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  • Investigators and rescue workers were still at the crash site of China Southwest Flight 4509 that went down on February 24 in Zhejiang Province, killing all 61 people on board.

  • Beginning March 1, subway passengers will be able to use magnetic or IC cards for single way travel. Each station has automatic ticket dispensing machines selling tickets.

  • Metro workers are busy laying tracks and decorating stations to ensure a test run of the second subway before October. Metro II, 16.3 kilometers long, runs from Pudong's Longdong Road to Zhongshan Park in Puxi with 12 stations.

  • Shanghai plans to launch four satellites, one meterological, two research and one resource satellite, with its newly-developed Long March 4B carrier rockets this year.

  • The city has set up its first voluntary blood donation group to contribute to the local blood banks. The group consists of 260 locals.

  • Small-sized repair stands have gradually disappeared from the streets and lanes of the city and are moving into department stores and supermarkets instead.

  • Yuyuan Garden is getting a facelist as half of its total area is being renovated. The garden has been listed by the municipal government as one of the three key tourist areas in 1999.

  • Shanghai International Expo Center is being constructed in Huamu, Pudong. It will become the largest in the Asian-Pacific region.

  • Shanghai plans to attract US$4 billion contracted foreign capital this year and increase the export of foreign-invested enterprises to US$8.5 billion.

  • China's largest fluorine chemical base will be established in Shanghai over the next several years to ease the squeeze on the nation's manufacturing industry.

  • More than 3,000 tourists visited Oriana daily, since it opened to visitors on the first day of Spring Festival, February 16, at its new home in the Pudong New Area.

  • The 1999 Fortune Global Forum, which will be held in Shanghai in September, will be the biggest since Fortune magazine began holding the forums four years ago.

  • The Shanghai Medical Emergency Center, which operates the 120 medical emergency aid hot line, provided medical and other services to more than 1,600 people during the Spring Festival.

  • A helicopter route between Shanghai and Suzhou was launched in an effort to tighten links between China's economic center and the beautiful tourist city.

  • One hundred and twenty orphans have been entrusted to the care of private citizens through a program that began in October, 1997, according to Shanghai Charity Foundation and Shanghai Children's Welfare Institution and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children.

  • The city has set this year's economic goals with its gross domestic product increasing by 9% on last year's basis.

  • Heavy blows dealt to criminals have reduced the crime rate and stabilized society, said the president of the Shanghai Higher People's Court. Criminal cases dropped by 7.04% to reach 11,084 last year.

  • Shanghai plans to invest US$21.7 billion in fixed asset projects this year, a continuous impetus to the city's economic development.

  • Local revenue for this year is expected to hit US$7.66 billion, resulting in zero deficit. Income will grow by 10% compared with last year's.

  • Hundreds of people have called or written to the Shanghai Zoo with suggestions on what the new panda cub should be named.

  • Local state-owned enterprises need a fair and comfortable business environment for them to compete with their domestic and overseas rivals, congress deputies said.

  • Despite the Asian financial turmoil, Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone successfully attracted 65 foreign investors, including 23 trading companies and 42 processing and storage projects.

  • Shanghai Library's unrivalled collection of old photos has become a great aid to historians, journalists and compilers of books on modern history.

  • A TV series will turn the learning of popular science into fun for school-children. The afterschool magazine-like program "I Love Science", aimed at Chinese kids aged 8 to 12, made its debut on February 1 on Shanghai Television Station.

  • Shanghai will open its channels for 30 local satellite TV stations on the provincial level this year, according to Wenhui Daily.

  • Judicial officials pledge to set up a city-wide volunteer system this year to help solve the difficulties of those who have completed prison terms.

  • A Shanghai-Shenzhen train started its voyage at Shanghai on Saturday night, beginning the city's Spring Festival Travel season this year. The annual peak travelling season lasts 40 days from February 1 to March 12.

  • Three overseas seamen were recently fined a total of US$180 for not having returned to their ship on time by the Shanghai Exit and Entry Frontier Inspection Station.

  • Shanghai plans to hold a fair on February 6 to attract 200 senior medical specialists in its latest attempt to become an Asian medical center, according to the Municipal Health Bureau.

  • A European flower exhibition named "The Rhythm of Spring" will be opened in the Gongqing Forest Park, located in the northeast corner of the city, from February 10 to March 10.

  • The city opens the Second Plenary Session of the 11th Municipal People's Congress at Shanghai Exhibition Center on February 2 to address citizens' concerns.


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