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  1. Shanghai fears a baby boom that would strain services

    Posted Nov 19th 2003, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai Shanghai is forecasting a population explosion after 2006, and officials are worried it could put strains on the city's public services. They want couples to put off having children. The city's Population and Family Planning Commission predicted the baby boom- the third in the city's modern history. Shanghai experienced rapid population ...

  2. Basement blitz may evict a million people

    Posted Jan 02nd 2011, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... on Beijing's migrant population, which the municipal government believes is now unsustainable. The Beijing News reported that the overall population in Beijing reached 19.7 million in July, including ... tighten control of its overall population in three categories: the migrant population, permanent residents, who are not registered as Beijing residents, and Beijing residents. Liu Jiwang, ...

  3. Lack of basic social security network places burden on families caring for elderly

    Posted Nov 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... said. He is part of a rapidly ageing population on the mainland that has raised fears among demographers that the country might not be able to support its growing ranks of elderly citizens ... of the population and those over 65 exceeded 7 per cent. Latest statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs shows that fewer than half of the country's elderly citizens have basic social security ...

  4. Letters

    Posted Dec 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... our highly paid bureaucrats can get their act together, and offer real value, with an eco-edge. Nigel Lam, Kowloon Tong Population a global issue Last year, we listened to the environmental ... are selling off their minerals, and Arab countries their oil. One area that should be of major concern and is never debated is population growth. Over the past 20 years this subject appears to have ...

  5. Smokers may face five days in jail

    Posted Sep 01st 2009, 12:00am by Kelly Chan

    ... that boasts the world's largest smoking population became a talking point after a man caught smoking in a shopping mall in Chongqing was jailed for five days by police on Saturday. Yuzhong ... the burned-out shell was left. The Chinese Association of Tobacco Control said there were about 350 million smokers on the mainland- 30 per cent of the population aged over 15. China is the biggest ...

  6. Police move in after monk's fiery death

    Posted Mar 18th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... than 10 hours after setting himself alight on a street near the Kirti monastery the day before in Aba county, Sichuan, an area mainly populated by Tibetans. According to the government-in-exile ...

  7. War won't resolve the complexities of Caucasus

    Posted Aug 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... across the border to back the South Ossetian government and a small force of Russian peacekeepers already there to protect the region's civilian population, many of whom have Russian ... Georgia, with a population of less than 5 million, has become a thorn in the side of its resurgent neighbour. Under its American-educated leader, the country looks to the west. Along with former ...

  8. Cost should not be a fire-safety factor

    Posted Mar 10th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Of all the elements - and notwithstanding our obsession with the violence of typhoons - fire has to be this densely populated, high-rise city's abiding nightmare. There are no typhoon-style warnings to take evasive action. Sometimes only the professionalism and courage of our firefighters can save lives and property. In this respect we are well served, but at a tragic cost. ...

  9. Fast growth boosts beleaguered Abhisit

    Posted May 25th 2010, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... that the red-shirt revolt was a product of increasing inequality. 'We have made great progress in reducing those below the poverty line from 45 per cent of the population 25 years ago to just under ... to 39 per cent of the working population, though this is still means 15 million people work in agriculture. At the same time, Korn said 'the working population in the unskilled labour ...

  10. Battle to protect Yellow River after PetroChina oil leak

    Posted Jan 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... to form the mainland's biggest oil pipeline network. Hua county has a population of 340,000 and the city of Weinan, which administers the county, a population of 5.4 million. An environmental ...




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