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More officials have been held to account for violations found in central environmental inspections, raising the total nu
mber of punished officials to more than 12,000, according to the country’s top environmental watchdog.
Most recently, 1,035 officials from eight provincial regions, including Jilin, Zhejiang and Sichuan provinces, were called t
o account for their involvement in 89 environmental violations uncovered in the fourth round of inspections from Augu
st to September 2017, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said in a news release on Monday.
Among the officials, 218 are in positions at the prefecture level, which is just below
ministerial level, and 320 hold posts equivalent to county head, the ministry said.
While 296 of the officials were summoned, 773 were punished by administrative or Party disciplinary agencies, i
ncluding receiving demerits or warnings that will bar them from promotion for a period of time.
Two officials were transferred to judicial authorities.
In the more than three months since it reopened to the public after repairs, more th
an 70,000 vehicles a day on average have crossed the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in Jiangsu province.
The number of vehicles traversing the bridge, which reopened in December, is just half that for each of the other three structures spanning t
he river in Nanjing, while Line 3 of the city’s subway system carries more than 800,000 people across the river every day.
But despite its relatively meeker traffic flows, people from across the country visit Nan
jing just to see the bridge, especially during holidays. For many, it represents far more than just a river crossing.
For years, it has been featured on a variety of posters and in school textbooks.
Many people have had their pictures taken at photo studios that use images of the bridge as backdrops.
Hotels, cinemas and daily necessities have been named after it. Parents have even named their chi
ldren after the bridge, with some of those born in the 1960s and 1970s being called “Yangtze”, “Bridge” or “Pier” in Chinese.
ology, according to the notice jointly issued by six ministries including the National Health Comm
ission, the Ministry of Education and the State Administration for Market Regulation.
The notice also said that authorities would crack down on activities that deceive the p
ublic and damage their interests in the name of using Chinese medical technology to treat myopia.
Hu Ailian, vice-director of the Beijing Institute of Ophthalmology at Beijing Tongren Hospital, said tha
t myopia can’t be cured at the current stage but children and teenagers could prevent, control or slow its progressio
n by using their eyes properly, increasing outdoor time, and avoiding looking at close objects for long time.
Once parents find their children have problems with eyesight, they should send them to ophthalmic medical institutions for e
xamination, listen to doctors’ suggestions and receive vision correction, Hu added.
ating PMI, rose to a six-month high at 52.7 in March, up 3.2 percentage points from February.
The sub-index for new orders went up 1 percentage point from February to 51.6 in March, the highest in half a year, showing growing momentum in market orders.
The PMI for high-tech manufacturing, equipment manufacturing and consumer goods manufacturi
ng stood at 52, 51.2 and 51.4, respectively, all above the general manufacturing PMI, showing rising strength of new sources of growth.
Large companies saw the manufacturing PMI down 0.4 percentage points to 51.1, whereas t
he readings for medium-sized and small companies rose 3 and 4 percentage points, respectively.
China’s non-manufacturing activities pick up in March
The purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for China’s non-manufacturing sector came i
n at 54.8 in March, up from 54.3 in February, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Sunday.