E-waste problem in India will grow 500% by 2020

U.N. study said that various wastes from discarded electronics will rise dramatically in the developing world within a decade as reported by Daily World Buzz. Computer waste from India alone will grow by 500% by year 2020.

Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP said “This report gives new urgency to establishing ambitious, formal and regulated processes for collecting and managing e-waste via the setting up of large, efficient facilities in China.” He also added that, “China is not alone in facing a serious challenge. India, Brazil, Mexico and others may also face rising environmental damage and health problems if e-waste recycling is left to the vagaries of the informal sector.”

Specialty materials group Umicore and the United Nations University, said that the United States is the biggest producer of e-waste, creating around 3 million metric tons a year.

China produces around 2.3 million metric tons domestically and is where a lot of the developed world’s e-waste is sent, EMPA said.

EMPA is the research institute for material science and technology of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

The study predicted that mobile phone waste in China would be about seven times higher than 2007 levels by 2020, while in India it would be about 18 times higher.

Envoys of Tibet’s Dalai Lama in new China talks

Discussions broke down in acrimony in 2008, with Beijing saying that no progress had been made.
One of the Dalai Lama’s representatives said he thought the resumption of talks may signal a change in approach from China.

A statement on the website of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism, said the five-person group would return to India at the beginning of February.’

News of the resumption of talks was released by the exiled Tibetan leadership, based in Dharamsala in India.

Chinese President Hu Jintao told those at the meeting that China would maintain efforts to prevent “penetration and sabotage” by supporters of Tibetan independence.

Planning a Week in China? Get the Latest Tips From The China Travel Company

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How to Plan a Week in China

How exciting to be going to China for a week. The first thing to do is to sit down and plan. The plan should contain things you want to do, places you want to visit and things that you might need to bring with you. Now, what everyone tends to forget is that you will need to plan how to leave your place (house or flat) to make sure it is secure when your departure date is here. A new trend is to  delete emails you receive during holidays with a reply message saying you will be away but will return on a particular date. This is so that you won’t have millions of emails in your inbox when you return.

 Tips on Planning a Trip

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Here are a few things to consider for your plan to travel in the Orient:

  1. Find out what the weather will be like so that you know how to pack and what clothes to bring on your trip.
  2. Find or purchase an electronic translator to bring with you in case you need to translate or look for a word to communicate.
  3. Research places to visit and things to do that you might be interested in
  4. Contact a China travel specialist to assist you in planning.

I particularly like the idea of having a China travel specialist to contact as I might have some idea of what I would like to see but the specialist would be able to gear the activities and destinations to my liking and expectations. I would also love to take a tour so I will check out how to plan my tour online.



What to do

This is where a travel guide would come in handy. There are many things to do when you travel in the Orient. Doing a little research helps. There are a variety of travel options when you visit China: high speed bullet trains, overnight trains, river cruises, and local flights within the country. There are many options when setting up an itinerary, so it might be a good idea to find out about the guided tours that are on offer online. You will find there are tours that are self-guided, custom tailor-made and also private tours.


Trip for a Week

If I were to book a trip for a week in China I would try to get the most out of the trip.
Here are a few destinations that I came up with that I would include in my travel itinerary:

  • l Mount Wuyi: to go rafting and backpacking
  • Hongcun Ancient Village: beautiful views, walks, backpacking and encounters with the local farmers.
  • Echoing Sand Mountain in the Gobi Desert
  • Bamboo boat cruise in Yangshuo.
  • Water Sports in Yalong Bay: great place to visit to relax by the beach and get involved in water sports.
  • Sand pillars of Wulingyuan. The pillars are said to have been the inspiration for the Avatar movie director for the pillars on the planet Pandora. One of the pillars has been renamed as Mount Hallelujah, after the name of the pillar in the movie.
  • Jilin, Heaven Lake: This lake is considered the Loch Ness of China. Visitors have reportedly seen a monster in the lake of up to 20m long. Beautiful views but can be cold.

