Xinhua News Agency


PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 August, 2012, 4:06am

Gas blast at coal mine; 50 still trapped

A gas explosion yesterday at a coal mine in the city of Panzhihua , Sichuan province, trapped 50 miners underground, state media reported. Around 120 miners were working underground at the Xiaojiawan mine when the blast occurred in the afternoon, Xinhua said. Rescuers pulled 70 out of the mine by late evening, but the rest remained trapped. AFP

Reporter's press credentials revoked

Authorities have revoked the credentials of a reporter with The Economic Observer over "several inaccurate reports", Xinhua said. Last month, the reporter wrote about a Ministry of Railways reform plan that supposedly involved the establishment of three companies, which the ministry later denied. The General Administration of Press and Publication said it told the newspaper to "cease other practices in violation of the administration's rules". Staff Reporter

Defence minister to visit India next week

Defence minister General Liang Guanglie is due to visit India next week to deepen military ties. The rare trip is seen as a sign that Beijing wants to stabilise its heavily fortified Himalayan border as it deals with growing friction in the South China Sea. Liang will be the first Chinese defence minister to visit India in six years, a period that has seen a build-up of weapons in disputed regions on both sides of the border. Steps to boost "peace and tranquillity" are on the agenda. Reuters