Local Governments News
- Beijing takes dry start to year in stride
Despite seeing only three-quarters of its usual rainfall so far this year, Beijing has enough water to ensure things will flow smoothly, officials are saying.
- Lhasa to build 1st tourist information and service center
Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, will build its first-ever tourist information office and service center by the end of 2011, a city official said Wednesday.
- Officials told to face online critics or suffer criticism
Under a new rule, Tianjin officials will have to handle all online complaints within 15 days or face disciplinary action.
- Chongqing to sack civil servants with low education degrees
The ultimatum is loud and clear for tens of thousands of young civil servants in Chongqing municipality who do not have a higher education degree: obtain one by 2016 or lose your job.
- Guangdong hospitals to charge new service fee
Patients in public hospitals in Guangdong province will be charged a medical service fee beginning late this year, a move to reduce the hospitals' dependency on profits from pharmaceutical prescriptions.
- Shenzhen people to enjoy easy access to family doctors
About half of the households in this southern city will enjoy easy access to family doctors by 2015 after the full implementation of a new healthcare system.
- Smelting plant closed after lead poisoning probe
Authorities in northwest China announced Wednesday the closure of a smelting plant suspected of discharging waste that caused lead poisoning in at least 300 children.
- Macao's legislature extends term to discuss imported labor bill
The Legislative Assembly of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) Tuesday passed a resolution in an emergency process extending the legislature's current term to Oct. 15 so that the legislative work of a bill concerning imported labor can be completed.
- Illegal brick kilns bring down officials
The illegal sprawl of brick kilns along the mudflats of China's second largest waterway, Yellow River, has stirred up an administrative whirlwind in a central China county, leading to the removal or discipline of 22 officials.
- Macao chief promises smooth transition to new administration
Current Chief Executive (CE) of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) Ho Hau Wah Tuesday said in a statement that new CE Chui Sai On has his full support in preparing for a new administration.
- Department demands money for employment
An environmental protection bureau in Hunan province is allegedly forcing prospective employees to pay 10,000 yuan ($1,463) for jobs.
- Macao chief nixes bill on juvenile crime
Edmund Ho Hau Wah, Chief Executive of the Macao SAR, Sunday withdrew and suspended proposed legislation to reduce the age of criminal responsibility to 14, urging lawmakers to reevaluate the impact of the provision.
- Penalties ordered for dirty texting
Now mobile phone users should think twice before sending unwanted erotic or insulting text messages.
- Bureau to control mapping and surveys
Authorities in Guangdong are cracking down on illegal surveying and mapping to better regulate the geographic information industry in the southern province, a land resources official said yesterday.
- Chongqing judicial chief probed over links with gangsters
A senior judicial figure in Chongqing is being investigated over allegations he colluded with organized criminal gangs.
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