China Digest, February 1, 2013
Ex-mistress turns to arson
A 45-year-old woman in Susong county, Anqing , has been detained for setting five fires in two months at the home and office of a man with whom she once had an affair, the Jianghuai Morning Post reports. She was seeking revenge because she felt neglected, the report said. No one was harmed in the fires.
Fines for extra flats
Landlords in Hefei who are found to have renovated an apartment to create additional rooms for tenants may be fined as much as 10,000 yuan (HK$12,300), according to recent leasing regulations approved by the city government, the Anhui Business News reports. Each tenant must have at least 13 square metres of living space. Landlords who fail to register leases with their district-level property management office may be fined up to 1,000 yuan.
Man beheads neighbour
A 30-year-old man in Fuling district with a history of mental illness was detained by police on Wednesday for allegedly cutting off the head of a woman neighbour and throwing it out of the window of his fourth-floor apartment, Chinanews.com reports. The victim's head smashed through the windscreen of a car parked below. Police said the man had quarrelled with the victim.
Girl's sacrifice for family
A 15-year-old girl has taken a part-time job distributing leaflets in Beibei district to raise money for the medical bills of her cancer-stricken father and grandfather, the Chongqing Morning Post reports. She earns just 50 yuan a week, which helps pay for traditional Chinese medicine - which is cheaper than Western medicine - for the men. Her mother quit her factory job three months ago to look after the sick family members.
Teens on trial for murder
A boy and his friend are on trial in Guangzhou for allegedly killing a 26-year-old man in a property dispute in Guangxi province last year, The Southern Metropolis Daily reports. The victim had accused the 17-year-old boy's family of doing construction work on the victim's land. He demanded 3,000 yuan in compensation, but was refused, so he enlisted about 10 people to damage the construction materials and smash part of the family's home. The mob also beat up the boy's father. Prosecutors say the boy called up his friend, also 17, to help carry out the murder in Guangzhou, where the victim worked.
Sars hero jailed for bribes
A doctor who became famous for her work treating severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) a decade ago has been sentenced in Foshan to 10 years in jail and fined 100,000 yuan for taking 500,000 yuan in bribes from 2003 to 2011, the Yangcheng Evening News reports. Dr Luo Hongtao was the former director of infection diseases at Foshan No 1 People's Hospital. She was detained in July 2011 after being exposed by online whistle-blowers earlier in the year.
Worker's money meltdown
A 41-year-old migrant worker from Gongyi was discharged from a hospital in Zhengzhou on Wednesday after four days of psychiatric treatment for a mental breakdown, the Dahe Daily reports. The worker threw money into the air after a long train ride home from Urumqi , Xinjiang . The case followed a similar incident in Chongqing last week. In both cases, the men were carrying 20,000 yuan, and they both thought someone was going to kill them to steal their money, so they began throwing it inside railway stations. The two workers were both bringing their salaries home.
Two held for hooker scam
Two men have been detained in Qingfeng county, Puyang , for allegedly using nude photos and sex videos to blackmail dozens of prostitutes, Dahe.cn reports. The men have hired more than 40 prostitutes since November and recorded the sexual dealings. They received 30,000 yuan from the women before being caught, police said.
Death sparks vaccine scare
Health officials in Shenyang are advising parents of infants who are just a few months old to hold off on giving their children vaccines for polio, diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus, after a four-month-old boy died two hours after getting the injections on Monday, People.com.cn reports. The boy's parents have refused to allow an autopsy and they are negotiating with the community health centre that gave the injections. Municipal health authorities are currently examining the current stock of those vaccines.
Less room for firecrackers
The number of retailers that are authorised to sell fireworks in Shenyang has declined from 1,800 in 2006 to 1,000 this year, the Shenyang Evening News reports. The municipal safety inspection bureau said it was easier to supervise fewer fireworks retailers. However, the retailers themselves say there is less interest in buying fireworks than in the past.
Bad surprise found in bun
A woman wrote on her microblog account this week that she found a piece of plastic in a steamed bun she bought at a restaurant in Shizhong district, Jinan , Sdnews.com.cn reports. She said she rejected the restaurant's offer of 10 free steamed buns to placate her because she wanted to bring attention to the food-safety issue.
Pork seller penalised
A man who bought 10,000kg of pork from pigs that died of unknown causes, and who then resold the meat to a small food shop in Linyi was fined 50,000 yuan and received a one-year jail sentence with a two-year reprieve, the Legal Daily reports. However, the man made 180,000 yuan from the pork sales over the past six years, which meant he would still pocket 130,000 yuan even after paying the hefty fine. The owner of the food shop is currently being tried in court.
City has fastest web speed
Shanghai has boasted the fastest average internet speed of all mainland cities for four straight quarters, the Jiefang Daily reports. In the fourth quarter of last year, the average internet speed on the mainland was 2.59 megabytes per second, and Shanghai's was 4Mbps. Both averages were up from the third quarter figures of 2.1Mbps and 3.44Mbps, respectively.
Vote of trust for schools
A recent study by the Shanghai Academy of Educational Sciences has found that 80 per cent of local parents are satisfied with the quality of public primary and middle schools near their homes. However, 80 per cent of parents also said they would send their children to better schools farther away in the city if they could, the Wenhui Daily reports. Nearly 1,000 parents across 16 districts and counties were canvassed.
Binhai powers economy
The annual GDP from the Binhai New Area was 720.5 billion yuan last year - 20 per cent more than in 2011 - and accounted for 56 per cent of Tianjin's entire GDP, the local Daily News reports. The economic zone's fixed investment and foreign trade also increased by 20 and 14 per cent, respectively.
Teacher cuts tot's nose
A teacher at a private kindergarten in Jinnan district has been fired for cutting a three-year-old boy's nose with scissors, the Oriental Morning Post reports. The family reached a compensation deal with the school. The unlicensed teacher said she was trying to cut a piece of thread tied to the boy's fingers when she accidentally cut his nose. He received five stitches.