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The 49th National Day celebration
starts from October 1. People of all walks of life
are entitled to having two days off.
'98 (The Seventh) Shanghai
Nation-wide Commodities Fair will be held from October
14 to 17. So far the 1,400 booths have been fully
High schools and primary
schools citywide will adopt English Proficiency
Test (EPT). It is the first pilot program throughout
the country. College students have been taking CETs
(College English Tests) for years.
In an effort to preserve
more natural land, Shanghai Environment Protection
Bureau has formulated new plans to increase the
area of natural preservation areas to 40,000 hectares.
Beginning October 1, local
travelers will have more trains to Nanjing in Jiangsu
Province and Hangzhou in Zhejiang Provinces. These
two provincial capitals are two of the most popular
destinations for local tourists.
Shanghai has set up a human
genetic center as part of its drive to propel the
city's biotechnology and modern medicines industry.
The commencement of San
Francisco Week in Shanghai on September 24 will
further enhance the relationship between this two
sister cities in the future.
Shanghai is expected to
invest an additional US$36 million expanding its
power transmission and distribution industry.
Shanghai will take the lead
in the country by installing energy-efficient windows
in residential buildings. Beginning from October
1, housing projects in Shanghai will be banned from
using steel casements windows.
Shanghai Sunrise, a charity
group funded by local expatriates, presented full
scholarships to 117 children during a recent ceremony
at Hilton Hotel.
The city's supervision sector
has uncovered 479 cases of violations against Party
rules and administrative laws over the past year.
Ireland plans to strengthen
its economic co-operation with Shanghai, especially
in the computer software sector, visiting Irish
Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said.
The city is beefing up its
efforts in protecting the environment. It plans
to complete a series of large environmental projects
such as cleaning up the Suzhou Creek and dredging
A dozen of roller-coaster
rides in amusement parks in the city has been found
failing to meet national safety standards. They
were ordered to shut down. The crackdown on such
rides came after an accident in Zhabei Park last
Shanghai Municipal Government
honored 23 expatriates on September 16 for their
contribution to the city's economic and social development.
Dazhong Taxi opened a new
800 number--toll-free telephone service--last weekend
in an effort to attract more passengers. Before
that, passengers have to pay additional cost for
ordering a taxi in advance.
To demonstrate its commitment
to the development of the community in which it
operates, DuPont, the American chemical giant, opened
a "DuPont House" in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone
in Pudong on September 15 to showcase quality daily-use
goods made from DuPont materials.
The U.S.'s newly imposed
regulation to control Chinese imports packed in
wooden crates will not only affect China's exports
to the US, but also hinder bilateral trade relations,
local officials and expert said recently.
The Shanghai Public Security
Bureau arrested a 22-year-old graduate student on
a charge of sabotaging a computer information network.
It will be the first reported hacking case since
the amended Criminal Law was implemented on October
Shanghai is mapping out
a plan that is intended to tap more marine resources
to propel its economy. Last year, the city produced
US$4.2 billion worth of marine products.
China International Travel
Trade Fair will be held in Shanghai from October
29 to November 1. It is expected to set up more
than 930 booths.
The city's IT industry recently
held a working meeting, hammering out the timetable
to solve the "Year 2000 Problem". So far Shanghai's
interconnected computer networks consist of 100
mainframes, 1,000 servers and a million PCs.
At a gathering on Teachers'
Day (September 10) to reward 263 outstanding local
teachers, Shanghai Deputy Party Secretary Gong Xueping
said the city should provide teachers with better
During the first eight months
this year, Shanghai exported more than US$10.9 billion
worth of goods, up 10.4% from the same period last
Six more medical teams have
left for the flood-stricken areas in Hunan province.
They will all work on the embankments along the
Yangtze River where flood victims congregate.
'98 Shanghai Urban Energy
International Symposium was held on September 10.
More than one hundred experts, at home and abroad
gathered at the World Museum Hotel.
Shanghai Customs has nominated
335 "trustworthy firms" for their quality products
and management and will provide them with special
treatment in handling imports and exports.
Songjiang is still a hot
place for overseas investment despite the Asian
flu. Last month, the county attracted more than
US$60 million in overseas funds.
Shanghai needs more technology
brokers to push forward its technology market, which
is considered an important step in developing local
Volunteering has been gaining
momentum in Shanghai. More than 5,000 people, mostly
university students, signed up on Sunday for volunteering
work for the '98 World Middle School Students Games
which is to be held on October 12-19.
Local exporters are teaming
up with universities and research institutes to
set up R & D centers in order to develop competitive
products for the global market.
A new generation of video
technology that is expected to replace VCD (which
stands for video CD) has recently emerged. It is
called SVCD, namely Super VCD. It promises better
delivery of clear images.
The municipal police department
recently raided the cybercafes all over the city
and confiscated hundreds of obscene CDs. As far
there are more than 1,000 cybercafes of all kinds
in the city, only 157 have registered with the police
Party Secretary Huang Ju
visited the Anti-Drugs Picture Display. He emphasized
that more anti-drugs publicity will help facilitate
the country's anti-drugs campaign. The display themed
"Love life, Refuse drugs" has so far attracted thousands
of local residents.
The municipal police department's
computer monitoring office recently announced measures
to prevent the outbreak of CIH virus, a malicious
computer virus that infects executable programs
with Windows 95 and Windows 98. CIH is said to break
out on the 26th each month.
21 volunteers recently left
for Yunan Province's rural areas to help the local
poor. It is part of the city's efforts to offer
helps to the in-land province.
Shanghai will use information
technology to push forward its economic growth and
social development. Mayor Xu Kuangdi said on Wednesday
the government will fully adopt IT into its industrial
and social sectors over the next 10 to 12 years.
Shanghai estimates that
US$31.3 billion worth of investment will be needed
over the next three years to make the city's industrial
By clarifying the definition
of laid-off workers, labor authorities have finally
outlined the situation of downsized workers, counting
their number to 129,700 by the end of June.
As soldiers and civilians
fight the eighth flood crest in the middle- and
lower-reach of Yangtze River, Shanghai citizens
and enterprises continue to donate necessities to
the flooded areas.
Meditech China '98, an international
exhibition and conference on medical, hospital equipment
and supplies, opened on Wednesday at Shanghai Exhibition
Beginning September 1 Shanghai
will increase the monthly rents of the public- owned
housing as part of its efforts to encourage people
to buy the public property outright from the government.
The city plans to spend
US$4 billion on projects to improve the local environment
by 2000, Mayor Xu Kuangdi recently said. It is part
of the city's sustainable development strategy.