Education Ministry issues notice to prevent ‘gaokao immigr

China’s Ministry of Education issued an urgent notice to schools on Friday to prevent “gaokao immigration”.

“Gaokao immigrants” refers to those individuals who lack a hukou (household registration) or student status in a pro

vince but still attend the gaokao, the National College Entrance Examination, in that province.

The ministry required local authorities to ensure that the exam-free access to near

by primary and secondary schools is universally available for school-age children.

High schools should strictly follow the admission procedures and policies, said the

ministry, adding they are banned from vying for ace students in violation of regulations.

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hina to improve online government servicesbuilding

hina will speed up building an integrated platform for e-governmen

t services to offer easier access to the online services, according to the Ministry of Justice.

The building of the integrated platform aims to

standardize government services nationwide, according to an official with the ministry.

The country will facilitate information sharing amon

g regions and departments at various levels, the official said.

A system will be set up to enable enterprises and individuals to evaluate the government services they received, accor

ding to the official, who added that efforts will be made to ensure the smooth operation of the integrated platform.

In April, China’s State Council made public a decree on onl

ine government services to prompt the integrated platform building.

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Instead of the traditional way where a voice artist records

 lines alone, this collaborative approach allows the voice-over performer to see the emotional cha

nges acted by others, prompting a natural reaction from an individual performer, according to Date.

“I heard that some foreign fans are learning Japanese so that they can understand the original version. We’re very proud of that,” says Date.

He adds that he hopes Chinese animators will continue to take inspiration from th

eir own culture and similarly encourage overseas audiences to learn Chinese.

Currently codirecting the anime series Magmell of the Sea Blue, a Sino-Japanese animated ser

es adapted from a Chinese comic book story of the same title, Date says he still marvels at the story’s so

phisticated narrative, which centers around the adventures of a rescuer of explorers on a newly formed continent.

Interestingly, more and more foreign animation filmmakers are seeking inspiration from China.

Marsden reveals that Sony is partnering with Base Animation in Xiamen, East China’s Fujian province, to produce the animated feature Wish Dragon.

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The zone is located in a labor-intensive area in Cambodi

 which means the project will provide a large number of jobs to lo

cal communities,” he said. “It is expected that up to 100,000 to 200,000 locals will be d

rawn to the new economic zone after its completion. They will rise out of poverty by working in this zone.”

The project will be beneficial to both China and Cambodia, Qian said.

“Many Chinese companies go overseas to expand their businesses. However, because of a la

ck of experience and related knowledge, most of them face huge obstacles abroad,” he said. “Our company has done overseas business for mo

re than 40 years and will provide a familiar business environment for other Chinese companies in the new economic zone.”

Some Chinese companies have decided to join the investment in the ne

w Cambodia project, Qian said, adding that in his opinion, a company should follow the nati

onal policy and direction such as Belt and Road Initiative while being profitable at the same time.

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Shen was followed by Gan Jianping, managing partn

tner of Qiming Venture Partners, Xu Xin, founding partner of Capital Today, and Tong Sh

ihao, managing partner of GGV Capital. They ranked fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

The list was ranked by investors’ portfolio companies that have gone public or been acquired for at least $200 million over

the past five years, or that have raised additional funding at a valuation of $400 million or more.

“A record number of international investors, pa

rticularly from China, and women investors are gradually changing the image of the Sil

icon Valley venture capitalist,” said Alex Konrad, associate editor at Forbes, in an editor’s pick.

He noted that after years of Midas dominance, the reign of Facebook and Twitt

er is over, as those deals and their well-known investors make way for a new generation.

“The increasing presence of Chinese investors in the Midas List is a solid reflection of the scal

e and vigor of the Chinese economy,” said Zhou Xuan, director of and a professor with the priva

te investment funds institute of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

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UK lawmakers reject government’s divorce deal for third time

UK lawmakers on Friday rejected the government’s divorce deal with the European Union for a third time, leaving Brita

in just two weeks to decide between a long delay to Brexit and an abrupt no-deal departure from the bloc.

