In Brief

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 June, 2009, 12:00am

Corrupt police chief stripped of CPPCC membership

Chen Shaoji, a senior politician who was the first to step down in the anti-graft storm in Guangdong, has been formally stripped of his membership of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Chen, Guangdong's former police chief, had already been removed from all official positions and was sacked as chairman of Guangdong's top political advisory body on April 23. He was detained in early April and placed under investigation for suspected graft. His long-time friend, Wang Huayuan , Guangdong's former top graft-buster who moved to Zhejiang three years ago, was detained and dismissed soon after. He Huifeng

Recovery seen in Tibet tourism

Tourism in Tibet has bottomed out as 720,237 visitors have come to the region in the first five months of this year, and of that total 22,264 were overseas visitors, Xinhua said. The regional statistics bureau's figures show that 4.02 million tourists came to Tibet in 2007, with the sector's revenue reaching 4.85 billion yuan (HK$5.5 billion). However, the number of tourists and revenue fell about 44 and 53 per cent, respectively, last year after protests that began in March. Staff Reporter

New penalty for animal abuse

A draft of the country's first animal protection law proposes a fine of up to 6,000 yuan and two weeks' detention for those found guilty of animal abuse, Xinhua reported. It also proposes a ban on pet owners breeding their animals and compulsory data chip implants to help owners track their pets if they are lost. The proposal would be submitted to the State Council by the end of the year. Staff Reporter