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Updated: 2011-07-26 07:51

(China Daily)

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Sichuan

China to launch ninth orbiter

China will launch its ninth orbiter into space in the coming days as part of its satellite navigation and positioning network.

The "Beidou", or Compass, navigation satellite will be launched on a Long March-3A carrier rocket, said an unnamed spokesman for the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan province on Monday.

The satellite is scheduled to join eight others already in orbit to form a network that will eventually consist of 35 satellites.

Beijing

Orphans have subsidies raised

The central government has allocated 2.5 billion yuan ($388 million) to subsidize the country's 655,000 parentless children, the Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on Monday.

The central government will give a monthly subsidy of 400 yuan for orphans living in western regions, 300 for those in central areas and 200 for orphaned children from the eastern part of the country, according to a release on the ministry's website. The compensation was raised by 10 percent from the previous year.

The move follows the State Council's decision in 2010 to increase financial support for children who lost their parents, which promised a minimum monthly subsidy of 1,000 yuan for orphans in orphanages and 600 yuan for those living outside of the institutions.

Urban jobless rate 4.1 percent

China's registered urban unemployment rate was 4.1 percent at the end of June, with 9.08 million people registered as unemployed, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said on Monday.

The country created 6.55 million job opportunities in the first six months of the year and helped 2.9 million laid-off workers get re-employed, spokesman Yin Chengji said.

Shanghai

Shanghai-Taipei City Forum

The mayors of Shanghai and Taipei attended the 2011 Shanghai-Taipei City Forum in Shanghai on Monday and signed a memorandum of cooperation on education, medical care and tourism development.

Hau Lung-bin, mayor of Taipei, visited Shanghai Jinjiang Travel Co Ltd and Shanghai Tourist Distribution Center before the evening meeting with Han Zheng, mayor of Shanghai, on Sunday.

The first twin city forum between Shanghai and Taipei was held in May 2000 in Taipei and continued as a tradition between the two cities, with five forums being held afterwards.

China Daily - Xinhua

(China Daily 07/26/2011 page2)