Turkish film wins top prize in Shanghai film fest

Turkish film wins top prize in Shanghai film festShanghai, June 20 - A Turkish film about the relationship between a woman and her widowed father has won the top prize at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Orhan Oguz's "Hayde Bre" won the Golden Goblet for best feature film. The film's leading actor Sevket Emrulla was named the best actor, Xinhua reported.

Boy formulates chemical mixture to keep parents at bay

Boy formulates chemical mixture to keep parents at bayShanghai, Nov 19 - A six-year-old boy in Shanghai has formulated a chemical mixture to resist getting beaten up by his parents. He says if his parents beat him next time, he would spray the mixture on them and make them suffer from rashes.

The boy spent two hours in the toilet preparing the mixture, consists of shampoo, bath foam, soap and vinegar, which he believes can give one wrinkles and rashes, China Daily reported Wednesday.

Psychologists have asked the parents to adopt a more soft and understanding approach toward the child. (IANS)

Superstitious husband leaves unfortunate wife

Superstitious husband leaves unfortunate wifeShanghai, Nov 19 - A man in Shanghai has left his wife after a fortune-teller told him that he would die like her former partner.

Wang's ex-husband died and she married her second partner four years ago. But he left for his hometown without saying goodbye to her, China Daily reported Wednesday.

When Wang contacted her 38-year-old husband, he said a fortune-teller told him he would die like her former husband if they continued staying together.

Obama gets a taste of China’s slavery taunt on Tibet

Obama gets a taste of China’s slavery taunt on TibetShanghai, Nov. 16 : Even before Barack Obama touched down in Shanghai, he got a taste of Chinese taunts on Tibet, asserting that the black President should respect Chinese opposition to the Dalai Lama whose ancestors were ‘slave masters’.

Obama arrives in China, looks to reset ties for the better

Obama arrives in China, looks to reset ties for the betterShanghai, Nov. 16 : US President Barack Obama has arrived in China on a three-day official visit that will be aimed at resetting bilateral ties and hoping to win China''s support on issues ranging from climate change to sanctions against Iran.

Obama, who is on his first to China after becoming president in January this year, is hoping to navigate an increasingly complex relationship with a country that is the largest holder of US foreign debt and its second-largest trading partner.

China will become a golfing powerhouse: Tiger Woods

China will become a golfing powerhouse: Tiger WoodsShanghai, Nov 13 : American golfer and World No. 1 Tiger Woods has tipped China to become a golfing powerhouse in the next few years.

Woods is in Shanghai to take part in the HSBC Champions, the first World Golf Championship event to be staged in Asia.

“China has done pretty much the same thing in every other sport, except for golf. It will be interesting to see what will happen if they make a push towards that, and if they do then there''s no question they will become a powerhouse in golf,” The Mirror quoted Woods, as saying.

Randhawa in line for career-best finish in world golf tourney

Jyoti RandhawaShanghai, Nov 7 : Jyoti Randhawa seems to have found his rhythm and focus at the right time as he added another two-under 70 on a difficult day to keep in sight a first-ever top five finish in a World Golf Championship (WGC). The Indian moved two places, from tied eighth to tied sixth at the end of the third round in the WGC-HSBC Champions here Saturday.

Randhawa shoots 68, placed ninth at WGC-HSBC

Randhawa shoots 68, placed ninth at WGC-HSBC  Shanghai, Nov 5 : Jyoti Randhawa shot a fine four-under 68 that will go a long way in restoring his confidence, as he was placed tied ninth at the end of the first round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club Thursday.

Randhawa was four shots behind the leader, Nick Watney, who with eight-under 64 overshadowed the World No. 1 Tiger Woods (67) and World No. 2 Phil Mickelson (69).

Jeev Milkha Singh was the next best Indian at one-over 73, while Gaganjeet Bhullar and Chinnaswamy Muniyappa went two over par 74 to be placed 57th in the 78-man field.

Car battery tycoon tops China's rich list

Wang ChuanfuShanghai, Nov 5 : Wang Chuanfu, chairman of electric car and battery maker BYD, has become China's richest person, according to an annual rich list released by Forbes Thursday.

Wang leapt 23 places to top the Forbes' China Rich List after his fortune increased to 39.6 billion yuan ($5.8 billion).

BYD, or Build Your Dream, soared after a unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway agreed to buy a 10-percent stake last year.

Liu Yongxing, president of the East Hope Group who topped the list last year, came in second with a fortune of 37.55 billion yuan.

Shanghai Disneyland project approved

Shanghai Disneyland project approvedShanghai, Nov 4 - The Shanghai Disneyland project has been approved by the Chinese central government, authorities said Wednesday.

The disneyland is planned to come up in the Pudong new district of Shanghai, a Xinhua report said.

Disney President and CEO Robert Iger said that China is one of the most dynamic, exciting and important countries in the world, and this approval marks "a very significant milestone" for the Walt Disney Company in China's mainland.

