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Briefs, January 12, 2013

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 4:39am

Shelling in Myanmar prompts deployment

Soldiers have been sent to the border with Myanmar amid concern that escalating violence between the neighbouring nation's government and ethnic separatists is spilling over, the Global Times reported yesterday. It said troops were sent to the border between Yunnan province and Myanmar's Kachin state "to understand the situation". It gave no details on the number or type of soldiers. "On [Wednesday night], there was shelling in Kachin, and residents of the unstable area quickly ran inside the Chinese border to pass the night in peace," the report said. Reuters

 

Contractor blamed for fatal metro line crash

Substandard construction has been confirmed as the cause of Tuesday's fatal metro line accident in Kunming, Yunnan province. Initial investigation showed that a fireproof door fell onto the track and caused the train to derail, killing a driver and injuring another, according to the operator, Kunming Rail Transit. Contractors failed to install the doors in accordance with construction specifications, the report said. The city's first metro line, scheduled for trial operation next month, was undergoing a test run. Xinhua

 

Taiwan faces 'fiscal cliff', top official says

A senior Taiwanese official says pension payments for retired civil servants are pushing the island's government towards a "fiscal cliff". Guan Chung said in a report on Thursday that about US$10 billion of Taipei's annual welfare budgets covers the pensions and health insurance of 620,000 retired teachers, military and civil servants. AP

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