China Digest, November 24, 2012
Father-son liver transplant
A 29-year-old Hubei native and his two-year-old were stable and recovering at a Beijing military hospital after undergoing the nation's first father-and-son liver transplant for patients of different blood types, The Beijing News reports. The boy was diagnosed with blocked bile ducts in June and required a transplant to save his life, but his mother, who has the same blood type, refused to donate her liver and fled. The father persuaded the hospital to perform the surgery with him in hope of a "surprise success".
Rail passengers stranded
Beijing's north-to-south No4 rail line resumed normal operations yesterday after a signal problem left passengers stranded between stations for more than two hours, www.cnr.cn reports. Authorities blamed the delay on a signal malfunction between Zhongguancun and Yuanmingyuan stations. The disruption began at 7am and ended just before 9am.
Farms to get makeover
Qingping township plans to invest 550 million yuan (HK$649 million) by next year to renovate and repair local farms in an effort to attract more urban tourists to the countryside, www.cqnews.cn reports. The township estimates that its "happy farm" programme will create 1,000 local jobs.
Roadside snack draws fine
A Hubei man has been fined 200 yuan for illegally stopping his van to cook on the side of the Shanghai-Chengdu Expressway, www.cqnews.net Local transport police said they were shocked to see the man using a gas stove on the road's Fengjie section. The man said his wife, who had recently given birth, was hungry and needed to eat.
5 die in expressway pile-up
Five people died and two others were injured in a five-car pile-up on a Fuzhou city expressway, Xinhua reports. The crash happened around 9.15am yesterday when a fully loaded truck lost control and hit four vehicles on the Shenyang-Haikou Expressway. Two passengers suffered minor injuries and were sent to hospital for treatment. Traffic had resumed by around noon. The cause is under investigation.
Temple robber put on trial
A 23-year-old has stood trial in the Xiangcheng district of Zhangzhou for enlisting two young boys to steal more than 2,000 yuan from donation boxes at Buddhist temples, www.fjsen.com reports. The man is accused of taking the boys to the temples at night on his motorcycle. They entered the temples through windows and used double-sided tape and a ruler to extract the cash.
Debtor in police protection
A heavily indebted woman has been avoiding creditors by hiding out in a police station for nearly two weeks, the Shenzhen Evening News reports. The woman went missing last year after borrowing 160,000 yuan from five people. Creditors found the woman at a Nanshan district internet cafe this month and took her to the police station. The woman has since refused to leave, arguing she has no money to pay the debts and is in personal danger.
CCTV at traffic black spots
Shenzhen police have installed cameras to monitor 49 busy road sites after a series of crashes involving dump trucks resulted in several deaths last month, the Yangcheng Evening News reports. Police recorded more than 400 violations on Tuesday alone, with 248 involving truck drivers failing to stay in the proper lane. Police hope the cameras will prevent drivers from violating the law when officers are not on duty.
Frustrated by repeat reports of short-changing by a Suzhou city grocery store, police have posted a noticeboard outside the business warning customers to beware of dishonesty, the Yangtse Evening Post reports. Numerous people have complained about clerks at the Huijia store, but officers have struggled to collect sufficient evidence or found the sums involved too insignificant to justify charges. Police asked the market administrator to revoke the store's licence but have so far received no response.
Men due childbirth cover
The Department of Human Resources and Social Security in Jiangsu has deemed that all employees of enterprises are entitled to paternity and maternity insurance, www.jschina.com.cn reports. The policy will also cover local employees registered to households outside the province. Employers who fail to pay the premiums will be liable to meeting childbirth expenses out of their own pockets.
7 fired after student death
Seven teachers and officials at a Qingdao city vocational school have been sacked or suspended after the death of a female student last month, www.dzwww.com reports. The 19-year-old victim was among five female students from the Qingdao Qiushi Vocational School who attended a party hosted by six male teachers at a fourth-floor restaurant on October 27. The girl got drunk and fell out of a toilet window. Police have ruled out homicide.
Arrest over chef's murder
Shaanxi police have arrested a chef wanted for murdering his colleague in Qingdao, four years ago, the Qilu Evening News reports. The suspect reportedly stabbed a fellow chef to death in March 2008 after the victim repeatedly mocked his cooking skills. The man had spent the past four years hiding in several provinces including Guangdong, Guizhou , Hubei, Shaanxi, Sichuan and Yunnan .
Killer son avoids execution
The Shanghai No1 Intermediate People's Court has sentenced a 53-year-old to death with a two-year reprieve for killing his elderly mother during a dispute over their housing-relocation compensation, the Jiefang Daily reports. The man hit his mother on the head with a hammer while she was sleeping on February 16 and fled to neighbouring Zhejiang province. The pair had been fighting in court over compensation they received after their Minhang district houses were razed in 2009.
Fewer reading books
More than half of Shanghai people say they seldom read because of their busy lifestyles, and for those who do, it is to acquire knowledge, for leisure or out of job necessity, the People's Daily portal says. The Digest of Chinese & Foreign Books magazine surveyed 485 readers at Shanghai City of Books. It found nearly half of them said they read two to three books each month, and 40 per cent said they read for more than five hours. Some preferred getting information from the internet, but resorted to in-depth content from traditional books.
Hangzhou subway opens
Hangzhou overcame numerous engineering challenges to officially open its first subway line yesterday, the Zhejiang Daily reports. The Y-shaped Metro Line 1 connects 31 stations over 48 kilometres, and will carry passengers between the northern and southern ends of the city in less than 70 minutes. Work on the line, which crosses several bodies of water, began in 2007 and cost about 22 billion yuan.
City sells seized property
A total of 356,000 yuan was raised in the country's first online housing auction, www.hangzhou.com.cn reports. The city used the Taobao website to sell a 35-square-metre apartment seized in a lawsuit at Xiaoshan District People's Court. The website will auction an apartment seized by a Zhejiang court on December 3.