All universities, primary and secondary schools in Shanghai will launch online education from March to cope with the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus epidemic, local authorities said Tuesday.
A unified teaching schedule will be adopted on March 2 by all the primary and secondary schools in Shanghai, said Lu Jing, director of the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, at a press conference on the virus prevention and control.
The online courses, recorded by over 1,000 teachers across the city, will be broadcast on TV in 12 channels. Students can watch live courses and re-broadcast on TV as well as online.
Lu said that online education is not a complete substitute for on-campus learning. After school reopening, the supplementary and enhanced courses will be arranged.
Colleges and universities in Shanghai will conduct online courses according to their own conditions, Lu said, adding that there will be no mandatory requirements for students to attend online courses every day.
The reopening date of schools in Shanghai will rely on the development of the epidemic, according to Lu.
A powerful suicide bombing killed eight people and wounded 16 others in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province on Monday, local police said, when it struck an Islamist rally in the regional capital.
Police said the blast went off near Quetta's press club, where dozens of supporters for a Sunni militant group had gathered outside. They added that police officers were among those killed.
Hospital officials say some of the wounded persons were listed in critical condition.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. Baluch separatist groups, as well as rival Shiite and Sunni militants, operate in the province and have staged similar attacks before.
City police chief Abur Razza Cheema said dozens of followers of the radical Ahle Sunnat Wal Jammat party were rallying to pay tribute to Islam's first caliph when the bomber blew himself up there.
Footage on social media appeared to show the explosion ripping through the local bazaar, sending people running for shelter.
The bombing destroyed some nearby shops and vehicles, police said.
The impoverished province of Baluchistan has long been the scene of a low-level insurgency by armed groups demanding more autonomy for the region and a greater share in gas and mineral resources there. The government claims it has quelled the insurgency but violence has continued.
A court in Nepal acquitted on Monday the former speaker of parliament on charges he raped a government worker at her home while he was intoxicated last year.
Krishna Bahadur Mahara, a senior Communist Party leader, has been in jail since he was arrested in October following the woman's accusation.
The court ruled that there was no evidence backing the allegation.
The woman accused Mahara of entering her house at night while her husband was away and assaulting her.
Mahara denied the charge and said the woman had been refused a position in his office and was likely angry as a result.
Mahara was elected speaker of the House of Representative last year after the Communist Party of Nepal won a majority of the seats in elections in November 2017.
Mahara was a leader of the Maoist rebels who fought a violent campaign against the government between 1996 and 2006. The Maoists entered United Nations-monitored peace talks in 2006, ending their armed revolt, and joined mainstream politics. He played a key role in the peace talks with the government.
He has served as deputy prime minister, information minister and home minister.
China appreciates the statement by secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that NATO does not see China as an adversary, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said Monday during an online press briefing.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Feb. 14 that although China has achieved rapid development, NATO does not see China as an adversary and stands ready to strengthen relations with China.
"We appreciate Secretary General Stoltenberg's remarks that NATO does not see China as an adversary, and note NATO's readiness to enhance its ties with China," Geng said.
China is committed to peaceful development and win-win cooperation and adheres to a national defense policy that is defensive in nature. China and NATO members do not have geopolitical conflicts and competition, Geng stressed.
"We hope that NATO will continue to foster a positive view of China and regard China as a friend and partner. China stands ready to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with NATO based on equality and mutual respect," he added.