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- Eight government agencies in Shanghai will take part in a campaign to return homeless children in Shanghai to their families or communities. The effort will be aided by a DNA database designed for the purpose.
- This probably isn’t news to you, but February was unusually rainy this year. It rained 18 days, nearly double the average of the last 30 years.
- Two men have been arrested under suspicion of stealing a 100-year-old bridge up in Fengxian district! How does one go about stealing a bridge, you ask? Two cranes and two trucks in the dead of night apparently does the trick.
- Shanghai’s Jade Buddha Temple looks set for a substantial face lift after various safety hazards were discovered in the 130-year-old temple. Termite damage, rickety structures, and land subsistence were listed among the problems.
- Shanghai is pledging to spend $1.3 billion (10.3 billion RMB) on pollution reduction in the next three years.
- Likely complicating that effort will be the growing number of registered cars in the city, which shot up 10% last year to to 2.5 million.
- The Shanghai government is pledging five million RMB to help local bookshops survive growing competition from their online counterparts. It is the first such effort made by a local government in China. Out of the 7,000-odd book retailers in Shanghai, they’ll “pick the best of them” and offer support.