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A girl answers a question in class at the school. [Photo/Xinhua]

>China to relieve minors of excessive study burden

An official with the Legislative Affairs Commission of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, said on Wednesday that he disagrees with parents who force their children to take extra after-school training courses.

Guo Linmao said that, during the solicitation of public opinion on the draft revision to the Law on the Protection of Minors, nearly 20,000 minors raised suggestions about alleviating their educational workload.

The revision stipulates that guardians of minors are obliged to ensure they have time for rest, entertainment and physical exercise, and that schools should work with parents and other guardians to keep study time to within a reasonable range.

China's top legislature adopted the revised law in October 2020, and it will go into effect on June 1.


>Report warns of growing smoking risks

More than 1 million people in China are killed by smoking-related diseases each year, and the number will double by 2030 should the current smoking trend continue, warned a report jointly released by China's National Health Commission and the World Health Organization China Representative Office on Wednesday. The report was released ahead of the 34th World No Tobacco Day, which falls on May 31.

It pointed out that there are currently more than 300 million cigarette smokers in the country. The smoking rate of Chinese people aged 15 and older is 26.6%, down by about 7.3 percentage points from 1984.

The global rate stands at 19.2%.

An aerial view of downtown Shenzhen in South China's Guangdong province. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Foreign investment rules relaxed

China will relax rules for foreign investment, increasing its market appeal to global investors and signaling its determination to deepen opening up.

The country's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has made public its plan for formulating regulations and laws in 2021, putting on the agenda the revision of the guideline on foreign strategic investment in Chinese listed firms. The revision seeks to "ease restrictions on foreign strategic investment, and introduce innovative supervision approaches for the sector," the ministry said in a recent online statement.

With a 4% growth in foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow last year, China stood out as the largest recipient of FDI in the world, according to a report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. In the first four months of 2021, FDI into the Chinese mainland, in actual use, surged by 38.6% year-on-year, MOC data showed.

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>Lottery jackpot to boost vaccination drive

Poland will launch a lottery with prizes of as much as 1 million zlotys to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the minister in charge of the immunization program said on Tuesday.

Michal Dworczyk said that although 69% of Poles have declared they want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, the biggest challenge was making sure they do it.

Every 2,000th person taking part in the lottery will win 500 zlotys, with two participants winning one million zlotys and a hybrid car.

Municipalities will also be encouraged to compete to get the highest vaccination rates, with the first 500 to reach a rate of 75% being awarded 100,000 zlotys.

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