Briefs, February 20, 2013

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 February, 2013, 5:13am

Special envoy to attend inauguration in S Korea

State Councillor Liu Yandong will attend the inauguration ceremony of South Korean president-elect Park Geun-hye on Monday as the special envoy of President Hu Jintao and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping, the Foreign Ministry said. Xinhua


Health scheme will not be introduced this year

The Ministry of Health denied reports that it would introduce a new system this year that will allow patients to "pay after" they receive medical treatment. Jiao Yahui, an official with the ministry's medical administration division, said the scheme would not be adopted nationwide in the short term. More than 20 provincial regions were carrying out pilot schemes at local hospitals. Xinhua


Nine killed as minibus falls into Hubei ravine

Nine people died and 10 were injured when a minibus plunged into a 100-metre-deep ravine in Hubei yesterday, the local government said. Tan Ming , of the work-safety supervision bureau in Jianshi county, said the vehicle veered off the road at around 11am in Guandian township, in the Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture. Xinhua


Top police official in fatal leap from bureau

A senior police official in Xian, Shaanxi, committed suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of the public security bureau building on Monday morning, the police announced on their official microblog. They said He Shengli had suffered from serious insomnia for years. Some internet users, however, wondered whether He had been implicated in the case of a former banker in Yulin who was found to have four different household registrations and owned 41 properties in Beijing. He Huifeng


Penalties will not deter corruption, pundits say

Commentators described penalties for corruption in Chinese football as inadequate after 33 people were banned for life and Shanghai Shenhua were stripped of the 2003 league title. A number of clubs and individuals were punished by the Chinese Football Association for widespread match-fixing scandals that have blighted the game in China. But the measures would not deter corruption, football pundits said, because ever more money was flowing into the sport. AFP