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China: Around The Nation

Watch the news or we’ll dock your pay, Chinese firm tells staff

Big business opportunities represent themselves in the news, management says

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 May, 2017, 9:18am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 May, 2017, 9:18am

A private firm in central China has made it compulsory for its staff to tune in daily to the state broadcaster’s noon news bulletin, with their attendance to be taken into account in their appraisals.

The employees of Qingyang pharmaceutical company in Zhengzhou, Henan province, are required to review each broadcast and submit their comments on them, Chinese news portal Hnr.cn reported.

And not only is attendance compulsory, those who miss the daily programme will get 100 yuan (US$14.50) docked from their salary each time. The practice started at the beginning of the month, according to the report.

In a staff announcement, management said watching the daily news was essential for all employees to keep abreast of the situation on the mainland as big business opportunities as well as the latest government policies on the medical industry would present themselves in the official television stations’ news bulletins.

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“You’ve already missed the chance to invest in the Xiongan New Area. If you don’t buck up with watching the news programme, you could miss the whole world,” the announcement said.

On April 1, state broadcaster CCTV covered news that Beijing had announced a grand plan to build an international metropolis in three counties in northern Hebei province.

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The Xiongan New Area will cover 2,000 sq km – nearly three times the size of New York or Singapore – with total investment estimated to reach up to 2.4 trillion yuan.

After watching the news, many Chinese businessmen and investors across the country flooded into the counties to snap up properties for speculation.