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  1. Activist's 'open' trial a closed-door hearing

    Posted Aug 13th 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu, Staff Reporter

    ... Austin Chiu and Staff Reporter Yesterday's trial of mainland rights activist Tan Zuoren over the charge of subversion was supposed to be an open court hearing, but the heavy-handed ... by collapsed school buildings in last year's earthquake in Sichuan. Rights advocates across the country also flew to Chengdu, trying to help Tan, an author whose fight for an open and free society ...

  2. Jail term confirmed for quake activist

    Posted Jun 10th 2010, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu A court upheld a five-year prison sentence yesterday for activist Tan Zuoren, who investigated the deaths of thousands of children in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The decision ... investigations into why so many schools collapsed during the quake, which took more than 88,000 lives. Tan blamed shoddy construction for the children's deaths- an allegation denied ...

  3. Obey the law, top Sichuan official tells HK journalists

    Posted Mar 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... journalists covering the trial of quake activist Tan Zuoren last month. Sichuan vice-governor Wang Ning was apparently surprised when the question was put to him at a press conference. An RTHK journalist said she was pushed around and her mobile phone was confiscated by Chengdu police when she was covering Tan's sentencing. Her phone was returned after she agreed to delete all photos. ...

  4. Activist listing children killed in quake detained

    Posted Apr 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Human Rights Defenders and mainland sources confirmed that Tan Zuoren, who was compiling a list of children killed during the May 12 earthquake, was taken from his home by Chengdu police on Saturday. Officers had also searched Mr Tan's home and confiscated his DVDs, manuscripts and documents, the sources said. They said the reason for his detention was not clear, but his ...

  5. Best feet forward

    Posted Jul 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Clara Mak The Hong Kong Ballet recently presented its Tricolor show at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre with a cocktail reception, sponsored by Christian Dior. The night included a gala dinner at the InterContinental Hotel with the troupe. The stars of the night were dancers Jin Yao, Faye Leung and Tan Yuanyuan, principal dancer of the San Francisco Ballet. The three ballerinas ...

  6. Court set to rule on appeal of jailed earthquake activist

    Posted Jun 08th 2010, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu A mainland court will announce tomorrow its verdict on the appeal of Sichuan earthquake activist Tan Zuoren, who was jailed for five years on subversion charges earlier this year, his lawyer and his wife said yesterday. Because Tan was convicted, in February, of 'inciting subversion of state power' for having participated in a commemoration of the 1989 ...

  7. Insurance giant PICC posts profit rise of 192pc

    Posted Mar 26th 2011, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... The improvement in underwriting profit was due to the higher quality of PICC's insurance policies and the lower discounts it granted, said Zhang Xiaoli, PICC board secretary. PICC has an exposure ...

  8. Despite Net criticism, official is promoted

    Posted Mar 31st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Al Guo How much does public image affect an official's career prospects? Probably not at all if the promotion of former Mianyang Communist Party boss Tan Li from Sichuan province is any guide. Mr Tan, who became the target of overwhelming online criticism last year when he was photographed with a big smile on his face as he greeted the mainland's leadership ...

  9. Supporters held as activist is put on trial

    Posted Aug 13th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporters Rights activist Tan Zuoren, whose investigation of shoddy school construction in Sichuan and remarks on the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown angered mainland authorities, went ... witnesses Tan's lawyer had planned to call. One key witness, fellow activist Ai Weiwei, said he and other Tan supporters were roughed up by police and detained ahead of the trial. Hong Kong ...

  10. Will climate change bring a new ice age?

    Posted May 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Raymond Ma

    ... Meanwhile, associate professor Ding Xiaoli, of Hong Kong Polytechnic University's department of land surveying and geo-informatics, says Hong Kong will probably experience hotter days and more ...




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