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- City to beef up public security
More efforts will be made to keep the provincial capital of Guangdong safer this year, the city's mayor said yesterday.
- Beijing to close 144 gas stations
Local environmental officials said that 144 gas stations and nine oil depots in the capital region would be closed by the end of May because of cost or safety issues connected with air quality regulations.
- Snow-affected areas focus to reconstruction
Areas of China affected by the recent severe weather have shifted from emergency work to reconstruction, with transport and power supplies returning to normal.
- No rats for Beijing
Beijing medical authorities announced on Thursday that they will launch a campaign to kill rats and present a clean environment for the Olympics, which opens on August 8.
- US$36 mln plan to protect grottoes's treasures
The government has approved a US$36 million protection scheme for the Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes, a World Heritage Site in Gansu Province.
- Former Anhui official gets jail sentence
The Intermediate People's Court of Bozhou City of east China's Anhui Province gave a former deputy mayor an eight-year jail term for accepting bribes totaling about 400,000 yuan (US$56,000) on Thursday.
- Former police chief shoots dead superior
A police chief in northern China gunned down his superior in revenge before killing himself, sources with the local government told Xinhua on Thursday.
- Blood bank prepares for serious shortages
Officials from Shanghai Blood Administration Office said yesterday the city will face a blood shortage within weeks, as clinical demand is expected to surge by 20 to 30 percent.
- Jiangxi buys insurance for military rescuers
The government of Jiangxi, one of the Chinese provinces devastated by heavy snow and freezing rain over the past month, has bought accident insurance for all soldiers taking part in the disaster relief work, according to military sources.
- Class B warrant issued for fraud suspects
China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) recently issued a class B warrant for female fraud suspects Li Hui and Tang Guozhen for conning more than 400 women in the southwest Chongqing Municipality.
- Kunming police equipped with cap cameras
Police in a southwest China city have installed cameras in their caps under a pilot program to help them record evidence when dealing with emergency.
- Stars for the energy savers
Shanghai is to adopt a star-based rating system, similar to that used to rate hotels, to evaluate buildings according to their energy efficiency, said city officials.
- Provinces sign up to Games clean air pledge
Five provincial-level jurisdictions surrounding Beijing have pledged to join the capital's effort to ensure clean air for the Olympic Games in August, according to the director of the State Environment Protection Administration.
- Better care for city's migrants
Shanghai government has vowed to improve its social insurance system to provide better care for migrant workers.
- Power shortages darken Shanghai's holiday lamps
Shanghai is China's top metropolis and a key draw for tourists with its brilliant night skyline but authorities said on Thursday that it would turn off all decorative street lamps during the seven-day Spring Festival to ease the city’s electrical burden.
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