hina to establish first Great Wall restoration center surrounded

BEIJING – China’s first Great Wall restoration center will be established in Beijing, combining academic research, restoration and protection of the ancient wall.

The center will have archaeologists, designers and craftspersons w

orking together to make targeted plans for the restoration of the Jiankou section of the Gr

eat Wall, which is located in the northern Huairou District of Beijing, according to Beijing Daily.

“The new method will effectively tackle unpredictability in excavation and protection

of the Great Wall,” Zhang Tong, an official at the cultural relics administration of Huairou, was quoted as saying.

The center will also regularly check the conditions of the Great Wall for preventive c

onservation. It will keep records of the restoration for future use, the newspaper said.

With a total length of 7,952 meters, the Jiankou Great Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was once neglected and became damaged over time.

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For India’s 84 million first-time voters, election finally gives the

  In less than a month, the world’s biggest democratic exercise begins in India. And out of a total of 900 million eligible v

oters, a staggering 84.3 million — including 15 million aged 18 or 19 — will be casting ballots for the first time.

  So what do they want from their politicians?

  Tolerance, according to Shreeparna Chatterjee, a 22-year-old arts student in New Delhi going to the polls for the first time.

  Voting will be held in seven phases across the vast country, from 11 April to 19 May, with the res

ult announced on May 23. The Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which stormed to power at the last gen

eral election in 2014, is battling a challenge led by the secular opposition Congress party

  Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed a record-breaking 282 seats in the national parli

ament five years ago. Critics accuse his party of fostering religious polarization to woo support from the country’s Hindu majority.

  ”With this government, I feel it’s been very heated religion-based and caste-based politics,” Chatterjee told CNN.

  She has not yet decided who to support but does want to see a change in an increasingly toxic political climate.

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It (political apathy) has seeped into their minds because

  of the kind of politics the parties do. Going forward, it is important to restore confidence in the electoral system we have,” Simte said.

  ”The moment we restore that confidence, there will be a social and political tran

sformation. More people will come out and vote, more people will stand for elections.”

  Mumbai-based student Kutty believes “voting gives you the right to critique the government.”

  ”If you want to make a change, you cannot just complain about it — you do your part and you vote,” she said.

  Kulshrestha, from New Delhi, wholeheartedly agrees.

  ”It is absolutely pertinent that every citizen exercises their right. It is very easy to later sob about the policies of the govern

ment and the socio-political climate of the country if you haven’t actively done anything to change it,” she said.

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The approach — particularly the threats of re-election reperc

  ussions — stemmed defections from several Republicans up for re

-election in 2020, but ultimately failed to stop the Senate from passing the resolution.

  Trump tweeted about the political advantage he expects those who supported him will receive.

  ”I’d like to thank all of the Great Republican Senators who bravely voted for Strong Bo

rder Security and the WALL. This will help stop Crime, Human Trafficking, and Drugs entering our Cou

ntry. Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!” Trump tweeted Friday.

  Trump’s veto sends the resolution back to the US House of Re

presentatives, which is expected to pick it up after the week-long congressional recess. The Hous

e is not expected to have the two-thirds of the chamber’s support needed to override the President’s veto.

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killed in mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New

  At least 49 people were killed and 20 seriously injured in mass shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christc

hurch Friday, in a carefully planned and unprecedented attack that has shocked the usually peaceful nation.

  New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, called the incident a terrorist attack in a Friday press confe

rence, saying the suspects held “extremist views” that have no place in New Zealand or the world.

  The attacks targeted two mosques in central Christchurch at lunchtime local time Friday.

  A total of 48 people, including young children with gunshot wounds, were admitted to Christchurch hospital for treatment.

  Three men and one woman were arrested in the immediate aftermath of the incide

nt. One man in his late 20s was charged with murder and will appear in court Saturday morning local time.

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Police Commissioner Bush said 41 people were killed at the

  Noor mosque on Deans Avenue. Seven people died at the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue, and one person died from their injuries in hosp

ital. Both of the mosques targeted in the attacks are in Christchurch city center. Police placed the two locations on lockdown.

  Two improvised explosive devices were attached to a vehicle as part of the attack. One device has been disabled and authorities are working on the other.

  ”This goes to the seriousness of the situation,” Bush said.

  A number of weapons were also recovered at both the Linwood and Deans Avenue locations.

  Police were still treating the incident as ongoing into Friday evening local time and u

rged Christchurch residents to stay indoors and monitor the police website and social media.

  Mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand

  The situation was also considered not limited to Christchurch, and Bush asked “anyone who

was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go. To close your doors until you hear from us again.”

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Speaking to CNN, witness Mohan Ibn Ibrahim said he was

  inside the mosque when the shooting began and that he heard the gunman “continuously shooting for 10 to 15 minutes.”

  ”It’s a big mosque and there were more than 200 people inside. The gunmen came from the backside. Gunshots wen

t on for a long time. We had to jump the wall to escape. I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque,” he said.

  ”I came to the street I saw one person got shot on his chest,” he said, adding that the ambulance and police then arrived on the scene.

  He said that he had a friend in another mosque in the area who told him a gunman had opened fire there as well and five people were dead.

  ”I could not contact two of my friends who are in the mosque as well,” he said.

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The CPPCC is an important organ for CPC-led multip

rty cooperation and political consultation. It is a major channel for socialist consultative democracy and a specialist consultative body.

As of 5 pm on March 7, political advisors had submitted 5,113 proposals since the session started on Marc

h 3, ranging from the “three critical battles” against major risks, poverty, and pollution, to developing socialist democracy.

A resolution on a work report of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee, a report on the exa

mination of proposals, and a political resolution on the annual session were approved at the closing meeting.

China will inevitably face an array of interwoven opportunities and challenges in 2019, the political resolution reads.

It calls on political advisors to follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chin

ese Characteristics for a New Era, and work to maintain stable growth, advance reform, make stru

ctural adjustments, improve living standards, guard against risks, and ensure stability.

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The top procuratorate has restructured its internal sys

tems and formed 10 departments to handle criminal, civil, administrative and public interest cases, he said in an interview.

“Justice and fairness should not only be achieved, but also be felt and seen by the public in a more sensible way,” Zhang said.

To achieve that goal, prosecutors have been closely watching crimes that most affect people’s daily lives. For example, 43,929 p

eople were charged in 2018 with telecom fraud — a crime to which everyone is vulnerable — up by 29.3 percent year-on-year.

Another 42,195 people were prosecuted for damaging the environment and resources, an i

ncrease of 21 percent annually, and 12,360 people were charged with producing or selling fake or sub

standard drugs or toxic food products, an increase of 5.5 percent, according to the SPP.

Zhang said prosecuting authorities also actively participated in a joint crackdown against or

ganized crime and local mafia groups to bring the people a greater sense of security.

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

ment plan should fit with national strategies in development, security and the milita

ry, 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 en

hance 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, environmental endeavors and d

isaster 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, and s

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

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