Shenzhen is to strengthen its regulations on smoking in public places, making it the strictest smoking policy in history, Nanfang Daily has reported.
The strenghtening is to focus on five areas of the policy.
Since the implementation of the smoking policy in Shenzhen on March 1, 2014, smoking in public places has been banned, carrying a total fine of 3.745 millio
n yuan, comprising a 3.325 million yuan fine for illegal smokers and 420,000 yuan for public places that failed to control smoking.
In implementing the policy however, problems arose with excessive fines, difficulties
with law enforcement and evidence collection, and complicated punishment procedures.
Deputies of Shenzhen People’s Congress on Jan 18 jointly proposed that Shenzhen should revise the policy to make the regulations more practical and operable.
The revised draft of The Regulation on Smoking Control explicitly expands the de
finition of smoking to include the use of e-cigarettes and other lit tobacco products.
It also expands the scope of smoke-free areas, which now include outdoor p
latforms and areas featuring wait lines for public transport, such as buses, coa
ches, taxis, subways, ships, civil aircraft and other public transport vehicles.
Smoking is also prohibited within five meters of subway entrances and exits.
The draft enhances protection for minors. It stipulates that no tobacco produ
cts are to be sold within 100 meters of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and children’s activity centers.
ie Yifeng, president of the Realty Association of Asia-Pacific Cities, said the sliding sales
in January were due to seasonal factors and should not be regarded as a market trend.
“The Spring Festival was the main reason,” he said. “Property developers were not passionate about selling new proj
ects during the holiday, and it was not very realistic for banks to release housing loans before or during the holiday.”
“A significant index was the registered sold property on the government’s website, but government employees were on
a break too and the statistics of sold property registered on the government’s website were not getting a timely upd
ate,” he said. “The real statistics from last December to January will gradually start to be updated in March.”
In fact, Xie predicted the market in 2019 would be better than last year, as he said the real market indicators were the rising land prices and the amount of land sold.
“The decisive factor is the government’s decision on the shantytown redevelopment policy,” he added, pointing
out that this was expected during this year’s session of the National People’s Congress in March.
Zhang Bo, chief analyst at the 58 Anjuke Institute, said apart from buyers being skeptical tow
ard the price, the weakening intention for speculation was another factor contributing to the slow sales in lower-tier cities.
ion by the Beijing Film Academy, Peking University needs to take the initiative to launch its own inqu
iry. On its official website, the university clearly states the procedures for enrolling a postdoctoral res
earcher, which include at least four review stages after an applicant submits materials.
When enrolling Zhai as a postdoctoral researcher, they should check many more materials besides his
doctor’s degree. If Zhai is found to have academic problems, Peking University is partly responsible, too.
As it is widely considered to be the top university in China, Peking University has very precious r
esearch opportunities, which makes it a focus for the public’s attention in this incident. It is time both B
FA and Peking University examined if they bear any blame, instead of just trying to pass the buck to each other.
The list ranks the country’s cities on three major indicators: economy, social advancement and environment.
Jointly launched by the National Development and Reform Commission’s development planning department and th
e Cloud River Urban Research Institute, an international think tank, the index sets “digital benchmarks and ref
erence systems” for China’s urbanization drive and urban development.
get of plagiarism allegations because he, having obtained a PhD at the Beijing Film Academy and been freshly enrolled by Peking University f
or postdoctoral research, was found to not know about the China National Knowledge Infra
structure (CNKI), a Chinese database of academic resources. China Daily writer Zhang Zhouxiang comments:
To anyone who has ever written an academic essay in the Chinese language, Zhai not knowing
about CNKI is as absurd as a self-claimed chemist not knowing the periodic table of elements. CNKI is an
online platform that allows students and scholars to search for academic articles and papers published in
China, and read the materials they need for their dissertations at their college libraries’ expense. Unless a st
udent claims an exception, their dissertation will be included as reference for other researchers.
The allegations against Zhai have naturally stirred up a hornet’s nest of opinions online. B
y Tuesday morning, at least nine hashtags about the incident had appeared on Sina Weibo, China’s equi
valent to Twitter. Added together, these hashtags have been read 3.9 billion times in all.
It should be noted that the incident is not entertainment gossip, but a serious matter about academic plagiarism. If any research instituti
on allows a person to obtain a degree by plagiarizing the work of others, those with real potential for do
ing genuine academic research will lose the opportunity, which in turn hurts the academic environment as a whole.
Shanghai has announced a series of reform measures aimed at improving its business environment to maintain stable economic growth.
The measures cover 25 main areas such as business startups, applications for construction permits and electricity serv
ice, according to a working conference held by the municipal government on Feb 11.
Shanghai cannot simply rely on favorable policies to achieve development, let alone low-cost compe
tition, said Li Qiang, Party chief of Shanghai, adding that a better business environment is the strong impetus.
This year, Shanghai will promote collecting and sharing of public data as well as easy
access to governmental services for enterprises and citizens, according to local government authorities.
According to a World Bank report on the ease of doing business released in October last
year, China advanced to a global ranking of 46 among 190 economies in 2018, up from 78 in the previous year.
Shanghai recorded an overall economic growth of 6.6 percent last year, with its GDP per capit
a exceeding $20,000. The city expects to attain a growth rate of 6 percent to 6.5 percent this year.
of major Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. Smaller cities and even townships are capturing the fastest growth, findings from both payment providers showed.
According to Alipay, the quickest expansion rate in per capita overseas spending was logged in
Zhoushan, a port city in East China’s Zhejiang province, which surged 55 percent year-on-year. It wa
s followed by 50 percent in Weifang, Shandong province, and 44 percent in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province.
In contrast, the growth rate in relatively affluent Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou r
eached 27 percent, 30 percent and 24 percent respectively, although they accounted for the greatest outbound spending by volume.
These trends “really highlight how mobile payment is taking root in China’s outbound t
ourism market”, said Chen Jiayi, Alipay’s head of business operation on cross-border business.
WeChat also saw a notable surge in the use of mobile payment in lower-tier cities, with over 40 percent transactions ma
de by residents who work in bigger cities but returned to hometowns for the weeklong annual gathering.