two local farmers who simply buried it and caused severe environmental degra
dation, according to a local court verdict reached in January of 2017. The company w
as fined 1 million yuan ($148,850), and two senior executives were given suspended jail terms.
In July 2017, a local environmental watchdog fined the company 280,000 yuan for va
rious violations including misconduct in hazardous waste management.
Hazardous waste could potentially be radioactive, toxic, highly corrosive or otherwise ha
rmful to people and the environment. Therefore, these materials require special treatment.
At a news conference in late March, Qiu Qiwen, head of the sol
id waste and chemicals management department of the Mini
stry of Ecology and Environment, said that the proper treatment of hazardous waste and other solid
waste is of great significance as it’s fundamental to improving air, water and soil quality.
Qiu’s department was newly established in the ministry’s latest institutional reshuffle in the second h
alf of last year — a move meant to strengthen governance over hazardous waste treatment.
convicted of incitement to commit public nuisance.
Judge Johnny Chan Jong-herng handed down the verdicts. The court will h
ear defendants’ petition in the afternoon. The date for sentencing has not yet been revealed.
According to the Crimes Ordinance and the Criminal Procedure Ordinance, each charge carries up to seven years’ imprisonment.
The illegal Occupy protests saw massive sit-ins on Tim Mei Avenue and Fenwick Pier Street – major thoroughfares linking Wan Cha
i and Central – between Sept 28 and Dec 11 of 2014. It put the city in a standstill for 79 days.
China will lower the tax rates on a range of goods brought or mailed b
y individuals into the country, including food, medicines, textiles and information technol
ogy products, the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council announced Monday.
Starting Tuesday, the tax rate on inbound articles included on the No 1 taxable
item list, which includes books, computers, food, furniture and medicines, will be reduc
ed to 13 percent from the previous 15 percent, the commission said in an online statement.
Some medicines that are currently subject to a 3-percent import value-added tax r
ate, including anti-cancer drugs and medicines for rare diseases, will enjoy favorable tax rate.
ecially the development of the tourism sector, a pillar industry of China.
In fact, after the four-day holiday was announced on March 22, tourism-related stocks rose sharpl
y. Also, the number of tourists and tourism revenue during May Day holiday this year are set to increase by ab
out 8 and 9 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to China Tourism Academy.
But the actual number of holidays has not increased because April 28 and
May 5 being Sundays are make-up working days. And since there is a debate on whether t
he government should put people’s demand for longer holidays above economic development, the four-day hol
iday without reducing the number of working days will help the government and companies to strike a balance bet
ween maintaining economic development and meeting people’s need for longer holidays.
But why do Chinese people crave for longer holidays? They do so be
cause some employers, especially in some underdeveloped regions, have not given (or
have been reluctant to give) the paid leave to their employees. Besides, national holidays put