China Digest, November 5, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 November, 2012, 4:05am


Risky scanners

Some 286 X-ray body scanners are installed at 118 subway stations in Shenzhen, and random security checks will be conducted all month, The Southern Metropolis Daily reports, as the Communist Party prepares for its 18th congress this week. However, the machines don't have radiation-safety permits, and they haven't undergone a proper environmental impact study. The scanners were first used during the World University Games, but were discontinued because people worried about harmful radiation.

Hi-tech fair freebies

Visitors to the upcoming 14th China Hi-Tech Fair in Shenzhen can expect to receive favourable treatment at the city's starred hotels, including room-rate discounts, free breakfasts, drinks and laundry services, the Shenzhen Daily reports. One hotel in Nanshan district said it would allow fair visitors to check out as late as 4pm. The fair will be from November 16-21.


Powdered drink drugs

Police have busted a cross-provincial drug-trafficking ring and arrested 24 suspects in Haikou, Xinhua reports. Police said the gang added methamphetamine, ketamine and ecstasy to milk tea and coffee powders and disguised themselves as licensed businessman, earning millions of yuan in about six months. Adding water turned the powder into drug-tainted drinks.

Nurses needed for elderly

A total of 252 nursing homes for the elderly are assisting about 13,000 people in Hainan, but even though the facilities are able to care for 65 per cent more people than they were equipped to help in 2010, demand still exceeds supply as the population continues to age rapidly, reports


Grain gain

The province is expected to yield 62.5 million tonnes of grain this year, an annual increase of 7 million tonnes, which would be the ninth consecutive year that output has increased, Xinhua reports.

Big chill until pay bill

Thousands of students at middle schools in Daowai district, Harbin, have had to attend class in the bitter cold since last week, because the heating was cut off when 10 schools were overdue on their heating bills, reports. Local education officials reportedly refused to comment on the situation. Temperatures have been in the low single digits.


Web surfing on buses

Commuters will be able to enjoy free Wi-fi on three bus routes in Wuhan by the end of the year, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reports. If the trial service is successful, free Wi-fi is likely to be extended to all bus routes in the city.

Paging Dr Scooter

To save time and reach patients more quickly, doctors and nurses in the neonatal department of the Maternal and Child Health Institute in Wuhan are using scooters and bicycles to zip through medical corridors, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reports. Using a scooter, nurses need about eight seconds to pass through an 80-metre-long corridor that would normally take twice as long to walk.


Profs to entrepreneurs

A pilot programme launched last month ensures that university instructors and researchers who quit to start businesses will retain their ranks and titles if their business plans don't work out, the Nanjing Morning Post reports. The programme, overseen by the Nanjing Science and Technology Commission, was designed to also inspire university students to be business entrepreneurs. Only 1,568 of 74,000 university graduates in the province last year tried to start their own businesses.

Male nurse, rare species

Only about 100 male nurses work in the provincial capital, Nanjing , which has a population of more than 8 million, reports. Only 1,451 of the province's 170,000 nurses are men. The Ministry of Health said that men account for less than 1 per cent of all nurses in China.


Jail for cop-slapping drunk

A drunken man who slapped a police officer has been sentenced to nine months in jail, suspended for one year, the Yangtse Evening Post reports. Police were called to a restaurant in Jingan district after a man, who drank about a kilogram of liquor, punched several cooks in the kitchen. When police arrived, the man was smashing a car in front of the restaurant. He refused to get in the police car and slapped an officer's face.

Police help name children

Parents in Jiading district who are having trouble coming up with a name for their child - difficult in a country of 1.3 billion people - are being encouraged to ask their local police for help, the Oriental Morning Post reports. Parents may now consult the Jiading police's microblog account. One mother-to-be sent the police a message with two names. Within minutes, police said that one of the names was going to be used by another mother, and that the other name did not belong to anyone in Shanghai.


Anti-ageing investment

A 2007 winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine, Dr Martin Evans, signed an agreement with a Chinese-listed bio-engineering company on Saturday to conduct research involving stem cells, the Shanghai Daily reports. Under the agreement, the Zhongyuan Union Stem Cell Bio-engineering Corporation will jointly invest US$8 million with Cell Therapy to create a new Tianjin-based company that will specialise in anti-ageing research. Cell Therapy is a biological enterprise based in Wales.

Infrastructure projects

A total of 880 infrastructure projects, with a combined investment of 91 billion yuan (HK$111.3 billion), were launched in the municipality during the first nine months of the year, the Tianjin Daily reports. The projects are expected to help create 100,000 jobs and spur economic growth.


Driving home a complaint

A man has been detained for allegedly driving a van through a door of a government building in Jiaxin city and starting a fire on Thursday morning over a lease dispute, reports. No one was injured. The man allegedly drove a van into the hall of the Wangdian township building at around 8am and used petrol to start the fire. Police said the man was unhappy about a court ruling over a rental contract dispute.

Record TV sponsor deal

The Voice of China, a popular television show, secured record sponsorship for the coming second season, raising 1 billion yuan in advertising, the Yangtse Evening Post reports. The show, broadcast by Zhejiang Television, secured 200 million yuan for the naming rights alone, from JDB Group, a Hong Kong-based herbal tea maker. The report said the total smashed records for variety shows broadcast by local mainland television stations.