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Josephine Ma

Women now rule the roost down on the farm

As men swarm to cities for work, 53pc of soil tillers are female, census finds

Saturday, 23 February, 2008, 12:00am

Women now rule the roost down on the farm

As men swarm to cities for work, 53pc of soil tillers are female, census finds

There are more women tilling the soil in the countryside than men - for probably the first time in Chinese history - since able-bodied young males have swarmed to work in towns and cities.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Wife of academic hopes for amnesty

Qu Liqiu, the wife of jailed mainland academic Lu Jianhua, hopes the mainland authorities will grant an amnesty to her husband following a call by freed journalist Ching Cheong for an amnesty in the year of the Olympics.

'I hope more people, especially those who are innocent, will be given an amnesty,' Mrs Qu said. 'Of course I hope Lu Jianhua will be freed, too.'

22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Aid to struggling children's refuge blocked

A choking stench fills the air of a home for abandoned, disabled children in Jinzhou in Hebei province .

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Trafficker admits to selling 3,000 labourers in three years

Human-trafficking is a lucrative trade in Henan province , according to an investigative report broadcast by state television last year, with as many as 3,000 labourers duped or abducted and sold to brick kilns and mines through just a single trafficker in the previous three years.

20 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Lower-level courts face bankruptcy when fees are slashed

Many lower-level courts may be bankrupted when a regulation halving court fees comes into effect next month, deputies to the National People's Congress warn.

The State Council last year announced a rule to cut the fees in half from April 1 in an attempt to encourage poor people to settle disputes within the legal system.

15 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

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