There is so much more to see but I will leave that up to you to share. The list above are interesting places that maybe you and I can identify with travelling to China from Europe.  It is best to try to get a guided tour at some places but then allow yourself to explore the wonderful treasures that can be found when you travel to the Orient. Good planning will pay off so set up a tick list and go through the different things you need to think about to make your trip the best experience. Plan your China tour at http://thechinatravelcompany.com/
Author Bio – Johanna Zhen travels the Orient in search of beautiful places and wonderful experiences. She lives in Europe as a travel journalist. Born in France and living in the UK. Her father is Chinese and her mother is French. She is one of 4 sisters and 3 brothers. Conversations around the dinner table are always colourful as they discuss their lives, professions and opinions on the world. Johanna doesn’t like losing an argument and is very good at debating. She has a first in public speaking and loves to read Oriental History. She writes her travel adventures for  http://thechinatravelcompany.com/.

12 Psychic Pandas Predicts Outcome on Asian Games

Paul the octopus became famous internationally after correctly predicted the winner of each of Germany’s seven matches in the 2010 World Cup and results of the final match. But this psychic octopus died last October 26.

Now the Chinese discovered their very own version for the Asian Games: 12 pandas in Guangzhou.

Reports have it that the 12 “psychic” pandas are now living in Guangzhou Chimelong Tourist Resort’s zoo. The pandas are performing medal predictions for the games, becoming local celebrities in the process.

According to the news, each panda has a different specialty. Described as smart and quick, Bosi predicted the outcome of the martial arts competition at the Asian games. Another panda named Hui Hui made predictions for the diving competition since zoo keepers say she likes playing in water.

The pandas are given two different foods, one representing China and one representing a different country. The one the panda chooses to eat is said to be the predicted winner.

China is always represented by bamboo, the plant that makes up the majority of the animal’s diet.

Chinese Scientists Invent Anti-HIV Gel

Chinese scientists are designing a gel containing an experimental drug which they hope can reduce HIV infections in women.

The search for this “HIV-inhibitor” or prophylaxis is gaining urgency in China as studies show that HIV infections are rising sharply among Chinese women, with sex becoming the number one mode of HIV transmission.

According to Chen Zhiwei, director of the AIDS Institute at the University of Hong Kong, the gel acts as an “entry inhibitor” by blocking the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from gaining entry into host cells.

He added that the experimental treatment drug used in this gel has passed animal tests and a small safety test in people.

Chen, along with his colleagues, is now preparing to convert it into a microbicide  (in  gel form)  that is inserted into the vagina or rectum before sex to prevent transmission of HIV, which causes AIDS.

This Chinese experimental gel will undergo three clinical trials, with the last taking place in an area with high HIV incidence rates.

China Launches Second Lunar Probe

China Launches Second Lunar Probe – More than 2,000 residents will be evacuated in China. They are preparing to launch the nation’s second lunar probe, state-run media said on Wednesday.

The launch is going to be conducted on or around October 01 which is China’s National Day. People living within 2.5 kilometers of the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwest province of Sichuan will be evacuated as a precaution.

The Chang’e -2 lunar probe will test key landing technology for Chang’e-3, and it will provide high-resolution photographs of the landing area. Chang’e-2 is expected to reach lunar orbit within five days.

China had launched its first lunar probe in 2007. Chang’e-1 reached the moon in a controlled crash in March 2009 after a 16-month mission. The series of Chang’e probes has been named after China’s mythical Moon Goddess.

In 2003, China became the third nation, following the United States and Russia, to put a person in orbit, Yang Liwei. Five years later, Zhai Zhigang became the first Chinese to make a spacewalk.

In the third phase of China’s lunar exploration program, Chang’e-3 is set to land on the moon in 2013 and it will collect samples and bring them to Earth in 2017.

200 Chinese Pilots Faked Flying Records

200 Chinese Pilots Faked Flying Records – After a controversy came out that more than 200 pilots lied about their experience, China is checking the qualifications of all its commercial pilots.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) conducted an investigation. This new revelation follows the previous investigation which started last year.

Half of the pilots worked for the parent company of an airline were involved in a recent fatal plane crash. Shenzhen Airlines is the parent company of Henan Airlines, whose aircraft crashed last month and killed 42 people. 54 passengers and crew survived the crash. The plane missed the runway which resulted to a tragic accident.

