China will exempt all rural
students from tuition and incidental expenses for their nine-year compulsory
education, said Zhou Ji, Minister of Education.
The exemption will benefit nearly 150 million pupils and junior middle school
students in rural areas across the country, Zhou said. On average every pupil
will save 140 yuan (US$17.50) a year after the move.
Tibet to get snow
IN the next two or three days, snowy weather will hit some northwest areas of
the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and parts of the Tibet Autonomous Region will
experience a snowstorm. The Chinese Central Meteorological Station forecast the
weather yesterday, saying 0.1 to 0.3 centimeters of light snow or sleet will
fall in most of Tibet.
SEVERAL restaurants in the border area of Shaanxi, Henan and Shanxi provinces
were serving swan meat, authorities said. China lists swans as a protected
animal. A swan dish sold for about 200 yuan (US$25).
CHINA has opened a "12320" hotline to allow the public to phone in
information about health emergencies in five cities, the Ministry of Health said
yesterday. The hotline allows the public to report information about health
emergencies or lodge complaints.