Rookie Indian golfer to play in same event as Tiger

Rookie Indian golfer to play in same event as TigerShanghai, Nov 3 - Chinnaswamy Muniyappa has always dreamt of playing with Tiger Woods, but friends around him always though it was just another one of those wild dreams. But that dream is going to come true this week, when he tees up in the same event as the man who has ruled world golf for more than a decade.

Lopez starts late-season sprint with first semi-final of 2009

Feliciano LopezShanghai  - Spaniard Feliciano Lopez exploded into form Friday for the best showing of a so-so season as the 41st-ranked outsider knocked ninth seed Robin Soderling out in the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Lopez, the 28-year-old left-hander who lost in six consecutive first rounds from Wimbledon until Shanghai, will face compatriot Rafael Nadal if the top seed beats Ivan Ljubicic in a later quarter-final.

Soderling led 4-2 in the opening set against Lopez before the Spaniard reversed that trend. The winner broke three times and profited from 30 Soderling unforced errors.

ATP season complaints old news for Safin

ATP season complaints old news for SafinShanghai  - Marat Safin said he brought up the 11-month length of the ATP season five years ago without success. Now he said he can't understand the renewed interest in a problem that will likely never go away.

"In 2004, we had this discussion at the Olympic Games with [Andy] Roddick," said the 29-year-old Russian who plans to retire next month after a decade and a half in the sport.

"I was saying that the season is too long - we should make it shorter, and the guys, they jumped on me, like I was the one who was wrong," he said.

Haas, Mayer lose as Schuettler is last German in Shanghai

Haas, Mayer lose as Schuettler is last German in ShanghaiShanghai - German hopes at the Shanghai Masters took a blow on Wednesday as 15th seed Tommy Haas was forced to quit after losing the opening set 6-4 against compatriot Rainer Schuettler with a right shoulder injury.

The defeat nudged Schuettler ahead 5-4 in a career series which began nine years ago. Schuettler won the first four before Haas won the following matches ahead of Wednesday.

Haas ends Asian absence with opening Shanghai win

Tommy HaasShanghai  - Tommy Haas played an Asian match for the first time in more than two years, defeating compatriot Benjamin Becker 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 Tuesday to advance into the second round of the Shanghai Masters.

The 18th-ranked German, competing for the first time since exiting the US Open in the third round to Fernando Verdasco, was out-aced by Becker 13 to 11 but saved the only break point the faced in a tight contest.

Haas last played in the region in Bangkok in September, 2007.

Chinese hurdler Liu to make comeback in Shanghai

Liu XiangShanghai  - Just over a year after his tragic appearance at the Beijing Olympic Games, 110-metre hurdler Liu Xiang returns to the track Sunday at the Golden Grand Prix in his home town Shanghai.

The 26-year old has not competed since undergoing an operation on a ruptured Achilles tendon Liu suffered ahead of the August 2008 Olympics.

"There is a certain risk but I believe that I can run competitively at this stage," said Liu, winner of 110m hurdle gold at the 2004 Athens Games and 2007 world champion.

China stocks recover ground

China stocks recover ground Shanghai  - After the large losses of recent days, Chinese shares regained ground on Thursday.

The Shanghai Composite Index rose 126 points, or 4.52 per cent, to stand at 2911.58.

The Shenzhen Component Index also rose, gaining 438.43 points, or 3.91 per cent, to close at 11648.35, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Experts were unsure whether the stock market, which lost around 20 per cent of its value in the previous two weeks, would stage a long-term recovery.

Major Internet pornography syndicate busted in China

Major Internet pornography syndicate busted in ChinaShanghai, Aug 14 : A major Internet pornography syndicate was busted in China, when 13 people were detained for involvement in a cluster of websites that attracted
12 million members.

According to the Suqian Public Security Bureau, the gang, Dikawen, managed 13 websites over a two-year period. It is believed that their arrest could be a major blow to one of three major porn web groups operating in China.

The groups, according to the bureau, operate through computer servers located in the United States, the China Daily reports.

Report suggests new, below 500 bln yuan, loans for China during July

Report suggests new, below 500 bln yuan, loans for China during July On Friday, state media reported that in the month of July, new loans issued by Chinese banks are expected to not exceed 500 billion yuan (73.2 billion dollars), less than a third of that lent in June.

The official Shanghai Securities News, while citing unnamed sources, reported that a quick drop from the 1.53 trillion yuan of new loans previous month was in line with expectations.

51,000 Chinese qualified to be country’s ''new aristocrats''

ChinaShanghai, July 30 : There are 51,000 people in China who are qualified to be called "new aristocrats".

That''s according to the latest research by Hurun Report, which specializes in tracking the wealthy, reports the China Daily.

If you happen to be living in Beijing, you''d need to have at least 87 million Yuan (13 million dollars) to spend on property, cars and other luxury goods.

That would include a Chinese painting by Li Keran, costing a whopping 4 million Yuan or a 1.5 million Yuan Steinway grand piano.

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