China reports fourth bird flu death

H7N9-bird-fluShanghai, April 4 : Another person died of H7N9 bird flu in China's Shanghai cith Thursday, taking the total number of such deaths in the country to four, reports Xinhua.

Three suspected H7N9 cases were also reported in the city, said the Shanghai Municipal Health and Family Planning Commission Thursday.

The latest death case involved a 48-year-old man surnamed Chu, who was a native of Rugao in neighbouring Jiangsu province. The man was a poultry transporter.

He developed symptoms of coughing March 28. After having fever Monday, he went to a private clinic for treatment.

Young, middle-aged Chinese worry about health

middle-aged-ChineseBeijing, April 4 :  Young and middle-aged Chinese are worried about their health, showed a survey that cited stress, long working hours and difficulty in sleeping as the three biggest sources of health concerns.

The survey showed that 66.8 percent of young and middle-aged Chinese believe their health is poor.

A little over 44 percent of respondents said they feel fatigued, according to a report by Insight China, a magazine administered by Qiushi, the flagship magazine of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

Qantas aims to increase services to mainland China

Qantas aims to increase services to mainland ChinaAustralia's largest carrier, Qantas Airways has indicated that it is aiming to increase its services between Australia and mainland China soon.

Andrew Hogg, Qantas International's China manager, said in the statement, "We said we would expand Qantas's Asian network through our airline partnerships. We're now delivering on that promise."

China’s PMI rises to 50.9 in March

China’s PMI rises to 50.9 in MarchAccording to the latest data released, the manufacturing data expanded to its highest level in 11 months during the month of March indicating that the Chinese economy is showing signs of recovery.

The National Bureau of Statistics and China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said that the country's Purchasing Managers' Index, which is an important index for manufacturing activity in the country, increased to 50.9. The index was recorded at the level of 50.1 during the month of February. A rating of more than 50 shows expansion while a rating of below 50 shows contraction.

China's manufacturing PMI rises

China's manufacturing PMI risesBeijing, April 1 : China's purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector rose to 50.9 percent in March from 50.1 percent in February, according to data released Monday.

The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) said in a statement on its website that the rise was the result of increasing trade activity, increasing orders and slowing price increases for upstream products, reported Xinhua.

Enterprises are demonstrating positive signs in their performance and the economy is stabilizing with upward momentum, the statement said.

Two die in Chinese fighter jet crash

Two die in Chinese fighter jet crashBeijing, April 1 : Two pilots were killed when their Su-27 fighter jet crashed near the city of Rongcheng in east China's Shandong province Sunday, said authorities.

The crash occurred at 1.35 p. m. when the pilots were in the middle of a training mission. No collateral damage on the ground was reported, said Xinhua citing the air force. (IANS)

China to build two Antarctic research stations

Antarctic-research-stationsBeijing, March 29 : China plans to build two new research stations in Antarctica by 2015 and site inspections are already being conducted by an expedition team, authorities said.

A summer station that can be used from December to March will be set up between the existing Zhongshan and Kunlun stations to provide replenishment and other logistical support, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said Thursday.

The station will be used to study geology, glaciers, geomagnetism and atmospheric science in Antarctica, reported Xinhua.

Drought affects 24 million in China

Drought affects 24 million in ChinaBeijing, March 29 : Nearly 24 million people have been affected by drought in China's various provinces since last October while causing a big financial loss to the government, authorities said Thursday.

The drought has affected 23.7 million people living in Yunnan, Gansu and Sichuan provinces till date, causing economic losses of more than $1.1 billion, Xinhua quoted civil affairs authorities as saying Thursday.

China to launch Earth-observation satellite

China to launch Earth-observation satelliteBeijing, March 29 : China will launch its first satellite for a high-resolution system for Earth observation in April, a government agency said Thursday.

Examinations of the satellite and its carrier rocket -- the Long March 2D -- have been completed and the satellite is now in the launch stage, Xinhua quoted the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SATIND) in a statement.

Mark Selby regains snooker top ranking

Mark-SelbyBeijing, March 28 : Former world No. 1 Mark Selby Thursday snatched a second-round triumph from Ricky Walden 5-2 at the World Snooker China Open and regained the top place in the ranking list.

Former top-ranked player Judd Trump was beaten by Jack Lisowski in the first round, reports Xinhua.

The 30-year-old Englishman shot a 3-1 lead with a break of 91 in the first frame before interval. Walden fought back one frame but couldn't find his pace anymore.

"I didn't play as well (as yesterday)," said Selby, who missed the final victory in International Championship, The Masters and the PTC Finals this season.

Chinese company sues Apple over patent dispute

Apple-siriShanghai, March 28 : A Chinese company has sued Apple Inc, accusing the US-based tech giant of intellectual property right infringement regarding software used in its popular Siri software.

Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co, the developer of voice-recognition technology Xiao i Robot, alleged that Siri infringed on its patent, especially relating to "a type of instant messaging chat robot system", reports Xinhua.

The Chinese company said its product can respond to requests in an intelligent way based on its artificial intelligence servers and databases.

World No.1 Trump stunned at China Open snooker

Judd-TrumpBeijing, March 27 : World No. 1 Judd Trump was stunned by Jack Lisowski 3-5 in the first round of the World Snooker China Open here.

Defending champion Peter Ebdon and World No. 5 John Higgins also exited Tuesday at the first hurdle, reports Xinhua.

Lisowski, 22, produced an amazing rally from 2-3 down to beat his training partner Trump, 24. The victory gave the World No. 42 a huge boost.

China to buy weapons from Russia

Russian-fighter-jetsBeijing, March 26 : Beijing and Moscow have signed two contracts for China to buy Russian fighter jets and submarines.

China Central Television reported that the purchase deals were signed before President Xi Jinping's just-concluded visit to Russia, China Daily reported Tuesday.

The purchases represented "the first time in nearly 10 years" that China had bought large military technological equipment from Russia, the report said.

The four submarines will be jointly designed and built by both countries, with two of them to be built in Russia and the other two in China.

Number plate sold for $14,500 in Shanghai

Number-plate-ChinaBeijing, March 25 : The cost of a car licence plate hit a record high in the Shanghai city of China when one such plate was sold for over 90,000 yuan (about $14,500) despite municipal government efforts to regulate the market.

Nine days before March's car plate auction Saturday, the Shanghai government said the price of a second-hand car plate should not exceed the auction price of new car plates. The authorities have blame the rising price of second-hand plates for pushing up the new prices.(IANS)

Chinese growth may decline in 2015: economist

Chinese growth may decline in 2015: economistBeijing, March 24 - After about 30 years of fast growth, Chinese economic growth rate may see a visible declines in 2015, said an economist.

"Chinese economic growth rate may see visible declines in 2015 and the growth rate may further fall below 7 percent in 2019 before gradually stabilizing between 6 to 7 percent," Xinhua quoted Liu Shijin, deputy head of the Development Research Centre of the State Council, as saying.

13 dead as hailstorms hit China

13 dead as hailstorms hit ChinaBeijing, March 24 - At least 13 people were killed and more than two million affected as hailstorms hit several parts of China, officials said.

Nine people died and over 270 were injured when a hailstorm hit Dongguan city in south China's Guangdong province, Xinhua reported.

The hailstorm caused an economic loss of over 350 million yuan (around $56 million) in the city.

Three people died and more than one million have been affected after hailstorms hit the central Hunan province.

China beat Iraq in 2015 Asian Cup qualifier

Asian-Cup-qualifierChangsha (China), March 23 : Second-half substitute Yu Dabao scored in stoppage time to help China beat 10-man Iraq 1-0 at home in Group C of the 2015 Asian Cup qualifying.

Yu lashed the ball into the net following a goalmouth scramble in the 93rd minute Friday, reports Xinhua.

Iraq were down to 10 men after defender Ali Adnan Kadhim was sent off for a second bookable offence just before halftime.

China, who lost their opening qualifier to Saudi Arabia (1-2) last month, and Iraq both have three points after two rounds of play in Group C.(IANS)

China could be world's No.1 economy by 2016

China could be world's No.1 economy by 2016Beijing, March 23 - China could become the world's largest economy by 2016 if it fully implements a series of regulatory, market, socio-economic and tax reforms, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said.

In the presentation here Friday of its latest Economic Survey of China, the OECD forecast that the Asian giant's economy will grow by 8.5 percent this year and 8.9 percent in 2014, higher than most analysts' expectations.

Beckham arrives in China as CSL ambassador

David-BeckhamBeijing, March 20 : David Beckham arrived in Beijing Wednesday to start his role as an ambassador for the Chinese Super League (CSL) and the Youth Football Program in the country.

The 37-year-old, who was named the first global ambassador of the CSL in February, launched into his duties immediately after his arrival in the Chinese capital, visiting two local schools to promote football, Xinhua reports.

"I am very proud to be here as the ambassador for the CSL and have a chance to help the children in China," said the former England captain, who was greeted by a media scrum and hundreds of fans.

China Telecom’s net profit fell 9.5% in 2012

China Telecom’s net profit fell 9.5% in 2012Leading telecommunication service provider, China Telecom Corp has recorded a fall of 9.5 per cent in its net profit during the year 2012.

China Telecom said that its net profit fell 9.5 per cent in 2012 due to increased costs and competition from other players for high value customers in the country. The total net profit fell to 14.93 billion yuan or US$ 2.38 billion in 2012 compared to yuan 16.50 billion recorded in the previous year. The data also showed that the revenue increased 15.5 per cent to yuan 283.07 billion from a restated yuan 245.07 billion in 2011.

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