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Updated: 2011-08-17 08:08

(China Daily)

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China launches maritime satellite

China successfully launched a maritime satellite at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in North China at 6:57 am on Tuesday.

The orbiter, Haiyang-2, was boosted by a Long March-4B carrier rocket from the launch center in the city of Taiyuan in Shanxi province.

The satellite is for the supervision and surveying of the maritime environment, an important measure for the prevention and reduction of maritime disasters.


3 dead, 9 injured in home blast

Three people died and nine others were injured after an explosion in a rural home in Hunan province on Monday, the local government said.

It said the ill-fated house in Huaihua city belonged to a villager named Xie Baiyou, and the three dead, including an elderly person and two children, were all members of his family.

Rescuers found that dynamite had been stored in the house and believed the explosives were used for fishing, as blast fishing is widely practiced in the village.


Controversial plant to close

The controversial Fujia Chemical Plant in Liaoning province that has been ordered to shut down initiated stop-production procedures on Monday, said authorities with Dalian city government on Tuesday.

Although the order to stop production was issued on Sunday by the government, the intricacies of the production cycle meant that it could not stop immediately due to safety concerns.

More than 10,000 Dalian residents took to the streets on Sunday to demand the plant be relocated over concerns of potential toxic chemical leaks.

Calls to relocate the plant mounted after large waves whipped up by tropical storm Muifa breached a dike near the plant earlier this month.


Health system to aid security

The Ministry of Health is establishing a national information management system of health records for patients with severe mental illness, said an online statement issued on Tuesday.

The system will improve the care of patients with severe mental illnesses and also increase social security, it said.

Statistics from the Ministry of Public Security shows the possibility of patients with severe mental illness causing trouble was 2.6 percent in 2005. The rate declined to 1.1 percent from 2006 to 2010 in selected areas under a trial run of the system.

China Daily - Xinhua

(China Daily 08/17/2011 page2)