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President Xi Jinping presents China's top science award to aircraft designer Gu Songfen (R) and nuclear expert Wang Dazhong (L) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov 3, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]


>Nation honors top scientists

Two scientists, aircraft designer Gu Songfen and nuclear expert Wang Dazhong, won the State Preeminent Science and Technology Award on Wednesday for their outstanding contributions to scientific and technological innovation.

Gu, born in 1930 in Jiangsu province, is a renowned aircraft designer.

He was in charge of the aerodynamic design of the Shenyang JJ-1, the Nanchang CJ-6, and the Shenyang J-8 and J-8-II, laying the foundations of subsonic and supersonic aircraft design in the country.

Wang, born in 1935 in Hebei province, is an internationally renowned nuclear energy scientist and educator.

Wang has worked in nuclear energy technology for decades, presiding over the research, design, construction and operation of China's first 5 mW Low Temperature Nuclear Heating Reactor (NHR-5) and the nation's first 10 mW High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (HTR-10).


Farmers at the Jianshan Farm in Heihe, Heilongjiang province, harvest soybean with the help of reaping machines. [Photo/For China Daily]


>China's grain reserves sufficient, supply secure

China's total grain reserves are currently sufficient, and stocks of wheat and rice, the two major grains, continue to increase, an official said on Wednesday.

Supply in the domestic grain market is fully guaranteed, said Qin Yuyun, from the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration, adding that China's annual grain output in 2021 is projected to exceed 650 billion kilograms for the seventh consecutive year.

Noting that China's current grain reserves are at a historically high level, Qin said that with several bumper harvests, the country's growing wheat stocks are sufficient to meet consumer demand for a year and a half. Mounting grain reserves can ensure China is "basically self-sufficient in grain, with the supply of staple food absolutely safe," the official said.


Officials and business executives attend signing of agreements during the China-ASEAN Expo on Sept 11. [Photo/China Daily]


>RCEP to go into force on Jan 1

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat announced on Tuesday that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, the world's largest trade deal so far, would go into force on Jan 1, 2022. The Secretariat has received instruments of ratification from six ASEAN countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as from the four non-ASEAN signatory states of Australia, China, Japan, and New Zealand.

Implementation of the agreement will provide a tremendous boost to post-COVID-19 economic recovery efforts, said the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi.

RCEP agreement was reached in November 2020 by the 10 member countries of ASEAN and five of their partner countries.

According to the agreement, implementation of RCEP will begin 60 days after ratification by at least six ASEAN and at least three non-ASEAN countries.


National Jewish Health registered nurse Lindsay Waldman, right, administers a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine to Coco Peikin, 6, on Nov 3, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. [Photo/Agencies]


>Greene accrues $48K in fines

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has been fined $48,000 for not wearing a mask on the House floor. The House Ethics Committee publicly disclosed on Monday that Greene has been fined 20 times for not wearing a mask.

After receiving an initial warning in May, Greene was fined $500 for her first offense, and $2,500 for each subsequent offense, which is in line with House rules. The fines come from Greene's salary.

Mask mandates were first adopted in the House in July 2020 following Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert's positive COVID-19 test.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that masks will be required for members and staff on the floor of the House until they were all fully vaccinated.


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