Court last year, a defendant was sentenced to four years in pr

ison for indecent communications with several girls under the age of 12 online in the name of offering them video classes.

In another case, a 16-year-old boy was sentenced to 22 months in p

rison for selling drugs via QQ, a popular messaging tool, the top court said.

“Considering the disorder of cyberspace, it’s a must to revise the Juve

nile Protection Law,” Fang said. “It’s urgent and necessary to add a special part about juve

nile cybersecurity in the law to clarify each government department’s responsibilities and duties.”

She also urged internet device manufacturers and online serv

ice providers to install software that can block harmful messages to children.

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China’s forex reserves continue to grow in March

China’s forex reserves continue to grow in March

China’s foreign exchange reserves rose to $3.0988 trillion by the end of March, official data showed Sunday.

The amount increased by $8.6 billion, or 0.3 percent from the end of February, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

China’s peer-to-peer (P2P) lending industry will continue to shrink and cons

olidate due to tighter regulation and weak investor sentiment, Fitch Ratings said in a report.

The number of P2P investors and platforms declined steeply last year after regulators tightened supervision, and Fitch exp

ect more platforms to close or consolidate this year as reforms continue to take effect, leading to a smaller, less fragmented market.

Stronger regulation of P2P companies will be positive over the lo

nger term for a sector that has yet to be tested through economic cycles, the report said.

New regulations will also require many platforms to reduce their

reliance on retail investors, leading to a shift toward wholesale or institutional funding sources.

Lenders with more robust business models, established risk-management capabil

ities and more stable access to funding are likely to gain market share, according to Fitch.

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The gaokao has its faults, but at least it judges all stud

The gaokao has its faults, but at least it judges all stud

“However, independent enrollment has evolved into a situation where rich people find ways to get their children extra

points. Third-party organizations should be involved in the process to make it fairer and more transparent,” he said.

Xiong Bingqi, vice-president of the 21st Century Education Research Institute, said the goal of independent college adm

ission is to establish a system of multiple evaluations, instead of judging students by test scores alone.

However, students who qualify for independent enrollment also must take the gaokao, and their scores in the exam rem

in an important basis for admission, Xiong said. So students and their parents are still focused on the scores.

Moreover, the pilot program has failed to help establish a two-way a

dmission mechanism between colleges and students. Independent enrollment refo

rm has increased the right of colleges to choose students, but students still have limited ability to seek admission to the coll

ege of their choice, as one student normally gets a call for admission from just one institution, he said.

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Zhang Jianlong, head of the National Forestry and Grass

Zhang Jianlong, head of the National Forestry and Grass

  sland Administration and also coordinator of the conferen

ce, called for crackdowns on the whole chain process. Publicity should be enhanced to increase publ

ic awareness of caring for animals and plants, and standing firm against the illegal trade, he said.

  More State-owned tourism sites for ticket price drop

  A number of government-owned tourism sites that did not r

educe ticket prices last year should undertake monitoring of their costs and lower pr

ices this year, said the National Development and Reform Commission in a notice released on Friday.

  This year, price monitoring authorities nationwide should complete the cost assessment and review for 5A an

d 4A-rated tourism sites whose ticket prices are determined by the government, the notice said. Information di

sclosure of costs and ticket prices should be promoted to curb increasing costs by such sites.

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killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza: Medics

killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza: Medics

GAZA – At least four Palestinians were killed and 316 injured on Saturday during day-long cla

shes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel, medics said.

Gaza’s health ministry said in a statement that Bilal al-Najjar, 17, was critically wou

nded earlier on Saturday and succumbed to his sustained wounds later at night.

Al-Najjar joined the protests and rallies in the East of Kahn Younis town, close to the border with Israel in southern Gaza Strip.

Ashraf al-Qedra, health ministry spokesman in Gaza, said earlier said that Tammer Abu Al-Khe

ir, 17, was killed by Israeli soldiers’ gunfire in his chest e

ast of Khan Younis town in southern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel.

“Four were killed and 316 injured, including 64 injured by live gunshots, 16 by rubber bullets an

d the rest by tear gas,” said al-Qedra, adding that nine paramedics and four journalists were among the injuries.

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Considering that the aircraft faces uncertainties in its airwo

Considering that the aircraft faces uncertainties in its airwo

irworthiness, after looking into the matter, the administration decided to suspend Boe

ing 737 MAX 8 airworthiness certifications immediately,” the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a sta

tement unveiled on Tuesday, adding that the ongoing investigation had not ruled out design flaws in the aircraft.

“A certificate is granted by the country’s regulator after an aircraft has been inspected and

meets the requirements for safe operation,” said Li Xiaojin, a professor of aviation economics at Civil Aviatio

n University in Tianjin, “It’s a long process to determine whether an aircraft is airworthy.”

It took Boeing 15 months to get an airworthiness certificate for the first 737 MAX 8 from the a

dministration, he said, adding that the certificate was issued in October 2017.

The administration has sent experts to participate in investigations and will rev

iew the model’s airworthiness with a focus on alterations to the jet engine design and pla

cement. It will resume accepting applications for the certificate after the aircraft design is found to meet the requirements.

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