China Digest, October 17, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 October, 2012, 4:52am


Payout over pet's death

A Haidan district court ordered the animal hospital at China Agriculture University to pay a dog owner 15,000 yuan (HK$18,460) because the hospital did not have a proper licence, the Beijing Daily reports. The dog died the day after the hospital treated it for eating some begonia fruit. The owner had initially sought 170,000 yuan. The hospital has appealed against the ruling.

Diners get out of gutter

Concerns about food safety, as well as cravings for exotic delicacies, are leading more than 30,000 diners to flock to Xicheng district's heavily Muslim Niu Street each day, the Beijing Daily reports. Many Beijingers prefer to eat in the neighbourhood because they believe observant Muslims are less likely to prepare food using tainted materials such as gutter oil.


Students unable to wash

A vocational college in Fuzhou blamed a new dormitory's lofty location for a water shortage that has left students there with less than two hours of running water each day, the Fuzhou Daily reports. Students living in the at Fuzhou Software Technology Vocational College dormitory said they were forced to buy bottled water. Even the fire hydrants were dry. The college says it is negotiating a solution with the local water company.

Driver takes dog for a walk

A Fuzhou man drew widespread criticism from motorists and animal rights activists after driving around with a dog tied to the back of his car, the Fuzhou Evening News reports. Witnesses distributed pictures showing the husky running behind the car, nearly getting struck by at least one passing truck. Animal rights activists called the act cruel.


Nod for airport expansion

The northwestern tourist destination of Dunhuang received central government approval to triple the size of its airport by 2020, allowing it to handle nearly one million passengers annually, the Gansu Daily reports. The ancient Silk Road city is famous for its Mogao Grottoes, which house priceless Buddhist art dating to the year 366.

Ming wall falls on toilets

Three people were injured when part of a Ming-era city wall in Qingyang collapsed on a pair of public toilets, the Gansu Daily reports. The government called the collapse of the 500-year-old wall in Huan county an unforeseen accident. Residents blamed a lack of maintenance.


Teens held over nude shots

Nanjing police arrested five teenagers - three boys and two girls - accused of blackmailing a 24-year-old man out of 7,000 yuan by threatening to post nude photographs of him online, the Modern Express News reports. Authorities said one of the two girls in the group met the victim online while posing as an adult and lured him with the prospect of having sex.

Lucky number disappoints

A Nanjing woman's purchase of a "lucky" mobile phone number with several eights brought her nothing but misfortune, the Modern Express News reports. The woman called the police after receiving more than 30 harassing calls on the day she activated the number. The caller turned out to be the previous owner's ex-boyfriend.


Plane 'hijacked' in drill

Provincial security authorities say an anti-hijacking drill at Shenyang Taoxian International Airport on Monday was intended to test response capabilities ahead of the upcoming National Party Congress, the Liaoning Daily reports. The exercise ended with a blast of smoke as armed rescuers forced their way onto a "hijacked" passenger jet.

Courier loses the plot

A Shenyang courier service blamed stress and inexperience after a deliveryman wandered around an apartment block shouting around midnight on Sunday, the China Business Morning Post reports. The recipient refused to meet him downstairs after complaining the delivery was slow.


Bag of waste ruins sunset

A 62-year-old Xian man suffered a concussion from a bag of human waste that struck him while he watching the sunset from a bench near a high-rise apartment building on Sunday, the Xian Evening News reports. The property manger said similar incidents had happened before but it was the first time human waste was involved.

Giant mushroom found

A woman walking through a patch of vacant land on the western outskirts of Xian found a grey mushroom weighing 4kg and measuring 53cm in diameter, the Xian Evening News reports. She found the fungus by a small waste-water outflow and had one question for botanists: Is it edible?


Boys suspected of murder

Two young boys were arrested in the brutal murder and robbery of a motorcyclist in Yibin last week, the Huaxi Metropolis News reports. Police said the suspects struck the victim with a steel bar, cut his throat and made off with 70 yuan. The incident prompted panic among local residents, who found it hard to believe that two young boys could commit such a crime. The elder of the pair had dropped out of middle school.

Cinema for the blind opens

The province's first cinema for the blind opened with a showing of Jane Eyre in Chengdu on Monday, the Sichuan Daily reports. The 30-seat cinema's films include an audio track explaining visual details to the audience. Handrails help guide the blind in and out.


Activists free fish in lake

Wildlife experts are questioning environmental activists' decision to purchase five tonnes of fish at a local market and release them into Dianchi Lake in Kunming on Monday, the Chuncheng Evening News reports. While acknowledging the act was intended to improve the lake's fish population, experts warned it could cause an ecological imbalance and introduce invasive species.

Officers fatally stabbed

Two policeman were stabbed to death while responding to a domestic dispute in Yiliang county's Xiaochong village on Sunday, Xinhua reports. Police said the suspect, who was involved in the dispute, was intoxicated at the time.


Runaway leaves debt pile

The president of a Yongkang fitness equipment company is being criticised after fleeing to the United States to escape debts of 500 million yuan, Xinhua reports. Local authorities say Zhu Zijian has refused to return to China since leaving in June. His company remains in operation, while some of it creditors have gone bankrupt.

Bank sued for savings

Three friends of a deceased painter sued the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in Wenzhou seeking the release of the dead man's savings, the Wenzhou Daily reports. The three say Shi Meisheng left a will before his death in April asking them to donate his one million in yuan in savings, as well as his paintings, to the Red Cross of Ruian. The bank argues that the will was not rectified by a government notary.