Premier says drug costs for chronic diseases to be reimbursable

Premier says drug costs for chronic diseases to be reimbursable

Outpatient drugs for chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, will be reimbursa

ble by 50 percent through China’s basic medical insurance program this year, Premier Li Keqiang said at a news conference on Friday.

The measure will relieve financial burdens on patients with the two diseases, which number 400 million in China, he said.

The government will also take steps this year to further relieve medical expenditure by

patients with serious diseases through adjusting medical insurance policies, Li said.

The government has been making efforts to improve people’s access to quality medical services and reduce their medical expenditure, Li said.

Last year the prices of 17 anti-cancer drugs were cut by more than 50 percent on av

erage, and were included in the basic medical insurance program so they were reimbursable, he said.

China’s basic medical insurance program has covered almost the entire population in China, he said.

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Utsav Vasudeva, a 22-year-old law student in the souther

Utsav Vasudeva, a 22-year-old law student in the souther

  city of Bengaluru, says the BJP “has done a lot of good work” but he is uneasy about its religious underpinnings.

  ”Any time that (situation) happens it is chaotic for the system, and I feel one thing Congress stands for is secularism, which the BJP does not,” he said.

  Modi’s rise has left many Indian liberals worried about an increase in religious intolerance at the expense of Muslim

s and other minorities. In contrast to the Congress Party’s secular stance, the BJP is strongly aligned with conse

rvative Hindu nationalists — the more extreme of whom want India governed in accordance with strict Hindu beliefs.

  Eshna Kutty, 22, was born in the southern city of Chennai, grew up in New Delhi and

now studies dance therapy in Mumbai. She is concerned about the next leader’s approach to governing a diverse country.

  ”In a country that has different religions and cultures, Modi as a leader, his party bein

g in power, means that a huge population is ignored and sidelined,” Kutty told CNN.

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There haven’t been too many that are bigger emergenc

There haven’t been too many that are bigger emergenc

  than what we have” at our border, he said.Trump was surrounded at Friday’s event by officials fr

om Customs and Border Protection as well as surviving family members of those who have loved ones

killed by undocumented immigrants. Attorney General William Barr was also at the President’s veto event.

  While some lawmakers — including some Republicans — have argued against the President’s use of national emergency power

s in this instance, the Justice Department set forth a robust defense of the President’s authority to do so in a letter

to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier this month, according to a copy obtained by CNN on Friday.

  ”The President acted well within his discretion in declaring a national emergency concern

ing the southern border,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, setting out the legal

basis for the proclamation under the National Emergencies Act and additional statutory authorities, which larg

ely tracks an internal memo issued by the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.

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The President’s emergency Proclamation reasonably descr

The President’s emergency Proclamation reasonably descr

  ribed the current situation as an ongoing ‘border security and humanitarian crisis,'” Boyd adds. “The cris

is at the border … may qualify as an emergency even though it, too, is not entirely new.”

  Twelve Republican senators banded together Thursday to deliver the f

orceful rebuke after expressing concerns that Trump’s use of the national emergency decla

ration as an end-run around Congress violates the separation of powers and sets a bad precedent that a woul

d-be future Democratic president could follow to unilaterally drive their agenda.

  The White House sought to pare back Republican defections leading up to the vote, with the President and White House aides

making clear to Republican senators that a vote against Trump on this issue would have ramifications come re-election time.

  Trump rejected entreaties from several Senate Republicans t

o agree to a compromise that would curtail his national emergency powers and instead fra

med the vote not as a matter of constitutional concerns, but rather as a litmus test on border security.

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His full political arsenal was on display in a Trumpian mas

His full political arsenal was on display in a Trumpian mas

  sterclass of a photo-op in the Oval Office Thursday with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

  A historian 100 years hence could pull the tape of the 16-minute tour

de force and learn everything they needed to know about the Trump presidency.

