China Digest, November 7, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2012, 4:09am


Bullies sued

A middle-school pupil in Shunyi district is suing the families of four fellow classmates who assaulted him after school, seriously injuring him, the Beijing Times reports. The boy said the attack in April left him unable to walk. The bullies targeted the boy after they learned that he had been chatting online with a female classmate. The victim is seeking 56,000 yuan in compensation.

Physicals on the rise

More than 2.74 million residents in the city received physical examinations last year, or about 15 per cent more than in 2010, according to a report recently released by the Beijing Physical Examination Centre, reports. The most common health problems in both men and women included high cholesterol, hypertension, osteoporosis and obesity.


Jail sentence for car attack

A man in Lanzhou was sentenced to six months in jail, with a one-year reprieve, for using his car to run down a man believed to be in a relationship with the driver's ex-girlfriend, the Lanzhou Morning Post reports. The victim suffered a broken leg, and the driver was ordered to pay him 121,000 yuan in compensation. A second man hit by the car in the incident was awarded 10,000 yuan.

Marijuana arrests

Police in Guazhou county, Jiuquan, recently arrested two Xinjiang men for trafficking 54kg of marijuana, the Lanzhou Morning Post reports. They were caught when police conducted a routine inspection of a passenger bus from Ningxia to Xinjiang and noticed two suspicious suitcases.


Microwave food research

The mainland's first research centre dedicated studying microwaveable foods was established in Guangzhou on Monday, funded by the home appliance giant Midea and the South China University of Technology, reports. Sales of microwaveable food in China total 2 billion yuan a year, far less than in developed countries, which see annual sales of several billion US dollars.

Oceanic pillar

Governor Zhu Xiaodan said on Monday that oceanic resources and related businesses will be a key pillar of Guangdong's economy, and that the government will develop the sector in the near future, reports. Chinese oceanographers are heading to the Antarctic Ocean to conduct scientific studies. Ocean-related industries include mining, ship building, fishing and cargo transport.


Culture industry drive

The Nanjing government said it will spend at least 30 million yuan a year in an attempt to attract 2,520 cultural industry professionals by 2015, the Jiangsu Economic Daily reports. Three types of people will be targeted: cultural masters recognised by state or provincial authorities, people who set up culture-related enterprises, and those who practice a specialised trade of cultural value.

Patients' notes

The new outpatient building of the Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital opened on Monday and features a 7-million-yuan piano in the hall on the ground floor, Xinhua reports. It was believed to be the first piano in a mainland hospital. Motorised carts, similar to those used in airports, are also available to transport patients and relatives across the hospital.


Oranges dyed red

Retail authorities are investigating allegations that a fruit vendor in Yangpu district dyed oranges to make them more appealing to customers, the Shanghai Morning Post reports. A customer who bought the oranges wrote on his micro blog that the water and paper towels he used to clean the oranges turned red.

Subsidence moves

The municipal People's Congress is considering new legislative measures to prevent land subsidence in the city, the Labour Daily reports. In three areas - the Hongqiao transport area, the Sanlin residential block and the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park - annual land subsidence has averaged about 3cm in recent years. Moreover, there are about 162 square kilometres in the city that saw subsidence of at least 5cm between 2006 and 2011.


Hydro plants rejected

The Yili Kazakh autonomous prefecture has rejected proposals for 30 small-scale hydroelectric plants over the past two years, in order to protect the environment near the Yili River, reports. Major Chinese power companies in recent years have proposed building 69 hydroelectric power stations, at a total cost of 50 billion yuan, along the river, and 39 proposals were approved.

Kidnapped boy rescued

Police in Hutubi county, Changji, said they rescued a six-year-old boy who was kidnapped by two men who demanded 3.65 million yuan in ransom from the boy's father, reports. The boy was missing just one day before police tracked down the men. Police said the kidnappers wore masks and had planned three kidnappings in the past, but never carried them out. The family was probably targeted because the father is an entrepreneur in the region, police said.


Hospital violations

Kunming authorities in charge of medical insurance said they will deny claims made by patients who seek treatment at one of the 14 private hospitals that were recently cited for various violations, such as hiring unlicensed people to practice medicine, and forging documents to commit medical insurance fraud, reports. The hospitals were fined a combined 7 million yuan after an investigation that began in June.

Wife killed by mistake

A 57-year-old man in Ninger county, Puer , turned himself in to police on Monday, two days after accidentally shooting and killing his wife, whom he mistook for an animal in the forest, reports. Since the shooting, local police have stepped up searches of residents' homes to ensure that no guns are present.


May stays with December

A court in Jiaxing has rejected the request of a 27-year-old woman to annul her marriage to a man in his 80s, reports. The woman married the octogenarian in May because she wanted her illegitimate one-month-old son to have a father. The marriage would also allow the son to obtain local residency. However, she said he soon regretted the marriage, as it resulted in intense gossip among local residents. The court suggested that the woman file for divorce.

Beam stealers jailed

Three men were recently sentenced to between four and 7½ years in jail for stealing precious beams from an ancient temple that was built to honour the ancestors of people in Gulai town, Shengzhou , reports. The theft took place in June, and the men were caught a few days later. Similar thefts of ancient temple beams, which are often elegantly carved, have been reported frequently in the province in recent years.