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Premier says drug costs for chronic diseases to be reimbursable

Outpatient drugs for chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, will be reimbursa

ble by 50 percent through China’s basic medical insurance program this year, Premier Li Keqiang said at a news conference on Friday.

The measure will relieve financial burdens on patients with the two diseases, which number 400 million in China, he said.

The government will also take steps this year to further relieve medical expenditure by

patients with serious diseases through adjusting medical insurance policies, Li said.

The government has been making efforts to improve people’s access to quality medical services and reduce their medical expenditure, Li said.

Last year the prices of 17 anti-cancer drugs were cut by more than 50 percent on av

erage, and were included in the basic medical insurance program so they were reimbursable, he said.

China’s basic medical insurance program has covered almost the entire population in China, he said.

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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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His full political arsenal was on display in a Trumpian mas

  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 counsel Robert Mueller’s final report looms. Unusually, it also included a sla

p from some Republicans who have been loath to challenge their leader in the first two years of his presidency.

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He also repeated the untruth that he predicted the result of

  when he flew into his Turnberry golf course in 2016. In fact, Trump

arrived on the west coast of Scotland hours after the result of the referendum was announced.

  Whether the President knows he’s lying, or has convinced himself of the truth of his a

lternative reality, is unclear. But his continued use of a discredited fact is a core element of his political technique.

  Trump also put Varadkar on the spot — asking h

im to comment on Brexit, threatening to expose their differences on the issue.

  Then Trump interrupted Varadkar, who watched with a bemuse

d look as the President savaged the EU alongside one of its national leaders.

  ”The European Union treats us very, very unfairly,” Trump said, i

n a screed that included another characteristic political device — a flagrant threat.

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Barack Obama: “We grieve with you and the Muslim communi

  White House official on New Zealand attack: This “seems to be a terrorist attack”From CNN’s Betsy Klein

  National security advisor John Bolton expanded upon the White House’s statement on the

attack on New Zealand mosques, which he characterized as “what seems to be a terrorist attack” and a “hate crime.”

  Bolton said the US is “very concerned” and is following the events “very closely.”

  He told reporters Friday morning:

  “We’re obviously greatly disturbed on what seems to be a terror attack, this hate crime in New Zealand. We’ve been in touch

with our embassy overnight, we’re still getting details, but the State Department and others are following up on it.”

  Bolton continued, “We’re very concerned, we’re going to cooperate with New Zealand author

ities to the extent we can if there’s any role we can play, but we’re obviously following the events there very closely.”

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One witness, who did not want to be named, said he was

  driving by the scene and saw a man with a “with his 3- or 4-year-old

daughter” who had been shot in the back.

  ”He was screaming like get her to the hospital and the ambulance couldn’t come in until it was secured so I just got my truck a

nd loaded up him, and his daughter, and this other guy had been shot in the leg,

and took them to the hospital,” he said.

  One man outside the mosque said that he prayed that the gunman would “run out of bullets.”

  ”I was thinking that he must run out bullets you know, so what I did was

basically waiting and praying to God, oh God please

let this guy run out of bullets,” he said. He said a man told him to remain still

and then the gunman shot the man “straight in the chest.”Christchurch was put

on lockdown, with all schools and council buildings shut and roads closed across the city.

  By 6 p.m. local time New Zealand police said the lockdown on schools had been lifted.

  Police can now confirm the lock down of schools throughout Christchurch has been lifted. We would like

to reassure members of the public that there is a large Police presence in the city

and the safety of the community is our priority.

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Sports participation, as part of all-around education, sho

uld be given a more prominent role on campus, whereas now acade

mic excellence seems to be the main priority in our country,” Yao told China Daily on Sun

day in Beijing during the annual session of the country’s top political advisory body.

“Building organized and accessible sports competitions with tailor-made programs and adequate facilities is the key to involv

ing as many students as possible,” said Yao, who is chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association.

At last year’s two sessions, he proposed implementation of a “m

ini basketball” program for younger students. It saw 10,000 participants registered with the CBA

sign up for some 15,000 teams that competed regularly in 192 cities across the country over the past year.

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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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He stressed that the armed forces’ 14th five-year develop

ment plan should fit with national strategies in development, security and the milita

ry, and should integrate their current and future needs to pursue sustainable, consistent growth.

Xi insisted on the military understanding the determination and intention of the Party’s leadership, exerting itself to en

hance combat preparedness and firmly safeguarding China’s sovereignty, safety, development interests, and social stability.

He also instructed the military to support the country’s economic and social development, environmental endeavors and d

isaster and accident relief work. It should also play its part in poverty alleviation, he added.

Governments at all levels should, in turn, support the military’s work, make appropriate arrangements for veterans’ empl

oyment, take good care of military retirees with physical difficulties and the family members of military personnel, and s

upport the military’s efforts to withdraw from all its commercial activities, Xi said.

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He said that to achieve the 2020 goals, the military mus

strengthen 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 readiness

fforts, and those key to boosting the armed forces’ operational capability or to facilitating reforms in natio

nal 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

uproot 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 over

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

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