首页  | 新闻播报

每日新闻播报(November 19)

chinadaily.com.cn 2020-11-19 17:34

A Long March 5 carrier rocket is to put the Chang'e-5 lunar probe on course for the moon this month. [Photo/China Daily]

>Lunar mission ready for launch
Chang'e 5, the next mission in China's lunar exploration program, will be launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province before the end of this month, according to the China National Space Administration.
Chang'e 5 - the sixth mission in the Chang'e program, as there was an unnumbered experimental mission - will be one of the most difficult and challenging space endeavors China has embarked on and will become the world's first space operation in more than four decades to bring lunar samples back to Earth. Its findings will facilitate scientists' research on the moon's origin and evolution, the administration said in a statement on Tuesday morning, when the Long March 5 heavy-lift carrier rocket, which will be used to lift the robotic probe, was moved to its launch pad at the Wenchang center.

Chinese students attend the graduation ceremony at the Columbia University in New York in May last year. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Intl student enrollment falls
The number of Chinese international students in the US saw its lowest growth rate in a decade - 0.8% - to reach 372,532 in the 2019-20 academic year, according to a report released on Monday.
China remains the top source of international students in the US, and students from China accounted for 34.6% of the slightly more than 1 million international students in the US during the 2019-20 academic year, said the 2020 Open Doors Report, compiled by the Institute for International Education.
The report also shows that international enrollment fell 16% this fall at more than 700 schools surveyed. The flow of new international students into US institutions plummeted 43% from the previous year. Nearly 40,000 international students have deferred enrollment.

An electric car charges on a street recharging port in London. Britain says it will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2030, a decade earlier than its previous commitment. [Photo/Agencies]

>Ban on new gas cars
New cars and vans powered wholly by gas and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030, five years earlier than previously planned, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
But some hybrids would still be allowed, Johnson confirmed.
It is part of what the prime minister calls a "green industrial revolution" to tackle climate change and create jobs in industries such as nuclear power.
Britain had originally planned to ban the sale of new gas and diesel-powered cars from 2040, as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but in February, Johnson brought this forward to 2035.
An end to the sale of new gas and diesel cars would mark a huge shift in Britain's automotive market.
Industry figures show that gas and diesel-powered cars accounted for 73.6% of new car sales so far this year, while just 5.5% of sales were for pure electric vehicles, which are typically more expensive.
Hybrid vehicles of various types made up the remaining sales.


>Student climbs tree for internet
Russian student Alexei Dudoladov has been forced to go to great lengths - or rather great heights - to attend classes online, having to climb a birch tree in his remote Siberian village every time he needs an internet connection.
The 21-year-old, a popular blogger and a student at the Omsk Institute of Water Transport, located 2,225 kilometers east of Moscow, got the authorities' attention by pleading for better internet coverage from the top of a snow-covered birch tree.
In his plea - viewed 1.9 million times on TikTok and more than 56,000 times on Instagram since last week - Dudoladov tells regional governor Alexander Burkov that his home internet is not strong enough to connect to his online classes and that he has been forced to come up with a creative solution.
The Omsk region's education ministry said it was preparing an individualized study plan for Dudoladov so he could study in Stankevichi, a village 170 kilometers northwest of the regional capital.

Find more audio news on the China Daily app.