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Pension Plan to Release Pressure

According to the Office on Aging, in the past two years, Ningbo has witnessed an accelerated aging population with over one million people aged over 60 for the first time, taking up 17.83% of the population in Ningbo. To release the pressure on the ageing population, the government has unveiled many measures such as offering allowances, home care services and volunteers to help seniors.


According to the Office on Aging, Ningbo has become an aging society since 1987, 12 years earlier than other Chinese cities. And during the 11th Five Year Plan, the elderly population grew at a rate of over 4% annually, even close to 5% in the following three years -- nearly ten times faster than the total population growth. What’s noticeably true is that seniors aged over 80 have reached 150,000, represented 14.6% of senior population.


In respond to the current situation, Ningbo government has taken the lead to launch a series of initiatives to put a new welfare system in place. Currently, about 150,000 seniors in Ningbo aged over 80 have received allowances ranging from 50 to 300 yuan.

 

In addition to material gains, voluntary groups were set up to take care of seniors. “Senior Chatting Group” from Beilun, for example, often visited the lonely seniors and kept them company. In total, there were about 13,000 volunteers for the elderly in Ningbo.

Government acts to keep food price stable

Statistics from the Board of Trade showed that demands for food surged during the National Day Holiday. Sales of pork, seafood, vegetables were increased by 2.2%, 20%, 5% respectively. But prices were stable due to ample supplies.

Motivated by the demands from hotel wedding and business dinners, the sales of aquatic products amounted to 520 tons in the Jiangdong seafood wholesale market. 600 tons of seafood was sold on National Day alone, hitting a record high in 17 years.

During the weeklong holiday, the government took a series of measures to rein in high prices.

2012 Civil Service Exam kicks off

On Monday, It was learned from State Administration of Civil Service that China's civil service examination and appointment would kick off in mid-October.

 

The exam procedures include releasing recruitment notices, registration, qualification checkups, written examination, physical examination, publicity and so on. The recruitment notices will be released in mid-October, followed by registration and qualification checkups.

 

According to Huatu, a civil service exam training company, the examination time will be around late November or early December this year. The registration lasts from mid-October to last October.  The 2012 exam will continue to provide more chances for the grass roots.

 

In 2012, the number of college graduates will hit a record high, reaching over 7 million.  It is estimated that the number of registration may also be the highest.

 

More than one million people have passed the qualification checkups over the past three years. Since the recruitment number is limited, applicants face fierce competition. One Chinese saying compares the exam to a stampede of “thousands of soldiers and tens of thousands of horses across a single log bridge”.

 

Yu Hongze, a senior consultant of Huatu said that working in company would encounter fierce competition. More and more gold-bowl seekers choose to take the civil service exam.

 

Subsidies for Fuel-efficient Cars Cancelled

Since the implementation of the new subsidy policy on October 1st, most of the fuel-efficient cars can no longer receive sales subsidies worth 3000 yuan. A car dealer said that further measures would be taken after this holiday.

 

A billboard stood conspicuously against the door of Beijing Hyundai 4S shop, telling customers the cancel of energy subsidy. A sales consultant said there was a spurt in sales from mid to late September and subsidized cars such as Elantra and Rena were quite popular. The shop got an extra supply from manufacturers, enabling customers to get their cars before the end of September.


BYD Company has stopped the subsidy as well. “We were informed in September, so we started to promote sales and the sales increased by 30% than last month.” said Zhou Yong, a customer manager of a BYD shop.

 

Sales languished as car market lagged behind after the cancellation of subsidies.  “After all, 3000 yuan is not a small amount for cars less than 100,000 yuan.” said Mr. Zhong, “ The sales are expected a turnaround next month when customers get used to buy cars without energy subsidies. “

 

According to the sales consultant of FAW-Volkswagen 4S shop, many manufactures were likely to offer some targeted subsidies after the week-long holiday.

 

Countdown for the 1st CFOEI

According to the Organizing Committee's office, as the only major trade exhibition in marine economy with the theme of investment and cooperation, the 1st China Fair for Ocean Economic Investment (CFOEI) will be held in Ningbo from November 10 to 12. At present, all preparation work is under way.

 

Co-sponsored by the Zhejiang provincial government and the State Oceanic Administration and organized by Ningbo municipal government, the provincial Development and Reform Commission and other relevant departments, the fair features high standards, wide ranges and creative forms, aiming to attract both investments and talents. The subordinate departments, enterprises and academies of the State Oceanic Administration will demonstrate the development in marine economy. Provinces of Zhejiang, Guangdong and Shandong plan to co-organize a pilot provincial section. The fair will be participated by delegations from 11 cities in Zhejiang Province.

 

An official of the organizing committee said that together with seabed mineral specimens, the 2U1 model of China’s manned submersible “Jiaolong” will be displayed at the fair.  Heroes operate the manned submersible will also be present to share images of the deep sea and their feelings. In addition, the fair will present the layout of China’s first batch of uninhabited islands development. The 2012 Yeosu Expo in Korea will then be introduce as well.

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