China confirms bird flu outbreak in Guangzhou

New Delhi, Sept. 18: The Ministry of Agriculture in China has confirmed a bird flu outbreak in South China's Guangzhou, which began with the mass deaths of ducks on September 5.

The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory, according to the ministry, confirmed the outbreak as a sub-type of H5N1 bird flu.

It said 36,130 ducks had been culled as of September 17, after farmers in Sixian Village and Xinzao Township in the Panyu district of Guangzhou reported the deaths of their ducks on September 5.

China has over 600 million mobile phone users

China had over 600 million mobile phone users by June this year, which means every one in five mobile phone users in the world is a Chinese.

According to Xie Feibo, vice director of the Radio Administration Bureau of the Ministry of Information Industry, the number included 80 million personal handy phone (PHS) users.

ZTE Looking For Indian Mate For R&D

Shenzhen (China): ZTE is making exploratory survey for Indian partners in order to start research and development in broadband and internet protocol TV (IPTV) products.

The communications equipment provider has already entered in an advanced stage of discussion with a private Indian telecom equipment manufacturer.

During a discussion on the company’s plan for broadband products, Xu Ming, ZTE President (Broadband Products) said, “We are in discussion with an Indian company (telecom equipment manufacturer) to develop ADSL products and undertake R&D.”

Mr. Ming, however, declined to reveal the name of the Indian company citing the privacy clause the negotiating companies have signed early this year.

Sex crimes by Chinese minors on the increase, warns Beijing judge

Sex crimes by Chinese minors are increasing because of pornography and a breakdown in family values, according to a judge of a Beijing court.

Judge Wang Lijuan of Beijing's Haidian District People's Court said 70 percent of the teenaged criminals, mostly in the 16 to 17 age group, were not high school graduates, and about 60 percent of them came from broken homes.

Citing one case, he said a 16-year-old who constantly watched porn films after his mother went abroad and his father was too busy to take care of him, raped a woman.

HIV/AIDS Cases on Surge in China

Zhengzhou: The number of HIV/AIDS cases has been surging fast in China. 18,543 new cases of HIV carriers and 4,314 cases of AIDS have been reported in China in the first six months of this year.

Han Mengjie, assistant to the director of the office with AIDS Control Work Committee of the State Council, said “2,039 people died of AIDS in first half of the year.”

Chinese Products Have Threatening Levels Of Lead – Health Canada (LEAD)

Cell Phone CharmsHealth Canada has reported that products from China could be hazardous for young children who often put things in their mouth, so these should be kept out of reach of children.

TCS Intends To Make Third Centre In China; To Appoint 4,000 More

Bangalore: TCSIn order to support its rising customer base in the country, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has decided to set up its third development centre in China by the end of this fiscal.

On the sidelines of the Nasscom Quality Summit in Bangalore, Mr, N. Chandrasekaran, company’s COO, said, TCS anticipates scaling up its headcount by five-folds to about 5,000 by next three years (2010).

The company presently controls two development centres in Beijing and HangZhou and serves close to 20 international clients from China. Further, TCS would continue to expand its delivery centres in Mexico and in Eastern Europe.

After Toys, Cell-phone charms and Zipper pulls from China are on recalls list

Cell Phone Charms
Health Canada has issued a warning that some cell phone charms and zipper pulls imported from China have high levels of lead. The department has stated that young children could be exposed to lead if they chew, suck on while playing with the zipper pulls. The total lead content of the zipper pulls was over 90% while in cell phone charms, it was over 94%, as per the tests done by Health Canada.

Yahoo Intends to Buy Online Ad Network BlueLithium for $300 Mn

In order to Blue Lithiumregain some ground that it has vanished in the last three years to Google Inc., the Internet giant ‘Yahoo’ has decided to get hold of online advertising network BlueLithium for $300 million in a cash deal.

The acquirement was projected to help encourage Yahoo’s effort to build up a third-party advertising network, assisting the Internet Company to better oppose challengers including Google and Microsoft.

Yahoo anticipates completing the BlueLithium transaction before the end of this fiscal (2007).

Mattel Recalls over 800,000 Toys due to Lead Scare

Mattel Toys
New York: Toy manufacturer, Mattel Inc announced a third recall of Chinese-made toys, stating it would bring back over 800,000 units throughout the world with “prohibited” levels of lead.

The most recent recall consists of three Fisher-Price toy models and eight Barbie brand playsets. Barbie dolls were not included in the list.

In the last five weeks, Mattel had already made up two recalls of millions of Chinese toys because of extreme quantities of lead paint and other risks.

Asia Cup hockey: India Beats China

Asia Cup hockeySpoiling China 1-0 in the last match on the opening day of the Asia Cup hockey tournament, India began its campaign on a winning note this Friday.

The Chinese were more agile and dominated the field, certainly looked winning team, but ultimately, India managed to have a win under its belt. Certainly, it was India’s day!

India, China Should Build Synergies – Sunil Kant Munjal

Sunil Kant MunjalNew Delhi: Sunil Kant Munjal, Hero Corporate Services Chairman said instead of being wary of each others development, India and China should fabricate synergies to develop with each other.

“We should not be wary of China's progress, but should build synergies and connectivity, wherein the progress is shared between the two countries,” Mr. Munjal said at industry meeting room PHDCCI's CEO lecture series.

N Korea Promises To Break Up All Nuke Plans In 6-Months

Beijing: Joint talks on North Korea's nuclear disarmament opened up in an optimistic mood on Wednesday after Pyongyang close down all its five nuclear plants and expressed enthusiasm to come clean on its divisive atomic programme in the coming six months.

Chun Yung Woo, chief negotiator of South Korea said, “North Korea has demonstrated its willingness to disable its nuclear facilities and declare all its nuclear programmes in five to six months.”

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