>Astronauts' first extravehicular activities
Chinese astronauts have completed extravehicular activities and returned to the space station core module Tianhe, according to the China Manned Space Agency on Sunday. The first EVAs during the construction of the country's space station were a complete success, the CMSA declared. The Shenzhou-12 spaceship crew, after approximately 7 hours of extravehicular activities, have completed all scheduled tasks, and astronauts Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo returned to the space station core module at 2:57 pm (Beijing Time), according to the CMSA.
Astronaut Nie Haisheng has been staying inside Tianhe in cooperation with Liu and Tang for their EVAs.
This was the second time Chinese astronauts have performed EVAs after the Shenzhou-7 mission in 2008.
The scheduled tasks of the EVAs, including equipment installation and panoramic camera lifting, were accomplished with close coordination between space and the ground, as well as between the astronauts inside and outside the spacecraft.
The three astronauts on board the Shenzhou-12 spaceship were sent into space and entered Tianhe on June 17, and have since carried out a number of tasks as planned. Currently, they are in good health and will perform EVAs for a second time during their stay in orbit, the CMSA said.
>China to improve weak links in compulsory education
China has rolled out new measures to shore up weak links in its compulsory education, according to an official document.
Efforts need to be made to improve education infrastructure in rural areas, per the guideline released by the Ministry of Education and other departments.
This includes the construction of classrooms, dormitories and dining halls, installing basic amenities such as showers and drinking water, introducing clean energy heating systems, and the renovation of sanitation facilities, according to the guideline.
The infrastructure of boarding schools also needs to be improved, focusing on those catering to students and left-behind children in outlying areas.
The document also highlighted efforts to increase school capacity in urban areas and improve dynamic demographic surveillance of school-age populations to scientifically map out schools.
It also called for the prevention of new oversized classes and encouraged the spread of a nine-year school system, meaning educational integration of elementary and middle schools.
>Didi removed from app stores
Didi, a popular ride-hailing app, was removed from app stores after the Cyberspace Administration of China verified a report about its illegal collection and use of personal information on Sunday. In a statement issued on Sunday night, the administration said the app, owned by ride-hailing giant Didi Global, seriously violated laws and regulations and the decision to remove the app was made in accordance with the Cybersecurity Law. Didi should rectify its problems in relation to laws and national standards to protect the safety of its users' information, the administration said.
In a response posted on its Weibo account on Sunday, Didi said it would rectify the problems and continuously raise its awareness of risk prevention. It added it would improve its technical ability to protect its users' personal information and data, protect users from internet safety risks and continuously provide safe and convenient service.
Didi suspended registration by new users starting Saturday. Those who had already downloaded the app can still use it normally, meaning previous users - both passengers and drivers - are not affected.
>'1921' tops China's box office
Domestic historical drama "1921" remained atop China's box office chart on Saturday, data from the China Movie Data Information Network showed on Sunday.
"1921" ended its third day of screenings with daily earnings of 50.4 million yuan, accounting for 46 percent of China's total box office revenue for the day.
The film tells stories surrounding the founding of the Communist Party of China in the year 1921.
Another revolution-themed drama "The Pioneer" garnered 21.5 million yuan, ranking second on the daily chart.
The movie revolves around the revolutionary deeds of the Party's pioneer Li Dazhao.
Coming in third was US animated comedy "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway," which earned over 7.5 million yuan on Saturday.
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