Briefs, January 15, 2013

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 3:58am

Pledge to strengthen military ties with India

Chinese and Indian senior military officials agreed to strengthen ties during a meeting yesterday in Beijing. The talks were held between Xu Qiliang, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, and Indian Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma, who said he was confident of progress in military relations between the two countries. Keith Zhai

State Council nod for second Beijing airport

A senior official of Beijing's second airport said the central government had approved the project, with construction expected to start next year and be completed in 2018, the Beijing News reported. Zhu Wenxin said on Sunday that the State Council approved the 70-billion-yuan (HK$86.4 billion) project last month. Keith Zhai

Poison kills swans at Hunan nature reserve

Fifteen swans died after being poisoned in Hunan province, officials said yesterday. Police said the poison was placed near the wetlands of Dongting Lake and they were gathering evidence to arrest the suspects. Thirty-one teal also died in the nature reserve. Xinhua

Official with 31 homes held for abusing power

A former housing official in Henan province exposed by an online whistle-blower for owning 31 properties has been arrested. The procuratorate of Zhengzhou on Sunday approved the arrest of Zhai Zhenfeng , former director of the housing administration bureau in the city's Erqi district, on suspicion of abusing his authority. The task force investigating the case also found that Zhai used fraudulent means to obtain a permit to have a second child in April 1990. Xinhua