China Digest, February 2, 2013

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 February, 2013, 3:47am


Man to pay 'barren' wife

A court has ordered a Shucheng county man to pay 120,000 yuan (HK$148,000) to the wife he is divorcing for being unable to bear him a son, reports. The man said he wanted to leave her because she had only had a daughter with him and had been unable to conceive a boy. The man had sex with his sister-in-law, who had a son, and then asked his wife to adopt the boy, saying that if she refused he would divorce her.

Bid to woo 'Fortune 500'

Anhui plans to attract five Fortune 500 enterprises to the province this year, building on the 63 already established there, the Anhui Business News reports. Six Fortune 500 enterprises opened factories in the province last year. The commerce department vowed to halve the time taken to approve projects.


Life for 20m yuan fraud

The capital's No1 Intermediate People's Court has jailed a man for life for cheating nearly 330 students out of a total of 20 million yuan between 2003 and 2010. The man set up an unlicensed police training school and told students they did not need to take an entrance test and would be guaranteed jobs when they graduated. The Fangshan district school changed its name 10 times in the seven years it was in operation.

Patient gives birth

Doctors from the Aviation General Hospital said the 32-year-old woman with motor neurone disease gave birth to a healthy son by caesarean section on Wednesday, the Beijing Times reports. They said such patients were urged not to get pregnant because of the risk of passing on the disease.


Jail for bogus rape claim

The Haizhu District People's Court jailed a 25-year-old Guangzhou woman for 18 months on Thursday for framing her ex-boyfriend, who had dumped her, the Nanfang Daily reports. She said that in revenge she had called police in August, saying that she had been raped by the man and blackmailed out of 90,000 yuan because of naked photos he had taken of her. The woman turned herself in a month later.

Late train payment sought

Two women took the Guangshen Railway Company to the Guangzhou Railway Transportation Court on Wednesday, seeking a total of 310 yuan in compensation for an eight-hour delay in a train journey in November, the Legal Daily reports. The women said they bought the tickets from Guangzhou to Wuhan , Hubei , but had to spend the night in the cold waiting room due to the late arrival of their train.

Inner Mongolia

Heaps of gold on the plains

The autonomous region produced 20,095kg of gold last year, 20 per cent more than in 2011, the Inner Mongolia Morning Post reports. Chifeng topped all the cities in Inner Mongolia , with an output of 7,638kg of gold, up 10 per cent year on year. Hohhot had the highest rate of growth, up 73 per cent to 440kg.

675 breach food safety law

Prosecutors have taken 675 people in the autonomous region to court for food safety violations in the past five years, including 16 government officials who were charged with dereliction of duty, xinhuanet. com reports. Another 1,363 officials in charge of medical care, education, land resources, poverty alleviation and social security were prosecuted for taking bribes or embezzling public funds.


Eateries join 'thrift' drive

The owners of 100 restaurants in the province have followed their counterparts in Shanghai, Henan and Jiangsu in issuing a letter calling on members of the public to fight against frivolity and advocate thriftiness, a dictum pushed by Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping, reports. Posters in the restaurants will urge patrons to "save food and oppose waste".

Fewer guests in big hotels

All of the four- and five-star hotels in Nanchang are losing money, mainly due to competition from low-end, franchised hotels, analysts told the Jiangxi Morning Post. The occupancy rate for the city's seven five-star hotels was just 40 per cent. Analysts said local up-market hotels should improve management and services.


Guard groomed thieves

A security guard at a middle school in Tumen has been jailed for 18 months for encouraging a boy to steal, reports. He was also fined 10,000 yuan. When some students at the school asked him to lend them money last year, he told them to steal jewellery from their parents or relatives. Two days later a student brought a gold necklace and a pair of gold earrings to him. The man sold the jewellery for 5,650 yuan but only passed 3,650 yuan to the student.

No time to play for pupils

Many primary and middle school students in Changchun have to spend their winter holiday finishing homework and attending academic classes outside their schools, the New Culture Post reports. A six-year-old girl in grade one had to write 20 pages of homework every day. In another case, a 14-year-old girl's daily schedule was full from morning to evening. The girl's parents said they had paid 10,000 yuan for the extra classes hoping their daughter could improve her academic performance.


Rail passenger 'stomped'

Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, says it is unaware of an incident a microblogger reported yesterday, alleging that at least one passenger was stepped on by other commuters after falling down, reports. The internet user said the passenger had tripped on bags piled near a carriage door.

Kind gesture documented

A post about a good-hearted passenger helping courier an important travel document to a Shanghai woman has been relayed more than 30,000 times on the internet, the Oriental Morning Post reports. The Shanghai woman discovered that she had left her Macau entry permit at home on the day before she was due to fly from Beijing to Macau. Her father managed to find a female passenger at Shanghai's airport to deliver the permit.


Old woman buried alive

A 25-year-old migrant worker from Guizhou who knocked down an old woman in April and then drove her to a remote location to bury her alive has been given a suspended death sentence by the Ningbo Intermediate People's Court, the Modern Gold News reports. The man told the court he buried the woman because she was not moving and he thought she was dead. His girlfriend, who was in his car at the time, was jailed for 18 months for helping him hide for 10 days.

Fib about age splits couple

A 66-year-old woman insisted on divorcing her 49-year-old husband on Wednesday, despite his promises during mediation at the Jinzhou District People's Court in Ningbo that he would never beat her again, the Qianjiang Evening News reports. The man began punching her frequently 10 years ago because he was angry after finding out her real age. When they met in 1995, she had told him that she was nine years younger than him. The man believed her because she was slim and petite.