Xinhua News Agency

China Digest

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 August, 2012, 3:38am


Children get traffic tips

Six children aged 11 to 12 served as volunteer police officers in Fuzhou on Monday as part of a programme aimed at teaching young people about the dangers of breaking traffic laws, reports. The parents said their children were to pass the traffic-safety tips on to them.

Drug user pulled from well

A man who was being chased by police for suspected drug use fell into a 15-metre-deep well while trying to hide at a market on Saturday, the Fuzhou Daily reports. It took firefighters about an hour to rescue him after he was found by police. He was being treated in hospital and police planned to question him afterwards.


Lack of loos sparks protest

Sixteen young women held banners or sat on fake toilets in front of the urban management office in Guangzhou on Monday to protest against a lack of public conveniences for women in the city, reports.

Pair held for store robbery

Two men were arrested for robbing a convenience store in Loucun village on Sunday, the Shenzhen Economic Daily reports. One of the pair distracted shop assistants at the store by saying he wanted to buy a large amount of water, while the other threatened the cashier with a knife. They fled afterwards, but police quickly caught up with them.


Electric shock kills toddler

A one-year-old girl died after being electrocuted when she grabbed a metal handrail while her mother was trying to teach her to walk at a residential community in Zhengzhou on Monday, reports. Police said an electrical current from nearby sliding doors may have charged the railing.

Arrest after hotel murders

Police in Jiyuan have arrested a 24-year-old man suspected of bursting into a hotel room and raping two women on Sunday before stabbing them to death, reports. Three other people in the room, in Wangwu village, were stabbed but survived. Police said the attacker's motives were unclear.


Police bust financial scam

Officers in Songzi recently detained 16 people suspected of being involved in a crime syndicate that swindled 52 million yuan (HK$63.5 million) from about 3,000 investors since January 2010, Xinhua reports. The gang set up six registered companies through which fraudulent investment schemes were sold to investors with promises of high returns.

Sentence prompts appeal

The father of a 32-year-old woman who was killed by a drink-driver in Ezhou in late April has filed an appeal against the lenient sentence handed to the man responsible, Xinhua reports. The driver - the son of a local government adviser - was given just six months in jail. The Echeng District People's Court said the fact that the man had turned himself in and offered the family 700,000 yuan in compensation had been taken into consideration during sentencing.


Fixed-asset investment up

Fixed-asset investments in the province went up to 1.17 trillion yuan during the first seven months of the year, an increase of 28.2 per cent over the same period last year, the Shenyang Evening News reports. Real estate investment during the same period went up 18.9 per cent to 277.6 billion yuan, and money spent on office development rose 63 per cent to 8.97 billion yuan.


'Killer aunt' confesses

Police in Shenyang on Sunday caught a 25-year-old woman who was suspected of killing her one-year-old niece on January 14, the Liaoshen Evening News reports. The suspect was detained when she tried to buy a train ticket without identification. Police said she later confessed to the killing, which she said was prompted by her sister not giving her help when she needed it.


Teen supplies Apple apps

A 17-year-old boy from Jining with a passion for creating software has made 10 apps for Apple since last year, the Qilu Evening News reports. The content of the apps varies, but some are concerned with travelling and others help students prepare for exams. Wei Xinran has also started a science and technology group at his high school in which the members work on creating new software and electronics.

Wrist broken in fall

A woman suffered a broken wrist when she fell from her 2nd-floor apartment window in Qingdao while trying to dry clothes, reports. A police officer was nearby and took her to hospital.


Drink-driver in fatal crash

A drink-driver killed a man and injured three other people in Chengdu on Monday, the West China City Daily reports. The incident occurred on the city's Second Ring Road. The 19-year-old driver was found to have more than four times the legal amount of alcohol in his blood. The incident was still under investigation.

Disabled converge on city

A group of 80 people with various physical disabilities arrived in Chengdu on Monday after travelling from across the country for a six-day tour of Sichuan , the Chengdu Economic Daily reports. One of the organisers said the trip was arranged through an online chat group and was aimed at helping the members realise their dream of travelling. Twenty volunteers will accompany the group to several popular tourist destinations.


7 detained over shooting

Police in Yiliang county, Kunming , have detained seven people involved in an incident in which an officer suffered a gunshot wound while being mobbed by a group of thugs. The officer fired a shot in the air to break up a fight between the thugs and a group of teachers from a local vocational school who tried to stop the gang from harassing female students, reports. The gang then mobbed the officer, who was shot during the scuffle but did not suffer a life-threatening injury.

Tree chopper avoids jail

A farmer in Zhaotong has been given a one-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, for illegal logging after he cut down several trees on his property to provide timber to refurbish his home, the Procuratorial Daily reports.


Strangler sent to prison

A 45-year-old woman was sentenced in Jiaxing on Monday to seven years in prison for strangling her father-in-law to death in February, reports. The woman was said to have frequently quarrelled with her in-law.

Boy drowns in spillway

A 16-year-old boy drowned when he was pulled into a spillway while swimming in Ningbo on Sunday, reports. Firefighters and police were unable to save him, and his body was pulled out of the water on Monday. Angry local residents blamed the accident on the lack of any warning signs posted near the spillway.