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- Top political advisor visits snow hit Anhui Province
Top political advisor, Jia Qinglin, called on governments in snow-hit regions to take effective measures, strengthen leadership and unite people of all walks of life to combat the unprecedented natural disaster.
- Senior official visits disaster hit Henan Province
Entrusted by General Secretary of CPC Central Committee Hu Jintao, senior Chinese official Zhou Yongkang has paid a visit to central China's snow-hit Henan Province to meet officials and common people and guide disaster relief work on behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council.
- Senior official visits snow hit Guizhou Province
Commissioned by General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Hu Jintao, senior Chinese official Xi Jinping paid a visit to southwest China's snow and ice hit Guizhou Province on behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council
- Gov't urges greater efforts to combat snow
A State Council meeting on Friday, presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao, called on the nation to make greater efforts to ensure economic and social stability in the face of persistent bad weather.
  • Leaders' visits boost morale amid weather crisis

  • Traffic system recovering after harsh weather

  • Snow havoc causes US$7.5bn in losses

  • Command center established to deal with snow disaster
  • - Coal shortages cut power plants in China
    Coal shortages have closed down power stations with an aggregate capacity of up to 40.99 million kilowatts in China, or 7 percent of the capacity of China's thermal power plants, said the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) on Monday.
    - Gov't urges conservation to ease winter power disruption
    Senior government officials held an emergency teleconference on Sunday to discuss the severe power disruptions caused by prolonged snow, rain and cold weather.
    - No efforts spared to get coal to power plants
    According to a report from the China Central Television (CCTV), China’s communications authorities have taken urgent measures to relieve the current coal supply shortage troubling many power plants.
    - Power shortage delays 136 passenger trains
    As of 4:00 a.m. Saturday 136 electric passenger trains were delayed on an artery railway in central China as local power supply system had been damaged by continuous snowfall and icy rain.
    - China to steady prices amid inflation concerns
    China said on Monday it would take legal, economic and the necessary administrative measures to stabilize prices, a move that underscores its growing inflation concern.
    - Price fixers face increased fines
    The State Council will attempt to rein in inflation from its highest level in more than a decade by curbing illegal price-fixing activities that have partly driven up prices on basic goods such as cooking oil, eggs and flour.
    - Decree revised to punish illegal price hikes
    The Chinese government on Sunday promulgated a revised decree to strike at any activities that drive up prices through hoarding or cheating.
    - Stopgap price control
    The Chinese government is taking action to keep a firm lid on inflation as it has promised.
    - UNEP chief praises China's restriction on use of plastic bags
    UN environment chief Achim Steiner has praised a recent decision by the Chinese government to impose limits on the use of plastic bags taking effect on June 1, as part of the country's dual-purpose campaign to protect the environment and save energy.
    - Beijing promotes 'green' shopping bags
    Beijing's Haidian district took the lead in promoting "green shopping bags" amid a national crackdown on plastic bag use.
    - Plastic bag ban
    The State Council issued a notice on Tuesday requiring all supermarkets, grocery stores and free markets to stop providing free plastic bags from June 1 this year, and called for people to use baskets or cloth bags for shopping.
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