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Beijing

Floral displays to bloom in capital

Beijing will put 2.8 million floral displays on view ahead of the 70th anniversary of victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-45). The capital traditionally arranges floral decorations for festivals and other important occasions. “The flowers will be arranged at scenic spots, squares and tourist sites in the capital,” said Zhu Yingzi, an official at the Beijing Park Management Center.

Typhoon leaves 17 dead, 5 missing

Typhoon Soudelor has left 17 people dead on the mainland and five still missing, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said on Monday. More than 3 million people and 110,000 hectares of crops in Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangxi provinces were affected by the typhoon, with direct economic losses of 8.73 billion yuan ($1.41 billion). After hitting Taiwan, killing six people, Soudelor landed on Saturday night in Fujian before moving to Zhejiang and Jiangxi.

Polluting vehicles taken off roads

More than 217,000 vehicles with excessive exhaust emissions have been removed from the roads in Beijing in the first seven months of this year, the capital’s environmental authority said on Monday. This can reduce major air pollutants by 60,000 metric tons annually and improve air quality, the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau said, adding that it could also cut the emission of nitrogen oxides by 6,176 tons and hydrocarbons by 5,592 tons.

Unsafe companies to be blacklisted

China will blacklist companies that have poor work safety records and restrict their business, the country’s work safety watchdog said on Monday. Enterprises affected will be those with records of major work safety accidents or with more than 10 deaths within one year, those that have attempted to conceal their safety record, failed to improve conditions after rectification orders or had their work safety permits suspended or revoked, the State Administration of Work Safety said.

Sichuan

Military drill enters live fire stage

A joint military drill that started in late July entered a live fire stage on Monday. Dubbed Joint Action-2015D, the drill was organized by the People’s Liberation Army Chengdu Military Area Command. It is the first of five similar drills that will involve more than 140,000 soldiers from more than 140 PLA regiments of various types. A system for joint operations will encompass army, navy, air force, artillery, armed police, intelligence, reconnaissance and electronic warfare, said He Qimao, head of the joint drill bureau of the PLA General Staff’s training department.

Xinhua – China Daily

(China Daily 08/11/2015 page4)