According to a news release from the local fire department, the battery of an electric bicycle parked beside a building for s
tudents ignited, starting the fire. The incident is still being investigated and some people have been detained.
This is not the first fatal fire caused by an electric bicycle. In December 2017, five people were killed and nine injured when an electric bike started a fire in Beijing, and
in July last year, one person was killed and another injured in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. In fact, type “electric bicy
cle” and “fire” into any online searching engine and you will get hundreds of pages recording them.
How could that happen?
me. There are already 300 million electric bicycles in China, roughly one for every four persons.
However, when it comes to charging the bikes, a big proble
m has emerged. As a growing number of people live in residential buildings without separa
ndreds of security guards daily during peak seasons. In October, when it had a record number of travelers, the ad
ministrators decided to seek help from local universities for international volunteers, Liu said.
The lake, spanning a total of 60 square kilometers in the heart of Hangzhou, is ne
ar to one of China’s oldest Buddhist temples and is surrounded by lush green hills.
During the recent holiday, it was one of the most popular tourist spots amo
ng millions of domestic travelers, along with the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.
“It’s not only about giving tourists directions to the toilet or preventing people from smoking,” said Bela Nitesh Parm
ar from India, one of the students selected from among more than 50 candidates for the volunteer program.
“The more I help others, the more confidence and positive energ
y I earn for myself,” said the sophomore at Zhejiang University of Technology.
the foreign investment law, a landmark legislation that will provide stronger protection a
nd a better business environment for overseas investors. The law will become effective on Jan 1, 2020.
Artificial intelligence will bring about changes as fundamental as t
hose enabled by electrification, argues Li Kaifu, Chinese artificial intelligence specialist and fo
under of the venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures. He says that China is leading in real-world applications of AI to bus
inesses, factories and cities, and is catching up with the United States in basic research.
Li’s technological optimism contrasts with a widespread pessi
mism about technology prevalent among thinkers from Silicon Valley.
For example, famed venture capitalist Peter Theil uses the slogan “We wanted flying cars, ins
tead we got 140 characters” as the subtitle of his investment fund. In many interviews, he ha
s explained that we’ve seen “innovation in the world of bits, but not in the world of atoms”.
Gujarat in late 2001, the state was wracked with violence in which more than 1,000 people — mostly Muslims — were killed.
Although his critics say Modi didn’t do enough to stop the violence, he has always denied any involvement and has never be
en charged with a crime. A supreme court ordered investigation in India cleared him of any blame or wrongdoing.
Now after five years at the helm, he is struggling to retain the support that
saw his spectacular rise in 2014 — in contrast to his Pakistani counterpart. Imran Kh
an, the former cricket star, has been in power in neighboring Pakistan for little over half a year.
”They’re at very different points in their political trajectory,” says Madiha Afzal, a visiting fellow in the Foreign Po
licy and Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution.
”At this point it does appear that Khan has a bit of a cooler head right now,” she said, referring to a speech Wedn
esday in which Khan appeared conciliatory and welcoming of talks, before acknowledging that the cir
cumstances that brought about this latest cross-border crisis led to the deaths of 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers ear
lier this month in a suicide car bomb attack in Pulwama — part of India-controlled Kashmir.