China Digest, March 9, 2013
96 wanted men nabbed
A 45-year-old policewoman has caught 96 wanted men in the past five years since she started work at a local coach station, the Beijing News reports. Wang Congying, who is with the Songjiazhuang branch of the city's public security station, said the way to unearth criminals was to learn various dialects and watch people's expressions in order to judge their characters.
Boost for public transport
Beijing will add at least 3,000 electric buses and taxis to its public transport fleet this year, the Beijing Business Today reports. Residents will also be exempted from participating in the car licence plate lottery and receive plates rapidly if they buy electric vehicles.
7 held over cash scam
Nanshan police have detained seven people of a private asset management firm in Shenzhen for swindling more than 360 million yuan (HK$444.5 million) from over 2,000 clients from February 2011 to November last year, the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reports. Clients were lured with the promise of a 6 per cent monthly return on investments over a six-month period , and police were called after some had received no interest.
'Border policemen' jailed
Four men were sentenced to between 42 months and 10 years' in prison by the Yantian district People's Court in Shenzhen for posing as border police officers and robbing parallel traders, the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reports. The court said the gang ordered traders trafficking smartphones into a fake police vehicle and robbed them.
Costly kicks for a drunk
A man, 20, has been ordered by prosecutors in Pingnan county to pay 42,000 yuan after he kicked a Rolls-Royce in a street while drunk, the Nanguo Morning Post reports. The man kicked the five-million-yuan vehicle three times, leaving scratch marks on a front door.
Man jailed for beating
A man was sentenced to eight years in prison on Thursday by the People's Court of Jiangnan district in Nanning city for beating a thief to death in a building he owned, www.gxnews.com.cn reports. The man, who decided the intruder was a thief when he saw he was carrying a wrench and a screwdriver, turned himself in.
No takers for gold medals
Public concerns arose after a former captain of the national basketball team tried to sell his Asian Cup and Asian Games medals to raise funds for a paraplegic fan in Nanjing, but failed to find a buyer, China News Service reports. Huang Pinjie, 66, put the medals up for sale on his microblog in February, but got few responses. Many fans have pledged to donate money to enable him to keep the medals, which include a gold from the Asian Games in 1975, the first victory for a Chinese national basketball team in an international competition.
Shoppers find diamonds
Two 32-year-old women picked up a bag containing 187 diamonds and weighing more than 30 carats while shopping in Changzhou , on Wednesday, the Changzhou Daily reports. The women thought the bag might be part of a trick to swindle passers-by and called the police, but officers found the diamonds were real and returned them to the owner.
Man thwarts suicide leap
A 34-year-old woman who jumped into the Suzhou River on Wednesday evening was rescued by a migrant worker from Jiangsu province, the Oriental Morning Post reports. The 46-year-old man followed the woman off the Waibaidu Bridge and into the river after he realised she was trying to commit suicide. The man, who was hailed as a hero by local residents, said he had not swum for 15 years.
Over 1m DINK households
More than one million Shanghai families have joined the double-income-with-no-children (DINKs) club and now comprise more than 12 per cent of city households, www.eastday.com reports. The average size of a Shanghai household decreased to 2.5 people in 2010, according to official statistics.
Drought hits 35 counties
More than 233,000 hectares of crops in 35 counties across the province have been hit by severe drought, the West China City Daily reports. The province has seen an average rainfall of 4.1 millimetres since January, only half of the usual amount.
Entrepreneurs meet up
The 12th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention will be held in Chengdu , from September 24 to 26, attracting more than 3,000 Chinese entrepreneurs from over 100 countries, Xinhua reports. The convention will focus on China's development and opportunities for Chinese merchants. The event was first launched in Singapore in 1991.
Herbal drugs for animals
Captive animals in the autonomous region are being treated with drugs made from indigenous herbs if they fall ill, xinhuanet.com reports. The head of the Tibet Livestock Veterinarian Research Institute, which was set up last year and developed the medicines, said the results were significant.
Free cancer tests
Free cancer tests for women will be offered in 13 counties in the autonomous region this year, Xinhua reports. If a county hospital diagnoses a woman with cancer, she will be sent to the Tibet Hospital in Lhasa for treatment and receive 10,000 yuan from the Tibetan Women's Federation for medical fees.
100m yuan water fund
The provincial government has provided 100 million yuan to ensure water supplies for students in rural areas, the Yunnan Daily reports. More than 600,000 people are facing a shortage of drinking water amid the fourth year of severe drought.
Payout for sailors' families
The Kunming's Intermediate People's Court awarded six million yuan in compensation to the families of 13 Chinese sailors killed by Myanmar drug lord Naw Kham and his gang, Xinhua reports. Naw Kham and three of his subordinates were executed last Friday in the city for conspiring with Thai soldiers to kill the 13 crew of two Chinese cargo ships on the Mekong River on October 5, 2011.
Man held over girl's death
A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of killing a seven-year-old girl in Changjie township in Ninghai city, the City Express reports. Thousands of internet users circulated a photo of the girl after her father posted it on the web on Tuesday afternoon, saying she had gone missing a day earlier. Her body was found on Thursday afternoon in a vacant house 20 metres from her family.
Net gamer's hermit home
A 27-year-old man in Shaoxing city , did not leave home for six years after becoming addicted to playing games online, www.zj.com reports. The man's father posted a plea for help on the internet after his 1.75-metre-high son, who locked himself in his bedroom after quitting his job in 2007, dropped to less than 50kg in weight.