Briefs, December 15, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 December, 2012, 4:32am

Hunan party secretary steps down from post

Zhou Qiang has relinquished his position as party secretary of the standing committee of the Hunan provincial people's congress, Xinhua reported yesterday. Zhou had been considered a shoo-in for a seat on the new Politburo but did not make it at the party's national congress last month. Staff Reporter


Fire breaks out at underground store

No one was hurt in a fire at an underground hardware store in Wuhan , Hubei province, Xinhua reported. Firefighters quickly contained the blaze at the Junefield Sogo Shopping Centre. Laura Zhou


Beijing aims to avoid repeat of fatal flooding

Beijing's municipal government said it will renovate the city's drainage system after flooding caused by heavy rain resulted in about 80 deaths in July. Xinhua


Proposal submitted to UN over East China Sea

China has submitted a proposal for boundaries of its continental shelf in the East China Sea to the UN Secretariat, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Bloomberg


Nine killed, 60 injured in expressway pile-up

Nine people died and 60 were injured in a pile-up on a snow-covered section of an expressway in Shandong, local authorities said. Xinhua