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The eighth flood crest has
come into being in the upper-middle reach of the
Yangtze River as the seventh is passing through
the lower-middle reaches of the river. So far 3,004
people have died in the floods.
Shanghai sent 12 medical-aid
teams, each of which consists of about 10 senior
doctors, to the flooded area in Hunan Province.
The municipal government
has appropriated a fund worth US$460,000 to aid
university students coming from flood-stricken areas
along the Yangtze River, Songhuajiang River and
The city has undertaken
a project to stop the discharge of sewage into Suzhou
Creek, which is undergoing a series of face lifts.
Mayor Xu Kuangdi said that
Shanghai would like to co-operate with the UN Environment
Program in environmental protection and sustainable
Three lucky residents won
the top prize of 1 million yuan (US$120,000) each
during this week's Charity Lottery draw. This is
the 12th draw since the lottery was started in the
middle of June.
The Party committees at
all levels in Shanghai must realize the significance
of the training and selection of female officials,
says Gong Xueping, Deputy Secretary of the Shanghai
The city needs more blood
donations. Currently the city needs 200,000 mililiters
daily, equal to 1,000 individual donations. Last
year 288,000 local residents donated blood.
The Shanghai Library has
begun putting its collections of classics and other
rare books onto computer disks to make it more accessible
Passengers can use "smart
cards" or magnetic cards to take trains on Metro
Line One when an automatic ticket-selling system
is completed next year.
Shanghai plans to spend
one year turning the east section of Nanjing Road,
the most bustling commercial street in the country,
into a walking street and a paradise for worldwide
An exhibition featuring
several hundred photos of the late Chinese leader
Deng Xiaoping is being held at Shanghai Library.
The photos were all taken by Deng Lin, the daughter
of the paramount leader.
Millions of people along
the Yangtze River and Songhuajiang River in the
north are fighting against the flood. Big cities
such as Wuhan and Harbin are being threatened with
flood water. China's largest oil producer, Da Qing
Oil Field, is being plagued by flood.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs
and its local agencies have received more than US$120
million in donations for flood victims. Since the
ministry opened a donation hot-line on August 10,
donations have been pouring in.
The number of cell phone
subscribers to China Telecom, the country's largest
telecommunications operator, surpassed 20 million
on August 18.
Influenced by a cold spell
from the north, the city's temperature has dropped
drastically. The forecast for next week features
an average temperature of 28-29 degrees centigrade
and showers in the late afternoons.
10 million people have logged
on the Shanghai's largest online service Shanghai
Online. And the number of its subscribers has
reached 51,700 and regular surfers 180,000. The
number of its databases is expected to reach 183.
The launch issue for the
nation's first CD-ROM magazine "The View of Cadres"
was shipped on August 20 in Shanghai. It is published
by Liberation Daily.
Besides donating money to
flood victims, Local residents are also donating
clothes, medicine, and drinking water. On August
20 flood-relief commodities worth US$600,000 were
sent to Hubei, Hunan and Jiangxi provinces.
The number of downsized
workers in the city is diminishing. By the end of
this year, there will be only 160,000 laid-off workers,
40,000 fewer than last year.
The Community Service Network,
which is designed to connect Shanghai with other
cities via Internet, will be completed before the
end of the year. By then eight hundred public computer
booths will be set up throughout the city.
More than US$72.46 million
was raised for flood victims during a live broadcast
TV charity party. It was the largest amount ever
raised during a single event in China's history.
A donation program themed
"Drinking from the Same River" is attracting thousands
of donors citywide. In response to the call of the
central government to help people in the flooding
areas along the middle and lower reaches of the
Yangtze River, people from all walks of life are
showing their sympathy for their flood-stricken
The latest weather forecast
indicates high temperature is gradually going down.
But hot weather with 35 degree centigrade will last
for a week.
Thanks to high technology,
Shanghai's modern history museum will be at your
fingertips. A CD-ROM entitled "Century of Shanghai"
that records Shanghai in the 20th century has recently
A benefit was held on August
11 to collect donations for people in the flooding
areas in Hubei, Hunan and Jiangxi provinces. The
on-spot donation reached US$2.41 million.
Hot weather persisted in
the city. For 5 consecutive days, the highest temperature
citywide has recorded a record high of 38.9 centigrade.
As a result, local hospitals are swarmed with patients
suffering from heat-related diseases.
Shanghai has become the
nation's first city to get an international quality
certificate for its tap water supply. The Shanghai
Tap Water Company received the ISO9002 certificate
from the city's quality control center.
Shanghai is encouraging
the development of urban manufacturing industries,
namely small-scale, non-polluting companies that
produce high-end goods.
The construction of Shanghai's
world-be largest golf link started in suburban Fengxian
County. The Seaside Golf Club, as it is called,
will cover an area of 335 hectares.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine
couples will be joined in holy matrimony at a mass
wedding along the bustling Huaihai Road as a prelude
to this year's Shanghai Tourism Festival.
More than 500 enterprises
have been found to fail to hand in some US$241 million
in back taxes for 1997, according to a recently-released
Shanghai's economic growth
continued to gain momentum in July, indicating that
the city should be able to reach this year's GDP
growth target of 10%.
On August 6th, more than
10,000 readers gathered in front of Shanghai Library
to sign their names in a scroll to show their determination
to become civilized readers.
The city's Private Enterprises
Association which represents 86,000 enterprises
has donated US$48,200 to Yunan Province's poor areas
to set up 20 Hope Project primary schools.
Pearl Line, the name for
the nation's first elevated railway, recently won
approval from the State Council. The 62-kilometer
line starts at Minghang in the south and ends at
Baoshan in the north.
The country's electronic
publishing industry took off in mid-eighties while
Shanghai's publishing industry went electronic in
1994. Because of the un-use-friendliness, low quality
and cookie-cutter design, CD-ROMs haven't developed
a sizable following.
Shanghai expects its industrial
sector to help secure US$3.5 billion in foreign
investment this year, as the city's foreign capital
flow is being overshadowed by the Asian financial
Soaring power consumption
resulting from record high temperature this summer
has prompted the city government to appropriate
US$480 million to update the city's electricity
network over the next two years.
Shanghai residents drink
30 times more milk than people from other parts
of the country, according to a recent survey.
Shanghai has established
the country's first gene development facilities
to tap the city's cloning and sequencing technologies.
A production in Shanghai Biorigin Gene development
Co., Ltd. can map out 15 full-length cDNA samples
Shanghai Library boasts
the largest collection and display of Chinese contemporary
manuscript in China. Its collections includes more
than 40,000 pieces.
Starting August 15, housing
developers must issue two certificates: a property
quality guarantee and a set of house specifications,
before selling apartment buildings on the local
For the first time, Xuhui
District has the highest GDP among Shanghai's 10
districts. The district recorded revenues of uS$74
million during the first six months this year.