Briefs, January 13, 2013

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 January, 2013, 4:48am

Rape victim's mum to sue over labour camp

The mother of an underage rape victim in Hunan province said yesterday that she would lodge an administrative lawsuit after authorities rejected her demand for state compensation for the time she spent in a labour camp. Tang Hui was sent to a re-education-through-labour centre in Yongzhou last year to serve an 18-month sentence after campaigning for harsher punishments for those found guilty of raping and prostituting her then 11-year-old daughter. The city on Friday rejected Tang's demand for state compensation, saying her term was given in line with regulations and the decision to release her was based on humanitarian reasons. "The rejection of my demand for state compensation hurt me for the second time," Tang said, adding that she would file a lawsuit with the help of her lawyer. Xinhua


Chemical spill blamed on tanker mishap

The chemical spill that contaminated the upper reaches of Shanghai's Huangpu River last week was due to negligence on a tanker carrying chemical waste, the Xinmin Evening News reported online. The spill forced two water plants in suburban Songjiang district to suspend operations, and nearly 30,000 people in a town had to rely on bottled water or water trucks, the Shanghai Daily said. Citing police sources, Xinmin said the tanker owner claimed the crew forgot to plug a valve on the tanker when illegally loading the chemical styrene. Police said they had detained the person in charge of the polluting company and other suspects, Xinhua reported. Staff Reporter


Police think explosives caused van blast

Someone might have brought explosives onto a commuter van that exploded on Friday, killing 11 people and injuring nearly 40 others in Shuangyashan , Heilongjiang , a police probe revealed. The commuter van from a mining company exploded in the city's Lingdong district, damaging a coach in the opposite lane. Xinhua


Strike at factory linked to Foxconn

More than 1,000 workers went on strike over conditions at a plant linked to Foxconn, a rights group said, in the latest controversy to hit the Taiwanese technology giant. Hong Kong-based Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour said the strike erupted at a Foxconn factory in Fengcheng , Jiangxi on Thursday, with more than 1,000 workers taking to the streets the next day. But Foxconn denied ownership of the plant, describing it as a "supply chain factory". It said the strike ended on Friday. AFP