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  1. Drones to be used to help regions hit by disasters

    Posted Jul 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Choi Chi-yuk Seven provinces and municipalities plan to introduce pilotless aircraft, or drones, to monitor geological hazards such as earthquakes and landslides, which claim hundreds of lives and cost billions of yuan in economic losses every year. Hu Jie, an official with the Ministry of Land and Resources, revealed the plans during a press conference to discuss the three-day ...

  2. News - China - SICHUAN EARTHQUAKE

    PLA shows quick response to Lushan earthquake

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... aircraft from Beijing in the morning to take aerial photographs of the quake-hit area, while five civilian drones were also sent up to survey the area. Forty-five civilian flights were chartered ...

  3. Disaster strikes

    Posted Jul 18th 2010, 12:00am by Paul Fonoroff

    ... Paul Fonoroff Since the earliest days of feature-length epics a century ago, filmmakers have recognised the box office allure of catastrophes. Italy paved the way with the volcanic pyrotechnics of The Last Days of Pompeii (1913), and America's Cecil ...

  4. Curse of the 'tofu' schools strikes again

    Posted Apr 15th 2010, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... of state power'. Prone to disaster 1920: 8.5 magnitude quake strikes Haiyuan county in Ningxia, killing 240,000 and destroying four counties 1927: Magnitude-8 quake rocks Gulang county ...

  5. Ousted rebel warlord planning to strike back in Myanmar

    Posted Oct 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan in Yunnan The fragile peace in Myanmar's Shan state bordering China could unravel as rebels driven out by the Myanmese army are regrouping and preparing to strike back. ... aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Peng was forging alliances with other ethnic groups in Shan state and planning to strike back. Peng, chief of the Kokang forces known ...

  6. Graft strikes at heart of nation's development

    Posted Aug 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Beijing has a huge problem on its hands. The crackdown on organised crime in Chongqing has netted more than 1,500 people, most of them gang members, but also top city officials, businessmen and, most worryingly, hundreds of police officers. Wen Qiang, the ...

  7. Lamma islanders dig deep, strike gold with treasure hunt

    Posted Dec 30th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Fund-raising drive raises more than HK$10,000 for appeal Lamma Island's main fund-raising event for Operation Santa Claus was nearly a no-go when its long-time Scottish 'Father Christmas' left for Dubai. But as islanders ar ...

  8. Quake strikes Ruili

    Posted Dec 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng A magnitude 4.9 earthquake struck Ruili, a city on Yunnan province's border with Myanmar, early yesterday, injuring 19 people and damaging property. The quake came two hours after a slightly weaker quake hit just north of the provincial ca ...

  9. Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes Qinghai province

    Posted Nov 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale jolted a town in Qinghai province yesterday, triggering panic in nearby cities. Residents of Da Qaidam felt the ground rock violently for more than a minute at 9.22am as the tremor erupted 10km ...

  10. Tour guides threaten to strike over pay reduction

    Posted Jun 09th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng Tour guides facing pay cuts of about 60 per cent or more are threatening to stage a week-long strike from Saturday. The Hong Kong Tour Guides General Union has not ruled out taking more drastic measures to protest against travel agencies and the government scrapping income from tips. 'We want the government and travel agencies to respond to our concerns about ...




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