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>Beijing 2022 Paralympic torch relay plan unveiled

Photo taken on Nov 24, 2021 shows the general view of the 100-day to Go Celebration for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. [Photo/Xinhua]

Beijing kicked off the 100-day countdown to the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games with the unveiling of the Paralympic torch relay plan on Wednesday at the National Aquatics Center.

Zhang Jiandong, vice mayor of Beijing and executive vice president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, said that the Beijing 2022 Paralympic torch relay featuring about 600 torchbearers will be held during March 2 to 4 next year in the three competition zones of Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou.

With the slogan "Health, Joy and Energy," the Beijing 2022 Paralympic torch relay aims to encourage people with disabilities across the world enjoy winter sports and embrace a promising future.


>Management of special local government bonds refined


China will refine the management of special local government bonds, optimize utilization of the funds and strengthen their supervision, the State Council's executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang decided on Wednesday.

Since the beginning of this year, in accordance with the newly added quota approved by the National People's Congress, local authorities have issued and utilized special local government bonds as appropriate, providing a strong underpinning for the development of key projects and major livelihood programs.

Facing the new downward economic pressure, China will enhance cross-cyclical adjustments. While strengthening local government debt management, and forestalling and defusing risks on a sustained basis, the special bond management policies for this year and next will be aligned in a coordinated way to better harness the funds raised from special bonds issuance in spurring private investment and expand effective investment. This is conducive to boosting domestic demand and spurring consumption.


>Government action plan promotes breastfeeding

China will promote breastfeeding over the next five years by improving hospitals' consultancy services, public support facilities and protecting women's working rights during lactation, according to a plan released by the National Health Commission on Wednesday.

Companies and administrative units will be required to ensure their female workers have access to maternity leave, and offer reasonable schedules for mothers who are breastfeeding, according to the action plan.

Mothers should have one hour for breastfeeding during work hours. Also, reducing salary or benefits, or laying off female workers due to breastfeeding is not allowed.

Buildings that are over 10,000 square meters and frequented by children, traffic hubs, attractions and shopping malls with more than 10,000 daily visitors should be equipped with individual rooms for mothers.

Supervision of baby products and medical units will also be enhanced.


>Number of international students in US falls

The global pandemic primarily affected international students studying at a US university for the first time. [Photo/IC]

All places of origin and regions saw declines in the number of students enrolled at US higher education institutions and online from abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The Open Doors 2021 Report on International Educational Exchange, released Monday.

The global pandemic primarily affected international students studying at a US university, or new international students.

That segment declined by 46%, according to the report, launched by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education.

China remained the top place of origin of all international students, contributing slightly more than one-third of the total 914,095 foreign students in the 2020-21 academic year.

That overall number represented a decrease of 15% from the previous academic year, according to the annual report.

International students contributed $39 billion to the US economy in 2020, of which $14.3 billion, or 36%, came from Chinese students, according to the US Department of Commerce.


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