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  1. First national plan to tackle drought approved

    Posted Nov 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Peiling, deputy dean of the College of Water Conservancy and Civil Engineering at the China Agricultural University. 'Nationwide droughts or droughts that affect a large area of the country ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com The first national drought plan has been passed in an effort to improve measures to combat the frequent natural disasters that have threatened agricultural ...

  2. News - China

    Heavy rain behind the deadly landslide

    Posted Oct 06th 2012, 07:08pm by Associated Press in Beijing

    ... Associated Press in Beijing Persistent rain was the primary cause of a mudslide that killed 18 elementary students and one villager in southwestern China, the  Xinhua News Agency said on Saturday. All 18 elementary school students buried in a landslide were confirmed dead on Friday, while the other person also died after a hillside collapsed and smothered part of a village ...

  3. Brave nation starts to recover

    Posted Jun 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... it struck in 2005. Yet the grit and determination of the people and companies of Japan, combined with the support of the nation's friends around the world, have brought early signs ... of the national economic situation on June 14, a firm indication that the worst disruption caused by the earthquake has already been overcome. The first improvement in four months suggests ...

  4. Nursing shortage looms at homes for the elderly

    Posted Aug 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... which elderly homes may not be able to provide,' Kenneth Chan Chi-yuk, vice-president of the Elderly Services Association, said. A new higher diploma programme may ease the shortage, but can provide only one-fifth of the manpower required. Tung Wah College will recruit 200 students to its new two-year programme; classes start in October. Graduates can become enrolled nurses ...

  5. Broken bolt blamed for fatal escalator reversal

    Posted Jul 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Association, said operators of transport hubs such as airports and subway stations were free to buy any escalator they deemed fit. 'The lack of regulation leads to a very bad result. It helps ... confirmed yesterday that there was no law or national regulation mandating the use of heavy-duty escalators at transport hubs. The authorities began drafting a law on the safety of special equipment ...

  6. Heaviest rain in 6 decades causes chaos in Beijing

    Posted Jul 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... at Tsinghua University. Roads in the city have been designed to concave under bridges as a cost-saving measure, which means there has to be a good drainage system to go with the design, otherwise ... officials are fully aware of the problem, but how fast it [the drainage system] will be renovated depends on the determination of those officials.' Yi Peng, a researcher with the National ...

  7. Safe railways are far more important than the nation's space programme

    Posted Oct 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... can't train operators tighten safety measures? In your report, a psychologist from Peking University said the public had good reason to feel angry and fearful given that metro system operate ...

  8. Crash needs independent probe, so why not Sars?

    Posted Jul 16th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... independent, is to be headed by the man most closely associated with the government's handling of the crisis, health chief Yeoh Eng-kiong. There is one factor that may explain the different ... The appointment of an independent panel to consider how to improve road safety in the wake of last week's fatal bus crash on the Tuen Mun highway will help ensure lessons that may ...

  9. National halt to use of Otis escalator

    Posted Jul 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to examine the defective escalator, which reversed direction suddenly on Tuesday morning, but she said she did not know whether it was an independent Otis probe or a joint one with government ... was still to be determined by the National Elevator Inspection and Testing Centre. He said the administration had also issued an urgent directive ordering the inspection of all escalators at subway ...

  10. Cities are facing a sinking problem

    Posted Mar 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... subsidence across the nation by 2020. In the 1920s, land subsidence was limited to Tianjin and Shanghai, Tao said. But by the 1970s it had spread to other cities. Now, parts of the countryside have ... for infrastructure such as railways, drainage systems, power and communication networks. 'The land-subsidence disaster has been causing great losses to the national economy,' Tao said. 'In ...




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