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- Visitors to Olympics urged to get permits
Beijing police will begin to check temporary residence permits from tomorrow.
- Sex photos a hot buy in Guangzhou
Cultural authorities in this Guangzhou city have vowed to step up their crackdown on illegal trading of optical discs containing nude photos of Hong Kong actor/singer Edison Chen Kwoon-hei and several other celebrities.
- Commuters called to give up bus seats
Beijing authorities yesterday launched "Seat-giving Day" to encourage people on public transport to give up their seats to those in greater need, in the latest bid to improve civic-consciousness ahead of the Olympics.
- New bins for sorting waste
Residents in Shanghai were given new garbage bins yesterday to help them reduce waste and recycle more.
- Yunnan vows to strengthen NGO cooperation
The governor of Yunan, the province with the most diverse topography and greatest number of plant species and animals in southwest China, vowed on Wednesday to strengthen communication and cooperation with non-governmental organization (NGOs), both domestic and foreign, on environmental protection.
- No limit on private cars
There are no plans to restrict the licensing of private cars in the foreseeable future, Guangzhou Mayor Zhang Guangning said yesterday.
- Kongming Lamp banned for Lantern Festival
The sale and display of traditional flying lanterns have been banned in Nanjing, capital of eastern Jiangsu province, over safety concerns, local officials said on Wednesday.
- Sex-balance challenge for Shandong officials
Local governments in the eastern province of Shandong could fail their annual appraisals if they don't curb growing sex ratio imbalances, the provincial government has said.
- Xining announces forestation project
Xu Xinsheng, from Xining, the provincial capital of Qinghai, was overjoyed when he heard the local government was going to create more forests in the region.
- Chemical plants to be moved out of Guangzhou
Chemical and polluting companies in the Guangdong provincial capital will be moved out of urban areas over the next eight years, the deputy mayor of Guangzhou City said yesterday.
- China confirms new human bird flu case
China's Ministry of Health on Monday confirmed a human case of H5N1 bird flu in the central Hunan Province.
- Tsang accepts Li's resignation
Donald Tsang, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said in a statement on Saturday that he had accepted David Li's resignation from the Executive Council (ExCo).
- Snow blocks highways in Yunnan
Consecutive snow and freezing weather have blocked about 14,000 km of highways in the southwestern province of Yunnan and more than 12,000 passengers were affected on Sunday.
- Water supply resumes after oil spill scare
Environment officials in Foshan, Guangdong Province have assured residents that their water is again safe to drink after supplies to about 100,000 people were cut during an oil pollution scare on Saturday.
- Officials search for missing migratory birds
Wildlife officials have begun a massive search for about 100,000 migratory birds that disappeared from the Poyang Lake Nature Reserve after the worst winter weather to hit southern China in five decades.
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