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[Photo/IC]>Annual legislative agenda2021年度立法工作计划公布China’s top legislature will study the possibility of initiating the codification of environmental laws, education laws, and administrative laws this year. This was revealed in the annual legislati



>Annual legislative agenda


China’s top legislature will study the possibility of initiating the codification of environmental laws, education laws, and administrative laws this year. This was revealed in the annual legislative agenda, made public by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, on Wednesday.


According to the agenda, 37 new legislative bills will go under review, including revising the anti-monopoly law, the law on enterprise bankruptcy, and formulating the laws on food security and social assistance.


Another 17 legislative bills submitted to the top legislature will continue to be deliberated, including reviews on rural vitalization promotion laws, data security, and personal data protection.



Passengers board an autonomous bus in Chongqing. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Standard set for public services


China has released a new standard for national basic public services to ensure equal access for all people and improve people’s basic livelihood on Wednesday. The standard, issued by the National Development and Reform Commission and 20 other departments, covers 80 public services in nine categories, including education, employment, social security, housing and medical services.


Approved by the State Council, China’s cabinet, the standard specifies the object, content, standard and expenditure of public services and which government departments are responsible for supervising implementation.


The country aims to significantly improve the equalization of basic public services by 2025 and effectively ensure equitable access to basic public services by 2035.



A photo shows the entrance to the Royal Mummies’ Hall at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo, Egypt on April 18, 2021. The Royal Mummies’ Hall of the NMEC opened to the public on Sunday. The Mummies’ Hall is specially designed to display mummies belonging to kings and queens from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties that ruled ancient Egypt over 3,000 years ago. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Mummy exhibits at new museum


With its dark walls and dimly lit open rooms, the crypt-like Royal Mummies Hall at Cairo’s new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) opened to visitors for the first time on Sunday, displaying 20 mummies of ancient Egyptian kings and queens.


The mummies were among 22 transferred earlier in April from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo to the NMEC in a remarkable parade.


Mahrous el-Sanadidy, a senior curator at the museum, says the last two mummies will be rotated with the other mummy exhibits.



The International Space Station (ISS) crew members Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are seen inside the Soyuz MS-16 space capsule after landing in a remote area outside Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Oct 22, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Russia plans its own space station


Russia is ready to start building its own space station with the aim of launching it into orbit by 2030 if President Vladimir Putin gives the go-ahead, the head of its Roscosmos space agency said.


“If in 2030, in accordance with our plans, we can put it into orbit, it will be a colossal breakthrough,” said Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin.


Rogozin said the Russian station, unlike the ISS, would most likely not be permanently crewed because its orbit path would expose it to higher radiation. But cosmonauts would visit, and it would also use artificial intelligence and robots.


He said Russia was ready to consider allowing foreign crews to visit.


An unnamed source said that Russia planned to spend up to $6b to get the project launched.


Russian deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian TV over the weekend that Moscow would give notice to its partners that it would leave the ISS project in 2025.


Russian cosmonauts have worked with counterparts from the US and 16 other countries on the ISS since 1998.


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