NPC Briefs

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 March, 2007, 12:00am

Transmission mystery 'biggest H5N1 hurdle'

Health Minister Gao Qiang said the biggest obstacle facing bird flu control is the uncertainty about how the virus is transmitted. Authorities have yet to determine how a female farmer from Fujian became infected with the virus recently. There had been no sign of the virus in the farmer's immediate surroundings and experts are speculating she was likely infected by wild birds.

Confidence over fugitive banker's extradition

Fugitive banker Gao Shan is more likely to be extradited from Canada than smuggling kingpin Lai Changxing , former assistant minister of public security Zhu Entao said yesterday. Mr Zhu said he was confident Gao would be stripped of his Canadian citizenship for violating the country's immigration law by providing false information on his travel document. Beijing had been working to establish extradition treaties with more countries in an effort to prevent corrupt officials fleeing the country, he said.

Deng's daughter defends low-key commemoration

Deng Nan , daughter of late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping , has defended the central government's low-key handling of the 10th anniversary of her father's death. Ms Deng said it was Chinese custom to commemorate births instead of deaths. A subdued commemoration in Beijing was a stark contrast to spontaneous public displays of respect particularly in Shenzhen and Deng's hometown of Guangan in Sichuan .

Actor wants senior high school to be compulsory

Actor Chen Daoming , who appeared in the Hong Kong box-office hit Infernal Affairs, said he had proposed making a senior high-school education compulsory. 'But I don't think we should unify schooling materials across the nation, as urban and rural people have different interests when it comes to learning,' Chen said.

Migrants deserve better representation: delegate

NPC delegate Wang Yuancheng has said migrant workers deserve greater representation. There is just one legislator for every 960,000 rural residents, but four for the same number of people living in urban areas.