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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-01-12 16:32


>Rail schedule expanded

Members of the Lisu ethnic group give fresh fruits as gifts to passengers on a bullet train in Dechang, Sichuan province, on Monday. It was the first Fuxing bullet train departing from Sichuan's Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture, a mountainous ethnic area once afflicted by the most entrenched poverty in China. Sections of a new Chengdu-Kunming Railway, with longer bridges and tunnels shortening the line and increasing the speed, were recently put into operation. LIU ZHONGJUN/CHINA NEWS SERVICE

A new railway operating schedule introduced on Monday will help increase passenger and freight capacity for the upcoming Spring Festival travel rush.

The travel rush is projected to last 40 days from Jan 17 to Feb 25, with about 280 million train trips expected to be made.

China State Railway Group, the national rail operator, said the network will operate 10,462 passenger train routes and more than twice that number of freight train services under the new schedule.

The rail operator said that it has also improved policies on freight and changing train tickets during the Spring Festival rush.

Ticket services on 12306, a mobile application and website that it runs, will be extended to 1 am, except on Tuesdays. The services open to the public at 5 am each day.

Ticket refund services will be available up to the time the train departs from the station. Previously, travelers were only allowed to get ticket refunds up to 25 minutes before the train departed.


>China to accelerate key projects

A technician oversees installation of a wind power turbine in Chuzhou, Anhui province. [Photo by Song Weixing / for China Daily]

China will accelerate the implementation of major projects outlined in the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for social and economic development with expanded investment, according to a State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Monday.

As the Chinese economy is in a crucial period, the country should give higher priority to stabilizing economic growth, continue its strategy of expanding domestic demand, and take targeted steps to boost consumption and investment, according to the meeting.

The country will accordingly ensure the financing, land use and energy supply for critical sectors such as food and energy security, advanced manufacturing and high-tech industries, logistics and telecommunications, and urban government-subsidized housing.

The meeting vowed streamlined administrative procedures for ready-to-go projects, in particular major water-conservancy projects, to accelerate the implementation.

>Large-scale cluster of ancient tombs discovered

File photo shows potteries found at an ancient tomb in Beihai city, South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. [Photo/Beihai Museum/Handout via Xinhua]

Archaeologists recently discovered a large-scale cluster of ancient tombs dating back to the Six Dynasties period to the Sui and Tang Dynasties (222-907) in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Covering an area of 70,000 square meters, the cluster of some 200 tombs is located in Dashugen Village, Fucheng Township of Beihai City.

The most prominent feature of the cluster is that most tomb chambers were constructed with stone pieces, but some tombs were made of brick and stone.

Relics including pottery with diversified patterns, ironware and bricks with inscriptions were excavated from the tombs.

Experts said that these archaeological discoveries are of great research value.


>Autoimmune diseases spread


Autoimmune diseases range from type 1 diabetes to rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis.

In each case, the immune system gets its wires crossed and turns on healthy tissue instead of infectious agents.

In the UK alone, at least 4 million people have developed such conditions, with some individuals suffering more than one.

Internationally, it is now estimated that cases of autoimmune diseases are rising by 3% to 9% a year.

Most scientists believe environmental factors play a key role in this rise.

Fast-food diets lack certain important ingredients, such as fiber, and evidence suggests this alteration affects a person’s microbiome – the collection of micro-organisms that we have in our gut and which play a key role in controlling various bodily functions.

These changes in our microbiomes are then triggering autoimmune diseases, of which more than 100 types have now been discovered.


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