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The supply-and-demand ratio
for university graduates next year is expected to
reach 1:1.5. There will be 45,348 university students
graduating next summer.
A gene bank has been established
in Shanghai in a bid to save the South China Tiger,
one of the world's most-endangered species.
Shanghai is experiencing
one of the century's warmest winters, said Yao Zuqing,
a chief forecaster with the Shanghai Central Meteorological
Shanghai Baosteel Group
Corporation aspires to become China's largest steel
supplier for the automotive, aviation, petroleum
and ship-building industries.
The Shanghai Branch of the
Bank of China will begin offering euro-related services
starting from January 1.
The cost of living in Shanghai
is on the rise. According to official forecasts,
the consumer price index is expected to rise by
4.5% to 6% in 1999. The retail price index is forecasted
to increase by 2.5% to 3.5%.
As the New Year's Day approaches,
local post offices are again busy delivering mountains
of greeting cards. So are ISPs (Internet Service
Providers). Their servers are busy sending e-cards
to and fro.
Shanghai Technology Supervision
Bureau is carrying out an inspection of goods sold
on 108 business areas in Shanghai until the end
Collection of settlements
has topped the agenda of local courts. According
to the Shanghai Higher People's Court, the city
had 18,623 cases whose settlements had not been
Air quality in Shanghai
has improved this year with the reduction of pollutants
discharged, said Lu Shuping, director of the Shanghai
Environmental Protection Bureau.
More Shanghainese bachelors
are tying the knot with women from other parts of
the country. These women are wailaimei, literally
meaning "outside sister" and now widely referring
to those young migrant women who come to the city
Nearly 10,000 students from
nine Shanghai-based college and universities recently
dramatized their appeal for wildlife preservation
by putting their names on several streamers.
December 18 marks the 20th
anniversary of the opening of the third plenary
meeting of the 11th session of China's Communist
Party. The epoch- making meeting is celebrated nationwide
for its introduction of China's reform and opening-up
A new car named "New Century"
was born on December 17 in Shanghai. It is produced
under a joint project co-invested by Shanghai Automobile
Industry General Company and the U.S. carmaker General
Shanghai's Party Secretary
Huang Ju met Mr. Smith, the president of General
Motors--one of the largest automakers in the U.S.
Both stressed the importance of cooperation in the
Japan manufacturers still
dominate the city's digital videodisk (DVD) player
market though they are facing more challenged from
European and domestic producers. Panasonic leads
its Japanese counterparts by controlling 48% of
the local market.
The city began choosing
the top 10 world news events in 1998 over the weekend
with the aim to arousing local residents' interests
in world affairs.
The municipal government
is beefing up its preparations for the fifth municipal
census which will provide vital information for
reviewing the city's past achievements and planning
its long-term development in the new millennium.
For the first time the East
China Import and Export Commodities Fair will reserve
part of its exhibition space for the display of
foreign commodities, according to the Municipal
Foreign Economic and Trade Commission.
An elderly Taiwanese businessman
was recently fined US$3,614 for illegally arranging
matches for a Japanese man with a group of Shanghai
The Air Pollution Index
(API) for soluble pollutants, such as sulphur dioxide
and total suspended particles (TSP), rebounded last
week because of relatively little rain compared
with the previous week.
Sixty high-grade shuttle
buses started running on the expressway linking
Shanghai with Hangzhou and Ningbo in Zhejiang Province
over the weekend.
The Century Boulevard, one
of the city's key infrastructure projects, will
be completed by the end of next year. It starts
from Pearl TV Tower and ends at Pudong's Central
According to the latest
statistics, Shanghai's housing area per capita has
reached 9.6 square meters, which is expected to
increase to 10 square meters on the cusp of the
Xujiahui, a new shopping
center, is challenging the dominance of the city's
other two major business areas on Huaihai and Nanjing
Pudong's Jinqiao Export
Processing Zone recently expanded its commodity
market, which features locally-made products, to
include enterprises from other parts of the country.
Shanghai pledged to further
the reform in State-owned enterprises (SOEs) next
year, Shanghai's Party Secretary Huang Ju said at
the municipal conference on December 10.
The 2nd Auto Parts & Equipment
Shanghai '98 centered on the automobile environmental
protection, opened on December 9 at Shanghai International
Working at home may seem
to be attractive but unrealistic for many Chinese.
As a matter of fact, many Shanghainese have chosen
this work-style thanks to advanced technology. SOHO
(small office, home office) is growing in Shanghai.
Some US$3.18 billion worth
of exports were delivered during the month through
Shanghai Customs, an increase of 2% over the same
period last year. Imports grew 9.4% during the month.
Shanghai's economic committee
has finalized 148 technical projects worth US$349
million for the next two years.
The city's used car exchange,
set up in November last year, has sold about 20,000
vehicles worth US$59 million, accounting for 44%
of the city's total.
Health authorities in Shanghai
are learning from British expertise to promote an
orderly and healthy development of a health information
system in the city.
Shanghai has finalized plans
for building 350 hectares of public green area by
the end of next year, said Hu Yunhua, director of
Shanghai Gardening Administrative Bureau.
The local property market
is recovering from a slump as housing prices become
reasonable. A total of 23 million square meters
of housing were sold during the first nine months
Renminbi bills have been
seriously damaged due to lack of monetary protection
sense, sources with local banks disclosed. Therefore
banks are calling for the people to respect Renminbi
Four hundred 18-year-old
students gathered at People's Square on December
3 to celebrate reaching adulthood.
Between January and November,
the city set up 263 hectares of green land including
10 parcels with each covering more than 3,000 square
Shanghai has set up the
largest frozen fish market in East China on Jiangpu
Road, which contains 18,000-ton cold storage unit.
Shanghai Port handled 15.25
million tons of cargo last month, up 9.5% compared
with the same period last year.
December 1 is this year's
International AIDS Day. According to the Municipal
Health Department, there are 183 HIV-carriers and
AIDS patients in the city. Among them, 47 cases
are found this year.
The city is scheduled to
open an AIDS exhibition at the Workers' Cultural
Palace on December 1 to educate people on how to
prevent the disease. It is part of the city's AIDS-awareness