Briefs, December 22, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 December, 2012, 3:44am

Acting governors for Zhejiang, Shaanxi

The central government yesterday appointed acting governors of two provinces. Li Qiang will serve in the eastern province of Zhejiang , where he will fill the vacancy left by Xia Baolong , who was promoted to Zhejiang Communist Party secretary on Tuesday. The 53-year old is a Zhejiang native and has spent his entire political career there. He has been relief official with the local civil affairs bureau, party boss of the city of Yongkang and party boss of Wenzhou . Lou Qinjian has been named acting governor of Shaanxi province. Lou will replace Zhao Zhengyong , who was promoted to party boss of the province on Tuesday. Lou, who has a doctorate in computer science, has worked at research institutes and in government. He was a deputy minister of industry and information technology from 2008 to 2010 before being transferred to Shaanxi. Staff Reporter, Xinhua


Blogger seeks support for flight attendant

Kaifu Li, an influential social media user, called on the public to support a Chinese flight attendant fired by Virgin Atlantic in March because she posted an item on her microblog disparaging the food served in business class, the Shanghai Evening News reported. The British airline confirmed her dismissal but did not give a reason. Alice Yan


Government allocates funds for Lhasa facelift

Lhasa is to spend 1.23 billion yuan (HK$1.5 billion) to protect the Tibetan capital's old quarter. The municipal government said the facelift would be completed by July. It said the appearance of cultural relics, including the Jokhang Temple, a Unesco World Heritage Site, would not change but that fire hazards would be removed. Xinhua