China confirms bird flu outbreak in Guangzhou

New Delhi, Sept. 18: The Ministry of Agriculture in China has confirmed a bird flu outbreak in South China's Guangzhou, which began with the mass deaths of ducks on September 5.

The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory, according to the ministry, confirmed the outbreak as a sub-type of H5N1 bird flu.

It said 36,130 ducks had been culled as of September 17, after farmers in Sixian Village and Xinzao Township in the Panyu district of Guangzhou reported the deaths of their ducks on September 5.

China has over 600 million mobile phone users

China had over 600 million mobile phone users by June this year, which means every one in five mobile phone users in the world is a Chinese.

According to Xie Feibo, vice director of the Radio Administration Bureau of the Ministry of Information Industry, the number included 80 million personal handy phone (PHS) users.

ZTE Looking For Indian Mate For R&D

Shenzhen (China): ZTE is making exploratory survey for Indian partners in order to start research and development in broadband and internet protocol TV (IPTV) products.

Sex crimes by Chinese minors on the increase, warns Beijing judge

Sex crimes by Chinese minors are increasing because of pornography and a breakdown in family values, according to a judge of a Beijing court.

Judge Wang Lijuan of Beijing's Haidian District People's Court said 70 percent of the teenaged criminals, mostly in the 16 to 17 age group, were not high school graduates, and about 60 percent of them came from broken homes.

Citing one case, he said a 16-year-old who constantly watched porn films after his mother went abroad and his father was too busy to take care of him, raped a woman.

HIV/AIDS Cases on Surge in China

Zhengzhou: The number of HIV/AIDS cases has been surging fast in China. 18,543 new cases of HIV carriers and 4,314 cases of AIDS have been reported in China in the first six months of this year.

Han Mengjie, assistant to the director of the office with AIDS Control Work Committee of the State Council, said “2,039 people died of AIDS in first half of the year.”

Chinese Products Have Threatening Levels Of Lead – Health Canada (LEAD)

Cell Phone CharmsHealth Canada has reported that products from China could be hazardous for young children who often put things in their mouth, so these should be kept out of reach of children.