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Mr. Xu Kuangdi, mayor of
Shanghai, visited the on-going exhibition on environmental
protection. He pointed out that environmental-protection
sector should be one of the main focuses for the
city's industrial development.
The latest typhoon swept
the city, without doing much harm to local residents,
although many flights at Pudong International Airport
have been postponed. Before it arrived, Mr. Xu Kuangdi,
mayor of Shanghai, gave a televised speech to urge
the local residents to make necessary preparations
for the typhoon.
Starting from next year,
high-school graduates in the city don't have to
prepare for the many subjects as required by the
National College Entrance Examination. The city
will adopt a "3 plus X" system, that is, students
only need to take examinations in Chinese, Mathematics,
English and plus one or two other subjects of his/her
By the end of this year,
about 45,000 households in the city will compete
for the first interactive services homes in China.
One month has passed since
the city's police launched a large-scale inspection
over 29,000 clubs from mid-July and early August.
The Bank of China International
Holding Ltd. will develop its investment banking
business in the Chinese mainland when the top financial
authorities give the green light, said a senior
official with the bank.
The local government is
now launching a "green sale" project (or non-pollution
sale) with the aim to cut down on toxic wastes like
plastic packaging, disposable chopsticks, styrofoam
lunch boxes and used batteries.
The usually steady price
of gold ornament in the city slid from US$14.25
to US$13.89 this week as big cities such as Beijing
and Nanjing engage in a fierce gold price war.
Shanghai Xinhua Distribution
Group has proposed anti-piracy treaty that promises
its 151 subordinate Xinhua Book Stores won't sell
any pirated books, audio-video products or electronic
A total of 70,000 trees
transplanted from Shanghai's suburban areas and
other provinces have taken root along the city's
145 main streets since the local government launched
a project to "introduce big trees into Shanghai"
Shanghai's suburban Songjiang
District became the first district in Shanghai to
abolish village-run primary schools. Countryside
pupils will be sent to central primary schools by
Local families are not so
optimistic about their income in the coming three
years, with only 15.6% having an opportunity of
increasing their income. The conclusion was made
in a survey conducted by the Urban Investigation
Team with Shanghai Statistics Bureau, which sampled
3,000 families from 165 neighborhood communities.
On August 21, Shanghai Grand
Theater became the first among its national peers
to be granted the certification of ISO9000, a set
of international quality management standards.
People's Park, located in
the heart of the city, has taken on a new look after
its latest four-month reconstruction. The 10-hectare
park is now regarded as a "green park" which offers
relaxation and fresh air for busy urban residents.
Over 1,100 young women entered
their names to compete for the 10 airline stewardess
positions with Japan Airlines recently in Shanghai.
The entrance to Yan'an Lu
Tunnel in Pudong will be beautified thanks to a
US$845,400 project by Shanghai Tunnel Development
The four members of the
China Super Bookstore Association are now co-operating
to set up a standard database which can help them
share the latest information on book retailing.
Pudong International Airport
is preparing for the construction of its second
runway to meet the growing demands, said Xiakeqiang,
chairman of Shanghai Airport Group.
For many local beer drinkers,
the name Carlsberg from Denmark may soon vanish
from memory. Tsingtao Brewery Co. recently bought
a 75% stake of Carls Brewery (Shanghai) Ltd., a
significant move that will expand its business in
the East China Market.
Patients with acute promyelocytic
leukaemia, a kind of blood cancer, can be cured
now, thanks to the latest successful research on
APL-related genes made by experts in Shanghai.
A total of 639 immigrants
in 150 families from Yunyang County of Chongqing
Municipality arrived at Shanghai's island county
of Chongming on August 17.
The meaning of carvings
on 1,200 bamboo strips believed to be over 2,000
years old has been recently decoded by experts after
three years of research with the help of high tech.
Poverty-stricken women in
Shanghai now can get free legal aid through Shanghai
Women's Legal Aid Center which opened to the public
Study of foreign languages
for residents to use during the APEC conference,
to be held here in October next year, is being stimulated
by a second language competition now underway.