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Ring-side seat to the China Story

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CHINA is a great story and journalists from around the world are swarming all over it. But other foreign journalists are drawn to work for Chinese media. Xu Wei gets the inside story.

As China hurtles ahead and its booming media becomes more professional, foreign journalists are working at Chinese newspapers and broadcast outlets.

While hundreds of their colleagues are covering the China story for overseas media, these journalists have got both a front-row seat to the China story and a chance to explain China to the world.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 13:39

Spirit of innovation to live on

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THE Chinese government and universities will continue to foster innovation and entrepreneurship among domestic college students after a 1.6 billion yuan (US$2.44 million) fund was set up last year to encourage them to start up their own firms, officials said at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress yesterday in Shanghai.

"Domestic universities have put a lot of emphasis on fostering college students' innovative spirit and skills in recent years," China's Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang said.

"In the next step, we will improve the policies to reduce the risks and costs of college students' start-ups," he said in his opening speech at the congress, a three-day event held in Shanghai for the first time.

About 109,000 people started their own enterprises last year, a big increase over previous years, but no comparative figure was given.

A website to promote entrepreneurship among college students and a training base to help them start up their own business were launched in Shanghai yesterday. The training base will help students with strong ideas to set up their own enterprises and to learn from successful businessmen about basic entrepreneurship skills.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 10:14

Bank details on the web

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CHINA'S biggest search engine, Baidu, removed files containing the personal details of thousands of locals from its document-sharing platform yesterday, following public outcry over the breach of privacy.

But although those files were deleted, people's personal information can easily be found on the Internet.

Shanghai Daily has discovered similar documents online, including a local list of customers with a domestic bank said to have savings of more than 5 million yuan (US$762,020). The 25-page file, published by a netizen identified as "kim_n1982," details people's names, ID numbers, addresses and cell phone numbers.

The file, along with a similar document concerning another bank, was deleted late yesterday.

Ying Wenqi, a local resident called at random from the list, was annoyed to hear his details were online. He asked: "Who put my information on the Internet? Can I sue Baidu?"

"It seems that I have no way of dealing with this," Ying said, adding that he didn't have that amount of savings.

An official surnamed Ma with the bank involved said most of the information was incorrect and had not been leaked from the bank.

"We are calling all the numbers on the list as it should not have happened," said Ma.

Baidu deletes documents that breach privacy if they receive complaints, said Zhang Jingyi, a media official with the company.

Wu Dong, a local lawyer, said personal details should not be made public, but admitted that it may be difficult to prove in court that this had serious consequences.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 13:47

Radiation over Shanghai at 'extremely low' level

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RADIOACTIVE material has been detected in the air above Shanghai and other southeastern coastal areas, monitoring authorities said yesterday.

But the levels were "extremely low" and would not affect public health or the environment, they said.

The findings were revealed in a statement issued by China's National Nuclear Emergency Coordination Committee.

According to the statement, experts said no protective measures were needed against the material, believed to have been dispersed through the air from the quake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 13:39

Pay compensation, plagiarist told

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A TOP academic at Fudan University was told to pay 18,000 yuan (US$2,744) compensation to an associate professor at Shanghai University for plagiarizing her work.

Xu Yan, 39, also an associate professor, was ordered by Yangpu District People's Court to publish an apology in Journalist Magazine, a major journalism publication.

The judicial result was revealed for the first time as the Shanghai Copyright Administration publicized last year's top 10 copyright protection cases yesterday.

The plagiarism case received widespread coverage last year because renowned universities were involved.

Wuhan University Press, which published a book including Xu's plagiarized thesis, was also told to pay 6,000 yuan in compensation for not checking the article carefully.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 13:40

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