每日新闻播报(January 16)


>Marriages allowed on Feb 2

Many soon-to-be brides and grooms in China are calling for civil affairs authorities to work one extra day on Feb 2, a Sunday, so they can tie the knot on the special day, a perfectly symmetric date.

The date, which is written as 20200202 on the Chinese calendar, is the same when read backward or forward.

Besides, Chinese people often like to get married on an even date as they believe that good things come in pairs.

Therefore, the date has been labeled "the best day to get a marriage license" by netizens.

In response, civil affairs authorities in 12 cities, including Xi'an, Chengdu, and Wuhan, said they would work overtime to register newlyweds.



>Mid-life crisis is real

An academic study led by a former Bank of England economist has pinpointed the precise age of peak unhappiness in the developed world as 47.2 years old and in the developing nations, 48.2.

Professor David Blanchflower studied data across 132 countries to measure the relationship between wellbeing and age.

He concluded that in every country there is a "happiness curve" which is U-shaped over lifetimes.

The curve reaches its lowest in the developing nations at 48.2. The curve for developed nations gives a similar minimum of 47.2.

This strengthened his theory that misery in middle age "feels like a universal constant".


Photo shows the night view of the CBD area in downtown Beijing, capital of China, May 11, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

>China's GDP to hit RMB100T

China's GDP is expected to near 100 trillion yuan in 2019, with per capita GDP of more than $10,000, Ning Jizhe, deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, said at the annual meeting of China's macro economy.

Ning said that in 2019, economic indicators such as consumer price index, newly added jobs, resident income, and renminbi exchange rate all maintained at reasonable levels.

China's per capita GDP exceeding $10,000 not only means income of China's people and enterprises have increased, it also marks a significant progress in human history, Ning said.

He said, based on data released by the World Bank in 2018, there were 1.6 billion people with per capita GDP above $10,000.

As per capita GDP of China, a nation with nearly 1.4 billion people, exceeds $10,000, a total of 3 billion people will enter the ranks, which will play a positive role for the whole world.

China will release its 2019 full year economic growth data on Jan 17.


Rescuers using a crane to extract a bus from a sinkhole in Xining, Qinghai province, on Jan 13, 2020. [Photo/China News Service]

>Collapsing road kills 9

The sudden collapse of a road into a sinkhole in Xining, Qinghai province, on Monday killed nine people, authorities said.

The accident happened at around 5:30 pm, when a road section collapsed on Nandajie Street. A public bus fell into the hole and an explosion ensued, according to the city's emergency management bureau.

An investigation into the collapse is underway. Local authorities said at a news conference that more than 1,000 rescuers participated in the effort to save people.

The Ministry of Emergency Management has dispatched a team to Xining for rescue and investigation, the ministry said. It also urged governments to roll out corrective measures to prevent road collapses in urban areas.


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