Magic Coach
Lang Ping, head coach of the Chinese Women's Volleyball Team, guides her players to a second-place victory in the International Federation of Volleyball World Championship on October 11, after a 1-3 loss to the United States in Milan, Italy
Decorated Poet
Jidi Majia, a famous poet from the Yi ethnic group, wins the 2014 Nkiva Humanitarian Award on October 10 in Cape Town, South Africa

"I am confident we can achieve the annual growth target [of around 7.5 percent]."

Li Pumin, spokesman for the National Development and Reform Commission, China's top economic planner, stressing at a press conference on October 14 that the country's economic growth will remain within a proper range in the fourth quarter as government policies to stimulate consumption and stabilize investment gradually filter through

"A market economy should not be a corrupt economy, and China's economic growth is not achieved through opportunities created by corruption."

Xin Ming, a professor at the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

"We hope that people in rural areas can enjoy the same consumption choices as in cities and that entrepreneurs can set up businesses in rural areas."

Zhang Yong, Chief Operating Officer of New York-listed Alibaba Group, China's leading e-commerce platform provider, announcing a new business expansion plan on October 14

"Violators have to pay a much higher price than before."

Zhong Chonglei, chief of the Beijing Environmental Monitoring Team, on local authorities' plan to adopt a special and strict air pollution control plan for APEC meetings scheduled for next month in the city

Beijing's Waste Headache

Oriental Outlook

October 16

According to a report by local environmental protection authorities, Beijing generated more than 6 million tons of waste in 2013, the highest in the previous five years.

As Beijing's population grows rapidly, people in the city are throwing away more and more expensive items, such as household electrical appliances. In 2013, the weight of TV sets discarded by Beijingers reached 24,000 tons.

Currently, both private companies and environmental protection departments are involved in waste transportation and processing in Beijing.

Care at Home Deserves Support

Xinhua Daily Telegraph

October 14

The capital city of east China's Jiangsu Province, Nanjing, which has 1.2 million senior residents but only 43,000 certified nurse aides for the elderly, has taken an incentive approach to filling the gap. According to a new regulation, the government will pay grown-up children of five categories of senior citizens, including the disabled and half-disabled, up to 400 yuan ($65.32) a month for looking after their parents at home.

Time-Honored Skill A woman of the Li ethnic group shows the skill of weaving silk at the Third Intangible Heritage Expo, which kicked off in Jinan, Shandong Province, on October 10 (FENG JIE)
Ready for the Wild A 55.8-kg female panda, Xue Xue, is released into the wild on October 14 and has become the fourth giant panda to be bred in captivity and released into the wild in China (XUE YUBIN)
Food Waste
Senior officials have warned of the toll excessive food consumption is taking on the nation's scarce water and farm resources
Civil Servant Exam
China's national-level government agencies, their affiliated public institutions and local branches will recruit over 22,000 civil servants in 2015, up from the more than 19,000 in 2014
Water Plant
A water plant in Beijing announced that it is ready for water diverted from the country's south in a move to combat water scarcity in the capital
Electrifying the Market  People take pictures of all-electric taxis produced by Chinese auto manufacturer BYD on October 15 in Brussels, Belgium (GONG BING)
High Performing A worker from a local grid company checks an electricity transmission line in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, on October 14 (XU YU)
Trade Rebound
China's foreign trade saw a stronger-than-expected rebound in September, indicating improved external demand and stabilization of the sharp growth deceleration in previous months
Inflation Eases
Growth in China's consumer price index slowed to 1.6 percent in September, the lowest since January 2010, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics
Global Ambition
Tmall International, a B2C platform launched by China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group for overseas shoppers, will offer free delivery worldwide for products ordered on November 11
Suggestions to Improve China's Growth Enterprise Board
Source: Securities Times
It has been five years since the very first crop of companies were listed on ChiNext, China's growth enterprise board, on October 30, 2009. The NASDAQ-style board has certainly played a vital role in boosting innovation in the country and now it's time for us to think about how to further improve the board so as to realize speedy and stable development. Adjustments can be made in the following areas
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