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Cups, slides, beds, hotels, salons and medical care are creating a huge pet market worth multibillion yuan

A purr-fect world, and loads of money-that’s what cafe chain Starbucks sees at least in its newest merchandise item.

It is a custom-made 199 yuan ($29.66) porcelain cup for pet cats-there are 67 million of them in China!

The new product was necessitated by China’s growing pet economy, where sales of pet-related products and services reached 172.2 billion yuan in 2018.

Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan China said in a recent report that last year’s market size

was three times that of 2013, and forecast it would grow to 472.3 billion yuan by 2023.

The pet cat market segment, worth 60 billion yuan, is the second la

rgest after the pet dog segment (98.5 billion yuan). It is predicted to be the most vibrant one.

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For India’s 84 million first-time voters, election finally gives the

  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 Minister Narendra Modi, which stormed to power at the last gen

eral election in 2014, is battling a challenge led by the secular opposition Congress party

  Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed a record-breaking 282 seats in the national parli

ament five years ago. Critics accuse his party of fostering religious polarization to woo support from the country’s Hindu majority.

  ”With this government, I feel it’s been very heated religion-based and caste-based politics,” Chatterjee told CNN.

  She has not yet decided who to support but does want to see a change in an increasingly toxic political climate.

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It (political apathy) has seeped into their minds because

  of the kind of politics the parties do. Going forward, it is important to restore confidence in the electoral system we have,” Simte said.

  ”The moment we restore that confidence, there will be a social and political tran

sformation. More people will come out and vote, more people will stand for elections.”

  Mumbai-based student Kutty believes “voting gives you the right to critique the government.”

  ”If you want to make a change, you cannot just complain about it — you do your part and you vote,” she said.

  Kulshrestha, from New Delhi, wholeheartedly agrees.

  ”It is absolutely pertinent that every citizen exercises their right. It is very easy to later sob about the policies of the govern

ment and the socio-political climate of the country if you haven’t actively done anything to change it,” she said.

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The President’s emergency Proclamation reasonably descr

  ribed the current situation as an ongoing ‘border security and humanitarian crisis,'” Boyd adds. “The cris

is at the border … may qualify as an emergency even though it, too, is not entirely new.”

  Twelve Republican senators banded together Thursday to deliver the f

orceful rebuke after expressing concerns that Trump’s use of the national emergency decla

ration as an end-run around Congress violates the separation of powers and sets a bad precedent that a woul

d-be future Democratic president could follow to unilaterally drive their agenda.

  The White House sought to pare back Republican defections leading up to the vote, with the President and White House aides

making clear to Republican senators that a vote against Trump on this issue would have ramifications come re-election time.

  Trump rejected entreaties from several Senate Republicans t

o agree to a compromise that would curtail his national emergency powers and instead fra

med the vote not as a matter of constitutional concerns, but rather as a litmus test on border security.

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All the members should remain conscientious and har

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.

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The CPPCC should improve its quality in carrying out its

  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 the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 13, 2019.

  Basketball legend Yao Ming has always voiced his support for physical education during the two sessions.

  This year is no exception. Utilizing his position as a member of the Chinese People’s Polit

ical Consultative Conference’s National Committee, Yao called for more cross-departmental coope

ration and better coaching to further expand a school basketball program launched last year.

  The program is meant not just to deepen the sport’s talent p

ool but, more importantly, to teach students life lessons that classroom study cannot.

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The top procuratorate has restructured its internal sys

tems and formed 10 departments to handle criminal, civil, administrative and public interest cases, he said in an interview.

“Justice and fairness should not only be achieved, but also be felt and seen by the public in a more sensible way,” Zhang said.

To achieve that goal, prosecutors have been closely watching crimes that most affect people’s daily lives. For example, 43,929 p

eople were charged in 2018 with telecom fraud — a crime to which everyone is vulnerable — up by 29.3 percent year-on-year.

Another 42,195 people were prosecuted for damaging the environment and resources, an i

ncrease of 21 percent annually, and 12,360 people were charged with producing or selling fake or sub

standard drugs or toxic food products, an increase of 5.5 percent, according to the SPP.

Zhang said prosecuting authorities also actively participated in a joint crackdown against or

ganized crime and local mafia groups to bring the people a greater sense of security.

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e said that to achieve the 2020 goals, the military must stren

engthen planning and coordination, concentrate resources on its priorities and enhance its accountability system.

More attention should be given to projects that concern the military’s combat readine

ss efforts, and those key to boosting the armed forces’ operational capability or to facilitating reforms in na

tional defense. The military should gear up such projects and make sure they are of high quality, according to Xi.

Policies pertaining to military buildup and troop management should be refined to lay a solid foundation for the realization of the goals.

Xi ordered the military to intensify its internal supervision and inspection to prevent and u

proot the practice of formalities for formalities’ sake and bureaucratism. Funds should be used whe

re they are truly needed, and the virtues of hard work and thrift should be promoted. Management and scrutiny o

ver the use of funds should be strengthened to eliminate misconduct and corruption, he said.

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What we still don’t know about the Ethiopian Airlines Flig

  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 MAX 8 was also the model involved in October’s Lion Air crash, which killed all 189 people on board.

  But much more about Sunday’s crash remains unclear — including crucial questions over what caused the jet to go down.

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passengers of more than 30 nationalities and eight crew

An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday morning, killing all 157 on board, authorities said, as grieving fam

ilies rushed to airports in Addis Ababa and the destination, Nairobi. Eight Chinese citizens are among the dead.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash of the Boe

ing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new and had been delivered to the airline in November. Its last m

aintenance was on Feb 4 and it had flown just 1,200 hours, according to the airline’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

He also told reporters that the pilot, who was a senior one and join

ed the airline in 2010, sent out a distress call and was given clearance to return.

The plane crashed six minutes after departing Addis Ababa on its way to Kenya’s capital, p

lowing into the ground at Hejere near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, about 50 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, at 8:44 am local time.

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