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Internet domain name approved

The China Internet Network Information Center announced Wednesday that the top-level Chinese domain name ".zhongguo" (written in Chinese characters) has been approved by the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit body that oversees Internet addresses, information portal reported.

Domain names with the suffix ".zhongguo" in both simplified and traditional Chinese characters are ready for use. People can now visit Shanghai World Expo's website by inputting in Chinese shanghaishibohui.zhongguo (Chinese characters) into their Web browsers.

More than 90 percent of Chinese ministries and provincial departments and more than 95 percent of news websites have already opened their ".zhongguo" domain names, the report said.

Kiosk luggage check-ins begin

A new service was launched on Wednesday to allow passengers to check in luggage at self-service kiosks in Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport.

Air China officials said the service, available to domestic flight passengers leaving Beijing, is the first of its kind in China.

The service will cut the current luggage check-in from 57 seconds to only 17 seconds.

Fujian governor to visit Taiwan

Governor of East China's Fujian province, Huang Xiaojing, is scheduled to visit Taiwan from May 5 to 10, a spokeswoman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said Wednesday.

Huang's trip was at the invitation of a policy foundation under the Taiwan-based Kuomintang party, Fan Liqing said at a press conference.

According to Fan, during the trip Huang's delegation will hold a series of cultural exhibitions as well as a forum to promote commerce, trade cooperation and investments between the two regions.

Central bank helps stop fraud

The People's Bank of China, the central bank, said it assisted in investigating 970 anti-money laundering cases last year, involving 301.2 billion yuan ($44.1 billion), up from 251.3 billion yuan for 2008 and 53.7 billion yuan in 2007.

Most of the cases involved money laundering arising from embezzlement, bribery, organized crime, financial crimes and drug trafficking, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday.

Site set up for kidney disease

An information support website for chronic kidney disease patients has been jointly launched by the Chinese Association of Health Education and Promotion and Baxter China.

The website,, is intended to serve as a platform for patients to exchange information on the prevention and treatment of chronic kidney disease, with veteran clinical doctors and experts invited to answer questions from patients online.

The prevalence of the disease among adults older than 20 is 10 percent, official statistics showed. If left untreated, the condition can develop into uremia, which can be fatal.

Free exams for would-be parents

A pilot project to provide free physical examinations to rural couples who plan to have a baby has been launched by the National Population and Family Commission in 18 provinces, including Hebei, Jilin and Shaanxi.

The examination focuses on reproductive health and will cost the government 240 yuan ($35) per couple, according to the commission.

The project aims to improve the health of newborns and to prevent birth defects, according to officials with the commission.

Celebrities honored for good deeds

Chen Guangbiao, chairman of Jiangsu Huangpu Renewable Resources Utilization, ranked top on the 2010 China Charity List, which was released on Wednesday by the China Association of Social Workers to honor individuals and companies who have made extraordinary contributions to charity in the past year.

A total of 133 individuls are on the list, with a total donation of 3.44 billion yuan ($504 million), while 448 enterprises are also listed, with a donation of 5.3 billion yuan (excluding materials donated).

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