China Digest, October 25, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 3:48am


Conduct code for officials

Guangzhou officials have issued a code of conduct for the city's civil servants in an effort to fight corruption among officials, reports. Topping the list of ethical guidelines is a call for government employees to refrain from and help prevent wasteful spending and the abuse of public assets, including government vehicles.

Dozens held for gambling

A former village head in Guangzhou's Baiyun district and the village's former party secretary are among about two dozen suspects who have been arrested on organised crime charges related to illegal gambling operations, The Southern Metropolis News reports. Prosecutors in Tianhe district also accused the suspects of manipulating village committee elections since 2001.


Man regrets killing friend

A Wanning man has expressed regret for killing a friend during an alcohol-fuelled debate about which country - China or Japan - would win a war over an East China Sea territorial dispute involving the Diaoyu Islands, known in Japan as the Senkakus, the online edition of the People's Daily reports. Wang Lucheng surrendered after being on the run for two weeks following a September 27 brawl in which he stabbed his friend in the stomach.

Crew safe after boat sinks

All 16 fishermen aboard a boat that sank on Monday night near the newly established Sansha islet were rescued by early Tuesday morning, Xinhua reports. The fishing boat was on its way to Sansha from Qionghai in eastern Hainan when it sank around 9.30pm after a leak in the engine room.


Hi-tech farmer stops rot

An internet-savvy farmer from a town in Harbin has helped his fellow villagers sell more than 150,000kg of organic cabbage in just a few days by posting a microblog entry calling for help in selling about 1 million kilograms of the vegetable before it rots. Pan Hongxi said he had been overwhelmed with inquiries since making the post just days ago.

Rush for civil service jobs

A total of 29 postgraduate degree holders are among 11,539 job seekers who have applied for just 457 civil service positions in Harbin, including 120 street cleaners, the Zhengzhou Evening News reports. There are also 2,954 applicants with undergraduate degrees competing for the much-sought-after positions that grant good job security and benefits.


Gas leaves 20 in hospital

Three of 479 people who were exposed to a leak of ammonia from a factory in Honghu on Sunday night remain in critical condition, China News Service reports. The leak at the Deyan Aquatic Products and Food factory resulted in the people, who live near the factory, being admitted to hospital. Twenty remained in hospital yesterday. The cause of the leak had not been announced.

Man drowns after feud

An elderly man drowned after jumping off the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge because of an unspecified family feud on Tuesday, the day of the "Double Nine", or Chung Yeung, festival - a day traditionally reserved for paying respects to ancestors and the elderly. The man's wife, who was also planning to jump, had second thoughts but was unable to stop him from jumping.


Approval for tech brokers

Suzhou officials plan to introduce an accreditation system for new technology brokers engaged in intermediary tech services, such as the brokering of deals for new designs and patents, Xinhua reports. The move is intended to speed up the commercialisation of new technologies in the city.

Farmers covered for losses

The Guannan county government in Lianyungang has earmarked 43 million yuan (HK$52.9 million) for about 2,500 farmers to help offset investment losses they suffered when the owner of a private fundraising company allegedly fled with more than 100 million yuan that he had raised from four rural mutual fund co-operatives, the Oriental Morning Post reports. Police have detained eight employees from the co-operatives.


Over-90s get 22.2m yuan

Civil affairs authorities in Dalian have distributed about 22.2 million yuan in allowances to nearly 22,000 residents over the age of 90 since January last year, the Liaoning Daily reports. Those aged between 90 and 99 may receive 100 yuan a month, while those over 100 are eligible for 420 yuan a month.

Fund shortfall rises

A shortfall in the provincial social security fund increased by 1.3 billion yuan last year from 2010, to 31 billion yuan, because of the rapidly ageing population, and local governments have been forced to foot the shortfall, the Economic Information Daily reports. The Fushun municipal government, for instance, spent about 15 per cent, or 1.23 billion yuan, of its fiscal revenue last year to make up for the shortfall in the social security fund.


Drought hits Qingdao

A drought has hit the coastal city of Qingdao since last month, with precipitation down 51.7 per cent year on year, to 57.8mm, or about 38.4 per cent less than the historical average, the Qingdao Daily reports. A municipal government office overseeing drought-relief operations has implemented a contingency plan to ensure drinking water is available to residents and livestock.

Four die in rural accident

Four passengers were killed and 13 were wounded in a traffic accident involving two farm vehicles along a rural road in Zhanhua county, Binzhou , on Monday night, Xinhua reports. It was not clear how many passengers were on the vehicles, and the cause of the accident was still under investigation.


Pole-dancers' Swiss date

Three women and one man have been selected for the national pole-dancing team for the World Pole Dance Championships in Zurich on November 10, Xinhua reports. The line-up was announced in Tianjin this week, and the four were selected via a national contest in the municipality in June.

Industrial output up 16.2pc

Fuelled largely by a 35.1 per cent increase in biomedicine output, overall industrial output in Tianjin increased by 16.2 per cent during the first three quarters of the year, to 1.7 trillion yuan, compared with the same period last year, the Tianjin Daily reports.


Gloom for driving schools

Official figures from driving schools in Hangzhou suggest that the number of people taking driving lessons in the province this year could drop by 20 per cent year on year, from about 379,000 last year, the first decline in a decade, the City Express reports. The newspaper speculated that the drop could be because of shrinking demand for cars in the city.

Official facing court

A deputy mayor of Jinhua has been referred to the local prosecutors' office for criminal charges after being removed from his post for allegedly taking bribes from several developers, reports. The dismissal of Zhu Fulin was announced at a local legislative meeting on Sunday, about two months after he had disappeared from public view. He oversaw urban planning for four years.