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Parents Urged to Help Kids Read Critically
   2015-01-21 19:46:31    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo



Food safety line takes 84-thousand calls

The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration received more than 84-thousand calls to its 12331 hotline last year.

It says the number of calls from whistleblowers in the period almost doubled to 531.

More than 28 percent of the people providing tip-offs did not leave any contact details, which means the authority will have difficulty paying them rewards.

The food authority introduced a payment system for people who whistle blow on dubious practices related to food and drug safety in 2007. Since 2011, the maximum possible reward has been 200-thousand yuan, or 32-thousand US dollars.

Though "anonymity is guaranteed," many people prefer not to leave their details for fear of retribution, an official said.

About 60 percent of the calls last year were related to food safety issues, of which 66 percent proved accurate.


Macao casinos targeted in the fight against graft

China will strengthen supervision of assets that corrupt officials transfer abroad illegally through gambling houses in Macao, the Ministry of Public Security said on Tuesday.

It is reported that ministry officials will travel to Macao in the coming week to meet with directors from Macao's financial supervisory authority and bankers. They will discuss combating such crimes.

In recent years, many corrupt Chinese officials have transferred their assets acquired illegally to overseas destinations through money laundering and some underground banks, including through Macao casinos.

They have then fled to the United States, Canada and Australia to avoid punishment.

According to the Macao Financial Intelligence Unit, from January to June 2013, the city's gambling industry received more than 900 reports of suspicious activity, an increase of more than 31 percent compared with 2012.

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Parents urged to help kids read critically

With an array of reading material available on the Internet, parents can help their children tackle more questionable texts by reading together with them and encouraging a healthy skepticism.

This was the advice of Singapore's Minister for Communications and Information who encouraged parents to teach their children "to read critically".

According to the minister, the Government can educate children about cyber wellness and how to ensure that whatever they are reading is factually correct, but it is parents who will have an important role to play.

This comes after the minister read a Malay storybook to an audience of children at the Central Public Library.

To encourage families to read together, the library has tips for parents and recommendations of suitable books for each age.


India's tiger population sees 30 percent increase

India says it now has almost a third more tigers than it did four years ago.

Presenting the findings of the latest tiger census, Environment Minister said the tiger population had risen from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014.

He said a number of government initiatives to streamline tiger conservation were behind the increase.

India is estimated to be home to around 70 percent of the world's tigers.

The minister described the results of the census as a "huge success story".

Tiger conservation practices that had proved successful in India could be adopted elsewhere, minister suggested.

Also India was willing to donate tiger cubs to the international community and play a key role in global tiger conservation.

Wildlife campaigners had been expressing concerns over dwindling numbers of tigers for some time.



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