Briefs, October 28, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 October, 2012, 5:19am


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Solar power companies get plugged in for free

The mainland's largest state-owned utility, State Grid Corp, will allow some solar power producers to connect to the national grid free of charge, in a bid to help the ailing solar industry, China Daily reported. State Grid said from November 1 it would provide a free connection service for so-called distributed photovoltaic solar power producers, or small- and medium-scale producers located near customers. The mainland's export-focused solar panel industry has been hit by excess manufacturing capacity and waning foreign demand. Reuters


Fifth Tibetan in a week dies in fiery protest

A 23-year-old man has become the fifth Tibetan in a week to die after setting himself on fire in a county in far western China as a protest against Beijing's rule, a rights group said. Tsewang Kyab set himself on fire on Friday evening on a street in Amuquhu town in Xiahe county, Gansu province, London-based Free Tibet said. AP


Taipei calls for legal same-sex marriages

Tens of thousands of people marched though Taipei to push for the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Taiwan as the island marked its 10th annual Gay Pride event in colourful fashion. "The theme this year is to fight for equal rights on marriage. Gay people are also tax-paying citizens and we demand the same basic right as any heterosexual couples," said Mu Chuan, one of the rally organisers. Gay and lesbian groups have been urging the government for years to make same-sex unions legal. AFP


No capital flight in China, says regulator

China is not suffering from capital flight, even as growth of its foreign-exchange reserves eased "significantly" in the third quarter, the country's foreign exchange regulator said. Reserves increased by US$300 million in the third quarter, bringing total gain for the first nine months to US$64 billion, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange said on Friday, citing preliminary data. Reports that China has had US$200 billion to US$300 billion of capital flight "aren't true", according to a separate statement on its website. Recent foreign-exchange assets were earned through current account activities including trade and are held by onshore institutions and individuals rather than the central bank, an official said. Bloomberg


Boy's death takes truck tragedy toll to seven

The death toll from a truck crash in the northwest rose to seven after a boy of four died from his injuries. All but one of the dead were schoolchildren. They were riding on a truck which plunged 200 metres off a mountain road in the Wudu district of Longnan in Gansu province on Friday. Xinhua