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A reading room built for village children

The launching and book-donating ceremony of a new reading room, with the theme of "growing up with books", was held at the Chalu Primary School of Ninghai County on April 22. This is the second reading room of its kind that is co-built by the Entrepreneur Association of Ningbo National Democratic Construction Association. Reportedly, the association will build such a reading room every year in the future.

Some members of the association attended the ceremony and brought with them 656 new books, including some novels that have won international awards, the popular science books or picture books, and such poplar children books as the "Ma Xiaotiao, a naughty boy" serie

38 projects win provincial science and technology award

On April 19, the provincial science and   technology awards conference was held in Hangzhou with 280 awards in total,   of which our city contributed to 38 awarded projects. Electronic information, new materials, intelligent   manufacturing, new energy, agricultural technology, sea technology and health   are the 7 major force areas.

In the 38   awarded projects, there is a third prize of natural science, a second and a   third prize of technology invention. The total number of awards has increased   by 21% than last year.

In the   recent years, our city has become a pilot city for many national innovation   projects like “Made in China 2025” and promotion of integrated development of   science and technology and finance. With enhanced science and technology   innovation policies and system, upgraded innovation capacity of the city will   promote the general development of Ningbo

Haishu to build digital agricultural construction pilot

According to the official website of the Ministry of Agriculture, the digital agricultural technology demonstration project for high-quality and high-efficiency field rice planting, one of the key digital agricultural construction pilot projects by the ministry, will settle down in Haishu District, thus a range of high-level agricultural technologies will be introduced to the district. It is reported that this is the only one project of its kind in the East China area. 

reportedly, the project will be built at the Modern Eco-agriculture Comprehensive Development Zone of the Gulin Town of Haishu District, covering five administrative villages with a total construction area of 10,900 mu. The first phase of the project covers 1500 mu, with a 800-mu smart irrigation system, and the major tasks include the upgrading of agricultural machinery, the installation of smart equipment and the remolding of the supporting facilities. The second phase covers an area of 8500 mu, mainly for information system construction, integrated data application and demonstration and display. "It is thanks to the brisk economy and the well-developed agricultural infrastructure that Haishu District is chosen for the pilot project." said a person in charge from the Agricultural Machinery Center of Ningbo Agriculture Bureau.

CPI increases by 1.3% for March

According to the newly released statistics for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in Ningbo in March by the Ningbo Investigation Team of the State Administration of Statistics, Ningbo's CPI in March increased by 1.3% over the same period of last year. To be specific, the food prices decreased by 2.2% while the non-food prices increased by 2.6%, and the prices of consumers' goods increased by 0.3% while those of services increased by 2.9%. For the first three months, the CPI increased by 1.6% over the same period of last year.

Compared with the previous month, the CPI of March dropped by 0.5%. Specifically speaking, the food prices dropped by 2.8% while the non-food prices remained almost the same, and the prices for the consumers' goods dropped by 1.0% while those of services rose by 0.2%.

In terms of the categories, seven of the eight categories witnessed price rise and only one saw price decrease. The food prices decreased by 2.2%, including a 29.4% drop for vegetables, a 0.7% drop for meat, a 4.6% drop for eggs and a 3.3% increase for aquatic products. Among the other seven categories, the top three went to medical care, housing and education, culture & entertainment, with

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Foreign trade enterprises enjoy free entry-exit inspection and quarantine

To further reduce the burdens of the enterprises and promote the foreign trade economy of the Beilun District, Beilun Entry-exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau has cancelled the fee for entry-exit inspection and quarantine since April 1, 2017. It is estimated that about 100 million yuan can thus be saved for the foreign trade enterprises in the district. 

Since the beginning of this year, the inspection and quarantine fees have been gradually reduced. By reducing the scale of the fees, simplifying the charging procedures, suspending the inspection and quarantine fees for exports and full cancellation of the fees, the district aims to consolidate its support to the entity economy. 

In 2016, Beilun Entry-exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau handled 94,000 batches of entry or exit goods with a total value of US$20.574 billion. A total of 7990 cargo ships were quarantined with 161,500 staff members, and a total of 119,000 inspection and quarantine certificates were issued

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