China Digest, November 10, 2012
Cemetery vandal sued
The grandson of famed writer Bing Xin is being sued in a Yanqing district court by an upscale cemetery management firm for defacing a monument near his grandparents' tomb, the Beijing Times reports. Wu Shan, 45, is accused of painting red characters on the monument in May, saying his father had brought shame on the family. Wu's mother said her husband had recently divorced her and refused to pay compensation.
Actor Li Moran dies
Renowned actor Li Moran died on Thursday in Beijing at the age of 85, Xinhua reports. His role as a patriotic general in The Naval Battle of 1894, a film about the first Sino-Japanese war, earned him national fame in the early 1960s. He appeared in more than 60 stage dramas and has received numerous awards, including a lifetime achievement honour from the China Theatre Association. He was born in December 1927 in Shangzhi county, Heilongjiang , and started his career in 1947.
Suspected affair fiasco
A Xiamen man was given a suspended sentence of three years in jail for forcing a man whom he suspected of having an affair with his wife to hand over more than 26,000 yuan (HK$32,020), the Haixi Morning Post reports. The defendant arrived home one day in May to find the man alone with his wife. He slapped the man and called in friends and neighbours who refused to let him leave until he handed over his cash and bank cards.
Taiwan funding new firms
In the first 10 months of this year, Pingtan county's special economic development zone attracted 49 new companies that receive funding from outside the mainland, the China News Service reports. The influx of companies represented a 113 per cent increase over last year. A vast majority were funded by interests in Taiwan, which sits just across the strait.
'Spiritual payout' for rape
In a controversial ruling, the No1 People's Court in Dongguan has ordered the parents of a 15-year-old boy to pay 40,000 yuan in "spiritual compensation" to the family of a seven-year-old girl who he raped, the Southern Metropolis Daily reports. In April, the same court sentenced the teenager to 21/2 years in jail. The girl's family initially sought 100,000 yuan.
A man accused of ejaculating on a female employee at a Foshan toy store has been detained by police, the Yangcheng Evening News reports. On Sunday, a man walked into the otherwise empty shop, masturbated behind one of the employees and fled before she realised what had happened. Two days later, the man returned and attempted to do the same thing, but another worker recognised him and alerted the police.
An inspiring novelist
A woman who managed to write a novel despite suffering a severe brain defect at birth has become a source of inspiration for Yiyang city, www.voc.com.cn reports. The writer's mother paid a publishing house 20,000 yuan to print the book and has been selling copies on the street. Although she has written poems, this novel, which is about the drama surrounding a wealthy family, is her first.
Drug store arrest
A Zhuzhou drugstore owner was arrested for selling unlicensed medicine targeting patients with muscle and joint pain, legaldaily.com.cn reports. The suspect is believed to have purchased the medicine from a manufacturer in Shandong after hearing a customer sing its praises last year. He purchased more than 400 bottles of the drug for 20 yuan each and sold them for 59 yuan.
Kublai Khan goes green
The green space around the ruins of Kublai Khan's capital city of Xanadu, a Unesco World Heritage site since June, has increased 15 per cent since 2000, nmgnews.com.cn reports. Local authorities say they have successfully curbed the desertification of grasslands around the Xilingol League site.
Man dies catching pigeons
A construction worker in Ordos accidently fell from the second floor of an unfinished building and died while attempting to catch wild pigeons, northnews.cn reports. Colleagues said the man had said several days before that it was a good time to catch birds these days because a recent snowfall made it hard for them to find food and prepared corn as a lure. He got four of birds before missing his step.
Oops, tiger on the loose
A 200kg tiger wandered the Jinghu Zoo in Suzhou for an hour on Thursday morning because a zookeeper forgot to lock its cage after cleaning, the Modern Express reports. The few visitors at the zoo were quickly evacuated. Police and zoologists tranquilised the two-year-old animal and in about five minutes the beast fell asleep and was carried into its cage.
First ban on drug drivers
Jiangsu will become the first mainland province to ban driving while under the influence of drugs, the Nanjing Daily reports. Authorities say adding a no-driving clause to provincial drug regulations was necessary because of an increase in accidents caused by drug-addicted drivers. In April in Changshu , 14 people were killed and 20 were injured. However, some experts note it will be hard to implement that law, saying it is difficult to immediately identify whether a person is on drugs.
Fly cheap from Shanghai
The number of Shanghainese tourists travelling around the world is expected to increase dramatically in the final weeks of the year compared with last year as travellers rush to take advantage of relatively low airfares, the Wenhui Daily reports. Some travel agencies say tickets to Europe and North America can be as much as 60 per cent cheaper in December than in October when mainland tourists trave'led abroad during the "golden week" holiday.
Herb cures just for kids
Doctors at Shanghai's major traditional Chinese medicine hospitals in the city say they are seeing an increase in parents seeking traditional herbs to improve their children's health, the Shanghai Youth Daily reports. Several herbs have long been popular among adults, particular the elderly, during autumn and winter. But the doctors said asthma and allergies were the only childhood ailments for which there were suitable herbal remedies.
Free polio vaccinations
The Yunnan Health Department has expanded its free vaccination scheme to include the children of migrants, as well as permanent residents, the Kunming Daily reports. Families were told to bring children aged two months to four years for free polio vaccinations during the first week of December.
Ex-con killed in standoff
An ex-convict was shot dead by police, ending a three-hour hostage stand-off in Mile county, Yunnan.cn reports. The 36-year-old suspect, who had previously served two jail sentences totalling 20 years, kidnapped a villager at knifepoint and demanded a car and 15,000 yuan. Police officers said they prepared the ransom and put it in the back seat of a car as the kidnapper requested, but he still refused to release the hostage. They opened fire after he cut the victim's neck.