Briefs, January 4, 2013

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 January, 2013, 4:29am

Order to crack down on accident cover-ups

The workplace safety watchdog yesterday called on regional governments to step up their investigations into a series of fatal accidents and mete out harsh punishment for any attempted cover-ups. The accidents cited included an explosion at a railway tunnel construction site in Linfen, Shanxi, which killed at least eight workers on Christmas Day, according to Xinhua. Internet users blamed acting governor Li Xiaopeng for the silence. Choi Chi-yuk


New chief of staff for Lanzhou command

Major General He Qingcheng, the commander of the People's Liberation Army's 21st Army Corps, has been named chief of staff of the Lanzhou Military Command. His promotion fills the void left by Lieutenant General Liu Yuejun. Choi Chi-yuk


Manager denies using male prostitutes

A mid-level manager from China Petroleum and Chemical (Sinopec) has denied media reports that she patronised male prostitutes provided by a US contractor. She described the report as "a malignant, made-up rumour" spread to damage her reputation. Minnie Chan


Ministry defends rule on yellow traffic lights

Officials have defended new traffic rules that make running a yellow light illegal, saying it is aimed at reducing accidents in major cities, and encourages safer and "more civil" driving, the security ministry said on its website. Bloomberg