Feb 3, 2008 was the 70th anniversary of the tenth Panchen Lama Lobsang Choekyi Gyaltsen's birthday. He was also the vice chairman of National People's Congress and honorary president of the Buddhist Association of China. Choekyi Gyaltsen was born on Feb 3, 1938 in Xunhua County, a Tibetan area of Qinghai Province, with a secular name of Gonpo Tseten. At the age of five, he was recognized as the tenth Panchen Lama following Panchen Thubten Choekyi Nyima in 1943. Later, after KMT administration approved the selection of the 9th Panchen Lama's reincarnation, he was enthroned in June 3, 1949 and then completed his installation ceremony in the August. In June 23, 1952, he returned to the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, Tashilhunpo Monastery. Lobsang Choekyi Gyaltsen, the tenth Panchen Lama, was a respected patriot, a famous activist of state affairs, a faithful friend of Communist Party of China and an outstanding leader of Tibetan Buddhism.
According to GOV.cn, Wen Jiabao, Premier of the State Council, China's Cabinet, issued the Nurse Regulations as the decree of the State Council of the People's Republic of China No.517, aiming to safeguard legal rights and interests of nurses, normalize their work, promote development of the nursing cause, guarantee medical treatment safety and protect people's health. The Regulations would take effect on May 12.
According to GOV.cn, the State Council issued a document about employment promotion, urging a proactive employment policy framework. The document said the present tax policies (issued in 2005) to support employment and reemployment would be still effective until the end of 2008, while the new tax policies would take effect from 2009. Satisfying relevant conditions prescribed in regulations, registered unemployed persons may be aided with preferential tax policies, if they wanted to start their own companies. According to regulations, registered unemployed or disabled persons may be offered an exemption of relevant fares, including administrative fare, registration fares, and fees of certificate and license. Additionally, the document also pointed out the major targets in employment promotion, such as raising the rate of the newly-employed, controlling the rate of the unemployed, helping the unemployed to find new jobs, especially those with difficulties in hunting jobs, decreasing number of the long-term unemployed but capable to labor, and reducing number of urban residents whose livings almost relied on government-funded minimum living allowances.
Mr. Dong Yunhu, vice president and secretary general of China Society for Human Rights Studies, and Prof. Liu Hainian, a consultant of China Society for Human Rights Studies and a research fellow of the Institute of Law under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, were invited to deliver speeches on China's human rights in London School of Economics and Political Science. During his speech, Mr. Dong Yunhu introduced major achievements of China in the late 30 years since China adopting opening-up policy and the history of China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS). Liu Hainian gave a presentation about the achievements in promoting the rule of law and reforms on human rights. Furthermore, the Chinese delegation also conveyed China's standpoint on Darfur issue and efforts they had made, noting that it was unfair for China and irrational for some sides to connect this issue with the forthcoming Beijing Olympic Games regardless of Chinese contributions. Besides, the delegation answered questions from the audiences, involving freedom of speech, reeducation through labor, rights and interests of rural migrant workers and the approval of two UN covenants of human rights.