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and reduce costs of internet services, which will be good not only for consumers but also for industrial upgrading.
The country’s three telecom carriers — China Mobile Communications, China United Network Comm
unications Group and China Telecommunications Corp — announced steps to scrap domestic long-distan
ce and roaming charges from Oct 1, 2017, and cancel data roaming fees within the country starting July 1, 2018.
However, increasing speed and cutting charges doesn’t bring less
revenue for telecom operators. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, du
ring the first half of last year, revenues from the telecom business rose 4.1 percent year-on-year to 672 billion yuan.
Mobile internet traffic jumped 199.6 percent to 26.6 billion gigabytes. Among them, inter
net usage via phones soared 214.7 percent to 26.2 billion gigabytes, accounting for 98.3 percent of the total.
on average, while the corresponding number for a dog is 4,723 yuan, said the report.
Much of a pet’s expenses are on food. For a cat, it is about 1,340 yuan, with medical care requiring 742 yuan on average.
“About 41 percent of the 99.8 million pet-keeping Chinese households now have cats,
and the number is still growing,” said Neil Wang, president of Frost & Sullivan China.
In addition to 67 million pet cats, there are more, adopted or given by friends and families, the company’s report said.
This has spawned a cat culture of sorts, spanning a variety of business activities.
For instance, specialist apps offer a service called “cloud petting” for those who
do not own a pet cat. The latter can follow “cat celebrities” on social media platforms.
a voice to all the nation’s many minorities.
”I am Hindu, I come from a privileged background, so for people like me, no matter which part
y comes to power, we aren’t going to face the brunt of it. The most affected are the minorities and
the poor… If a certain party comes to power, these people will face huge problems.
”They are the people I want to keep in mind when I choose a party.”
For Aastha Kulshrestha, a 23-year-old law student from New Delhi, her expectation of the n
ext government is that it should not pit one group or religion against the other. “It is a great impe
diment to the growth of the nation, a nation that is democratic, socialist and a republic,” she told CNN.
”If you want to make a change… you vote”oung voters could have a huge influence on the
outcome. For some, casting their ballot is an exciting “coming of age” moment. But many are disenchanted.
John Simte, 22, a law student in Bengaluru, says he is “thrilled to be a part of the world’s la
rgest democratic project.” He admits a “deep sense of apathy” amongst his peers but is nonetheless optimistic.
dworking, and bravely take responsibility,” he said. “There are no honorary members, only responsible members.”
Political adviser He Yun’ao, from Jiangsu province, said this year’s session was busy and substantial.
“I got up early and got to sleep late to read more material so as to im
prove my proposals,” he said. “The meeting was over, but Chairman Wang has given us man
y assignments. I will do more surveys and study this year and bring better proposals next year.”
Zhang Zhihao and Wang Kaihao contributed to this story.
hina’s poverty relief battle is the world’s biggest and toughest. Over the last 30-plus ye
ars, China has made determined and innovative efforts to reduce poverty and remarkable achievements have been witnessed.
In this exclusive interview, an episode of China Daily’s two sessions special coverage answe
ring questions put forward by media outlets from more than 20 countries, Lei Ming, dean of the Insti
tute of Poverty Research, Peking University, shares his view on the ways of the toughest poverty-relief battle.