每日新闻播报(October 19)

China's Shenzhou XIII crewed spacecraft docks with the Tiangong space station on Saturday morning, with astronauts ready to enter the station to start a six-month journey. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Astronauts enter Tianzhou-3 cargo craft

The Shenzhou-13 crew has entered the Tianzhou-3 cargo craft to transfer its payload, according to the China Manned Space Agency on Sunday. After successfully stationing in China's space station core module Tianhe, the Shenzhou-13 crew opened the hatch of the Tianzhou-3 cargo craft and entered it at 9:50 a.m. (Beijing Time), the CMSA said. The crew will also open the hatch of the Tianzhou-2 cargo craft.

They will carry out cargo transfer and other related work as planned.

The Shenzhou-13 spaceship was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gobi Desert on Saturday. After Shenzhou-13 successfully completed a fast automated rendezvous and dock with the core module Tianhe, the crew entered the core module.

They will stay in orbit for six months, setting a new duration record for China's crewed space missions.


A farmer shows newly harvested rice in Mozhai village, Cengong county, Guizhou province, on Aug 19. The village hosts a national hybrid rice breeding base. HU PANXUE/FOR CHINA DAILY

>Third-generation hybrid rice achieves high yield

The third-generation hybrid rice developed by Yuan Longping, the "father of hybrid rice," and his team achieved a new yield record in fields in central China's Hunan province. The new record in Qingzhu village, Hengyang city, one of the hybrid rice's experimental fields, reached 1,603.9 kg per mu.

Hunan is one of the major rice producers in China, and is where farmers plant double-cropping rice.

Among the rice’s output, the yield of early rice came to 667.8 kg per mu in the test fields, and that of late-season rice stood at 936.1 kg per mu.

Last year, the same hybrid rice variety made a double-cropping yield of 1,530.76 kg per mu in a year on the same plot.

"Surpassing a yield of 1,500 kg per mu in a year on the same plot means the target set by professor Yuan Longping has been realized," said Li Jianwu, a researcher at the Hunan Hybrid Rice Research Center.

The high yield under unfavorable conditions of the earlier continuous high temperature has shown the varietal has strong adaptability and has laid a good foundation for future promotion, he said.


A family enjoys the ginkgo trees in downtown Beijing. [Photo by WEI XIAOHAO/CHINA DAILY]

>China to pilot child-friendly city schemes

China will carry out pilot child-friendly city schemes in approximately 100 cities with a population of over 1 million and a solid economic base, the National Development and Reform Commission said on Friday.

In advancing the construction of child-friendly cities, local governments should play their roles to explore differentiated paths and models, said Ou Xiaoli, an official with the NDRC.

Local governments should enshrine the concept of being "child-friendly" in the advancement of new urbanization and the provision of equal public services, and raise the quality of services in education, health care, culture and sports, Ou said.

In innovating urban public facilities, local governments should plan and build specialized venues and facilities for children, and transform public spaces and facilities to make them suitable for children, he added.

He also stressed the importance of efforts to introduce social capital into the field to offer diversified and multi-level services.



>Train hosts live yoga class

A train operator is making travel more tranquil — by hosting live yoga classes during journeys.

Travelers on Heathrow Express were treated to sessions with yoga influencer Celest Pereira, who has developed a 12-minute "seat-yoga" and meditation routine.

The class has been developed so travelers of all ages and abilities can perform the exercises safely from their seats - and it's believed to be the first time a yoga class has taken place on a moving train.

To get passengers in the right frame of mind, the "Tranquil Train" carriage hosting the sessions was decorated with fresh eucalyptus and lavender to fill the carriage with soothing aromas.

The initiative was trialed after a study of 2,000 adults also commissioned by Heathrow Express found more than half of public transport users find travel stressful following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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