Briefs, November 8, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 November, 2012, 4:02am

No to Metro's call to cut subway phone Wi-fi

Shenzhen's telecommunication authorities refused a request from Shenzhen Metro to cut 3G services inside the city's subway, which have been blamed by the company for brief suspensions on one of its main subway lines, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported. Shenzhen Metro suspects that the interference came from passengers' wi-fi-enabled mobile devices. The telecommunication authorities said the company should be responsible for the incidents itself, blaming it for using a cheap public frequency that exposes its signal system to higher risk of interference from passengers' Wi-fi enabled devices . He Huifeng

Campaign to close illegal mines planned

Beijing will launch a campaign to shut down small and illegal mines in a bid to improve safety and efficiency in the sector, the government said on Wednesday. The mainland, the world's largest consumer of a raft of commodities, is setting tougher environmental and mining standards as it tries to conserve domestic resources. The clampdown could cause a temporary fall in domestic supplies and boost its reliance on imports. Reuters

Hainan museum given 1,000 heritage works

The State Administration of Cultural Heritage has given more than 1,000 items of cultural heritage works to the provincial museum in Hainan. The collections include 143 heritage works which were once illegally smuggled to Denmark. Most of the items are ceramic and porcelain works, which date from the prehistoric era through to the Qing dynasty. Xinhua