877,000 Social Security cards issued in Tibet
July 12, 2018
The TAR Human Resources and Social Security Department reportedly issued 877,000 social security cards from June 2017 to April 2018. The card with an installed chip is a multipurpose feature created to manage social security by recording a person’s movements and for payment purposes, medical treatment and as electronic vouchers. The card identifies the holder’s name, citizenship number, personal photo, social insurance contributions, personal status etc. The card has been launched in mid-June to areas beyond TAR like Chengdu and Golmud where large Tibetan populations reside.
Mudslide blocks Sichuan-Tibet highway
July 12, 2018
A section of the Sichuan-Tibet highway was blocked on June 11, following a mudslide triggered by continuous rain. More than 20,000 cubic meters of debris fell from a mountain onto the highway, a pivotal route linking the Tibet Autonomous Region and neighboring Sichuan Province, covering a 200-meter-long section of the road and causing another 60-meter-long section to collapse in Tibet’s Bomi County (Chamdo). Over 130 rescue workers and villagers were engaged in clearing the road, which the county government said would be opened to traffic in two days.
(Comment: The Sichuan-Tibet highway faces high risk of floods and landslides during the rainy season in Tibet, which lasts from June to August.)[PDF]