  Trump’s behavior on Thursday offered pointers to how he will attempt to ride out political crosswinds using the uniq

ue political tools that made his late-in-life transition from business to Washington so successful.

  Thursday’s rebuke from Congress came amid a spell that wo

uld have been disastrous for any conventional politician, as legal and congressional probe

s suggest tough challenges ahead as special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report looms. Unusually, it also included a sla

p from some Republicans who have been loath to challenge their leader in the first two years of his presidency.

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The KC-46 plays a critical role in the refueling of military aircra

The KC-46 plays a critical role in the refueling of military aircra

  William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Harry and Meghan, The Duk

e and Duchess of Sussex, have said they have all spent time in Christchurch and

its “open-hearted and generous” people.

  They condemned the violence on the Muslim community, calling it

“horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.”

  ”No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship,” the royal couples said in a statement.

  Here’s the full statement:

  Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch.

  We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the

warm, open-hearted and generous spirit that is core to its remarkable people.

  No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship.

  This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the bro

ader Muslim community. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.

  We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New

Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.

  We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today.

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Police also evacuated properties close to a “location of interest”

Police also evacuated properties close to a “location of interest”

  ern city of Dunedin, some 225 miles from Christchurch late Friday night local time.

  Evacuations were made as a precaution, according to police, and alternative accommodation has been provided for residents.

  ”There is no further information available at this time,” police said on Twitter.

  In a press conference, Prime Minister Ardern described the attack as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

  ”What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” she said, adding that the attackers have “no place in New Zealand.”

  ”For now my thoughts and I’m sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who are being affected and with the families,” she said.

  Police said they have mobilized every national police resource to respond to the incident.

  Gunman opened fire ‘for 10 to 15 minutes’

  Armed police were deployed after first receiving reports of the shootings at 1:40 p.m. Fri

day local time. It is the busiest day for many mosques around the world when Muslims convene for Friday prayers.

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ousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, the Secretary Gener of the Or

ousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, the Secretary Gener of the Or

  anization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), condemned the attacks. The OIC represents 57 nations with large or majority-Muslim populations.

  ”The brutal crime had shocked and hurt the feelings of all Muslims around the world, and served

as a further warning on the obvious dangers of hate, intolerance, and Islamophobia,” he said. Otha

imeen urged the New Zealand authorities to investigate the attack thoroughly.

  Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, tweeted his condolences to the victims of the attack,

and confirmed that there will be “highly visible” and armed police around mosques in the UK capital on Friday.

  ”I want to reassure the Muslim communities in London. I have been in touch with the Met Police. There will be highly v

isible policing around mosques today, as well as armed response officers, as Londoners go to pray,” he said.

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According to the latest national students’ fitness surve

According to the latest national students’ fitness surve

urvey, released in 2017, 75 percent of primary and secondary schools had built c

ampus sports venues that met national standards, up from 62.4 percent in 2012. The

survey was conducted by the ministry and the General Administration of Sport of China.

In 2015, the same survey showed that the overall fitness level of prima

ry and secondary students-including stamina, str

ength and aerobic capacity-had begun to improve following a perennial decline.

“Our measures have worked but it doesn’t mean we can stop pushing. The fact that three-quarters of schools have ade

quate sports fields and facilities shows that we still have room to improve,” Zhong said.

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The young soldiers in the new era are passionate, ambit

The young soldiers in the new era are passionate, ambit

itious, and knowledgeable, with many holding a bachelor’s or master’s degree, he said.

The young people enlisted in recent years are, in general, well-rounded, he

said. In 2018, university graduates accounted for 60 percent of the intake, he added.

They are also more skilled and qualified with more qualifications, including academic degr

ees, vocational skills certificates and other awards for participating in various competitions, he said.

In addition, he said, their willingness to serve the countr

y is growing increasingly intense and the generation born after 2000 are a major force.

“They are cheerful, aspirational and energetic. Talking with them you will feel that they have an

urgent desire to thrive in the military and contribute to making our country and military stronger,” he said.

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