China Digest, December 29, 2012
Water quality data
The capital's public water providers will release water-quality data on a quarterly basis from next month, the Beijing Times reports. The Beijing Water Authority said on Thursday that supervisors would spot check water samples to prevent companies from faking test results.
Doctor stabbed on street
An executive from Pinggu District Hospital was in critical condition after being stabbed on a street near the hospital at 6am on Thursday, the Beijing Times reports. The two male attackers fled in a car after attacking the man - a doctor as well as the hospital's deputy chief. Police are investigating the attack.
Infant injured in attack
A one-year-old girl from Nanan remained in critical condition yesterday after a man grabbed her from her mother's back and repeatedly dropped her on the ground, the Strait City Daily reports. The man, who the mother believes was mentally ill, dropped the girl three times on Monday before passersby intervened. A suspect was detained on Thursday, but has refused to talk about the incident.
Corpse with a chef's ID
An ID card belonging to a local chef was found on a highly decomposed male corpse discovered in a vacant house in Nanan on Thursday, the Strait City Daily reports. The body was found neatly dressed and lying on a bedroom floor by the homeowner, who had returned to the remote corner of the city to offer sacrifices to his ancestors. The chef's ID said he would be 53 years old.
Construction worker killed
A construction worker was killed after a pit at a Lanzhou building site collapsed on Thursday, the Western Economic Daily reports. It took rescuers more than 90 minutes to reach him.
Convicted rapist detained
Qingyang police have detained a convicted rapist in connection with the brutal rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl last week, the Western Economic Daily reports. Police found the girl's body beneath an expressway bridge on December 18, her clothes torn and her hands bound by wire. The 21-year-old suspect had served five years in prison for rape and was wanted for raping and robbing another young woman in June, just one month after his release.
Bike passenger ban row
A new Shenzhen traffic rule banning people from carrying passengers on their bicycles has provoked a fierce public debate, the Yangcheng Evening News reports. The regulation, which was approved by municipal legislators on Tuesday, would fine operators of non-motorised vehicles 200 yuan (HK$245) for carrying passengers or bulky cargo. Many residents complained that the rule was arbitrary and outlawed a distinct element of traditional Chinese culture.
Toilet collapse kills boys
Two boys were killed and two others were injured yesterday when a toilet wall collapsed at the Silun Township Primary School in Luoding city, the Nanfang Daily reports. The four pupils were all using the toilets at the time of the collapse.
Illegal drugs burned
Authorities in 14 Guangxi cities incinerated nearly two tonnes of illegal drugs yesterday in a bid to raise the public's awareness about drug trafficking, China National Radio reports. The drugs were just a fraction of the 16 tonnes seized in the 30,000 cases investigated by Guangxi police in the past three years.
Deadly minibus plunge
Nine people, including five children, were killed and 11 injured after an overloaded minibus plunged into a 50-metre ravine in Dahua county yesterday, China National Radio reports. The vehicle was carrying 20 passengers when it went off the mountain road - 11 more than regulations allowed.
Death awaiting treatment
Officials at a Queshan TCM Hospital in Zhumadian refused to meet relatives of a heart attack patient who died awaiting treatment, the Dahe Daily reports. The ambulance carrying the patient crashed and the patient had to wait while the ambulance workers were treated, relatives say. They claim they were told to be quiet after receiving 230,000 yuan in compensation.
Zhengzhou municipal officials said they needed more details to investigate graft claims made on a Hong Kong reporter's microblog this week, the Henan Business Daily reports. The Sing Pao Daily News' Henan bureau reporter said one unnamed official had a close relative who owned 11 units in a subsidised housing project.
Big food bill
Jiangsu residents spent an estimated 180 billion yuan on food this year, the Jinling Evening News reports. Food consumption peaked in the first two months of the year as residents feasted for Lunar New Year and Spring Festival. Food purchases account for 10 per cent of consumer spending in the province.
Completed bridge still idle
A bridge connecting Wuxi to Suzhou over the Wangyu River remains unused despite being finished two years ago at a cost of 40 million yuan, the Oriental Morning Post reports. Suzhou authorities said the bridge passed a quality assessment at the end of 2010, but had to wait for completion of a feeder road. Provincial authorities promised to investigate and open the bridge to small vehicles by Monday.
Several companies have complained that safety inspectors in Weifang city's hi-tech development zone have refused to provide receipts for mandatory inspections, the Qilu Evening News reports. One likened the practice to blackmail after inspectors refused to provide proof they received payment for a required 1,500 yuan inspection.
Suspected baby traffickers
Police in Jining's Liangshan county detained six suspects for baby trafficking, the Qilu Evening News reports. They confessed they bought six babies from baby traders in Yunnan in recent months and sold them to local farmers for 15,000 yuan to 54,000 yuan.
A former deputy director of the Hangzhou real estate administration is under investigation for taking more than 4 million yuan in bribes while working at the municipal construction commission in 2007, the Qianjiang Evening News reports. The municipal discipline inspection committee said the investigation will continue because discipline supervisors suspect him of further corruption.
3 killed in crash
Three people were killed and two others were injured after a four-car pile-up in a tunnel on the Ningbo-Taizhou-Wenzhou Expressway on Thursday, China News Service reports. A pickup truck and a minivan were struck by two large trucks, trapping five people. The three people killed were all pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.