Briefs, December 29, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 December, 2012, 4:54am

Real-time air quality data comes to 74 cities

The government will issue real-time air quality data in 74 cities from January 1, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said yesterday. The data will include PM2.5, fine particles that can enter the lungs. Xinhua


Guizhou gets new acting governor

Former Zhejiang vice-governor Chen Miner , 52, once a top aide to Vice-President Xi Jinping when Xi was Zhejiang party chief, was appointed acting Guizhou governor, succeeding Zhao Kezhi , who was promoted to Guizhou party secretary in July. Staff Reporter


Adult children ordered to visit elderly parents

Visit your parents - that's an order. So said the national legislature as it amended its law on the elderly to require that adult children visit their aged parents "often", or risk being sued by them. The amendment does not specify how frequently such visits should occur. State media say the new clause will allow elderly parents who feel neglected by their children to take them to court. AP


Beijing to enforce food safety laws

Beijing will introduce tough measures to punish firms that flout food-safety laws, a major move in China's struggle to get its poor food-safety record under control. Companies caught producing or selling unsafe foods will be banned from operating in Beijing for life. Reuters