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Readers pick city stories of the year

A METRO train collision in September that left more than 200 people injured and the introduction of new social security laws in October topped a poll of top city news stories in 2011 chosen by Shanghai Daily readers.

In the poll - which ran for two weeks, ending yesterday - voters were asked to select the 10 stories that most impressed them from a shortlist of 20 news events in the city this year. Events ranged from the tainted bun scandal to the launch of the Shanghai Disneyland project and basketball icon Yao Ming's retirement from NBA.

Shanghai Daily and ICS will award gifts to readers whose picks match the final result.

Top 10 in chronological order

1. As radiation leaks from a tsunami-hit nuclear plant in Japan in March, Shanghai residents buy most of the city's stocks of table salt in the belief it will reduce the effects of radiation.

2. The Shanghai Disneyland project gets under way on April 8.

3. In a major local food safety scandal in April, buns on sale at supermarkets are found to be made from recycled ingredients.

4. Shanghai suffers serious air pollution in May and November.

5. The Shanghai-Beijing high-speed rail service opens on July 1, but is marred by a string of glitches, causing massive delays.

6. Injury-hit NBA superstar Yao Ming announces his retirement from basketball in Shanghai, his hometown, on July 22.

7. The sixth national census shows Shanghai's population exceeds 23 million.

8. More than 200 people are injured in a Metro Line 10 rear-end collision on September 27.

9. The cost of a car license plate hits a 46-month high of 54,000 yuan (US$8,526) at the October monthly auction.

10. China's new social security law requires expats in Shanghai to begin paying into the social insurance system, starting from October 15.


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