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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 March, 2006, 12:00am

researchers to come under closer scrutiny

Criticism from CPPCC members over 'academic corruption and plagiarism' prompted Vice-Minister of Science and Technology Ma Songde to unveil plans yesterday to put researchers under closer scrutiny. Mr Ma said the academic performance of scientists would be assessed and logged in a 'scientist credit database'. Tao Huacheng, deputy chief engineer at China's biggest ordnance manufacturer, China North Industries Group Corporation, said many officials who were PhD candidates were 'too busy' to do their research and often enlisted schools or institutes to find ghostwriters for their dissertations. A survey of 180 dissertations from a range of fields found that 60 per cent of authors had bribed journal editors to publish their research.Vivien Cui

delegate says spokesmen act like ornaments

CPPCC delegate Feng Shiliang has berated government spokesmen, some of whom were 'ornaments' and did not do their job, he said. Mr Feng, president of a Liaoning hospital, said many spokesmen not only refused media requests for interviews but also rarely organised briefings or conferences. He said some spokesmen gave phone numbers to the public that did not even exist, suggesting their departments were cutting off communication with the public to avoid scrutiny. Mr Feng suggested that all departments conduct regular briefings and spokesmen co-operate with media when emergencies arose, Xinhua reports. Vivien Cui

compensation law should include mental suffering

China should include compensation for mental suffering in its state compensation law, an NPC deputy said yesterday. Hua Yan , from Anhui , said victims of crime who suffered severe mental trauma should be compensated materially in addition to being given an apology and their reputation restored. Mr Hua said the existing law only allowed for non-material compensation such as an apology. She Xianglin , a man tortured into confessing to a murder he did not commit, received 450,000 yuan in compensation last year after wrongly serving 11 years in prison. His demand for compensation for mental suffering was rejected, Xinhua reports. Jane Cai


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