China Digest, December 4, 2012
Man jailed for knife attack
A court in Xuancheng has sentenced a man in his 60s to six months in jail, suspended for a year, for cutting his son's girlfriend with a kitchen knife when she allegedly tried to strangle him in January, Anhuinews.com reports. The man turned himself in four months after the incident, and the local village committee wrote to the court seeking leniency, alleging that he and his wife were frequently abused by their son's girlfriend.
Human trafficker caught
A 64-year-old man, wanted for trafficking more than 300 women, was recently caught after being on the run for 20 years, the Legal Daily reports. Police from the man's hometown of Dingyuan county, Chuzhou, found him in Fanchang county, Wuhu. Police busted the trafficking ring in 1992 and eight people received the death penalty. Police rescued 182 women, but the other victims did not want to return home after having children with the men who bought them.
Murder trial begins
A 25-year-old man is on trial in Beijing for allegedly robbing and killing a former business partner, the Beijing Morning Post reports. Prosecutors say that the man, claiming the woman owed him 3,000 yuan (HK$3,700), sneaked into her home at night and stole 2,500 yuan, a computer and a mobile phone after hitting her on the head with an iron hammer. The woman was left unconscious. The attacker fled but returned shortly afterwards and cut her throat with a kitchen knife, killing her. Police detained the man that day.
More rural doctors needed
The capital needs an additional 3,300 doctors to meet the basic health needs of residents in rural areas, according to the city's first report on village doctors, the Beijing Daily reports. Many doctors who work in rural areas are unlicensed, most are farmers without a university degree, and their average age is 58.
Hospital chief jailed
A former hospital chief in a village in Yuzhong county, Lanzhou, was recently sentenced to six years in jail for receiving 84,000 yuan in kickbacks from vendors who sold drugs and medical equipment to his hospital from 2006 to last year, the Western Economic Daily reports.
Anti-theft manual a hit
A student at Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou didn't want to see other students become victims of crime like she was two years ago when her mobile phone and purse were stolen. So she wrote an anti-theft manual, which has been widely distributed via microblogs, the Western Economic Daily reports. The book lists places and times of frequent thefts near her university, as well as tactics that thieves use.
Dog kills street-sweeper
Police in Zhongmu county, Zhengzhou, are investigating a case in which a 62-year-old street-sweeper was killed by a large Tibetan Mastiff while going to work, Dahe.cn reports. Villagers claim that the dog was owned by an official, but police are still investigating.
Hospital held to account
A court in Zhengzhou has ordered a top hospital in the city to pay 209,000 yuan in compensation to the family of a 34-year-old man who has been in a vegetative state since going to the hospital four years ago with a headache, Dahe.cn reports. The court said the money was intended to pay for the man's treatment for the next five years, after which the family may seek further compensation. The money was in addition to 240,000 yuan that the hospital was ordered to pay the family last year for medical expenses already incurred. It was unclear what the hospital did that caused the man's condition.
Strict rules for state staff
Staff at government-backed cultural, education and medical organisations in Jiangxi will be held to a strict code of conduct, according to new government regulations, Jxcn.cn reports. The bodies include public schools and hospitals. Anyone found gambling, engaging in an affair or having more children than allowed will be demoted or dismissed.
Bar vandal gets jail term
A man in Gaoan has received a three-year jail sentence, suspended for four years, for destroying an internet bar that he blamed on his son's poor academic record, the Procuratorial Daily reports. In December last year, he went to the bar after drinking alcohol and used a kitchen knife to drive away customers. He then destroyed computers worth about 80,000 yuan.
New York college launched
More than 1,000 students and their parents attended an introductory ceremony on Sunday for NYU Shanghai - a new university jointly set up by New York University and East China Normal University, the Jiefang Daily reports. The new university has recruited 151 mainland students for its first class next autumn.
Taxi attackers convicted
A young man and woman recently received suspended jail sentences for beating up a taxi driver in June after he tried to get them to hand over a phone they discovered in the back seat of the taxi, the Labour Daily reports. The phone belonged to a previous passenger, and the driver said he would return it. But they refused to give him the phone, and threw stones at his head and broke his nose.
Deals soar at tourism expo
More than 4.76 billion yuan worth of deals were signed at the 7th Xinjiang Winter Tourism Industry Expo that ended in Urumqi on Sunday, Chinanews.com reports. This was a 20 per cent increase from last year. About 270,000 people, mainly from travel agencies in China and abroad, attended the fair, and attendance was up 34 per cent from last year.
Pickers reap cotton bounty
About 383,400 migrant workers who went to Xinjiang to pick cotton this autumn earned a total of 2.52 billion yuan, which came out to a 9.6 per cent average increase in pay from last year, according to official labour figures, Xjbs.com.cn reports. However, to combat the rising labour costs, more machines are being used to pick cotton, resulting in about 100,000 fewer workers being hired each year.
Blackmail cellmate jailed
A man in Xinchang county, Shaoxing, has been sentenced to six years in jail and fined 6,000 yuan for blackmailing his former cellmate, the Procuratorial Daily reports. Tian Yongfeng had asked his cellmate, who was about to be released, to look after Tian's wife and children until his own release. However, when Tian was released five months ago, his wife claimed that the cellmate raped her, but she never notified police. Tian threatened the man with a knife and told him to pay 100,000 yuan in "spiritual compensation".
Teacher held over assault
A vice-principal at a middle school in Yueqing has been detained for molesting a female student while she slept in her dormitory about two weeks ago, Xinhuanet.com reports. Other girls in the dormitory awoke to find the vice-principal touching the sleeping girl. The victim's parents wanted to cover up the incident, but other relatives notified police. Local education authorities have since launched a campaign to ensure that city teachers behave ethically.