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2018-03-05 07:40:11

Members of China’s top advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), currently holding its annual, days-long meeting in Beijing, have proposed that critical illness insurance for rural children be included in the national poverty reduction program, a report on the CPPCC’s own website said Sunday.

According to CPPCC member Ding Jie, a doctor in Beijing, 25 million rural children are in need of such insurance, which pays out in cases of severe illnesses. Currently, a child in need of expensive treatment presents a financial crisis to many rural families, Ding added. China’s national poverty reduction program currently lists 585 “key” counties, of which only 8 provide critical illness insurance.

President Xi Jinping has vowed to eradicate poverty in China by 2020.

1 hour

The recent case of a stray dog injuring over 10 students at Anqing Normal University has prompted online debate over the school’s management of strays, The Paper reported Monday.

None of the victims were seriously hurt, and campus security euthanized the animal. Students took to Weibo to debate the university’s role in management, while the school expressed its concern over students being too eager to approach strays.

The university’s director of campus security stressed the difficulty of maintaining student safety while still allowing stray dogs to roam free, as harm might come to them off campus.

China has no institutionalized animal shelter system. To cope with the problem, cities have imposed one-dog-per-household rules or expensive ownership fees. (Image: Weibo)

13 hours

A toddler was injured yesterday after her father dropped her on her head while imitating a viral video meme, The Paper reported.

The challenge, which is popular on short video app Douyin, involves a two-person somersault move, but in this case, the man lost his grip. His daughter hit her head and badly injured her spine. Doctors say they don’t know when she will fully recover.

It’s not the first time someone has been injured while attempting to recreate a meme: In February, a 19-year-old in Changsha fractured her ankle while copying another Douyin video. Many have also been rushed to the hospital after attempting the “Tide pod challenge.” (Image: Douyin)

15 hours

Alibaba’s “last-mile” strategy has expanded into the bedroom with emergency sex supplies delivered to your door.

The company’s grocery delivery app, Hema Xiansheng, launched an adult product section for Shanghai customers on Monday evening called “Hormone” that offers a selection of 700 condoms, lubricants, and sex toys — of which more than 50 are available for 30-minute delivery.

Hema told Sixth Tone that its pre-launch trial had found that people aged 40 to 49 were the major consumer group for adult products, while customers born after 1990 were more willing to buy expensive condom brands.

The service will become available to users in other cities starting in late April — though several other apps already offer delivery of convenience store products, including condoms, lube, and sex toys. (Image: Weibo)

15 hours

Stock exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen have looked into more than 20 listed companies in 2018 for using the hype around blockchain to increase their stock prices, Beijing News reported Tuesday.

On Monday, Shenzhen Stock Exchange sent a supervision attention letter to Hangzhou-based internet company, Enjoyor Co., Ltd. The company’s stocks jumped last week after it announced that Numbull, a financial information provider in which it had invested, had co-launched the world’s first blockchain-based digital data forensic certificate. But later the announcement was deleted — prompting the stock exchange’s inquiry.

Blockchain fever is growing in China with big players like Alibaba, Baidu, and NetEase getting in the game — as well as quirkier iterations like a boyband fan coin, despite the country’s cryptocurrency ban. (Image: VCG)

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Chinese beverage company Wahaha Group Co. Ltd. is among 11 major bottled water brands globally that were found to contain plastic micro particles, The Guardian reported last week.

Researchers from the State University of New York found that 93 percent of bottled water tested — including Evian and Nestlé Pure Life — showed signs of microplastic contamination. The health impact of ingesting micro plastic particles is unclear. Ensuring safety of drinking water sources is one of China’s anti-pollution priorities for 2018.

China is already the world’s biggest market for bottled water, and per capita consumption is also growing steadily. Hangzhou-based Wahaha Group is the country’s largest non-alcoholic beverage manufacturer, according to China Daily. The company did not answer Sixth Tone’s calls on Monday. (Image: VCG)

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Animal rights group PETA published allegations on Thursday that a dog was mistreated during the filming of Chinese director Ning Hao’s “Crazy Alien.” The post — also published on PETA’s WeChat — includes a video that appears to show a caged German shepherd dropped 20 feet into “a frigid, fast-flowing river” on set in November 2017. The witness told PETA that the scene was repeated for multiple takes.

“Glee” actor Matthew Morrison, who stars in the film, expressed his outrage on Twitter.

On Saturday, the film’s production crew responded on Weibo that the dog “accidentally” fell into the water twice before they switched to using an empty cage and CGI in post-production. The statement denied that the conduct was abusive, maintaining that the dog was a professional stunt animal under its owner’s care. (Image: YouTube)

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Tsinghua University has filed a lawsuit against Jiangsu Education Group for trademark infringement and unfair competition, demanding more than 3 million yuan compensation, China News Service reported Friday.

The logo on the education group’s official website says Qinghuayuan Xuexiao — with “Qinghua” using the same characters as “Tsinghua.” According to Tsinghua University, since the Chinese public often refers to the university as simply “Qinghua,” the education group’s trademark is misleading and has damaged the university’s reputation.

The phenomenon of unrelated institutions feigning affiliation with prestigious universities is relatively common in China — in 2016, Peking University called out 124 schools whose names suggested a false association with the university. (Image: VCG)

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Shenzhen’s transportation watchdog has ordered Didi Chuxing to withdraw 20,000 Qingju shared bikes from the southern city’s streets, People’s Daily reported, just two months after the company — which originated as a car-hailing app — launched its own Qingju bikes.

Didi and another bike-share company, Hellobike, had filed applications to the watchdog on March 8 to release more bikes but the watchdog rejected the request, citing an oversaturated market. “We’re in constructive communication with the authorities,” a member of Didi’s public relations team told Sixth Tone on Monday. (Image: VCG)

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A fatal scuffle in the metro of Zhengzhou, capital of Henan, has kindled a lively online debate around pets on public transportation, after two goldfish died in a dispute.

Local media reported Thursday that guards stopped a 30-year-old passenger at security check for attempting to board the metro with two live goldfish in a leaky bucket inside a plastic bag. According to the report, security footage showed the irate passenger throwing the bucket during the argument.

Metro services across China lack unified rules on animals onboard, even for service animals: Last year a visually impaired woman in Beijing was turned away because her guide dog wasn’t muzzled. But fish are usually permitted — as long as they’re dead. (Image: from Weibo)

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Entwined utility wires will no longer be an eyesore at Shanghai’s landmarks, as city officials plan to take them underground.

The historic Wukang Mansion in the former French Concession area will be among the first sites to undergo transformation, The Paper reported Wednesday. Authorities have ordered the removal of telephone poles and cables, as well as air-conditioning units mounted on the apartment building’s façade, by April 15. The move is part of a citywide beautification project ahead of the first China International Import Expo scheduled for November.

Shanghai is home to dozens of heritage buildings, many of which have become popular selfie sites. Now, happy snappers can look forward to getting “wireless” shots for social media. (Image: VCG)