When visitors to the gigantic Palace Museum complex in Beijing feel a need to sit down for a cup of tea or find a bathroom without a long line, they soon will be able to turn to their smartphones for the information they need. This modern-day solution at the venerable compound comes thanks to an agreement signed on Friday by the museum and Huawei Co, the telecommunication giant, to build a “sm art network” using 5G technology, the fifth generation of mobile network communications. Under the agreement, 5G Wi-Fi signals will cover the 720,000-square -meter compound, China’s imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and alsoRead More →

our exhibitions,” he said. The CCTV cameras also are used to safeguard the museum’s precious relics. More than 1.86 milli on of them are housed at the museum, which logged 17.5 million visits from the public in 2018, topping all museums worldwide. “How can we make sure no single visitor who might have evil ideas threatens these treasures?” Shan sa id. “After adopting the internet of things, we can instantly detect any motion involving the artifacts to prevent such threats.” Such a networked system also will be used to facilitate management of inventory and closely supervise transportation and exhibition of cultural relics. New technologies canRead More →

  In less than a month, the world’s biggest democratic exercise begins in India. And out of a total of 900 million eligible v oters, a staggering 84.3 million — including 15 million aged 18 or 19 — will be casting ballots for the first time.   So what do they want from their politicians?   Tolerance, according to Shreeparna Chatterjee, a 22-year-old arts student in New Delhi going to the polls for the first time.   Voting will be held in seven phases across the vast country, from 11 April to 19 May, with the res ult announced on May 23. The Hindu nationalist government of Prime MinisterRead More →

  sterclass of a photo-op in the Oval Office Thursday with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.   A historian 100 years hence could pull the tape of the 16-minute tour de force and learn everything they needed to know about the Trump presidency.   Trump’s behavior on Thursday offered pointers to how he will attempt to ride out political crosswinds using the uniq ue political tools that made his late-in-life transition from business to Washington so successful.   Thursday’s rebuke from Congress came amid a spell that wo uld have been disastrous for any conventional politician, as legal and congressional probe s suggest tough challenges ahead as special counselRead More →

  inside the mosque when the shooting began and that he heard the gunman “continuously shooting for 10 to 15 minutes.”   ”It’s a big mosque and there were more than 200 people inside. The gunmen came from the backside. Gunshots wen t on for a long time. We had to jump the wall to escape. I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque,” he said.   ”I came to the street I saw one person got shot on his chest,” he said, adding that the ambulance and police then arrived on the scene.   He said that he had a friend inRead More →

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,Read More →

  dual responsibility of offering suggestions and building consensus, and shoulder its political responsibilities of impleme nting the CPC Central Committee’s decisions and plans, of meeting its requirements for CPPCC wo、 rk, and of pooling the wisdom and strength of all Chinese people, at home and overseas, for national rejuvenation, it says.   ang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and cha irman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), presides over the closing meet ing of the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee at theRead More →

urvey, released in 2017, 75 percent of primary and secondary schools had built c ampus sports venues that met national standards, up from 62.4 percent in 2012. The survey was conducted by the ministry and the General Administration of Sport of China. In 2015, the same survey showed that the overall fitness level of prima ry and secondary students-including stamina, str ength and aerobic capacity-had begun to improve following a perennial decline. “Our measures have worked but it doesn’t mean we can stop pushing. The fact that three-quarters of schools have ade quate sports fields and facilities shows that we still have room to improve,”Read More →

  Investigators are combing through debris at the site where Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on Sunday, attem pting to make sense of a disaster that claimed 157 lives and left thousands more in grief and shock.   In the days since the crash, the personal stories of many of those on board have come to light — highlighting the truly international nature of a tragedy that saw people of 35 different nationalities die.   The focus on Boeing has also been intense. On Tuesday, the U K joined several other countries in grounding the company’s newest, big-selling 737 MAX 8 jet o ver safety concerns. The MAXRead More →

  geopolitical equivalent of man spreading,” says Immerwahr — “taking out quite a lot of space for low density uses.”   So, on the Chagos Islands, for example, all of the inhabited atolls had to be cleared despite the fact only one would be used by the Americans.   In 2015, Canadian photographer Diane Selkirk moored her sailboat off Ile Boddam in the Cha gos archipelago — sailors who seek permission from the British Indian Ocean Territory can stay for one month. The Indian general election will begin on April 11, the country’s Election Commission ann ounced Sunday, with voters poised to decide whether to renew their faithRead More →