首页  | 新闻播报

每日新闻播报(August 13)

chinadaily.com.cn 2021-08-13 16:32

Children learn a dance with a volunteer at a school in Xunxian county of Hebi city, Central China's Henan province, July 29, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]


>149 major cities see populations shrink

China's population grew modestly over the past decade, but nearly half its major cities lost residents due to a variety of factors, data from the latest national census showed.

Of China's 330-plus prefecture-level cities, 149-or 44.7%-had smaller populations last year than in 2010, according to the once-a-decade census, which was conducted last year.

The cities with shrinking populations were scattered across 23 of the 31 provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland, with most of them in northeastern, central and western China.

People moving to other places to seek better-paid jobs or marriage opportunities were major reasons for population declines, along with falling birthrates, said experts.

The nationwide trend was most noticeable in the three northeastern provinces-Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang. More than 30 cities in the region saw their populations fall.


A mother and her son sing in a Mini KTV singing bar in a shopping mall in Yangpu district, Shanghai, March 2, 2019. [Photo/Sipa]


>China to make blacklist of karaoke songs

China will create a blacklist for karaoke songs, banning those that contain harmful content at karaoke venues across the country, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said on Tuesday. On the list are songs containing content that endangers national unity, sovereignty or territorial integrity; violates China's religious policies and spreads cults and superstitions; and advocates obscenity, gambling, violence and drug-related crimes or instigating crimes, according to a set of interim regulations issued by the ministry.

The regulations will take effect on Oct 1, 2021.

China has nearly 50,000 entertainment venues such as karaoke bars, which have a basic music library of over 100,000 songs.


Visitors check out a Tesla Model 3 in an exhibition center in Shanghai's Qingpu district in April. [Photo by Fan Jianlei/For China Daily]


>Sales of new-energy passenger vehicles soar

China saw a surge in sales of new-energy passenger vehicles in July, industry data showed.

The retail sales of new-energy passenger cars reached 222,000 units, up 169.4% year on year, according to the China Passenger Car Association.

The wholesale volume of new-energy passenger vehicles grew 202.9% year on year to reach 246,000 units.

BYD, Tesla China, SAIC-GM-Wuling, SAIC Passenger Vehicle Branch and GAC Aion all sold more than 10,000 units of new-energy passenger vehicles last month.

In July, China's retail sales of passenger vehicles dropped 6.2% year on year to 1.5 million units.


World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks on the sidelines of the opening of the 74th World Health Assembly at the WHO headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]


>WHO to test three new drugs

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday announced that it will test three new drugs for COVID-19, which will involve thousands of researchers at more than 600 hospitals in 52 countries.

According to a press release issued by WHO on Wednesday, the three new drugs are artesunate, a treatment for severe malaria; imatinib, a drug for certain cancers; and infliximab, a treatment for immune system disorders such as Crohn's Disease.

These therapies were selected by an independent expert panel for their potential in reducing the risk of death in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, and they were donated for the trial by their manufacturers, WHO said.

"Finding more effective and accessible therapeutics for COVID-19 patients remains a critical need, and WHO is proud to lead this global effort," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.


Find more audio news on the China Daily app.

中国日报网 英语点津微信
中国日报网 双语小程序