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CRI Hourly News (updated at 17:00 2010/04/25)
    2010-04-25 17:07:26     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Liao

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Vice Premier stresses post-quake reconstruction as survivors plan for new life
Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu has stressed that the quake relief work in northwest China's Qinghai Province should focus on resettling survivors and the area's reconstruction.
He's told a meeting in Qinghai that the focus should now be shifted from searching the quake victims and treating the injured and building temporary shelters to resettling survivors, restoring social order and carrying out reconstruction.
Saturday was the last day for rescuers to comb the quake-hit Yushu region in a bid to find survivors buried underneath the rubble.
The death toll from the 7.1-magnitude earthquake on April 14 has climbed to 2,203, with 73 people still missing.

Quake Relief in Action: Heavy snow, sandstorm strand rescuers at airport
Meanwhile, hundreds of rescuers headed for quake-hit Yushu are stranded at Xining airport of northwest China's Qinghai Province due to heavy snow in Yushu and a sandstorm in Xining, the provincial capital.

Chinese vice premier urges reform of health care system
Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang has urged medical workers to improve their service as the contribution to the reform of the country's health care system.
Speaking at the opening session of a national convention of the Chinese Medical Association in Beijing Saturday, Li Keqiang said constant efforts must be made to improve the quality of medical and health care services, and to enhance our capabilities in disease prevention and control.
He said health care and medical professionals must work to achieve the major goals of the health care reform, which seeks to provide affordable and adequate health care services among other things.

Hi-tech equipment important for police: senior leader
A senior leader with the Communist Party of China (CPC) has urged China's police equipment to be updated to better safeguard national security and social stability.
Zhou Yongkang made the remarks when visiting the China International Exhibition on Police Equipment in Beijing.
He said it is necessary to closely follow new police equipment developments worldwide to better handle complicated situations, public incidents and natural disasters in China.

Strong Sandstorms Hit NW China
Strong sandstorms hit northwestern China's Gansu Province and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, reduced visibility and caused casualties.
In Xinjiang, Fire and building collapse caused by a strong wind over the past few days has left three people dead and one missing.
According to Gansu Meteorological Bureau, the strongest sandstorm over 17 years swept the province on Saturday, with the lowest visibility dropping to nearly zero meter in Minqin county.

China urges IMF to accelerate quota adjustment
China's central bank chief Zhou Xiaochuan has called for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to accelerate its process to shift its quota to emerging market and developing countries.
He's told the IMF and the World Banks spring meeting in Washington that the quota structure is the core issue in Fund governance. The severe underrepresentation of emerging market and developing countries in the IMF seriously affects the Fund's legitimacy and effectiveness, and must be promptly corrected.
He said a Fund with a more reasonable governance structure will be better able to protect global economic and financial stability which will benefit all member countries.

U.S. Mideast envoy says talks with Israeli PM "productive"
U.S. special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell said on Sunday his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "productive and positive,".
In a statement released after the talks, Mitchell implied he will return to the region next week to further push forward the Israeli- Palestinian peace process, creating the atmosphere that would enable indirect negotiations between the two sides to start.
Mitchell is in a fresh effort for the resumption of the U.S.- brokered Israeli-Palestinian indirect peace talks.

Thai government wants to solve whole problem: Thai PM
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva says the government has refrained to use force to break up Bangkok's Rajprasong rally because the demonstration was just a part of the problem.
Speaking during his weekly TV program, Abhisit said the government's goal is to return normalcy to the country so the government has to consider all connected moves of the red-shirt movement before taking actions to solve the overall problem.
Abhisit on Saturday rejected the red-shirt protesters' precondition for him to agree to dissolve the House of Representatives within 30 days.

Top auto firms go green at Beijing show
Major auto manufacturers have displayed their confidence in the development of green cars in the world's biggest auto market by exhibiting 95 alternative-energy autos among the 990 models at the on-going Beijing auto show.
Europe's largest automaker Volkswagen launched an electric vehicle strategy tailored to the China market at the show, promising to start local production of electric vehicles in China between 2013 and 2014.
Japan's Nissan Motor Co says that it will start selling its Leaf electric compact car in China early next year.
Its US rival General Motors also says that it will bring its Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to China later this year, the first country outside the US, joining the race for green vehicles in the world's largest auto market.

 
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