Search area further expanded to locate missing flight #MH370
It has been over 36 hours since Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 went missing, and the whereabouts of the plane is still unclear, according to the latest press conference held by Malaysia Airlines at 15:00 BJT.
A total of 40 ships and 22 aircraft from at least seven countries, including China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and the US are now working to search for the missing flight #MH370, Malaysian authorities said.
The search area has further been expanded to the South China Sea.
At a press conference on Sunday, authorities said that no sign of abnormalities was detected before the plane disappeared, and judging by recording on the radar, there is possibility that the aircraft might have turned back.
Furthermore, the airline is making arrangement for those family members who wish to travel from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur, the spokesmen said. At least two relatives of every passenger onboard will be flown to Kuala Lumpur on the first flight.
CCTVNews: Indian national Ami Nigam who missed flight #MH370 recounts his experience & prays for those onboard. It’s been 19 hours since the plane lost contact. Authorities still haven’t confirmed a crash or signs of wreckage.
Picture: Hair fashion catches eyes in Two Sessions
A Chinese cameraman designed five different hair styles in the recent five years of the Two Sessions in China. He had his hair cut into Chinese words like “Dream” in 2014, “PM 2.5” in 2013, “Wen” (surname of former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao) in 2012, and the pattern of the Chinese national flag in 2011. In 2010’s Two Sessions, his hair style was a hammer-sickle pattern, the CPC party’s symbol.
The second session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference began in Beijing on Monday. Some delegates are known as the Red Generation of China because their elder generations contributed to the founding of the People’s Republic.
Photo Captions: Mao Xinyu, grandson of Chairman Mao Zedong attends the opening session of the CPPCC on March 3 in Beijing.
Li Xiaolin, daughter of former Chinese premier Li Peng and Director of China Power International Development, attends the CPPCC economic group discussion of the government work report on March 5 in Beijing.
Zhu Heping, Vice President of the Air Force Command College and grandson of Zhu De, one of the founding fathers of the Red Army, takes media interview at the Great Hall of the People on March 3 in Beijing.
Mixed in with the serious faces of officials, these young but experienced translators add some youthful scenery at the two sessions. Graceful and refined, they have the responsibility of articulating China’s voice to the outside world in an elegant fashion.
Figures: Premier Li Keqiang’s government work report
At the opening meeting of the annual National People’s Congress session on Wednesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered his first government work report, mapping out the Chinese government’s development tasks in 2014.
This infographic illustrates some of the key figures and targets the Chinese government aims to achieve in 2014.
Premier Li outlines economic goals as #NPC session opens
The annual session of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, opened at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday.
The nearly 3,000 #NPC members began the session by paying silent tribute to the victims of the Kunming terrorist attack.
Following that, Premier Li Keqiang delivered his first government work report since he took office as premier.
In his speech, Li promised greater economic reforms and said that China would achieve a “reasonable range” of growth of around 7.5 percent in the coming year.
“We’ve set the main targets for China’s economic and social development for the year 2014. We will increase GDP by 7.5% and keep CPI growth at around 3.5%. We will create 10 million more urban jobs. We’ll ensure that urban unemployment stays below 4.6%,” Li said.
He also highlighted the government’s achievements over the past year, focusing on a wide range of issues from fighting pollution and corruption, household policies, rural land ownership, to education and healthcare, etc.
Another focal point has been China’s defense budget. According to Xinhua, the country will increase its defense expenditure by 12.2% in 2014.
Over the next two weeks, NPC lawmakers will review the work report. They’ll raise suggestions and vote on national policies.
With the crisis in Ukraine growing tense, the ripple effects are being felt across the world. Click on the infographic above for more details about the impact the events have had on the global economy.