>Summit on digital development
The fourth Digital China Summit kicked off on Sunday in Fuzhou, capital of East China's Fujian province, exhibiting breakthroughs in the information sector and innovations in digital transformation.
Themed "Stimulating New Dynamics of Data Factors and Embarking on a New Journey for Digital China", the summit aims to provide a platform for exchanges in digital technology and industry cooperation.
The summit, held both online and offline, consists of seven sections, including a main forum, an exhibition, sub-forums and an innovation contest. It will focus on the digital transformation of several sectors, including governance, the economy, ecology, IT, urban construction and rural revitalization.
The two-day event was jointly organized by the Cyberspace Administration of China, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, and the provincial government of Fujian.
>China to optimize financial services to SMEs
China's banking and insurance regulator issued a circular Sunday on further promoting high-quality development of financial services to small and medium-sized enterprises in 2021.
Efforts will be made to enhance the effective growth of financial support to SMEs and significantly improve its quality, efficiency and effectiveness, according to the circular issued by the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.
Vowing to speed up the expansion of inclusive loans to SMEs and increase the number of borrowers this year, the circular urges the five major banks to increase their inclusive loans to the firms by over 30 percent.
It requires large and joint-stock banks to play a leading role in optimizing services to SMEs borrowing for the first time and makes the number of new first-time borrowers exceed that of last year.
China's inclusive loans to SMEs have registered rapid growth for three consecutive years. The balance of outstanding loans reached 16.81 trillion yuan ($2.59 trillion) by the end of March 2021, surging by 33.87 percent year-on-year, which covered more than 27.4 million borrowers.
>2 hrs of daily physical activity
China's Ministry of Education has called for appropriate school scheduling to ensure that students at the compulsory education stage engage in one hour of physical activity both during and after school hours every day.
Physical education classes and campus exercise activities should not be squeezed out in favor of other programs, the ministry said in a circular, which asked schools to offer guidance on PE homework and offer quality exercise resources.
PE classes should focus on teaching students health knowledge, basic exercise skills and special sports skills, and enable every student to play one or two types of sports, the circular said.
The ministry also encouraged the establishment of youth sports clubs where students can make use of their extracurricular time to practice soccer, basketball and volleyball, among other sports.
The ministry said at a press conference Sunday that 95 percent of schools had ensured students took an hour of physical exercise every day during school hours.
Chinese students showed a gradual improvement in physical fitness as 33 percent were evaluated as being in good shape in 2020 compared to 26.5 percent in 2016, the ministry said. Incidence of being overweight and obese among students at various school ages was on a downward trajectory during the period, the ministry added.
>2nd wave projected to peak in mid-May
The ongoing second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India is projected to come to its peak in the middle of May, local media reported on Sunday.
When reaching the peak time, daily COVID-19 cases in the Asian country are expected to rise to 500,000 and may subside between June and July.
According to media reports, the projections were presented by a senior federal government official at the meeting on Sunday, at which officials agreed that "heavily populated states are at particular risk; and, health infrastructure in states is not adequate enough to cope with the present serious scenario."
Uttar Pradesh is projected to suffer a daily shortage of about 16,752 hospital beds with supplied medical oxygen, of 3,061 intensive care unit beds, and of at least 1,538 ventilators.
The country's COVID-19 tally reached 16,960,172 on Sunday with 349,691 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours.
This was the fourth consecutive day when over 300,000 cases were registered in a single day.
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