Request for songs

The Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (GAGOC) held a press conference to mark the start of the official songs solicitation campaign for the Games,which be held in this southerrnChinese city in 2010.  Jingjun, an official withthe GAGOC, said composers must submit both Chinese and English version of their songs. The winning entries will be announced in September 2008.Tratto da 中国 日报

Chongqing blueprint

The State Council passed a plan for the urban and rural development of Chongqing Municipality until 2020. The pln mainly aims to strengthen Chongqing's role as a central city in the south-west and promote overall, balanced and sustained development of the Three Gorges reservoir area. Presiding over the meeting, PremiLuoer WenJiabao said Chongqing should protect its arable land, improve its infrastructure, plan for economic growth and enviromental protection.Tratto da 中国 日报

Slimming warning

The Department of Health asked the pubblic not to use a brand of slimming product called “Fat Rapid Loss Capsule”, which contained a Western drug ingredient and might have side effects. People who have beein using the product, which is called “Xin yan zi pai mei zi jiao nang”, are advised to immediately stop takin it and to seek medical attention if they feel unwell.Tratto da 中国 日报
Air pollution worsens
Hong Kong’s worsening air pollution has created four times more sospended particles in the air than Los Angeles, resulting in about 45% of daytime in a year having low visibility. The problem is costing Hong Kong HK$ 20 billion and 1,600 lives a year.
This is the finding of a study jointly conducted by the University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Civic Exchange. An Environmental Protection Department spokesman reiterated that the degradation of visibility was regional problem. To improve air quality, the HongKong and Guangdong governments have agreed to reduce emissions of various pollutants especially, those from power plants, through local measures across-the-border cooperation by the year 2010.Tratto da 中国 日报
Ancient stone found

An ancient stone was recentrly discovered in Taishan Mountain, further revealing the mistery of the most famous mountain in the country. A group of zircons found at the main peak of the mountain were estimated to be more than 3 billion years old, with the oldest one dating back to at least 3.4 billion years ago. The new finding has challenged the current theory that the main peaks of the Taishan Mountain were formed about 2.5 billion years ago, offering important information on the research of the mountain’s history, said Lu Songnian, a leading geologist in China.Tratto da 中国 日报

Volcanic museum set up

A volcanic museum in Zhanjiang Huguangyan National Geopark, South China’s Guangdong Province was recently established, contributing to preparation for the appraisal by experts of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Zhanjiang Huguangyan National Park, togheter with Haikou Shishan Volcano Group National Geopark in South China’s Hainan Province, applied for a world geopark title in the name of Leiqiong Geopark. Centred in the theme of geological tourism and geological culture, Huguangyan geopark hastened its infrastructure construction. The newly-established volcanic museum, which is saidto be one of western Guangdong’s most modern science exhibition facilities using advanced technology, features multimedia, including movis, slides, music, and lighting.Tratto da 中国 日报

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