>Price hikes of safety helmets
The Ministry of Public Security said Wednesday it was concerned about price hikes on safety helmets sold by some enterprises and e-commerce platforms for motorcycles and electric bikes.
The ministry said it has instructed public security organs nationwide to coordinate with market regulators to crack down on price gouging and other violations.
The move came after the ministry launched a campaign requiring motorcycle and electric bike riders to wear a safety helmet while motorists and passengers are compelled to wear seat belts.
Starting from June 1, riding motorcycles without a helmet and driving or riding in cars without wearing a seat belt will be punishable.
Sharp increases in helmet prices were reported in some e-commerce platforms as demand surged.
>Image of Trump in Time cover
US President Donald Trump is the screaming cover star of Time's new issue that explores his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic and his push to reopen the economy against the advice of public health experts.
Artist Edel Rodriguez depicted the president as yelling - with a Stars and Stripes mask on his face, but not over his mouth - to illustrate the cover for the magazine's May 25 edition.
"There's a right way to reopen America. This isn't it," reads the headline.
The magazine's cover story breaks down the Trump government's fumbled response to the public health crisis. It also explains how the US "risks making matters worse" as dozens of states prepare to ease lockdown restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the contagion.
More than 90,000 people in the US have now died from the virus.
>CPPCC starts annual session
The third annual session of the 13th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference opened at 3 pm on Thursday.
All attendees of the meeting paid a silent tribute to martyrs who died fighting COVID-19 and compatriots who lost their lives in the epidemic.
Amid regular measures to prevent and control COVID-19, this year's session is set to conclude on May 27, four and half days shorter than previously planned.
During the session, the number of plenary meetings and group meetings will be reduced.
>Personality rights emphasized
China's draft civil code will be submitted to the National People's Congress this week for final deliberation during the two sessions, the annual meetings of the NPC and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
The draft, which consists of seven volumes, including general provisions and sections on property, contracts, personality rights, marriage and family, inheritance and torts.
The compilation of personality rights in a separate volume is a major development and innovation in democratic legislation and the civil code. It will help deepen the legal protection of personal dignity and individual rights, said Shi Jiayou, professor at Renmin University of China and executive director of the National Research Center of Civil and Commercial Law.
The personality rights section covers general provisions, as well as the rights to life, body, health, name, image, reputation and honor.
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