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Students arrive to take the national college entrance examination on Monday, the first day of testing, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. [Photo/Chinadaily.com.cn]

>Students nationwide sit gaokao

A total of 10.78 million Chinese students sit the national college entrance examination starting Monday.

The Ministry of Education called for local authorities to offer convenience to exam takers, particularly those with disabilities, and make preparations for potential emergencies, including extreme weather and natural disasters.

Students were reminded to abide by the exam rules and follow COVID-19 containment regulations while sitting the test.

The exam, also known as the gaokao, is deemed the most important event for Chinese students and hailed as a fair system to select talent.

Aerial photo taken on March 2, 2021 shows the Hequanhu bridge on the Yellow River in Yinchuan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Yellow River water quality improved

The water quality of the Yellow River, China's second-longest river, has seen improvement in the past five years, the environmental authority said. The river's water quality improved from mild pollution to good during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

About 84.7% of the surface water in the river was graded Class I to III (good quality) in 2020, up 25.6 percentage points from 2016.

For the tributaries, 80.2% of the surface water was graded as good quality in 2020, up 31.2 percentage points from 2016.

Surface water quality in China is divided into five classes, with Class I being the best.

In 2020, China reported improved air and water quality as well as reduced carbon dioxide emissions amid the country's efforts to boost green development, an official report showed in March.


>All 8 miners rescued

All eight miners trapped in a coal mine after a coal and gas outburst in Jixi city of northeast China's Heilongjiang province have been lifted to the ground, rescuers said Sunday.

Around 8 pm, all eight miners were lifted to the ground and sent to a hospital for physical examination.

The accident took place around 12:07 pm Saturday in the coal mine operated by the Jixi branch of the Longmay Mining Holding Group Co Ltd, when the eight miners were working underground.

Two teams comprising 30 members were sent to the site immediately to carry out rescue work.

Rescuers installed a new exhaust duct in the roadway where the accident occurred to reduce gas concentration. They also used the original dynamic pressure water pipe to clean and reduce coal dust.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Germany's Finance Minister Olaf Scholz pose together at a meeting of finance ministers from across the G7 nations ahead of the G7 leaders' summit, at Lancaster House in London, Britain June 4, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>G7 agrees on global minimum tax rate

The Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations have agreed to support new rules that will achieve a global minimum tax rate of at least 15%, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Saturday.

Calling it a "significant, unprecedented" commitment, Yellen said in a statement that the global minimum tax would end the race-to-the-bottom in corporate taxation, and ensure fairness for the middle class and working people in the US and around the world.

"G7 finance ministers today, after years of discussions, have reached a historic agreement to reform the global tax system, to make it fit for the global digital age," UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak announced in a video statement on Saturday.

The British Treasury, meanwhile, said in a statement that the principle of at least 15% global minimum corporation tax creates a more level playing field for British firms and cracks down on tax avoidance.

German finance minister Olaf Scholz said the deal was "bad news for tax havens around the world".

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