Briefs, March 8, 2013

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 March, 2013, 4:01am

Top official rules out raising tax threshold

A top official ruled out the possibility of raising the threshold for personal income tax despite widespread calls from delegates attending the National People's Congress. Song Lan, State Administration of Taxation deputy commissioner, said it was impossible to raise the current threshold of 3,000 yuan.

Call for more funds to tackle pollution

Chen Guoyin, party secretary of the Hebei provincial environment protection agency, suggested that the central government raise local administrations' share of the value-added tax derived from heavily polluting industries to help them to tackle pollution.

NPC delegates push issue of food safety

NPC delegates have taken more than 300 "toxic products" to Beijing in the hope of raising the issue of food safety, the Business News reported. Zhu Zhangjin, a village party chief, showed how water turned black when he dropped in a peanut. Cary Huang

Re-education through labour being reviewed

Justice Minister Wu Aiying said the government was "doing relevant work on reform of the re-education-through-labour system", but refused to comment on whether legislation was in the pipeline. Verna Yu

Import of GM goods in long term 'inevitable'

It is inevitable that genetically modified produce will be imported in the long term, says the director of the Communist Party's Central Rural Work Leading Group. Chen Xiwen said saying whether GM food was safe would take time. Mandy Zuo

Singer's son among 5 charged over rape

Beijing municipal prosecutors formally approved the arrests of suspects in a gang rape, including the son of singer Li Shuangjiang , a dean at the People's Liberation Army Academy of Arts. Xinhua