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20pc fall in giving seen amid scandals

Donations to mainland charities are believed to have fallen by a fifth to about 80 billion yuan (HK$98 billion) last year, after the Guo Meimei scandal made the public more distrustful of the sector.

Tuesday, 8 May, 2012, 12:00am

Second doctor attacked while at work

A doctor was seriously wounded by an unidentified man yesterday while she was treating a patient in her office at Peking University People's Hospital in Beijing - the second attack on a doctor at work on the mainland in the past three weeks.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Cruel bloggers criticise 'privileged' pair

The death of the two Chinese students has triggered heated debate online about 'privilege' because the victims were shot in a luxury car.

Many mainland media outlets emphasised the fact that Wu Ying and her friend Qu Ming, both 23, were shot in a BMW, a symbol of wealth for the mainland's average wage earners.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Telecoms chief in inquiry mystery

Telecommunications giant China Mobile says it is checking online speculation that its vice-president, Lu Xiangdong, and the general manager of its Guangdong branch, Xu Long, have been put under investigation.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Tycoon Ding and the downfall of rail chief

Mainland media have exposed more details about the rise and fall of Shanxi billionaire Ding Shumiao, a key figure in the corruption case of former railways minister Liu Zhijun.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Tycoons move into farms to diversify

When Ding Lei, the chief executive of NetEase, a leading mainland internet company, announced his plans to raise pigs as part of a new business venture two years ago, it aroused great public interest and became one of the hottest topics online.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Singletons are in 11/11/11th heaven

It's November 11 and it's singles day, with millions of unattached men and women patting themselves on the back for their independent lifestyles.

The Chinese call the 11/11 date guanggun, which literally means 'bare-sticks' and is a synonym for bachelorhood.

It has been celebrated by single mainlanders for several years.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Gucci store staff complain of abuse in Shenzhen

A Gucci shop in Shenzhen has been accused by its former employees of harsh working conditions and 'inhumane' rules, a local newspaper reported over the weekend.

Two former employees of the brand's flagship store in Shenzhen were quoted by the Modern Express on Saturday as saying management had imposed unreasonable rules during their employment.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

'Ear mouse' pioneer disproves fraud allegations

A leading Chinese scientist who shot to fame after growing a human ear on a mouse presented evidence on Saturday to support his work, after accusations of scientific fraud were levelled against him in June.

The allegations have cost Dr Cao Yilin a chance to win China's highest science honour.

29 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Death sentence for farmer in Yunnan raises concerns over judicial independence

The Yunnan Provincial Higher People's Court sentenced a farmer to death for killing a young woman and her little brother at a retrial yesterday after a public outcry at an earlier suspended death sentence, state radio reported. The court announced the verdict late last night after a one-day hearing.

23 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Officials jailed over deadly Shanghai building fire

Several construction officials were jailed yesterday for up to 16 years for a high-rise building fire that killed 58 people in Shanghai in November.

Gao Weizhong, former director of Jingan district's construction and transport committee, was jailed for 16 years in the Shanghai No 2 Intermediate People's Court for abuse of power and taking bribes.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

10 days' training, long hours for drivers in focus

Mainland internet users are raising questions about high-speed train drivers' short training period and long working hours following the fatal crash in Wenzhou .

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Fears for future as factories go bust

The recent bankruptcies of two large factories in Dongguan - a manufacturing hub in the Pearl River Delta - has sparked fears that even major players may not be able to withstand the double whammy of rising production costs and labour shortage.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Ex-official takes rape case claim to capital

A former vice-mayor from Guizhou has taken a rare step into Beijing's petitioning system in a quest for justice over the alleged rape of his daughter by a well-connected businessman.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing may extend ban on free plastic bags

The ban on free plastic bags will extend from shops to restaurants and hospitals, according to an official from the Ministry of Commerce.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am