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Chinese online media unveil top 10 domestic, international news events of 2011

(Xinhua)

10:56, January 06, 2012

BEIJING, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese media organizations on Thursday unveiled the top 10 domestic and international news events of 2011.

The selection of news events, the eighth of its kind in China, was jointly carried out by 46 major online media providers, including people.com.cn and Xinhuanet.com.

The following are the top 10 domestic news events of 2011:

-- China launched a series of tough government measures to cool off the property market, including higher mortgage rates, a ban on third-home mortgage loans and purchase restrictions. The State Council, or China's Cabinet, introduced a policy package urging enhanced efforts to ensure the healthy development of the property sector and to promote the construction of affordable housing units for low-income families.

-- More than 90 central government departments publicized their 2010 and 2011 spending on government-funded overseas travel, receptions and official cars upon an order issued after an executive meeting of the State Council in May.

-- China's amended Criminal Law criminalized all drunk driving incidents starting May 1. The previous law imposed criminal penalties on drunk drivers only when they caused serious traffic accidents.

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