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First counter-terrorism law adopted in China

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Beijing: China’s top legislature today adopted the country’s first counter-terrorism law in its latest attempt to address terrorism at home and help maintain world security.

Lawmakers approved the legislation at the end of a week-long bi-monthly session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee. All 159 legislators voted for the bill, Xinhua reported.

The new law comes at a delicate time for China and for the world at large with the terror attacks in Paris, the bombing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt, and the brutal killings of hostages committed by the notorious Islamic State (IS) extremist group.

Before the new bill, China did not have a specialised counter-terrorism law, though related provisions feature in various NPC Standing Committee decisions, as well as the Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law and Emergency Response Law.(IANS)(image courtesy: metalworkingworldmagazine.com)

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China’s industrial expansion slows down

Chinese manufacturing sector activity expanded at a slower pace in December while the service sector continued its growth.

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China's industrial expansion on a slow down. Pixabay
China's industrial expansion on a slow down. Pixabay
  • This December, China witnessed a slow rate of it’s industry expansion.
  • The service sector is growing whereas the manufacturing sector is bearing the brunt of the slowed pace.

Chinese manufacturing sector activity expanded at a slower pace in December while the service sector continued its growth, according to the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI).

China's manufacturing industry experienced a slow growth rate. Pixabay
China’s manufacturing industry experienced a slow growth rate. Pixabay

The PMI of China’s manufacturing activity was released on Sunday. It stood at 51.6 points in December, down from 51.8 in November, Efe news quoted the figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) as saying.

 In contrast, the service sector activity grew to stand at 55 points in December as compared to 54.8 in November.

A figure above 50 points suggests expansion while a figure lower than 50 indicates contraction. The service sector already accounts for more than half of China’s gross domestic product.

The December figure for the manufacturing index was at par with the annual average, which points to strong resilience in China’s growth, according to NBS statistician Zhao Qinghe. IANS

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Search for alien life got exciting new leads this year

In yet another first for the year, scientists spotted an "interstellar object" entering our solar system.

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Telescope can view stars at ultraviolet wavelengths unhindered. Wikimedia Commons
Telescope can view stars at ultraviolet wavelengths unhindered. Wikimedia Commons
  • First observations of a merger between two faraway neutron stars
  • Discovery of the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star outside our solar system
  • A Chinese satellite detected mysterious signals in