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Updated: 2011-06-07 08:03
( China Daily)


Vet plan to sterilize capital's strays

Beijing Municipal Veterinarian Center has launched a plan to sterilize 1,000 stray dogs and cats this year to prevent diseases caused by the current large population of stray animals in the capital.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare and the center will jointly fund the sterilization, which will cost several hundred yuan per animal.

The chief of the center said the population of stray animals is growing as more people get pets. Relocation has become one of the major reasons why more people are abandoning pets. Uncontrolled breeding makes it harder to prevent and control animal diseases.


Youth charged over bureau thefts

A 16-year-old male, who allegedly robbed Fangshan public security bureau three times in a year, has appeared before Fangshan court charged with theft, Beijing Times reported on Monday.

The youth is a migrant worker from a village in Gansu province. He stole seven air blowers from an office of the Fangshan public security bureau last summer. Encouraged by that first success, he went to the bureau again in February and stole items worth 940 yuan.

He carried out a third theft on March 4, taking goods worth 1,577 yuan. He was arrested on March 8 and the court has accepted the case.


Emergency plan to combine resources

Two urgent-care centers in Beijing will unify allocation of resources from the end of June, Beijing News reported on Monday.

Residents can dial either 999 or 120 and the nearest ambulance will arrive at once no matter which center it belongs to. Currently, the two centers have 240 urgent-care stations around the city but they do not cooperate. Ambulances from both centers usually arrive at the spot if residents dial both numbers.

The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau will build 110 more urgent-care stations by the end of 2012 and ambulances will arrive at emergencies within 17 minutes.


Toilets to lose unpleasant odors

Deodorization devices will be installed in public toilets in Beijing in a bid to get rid of unpleasant smells, Beijing Times reported.

According to a survey on the city's environment, residents were most concerned by public toilets, which they consider smelly and dirty.

Xicheng district will take the lead in installing the devices, and the project will be finished by the end of this year, according to city management authorities. Other districts and counties will start similar projects early next year. Toilet paper will also be placed in some public toilets.


Drunken foreigner in assault on police

A foreign student who assaulted police officers on June 4 is under criminal detention, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

The student was driving a car containing several other foreigners when he argued with a car park attendant outside the Workers' Stadium about a parking charge.

The police went to investigate, but the student refused to show his identification. He hit the police officers and two passersby. He was detained on the spot.

Later investigation indicated that the 24-year-old foreigner is from West Asia. He was driving under the influence of alcohol.

 Around Beijing

Steel plant fire A firefighter hoses down pipes at Shougang Steel Company in Shijingshan district on Sunday. A blaze broke out when gas in a waste pipe was ignited by welders. Crews extinguished the flames before any major damage was caused. Yang Zhanjing / for China Daily

(China Daily 06/07/2011)