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Sino-US pupils present Spring Festival gala

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Sino-US pupils present Spring Festival gala

WASHINGTON: Hundreds of Chinese & American students performed traditional Chinese music, folk songs and dances at the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts here evening to celebrate the Spring Festival or the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Student ensembles from Tsinghua University High School, Zhongguancun No. 3 Primary School, Chengdu Yulin Primary School, the American Chinese School, and a few other schools joined the gala, which is also an international campus arts festival. Wang Dongyu, a Peking Opera singer from Tsinghua University High School, told local news agency that she is mostly excited about the performance despite feeling a little nervous.

“It’s such a grand stage, I am so proud to present traditional Peking Opera to American audiences,” Wang said. Hu Jun, a conductor, and composer of the school’s Golden Sail Symphony Orchestra said since the group’s debut in the United States in 2013, he has seen an increasing understanding of traditional Chinese music among U.S. audiences.

“At first they were just curious, and later on, they would ask us questions, and gradually know more about it, and some of them began to like it more,” Hu said. Hu’s orchestra also performed the theme song of “Mission Impossible” with traditional Chinese instruments, which was intriguing for many members of the audience, especially young Americans. “Young people can bond over music. Through constant music communication among the young, the friendship between China and the United States will grow deeper,” Hu said.

The gala also included programs from some Chinese artists and troupes, as well as a Russian dance ensemble. The Kennedy Center has been celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year with various activities. The Guangdong National Orchestra Ensemble and Guangdong Arts Troupe performed at the center on Thursday and Friday respectively, and a Chinese New Year Family Day on Saturday, featuring traditional Chinese arts and crafts, attracted over 7,000 people.

 

 

 

 

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Intermediate Urdu paper leaked in Karachi

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KARACHI: The intermediate part one Urdu paper was leaked an hour before the exam time.

According to details, the question paper was shared on several social media groups, an official from Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) said.

The exam controller Azeem Siddiqui also seemed helpless in front of the cheating mafia and has asked for help from Director General (DG) Rangers Sindh.

On the other hand, the parents have demanded Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to take notice of this unlawful activity.

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China to provide 20,000 scholarships to Pakistani students

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ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing has said China will provide 20,000 scholarships to the Pakistani students in next three years.

Talking to media here, Mr Jing maintained that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to China will provide an opportunity to both the countries to further explore their bilateral cooperation.

He said Belt and Road Forum session is being held in Beijing from April 25 to 27, in which Prime Minister Imran Khan will make a special address.

“On April 27, Imran Khan will meet Chinese Vice President”, he said and added that both the countries are set to begin the second phase of Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Recalling the China’s commitment to help Pakistan in every sector, the envoy said China was willing to build another economic zone in Dhabeji.

The Chinese Ambassador said there is complete understanding between Pakistan and China that the CPEC is fruitful for both the countries.

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11K out-of-school kids to be enrolled by Govt.

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China, Turkey to open sub-campuses of their varsities in NSU Isb

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood Friday said that the government has decided to enroll over 11,000 out-of-school children in the federal capital’s schools by June this year under a drive to raise a number of school goers.
“Over 11,000 out-of-school children belonging to different age groups were identified under the survey conducted by the ministry in Islamabad and the enrollment of around 5,000 was being ensured at this stage,” Shafqat Mahmood said while addressing the launching ceremony of ‘Wish 2 Action’ Project organized by Rahnuma-EPAP.
“We have tried this campaign as a pilot project in the capital city and soon it will be replicated at the national level after its complete success,” the minister remarked. Highlighting the various challenges faced by the education sector, he said collective efforts were required to bring significant improvement in this area. At present, the country was going through a crucial phase but the government would deliver as per the aspiration of its citizens in its tenure, he added.
He said the prime focus was to provide quality education to every child of the country and uniform education policy was being chalked out for the purpose. Other than that, the government was also working out a number of projects to enhance the education standards in the country he said and added that it was striving to scale up literacy rate from 58 percent to at least 70 percent by the end of its five years term in the office.

 

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