Lawmakers in Britain’s House of Commons voted 286-344 against the withdrawal ag

reement struck between Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU, rebuffing her plea to “put aside self and pa

rty” and “accept the responsibility given to us by the British people” to deliver Brexit.

A visibly frustrated May said the vote had “grave” implications.

“The legal default now is that the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union o

n 12 April — in just 14 days’ time,” she said. “This is not enough time to agree, legislate for and ratify a deal, and yet t

he House has been clear it will not permit leaving without a deal. And so we will have to agree an alternative way forward.”

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His arrest may have an impact on upcoming Indian election

due to take place in May.

The discovery of the alleged fraud and Modi’s refusal to return to India to face criminal charges has in

creased pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi — no relation to Nirav Modi — who promised to fight corruption in India.

Tuesday’s arrest and the possibility of extradition could help to improve the Prime Minister’s tarnished image.

Rahul Gandhi, leader of the principle opposition party Congress, has repeatedly attacked PM Modi on his failure to bring fugitives back to India.

In 2016, liquor baron Vijay Mallya left the country owning an estimated $1.6 billion to 17 Indian banks.

The process for Mallya’s extradition to India is ongoing. He has denied fleeing the country ov

er his debts and described charges of fraud and money laundering as “false, fabricated and baseless.”

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After rejecting May’s Brexit deal last week, MPs voted in favor

  tension to the withdrawal process, given the unlikelihood of agreeing a deal before Mar

ch 29. May is expected to ask the remaining 27 EU member states for a delay at this week’s summit.

  It’s possible the EU may propose a long extension to the Brexit process and require the UK to take part in the upcoming European elections in May.

  Downing Street has used the prospect of a lengthy delay — which could be used to force a second

referendum — to try to persuade Brexiteer lawmakers that they risk losing Brexit altogether if they don’t vo

te for May’s deal.The man who opened fire on two New Zealand mosques last week may have succeeded in killing 50 pe

ople, but the country’s leader has promised to deny him the one thing he truly wanted: Notoriety.

  ”You will never hear me mention his name,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the New Zealand Parliament Tuesday.

  ”He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist, but he will, when I speak, be nameless, and

to others I implore you: Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took t

hem. He may have sought notoriety but we in New Zealand will give him nothing — not even his name.”

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Key GOP senator with aviation oversight says he would “pr

  Republican Sen. John Thune — who has oversight of the aviation industry and the FAA as a member of the Aviation subcommit

tee of the Commerce and Transportation Committee — said Tuesday he would “prefer flying on some other plane” rather than Boeing’s 737 MAX 8.

  Thune, who is also a the second-ranking Senate Republican leader, seemed to suggest he would be open to ground

ing the planes if the evidence pointed to it, but stopped short of saying the planes should be grounded at this po

int unless and until an NTSB investigation finds there is a problem with the plane.

  He said he will also wait for the investigation before considering hearings in

his subcommittee. He said he has not talked to anyone at Boeing about his concerns.

  Reporter: Would you safe flying a Super Max 8 right now? Would you fly on it?

  Senator Thune: “Uhh…well, I guess I would uh, probably like everybody else, prefer flying on some other plane.”

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After 10 years of fastidious work, Zhang Weiren, a fruit

grower in Laixi of Qingdao, East China’s Shandong province, has been able to grow peach trees into the shapes of tab

les and chairs. The price of one of his peach branch chairs has now reached more than 20,000 yuan ($2,987).

In a farm in Jimo district of Qingdao, Zhang, 65, says that he plans to grow the tables and chairs at a ratio of four to one: four chairs to each table.

Zhang said that he started planting peach trees 15 years ago. He used to be a carpen

ter and often made wooden furniture, so, when planting peach trees, he liked to collect the roots of va

rious materials and use them for making ornaments, tables, chairs, figures, flowers, birds, and other root carvings.

As the raw materials became scarce however, Zhang had another idea, asking, “Can I p

lant tables and chairs myself?” Although his family were initially skeptical, Zhang persisted.

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