China Digest, December 18, 2012
Lottery winner gives back
A migrant worker who won 102.6 million yuan (HK$126 million) in a lottery has donated 200,000 yuan to Project Hope, a charity supporting rural education, the Ching Po Daily reports. The worker, surnamed Zhang, spent 36 yuan on the winning ticket. Zhang works in Bengbu , earning 2,000 yuan a month.
Luxury toilet down gurgler
Stalls in a luxury public toilet that cost 700,000 yuan to build broke down just a year after it opened, the Jianghua Morning Post reports. While security staff were meant to look after the equipment around the clock, two of five stalls have been out of service since September and an LCD television inside the facility has never been turned on.
Theme park planned
Chongqing plans to invest 3.5 billion yuan to build a local version of Disneyland in its suburbs, news portal cqnews.net reports. The planned 500-hectare theme park, based on a local animated series, will be built in Hechuan district, about an hour from downtown Chonqing. The construction is targeted for completion by 2016.
Searching for Mr Rich
More than 200 women joined a matchmaking event for 48 male millionaires on Sunday, the Chongqing Economic Times reports. The 232 bachelorettes, including teachers, doctors and government workers aged between 19 and 44, were chosen from 510 hopefuls.
More money for land
The province will from January 1 increase compensation for landowners whose property is acquired by the government, Xinhuanet.com reports. Farmers will receive 1,300 yuan per mu (around 0.067 hectares) of farmland requisitioned by the government, up from 1,100 yuan. Compensation for other types of land, such as forests, orchards and tidal flats, will also rise.
Minibus crash kills woman
A minibus overturned and crashed into a roadside ditch in Longyan city on Saturday, killing a 50-year-old woman passenger and injuring eight others, Xinhuanet.com reports. It is believed that the brakes suddenly malfunctioned.
18 mines collapsed
Provincial officials have collapsed 18 mines in Heyuan city to stop illegal mining for rare earth minerals, the China News Service reports. The mines had previously been shut, but some residents were still illegally excavating there. Authorities said they would rehabilitate the mining areas in March by planting trees.
Congestion fee considered
The Shenzhen municipal traffic management bureau is studying charging road-congestion fees after more than 300,000 new vehicles were registered last year, the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reports. The bureau did not provide a timetable for the scheme. The city, which faces worsening traffic jams, now has 2.2 million registered vehicles.
Officials on trial over blast
Five officials in Hengyang city were put on trial for dereliction of duty in relation to a deadly mine blast, the Legal Daily's website reports. Four worked for the city's coal industry management bureau, while the fifth worked at the safety supervision bureau. They are being held liable for a coal mine gas blast last year that left 29 miners dead and six injured and caused economic losses of more than 20 million yuan.
Jailed over housing bribes
Three housing administration officials in Xinhuang county, Huaihua city, including the former director, were jailed for taking a total of 900,000 yuan in bribes linked to affordable-housing projects, the Legal Daily reports. Among the kickbacks they received was 600,000 yuan from construction firms. The ex-director, surnamed Quan, was sentenced to 10 years, while the other two were handed three- and five-year terms.
Loan shark link to deaths
More than 30 villagers in Binzhou's Zouping county have been killed over the past two years for failing to pay back loan sharks, the Jinan Times reports. It is estimated that debts owed to loan sharks in the area have reached more than 100 million yuan.
Arrested after 21 years
A fugitive was arrested yesterday 21 years after he allegedly shot dead a villager in Zaozhuang city, China News Service reports. Police said the suspect named Xian had fled after killing the villager in August 1991 using a home-made gun. He later changed his name to Wang Fei, and had settled down in Yangzhou , Jiangsu province in 2000, where he married and became a shipyard worker.
Fake officer arrested
A man, 19, who masqueraded as a policeman and stole property from 10 women he dated was arrested, the West China Metropolis Daily reports. The suspect, who is from Xichong county in Nanchong city, claimed to be a 28-year-old officer and is accused of stealing 30,000 yuan worth of goods.
'Corpse' was just napping
A man in Yibin city who was taking a nap in a garden was mistaken for a corpse by an alarmed resident, local news portal scol.com.cn reports. Police were notified about the "body" by a resident who saw the man covered by a blanket. Officers later woke the man.
Group names Aids patients
A residents' association in Kunming was strongly criticised for breach of privacy after publicly identifying some low-rent housing applicants as Aids patients, the People's Daily reports. Five applicants were marked as having mental disorders, disabilities or Aids in information released by the Longxiang Street Residents Committee.
Coffee at 5-year low
The price per kilogram of raw coffee beans in Yunnan reached a five-year low, dropping to 17.9 yuan this year from 41 yuan in 2010, the China Business Times reports.
A villager who held the county deputy chief hostage and demanded that officials tear down a toilet built in front of his home was sentenced to 11 years in prison and fined 30,000 yuan yesterday, Xinhuanet.com reports. Zhang Xiaowei , of Jinyun county, Lishui city, abducted the official on May 22. He was arrested after a 10-hour stand-off.
Fire breaks out in factory
A fire broke out at a 4,000 square metre factory in Taizhou city yesterday, China News Service reports. The blaze started about 6.30am and was put out by 11.30am, but by then the factory's plastics production unit and warehouse had collapsed.