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Three draft regulations were discussed Wednesday and ratified in principle by the executive meeting of the State Council, with Premier Wen Jiabao in the chair.

The three drafts concern the reporting, investigation and handling of workplace accidents, hydrology and sailors.

The meeting stated that production safety is of key importance to people's lives and property, and to the reform, development and stability of the country.

The meeting called on governments at various levels to put safety first and take preventive measures to ensure safety in production.

The meeting also urged strict investigation of accidents and people held accountable.

The draft regulation said accidents must be reported quickly, accurately and completely, and no work unit or person can delay the reports, make false reports or cover up accidents.

Regulation 2: the meeting stressed the important role of hydrological work in the scientific distribution, utilization and protection of water resources, and in the prevention of disasters such as drought and floods as well as in disaster relief.

The draft regulation will bring hydrology issues into the center of government policy-making, according to the meeting.

The third draft regulation is designed to enhance the management of sailors, improve their skills and protect their legitimate rights and interests. It is also aimed at ensuring water traffic safety and protecting water environment.

The meeting said the regulations will be promulgated by the State Council after further revision.

(Xinhua News Agency March 29, 2007)

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