Between 2008 and 2009, the employment histories of more than 200 Chinese commercial pilots were found to have been falsified. Some of them embellished their flying histories. It was said in a report that some of those individuals involved were former military pilots who became civil pilots. After being having found out, pilots were grounded and had to go through re-examinations and re-assessment.

The CAAC, the country’s aviation regulator, has now launched a further investigation into qualifications. It cannot guarantee and it has to get rid of all the under qualified pilots. However, this new investigation will also look at others involved in China’s aviation industry which includes flight trainers, airline investigators, repair crews and air traffic controllers.

A separate investigation is being conducted in which authorities who are looking into the Henan Airlines crash were focusing on the qualifications of the pilot.

China’s aviation industry is one of the fastest-growing in the world. It creates a strong demand for experienced aviation professionals.

China Now Becomes No. 2 in World’s Largest Economy

The sleeping giant China is already awake and now it has surpassed Japan being the World’s second largest in economy. It has been three decades and a lot of Chinese has been brought out from poverty.

It has been projected by World Bank, Goldman Sachs and others that they would be able to surpass USA as No. 1 by 2025 depending on the speed of the increase in their exchange rate. It has been projected that they would surpass Japan by 2009 and it has become reality.

The said fact has been supported by China’s Chief Currency Regulator, Yi Gang. “China, in fact, is now already the world’s second-largest economy,” he said in an interview with China Reform magazine posted on the website (www.safe.gov.cn) of his agency, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange. “China is still a developing country, and we should be wise enough to know ourselves,” Yi said, when asked whether the time was ripe for the yuan to become an international currency.

Since 1978 China has averaged more than 9.5 percent growth annually and as of this moment, its economy expanded 11.1 percent. China is a leading member of the Group of 20 rich and emerging nations. However according to Yi, they would keep their profile and no plans yet to convert their national money Yuan into a global currency.

“China is very big and its development is unbalanced, which makes this problem much more complicated. It’s difficult to reach a consensus on it, we must be modest and we still have to keep a low profile. If other people choose the yuan as a reserve currency, we won’t stop that as it is the demand of the market. However, we will not push hard to promote it,” he added.

This sleeping giant has a lot of things to brag but remained silent. There is no doubt that sooner of later, we would then find out that it already emerged as No. 1.

Google ends Standoff Against China as License Renewed

This is such a great news! Finally Google and China surpassed the turmoil that they’ve been through. We are aware that both giants need each other to further develop what they’ve got for everyone.

“We are very pleased that the government has renewed our [Internet content provider] license and we look forward to continuing to provide Web search and local products to our users in China,” said Google on its blog.

It was Friday when Google has announced that the Chinese government has renewed their license to operate in their country. This would also mean that internet giant is also ending their standoff against their censorship. However, Google has been saying that no censorship concessions has been made. “I don’t think we gave anything up, We asked the government to renew our license to make some products that don’t require any censorship. We are going to continue to offer uncensored Web search with google.com.hk.” said Google spokeswoman Jessica Powell.

The company could continue to operate in the communist country with the renewal of their ICP license, despite its penchant for censorship of Web material. Without an ICP license, Google said it “would effectively go dark in China.”

It was just last week when the search engine giant has decided to stop its system of automatically redirecting users of the Chinese site, google.cn, to its Hong Kong search engine, Google.com.hk. Chinese government doesn’t like it at all. It you’ll try to figure it out, Google has the control of the situation and China would be losing a lot more if they are not going to renew their license.

F1 China 2010: Chinese Shanghai Grand Prix Result

Button wins the Shanghai Chinese Grand Prix!  Second on the Podium is Lewis Hamilton.  Good job for Mercedez.  Third on the podium is Nico Rosberg.  Meanwhile, team mate Michael Schumacher is tenth on the ranking of about a minute behind team mate Nico Rosberg.  Does Michael Schumacher have a wonky car? or is he loosing his F1 Mojo?

Anyway, check out the complete list of rankings and the result of the Chinese Shanghai Grand Prix result here.