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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-06-04 12:59


>Record number of students to sit for gaokao

A record 10.78 million students around China are expected to take this year's all-important national college entrance exam - the gaokao - from Monday to Tuesday, the Ministry of Education said on Wednesday. It's a slight increase from 10.71 million last year, when the exam was postponed for a month to July 7 and 8 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan has urged authorities to adopt the highest standards in organizing the exam and to ensure it proceeds smoothly.

COVID-19 patients and their close contacts will be allowed to sit exams in medical facilities or isolation venues if conditions permit, Sun said.

The Ministry of Education said it has worked with local authorities to ensure the security of test papers and answer sheets throughout the exam.

Local authorities have adopted various detection methods to prevent any equipment for cheating from being smuggled into test centers and will conduct rigorous identity checks to screen out impostors, the ministry said.

Photo taken on May 26, 2021, shows the commemorative medal awarded to Communist Party of China members after five decades of Party membership. [Photo/Xinhua]

>CPC members awarded commemorative medals

Events were launched across China on Wednesday to award commemorative medals to Communist Party of China (CPC) members bearing five decades of Party membership. Eligible recipients are CPC members who would have been Party members for 50 full years or longer as of July 1, 2021, and have consistently performed well in their roles.

The awarding of honors, set to last until July 1, will see more than 7.1 million CPC members across the country receive the medals.

The medals, measuring 50 mm in diameter, are made of copper-zinc alloy, and come in hues of red and gold.

In the future, the memorial medal awarding is slated to take place once a year, around July 1.

Shoppers try Huawei products enabled with HarmonyOS 2 at the company's global flagship store in Shanghai. [Photo/For China Daily]

>HarmonyOS 2 for smartphones
华为正式发布HarmonyOS 2

Chinese telecom giant Huawei on Wednesday officially launched its operating system HarmonyOS 2 for smartphones, providing customers worldwide with a competitive alternative that works on a diverse range of devices.

HarmonyOS, or Hongmeng in Chinese, is an open-source operating system designed for various devices and scenarios.

It first launched on Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, including wearables and tablets, in August 2019.

"We are surrounded by more and more smart devices these days, and are now in a world where all things are connected," said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group. "Every single one of us is a part of this fully connected world, as is every device." "We look forward to working with more partners and developers to build a thriving HarmonyOS ecosystem," he said.


>Variants renamed with Greek letters

The World Health Organization has proposed new names for Coronavirus variants using letters from the Greek alphabet.

WHO's naming scheme will be used to label noteworthy strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, such as "Delta" for the variant first detected in India, also known as B.1.617.2.

Naming variants after a geographical location - such as a country - is misleading because a Covid variant didn't necessarily emerge where it was initially identified, but people from that place are still blamed for a variant's spread.

WHO's naming scheme can solve a major problem: inappropriate labels based on location can create social stigma and lead to racism.

Using Greek letters provides a practical solution because the new names are easy to say, write and remember.

WHO's approach has some minor limitations.

Delta Air Lines probably won't be pleased to have its brand associated with a Covid variant, for example, and it's not clear what will happen after variants inevitably outnumber the letters from the Greek alphabet.

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