Rule of law's shocking absence laid bare

Last month's disclosure that a judge in Henan province promised to sentence a defendant to death if the victim's family agreed to stop petitioning came as a bitter reminder of the main obstacle facing the mainland's quest for rule of law - a lack of judicial independence.

Thursday, 5 July, 2012, 12:00am

Officials suspended over mine accidents

Three top city officials have been suspended over coal mine accidents in Pingdingshan and Luoyang in Henan province, CCTV reported.

3 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Race on to save 34 trapped miners in Henan, in third accident in 3 weeks

Rescuers were racing last night to free 34 workers trapped in a flooded coal mine in Jiaxian county, Henan , in the third mine accident in three weeks in the central Chinese province.

18 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Tianan Coal eyes A-share offering to raise 3b yuan

Pingdingshan Tianan Coal Mining, controlled by the country's fourth biggest coal miner, is seeking a listing on the Shanghai exchange to raise three billion yuan to fund acquisitions and coal exploration projects.

8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Wrongfully accused addict is seeking justice

Nine months after he was beaten by police and sent to a drug rehabilitation centre in Henan , Pingdingshan miner Li Guoqing has been offered a 5,700 yuan payout for his unlawful incarceration and torture.

19 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

73 years on, Pingdingshan still weeps

Dwindling number of massacre survivors relive childhood horrors 'so we will not forget the tragedy'

It has been 73 years but tears still roll down Yang Yufen's face at the thought of the Pingdingshan massacre in which her mother and 17 relatives were killed.

17 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Pingdingshan massacre survivor dies

Mo Desheng , one of the few survivors of a 1932 massacre of about 3,000 villagers by the Japanese army, died in Fushun , Liaoning province , on Monday at the age of 81, Xinhua reported.

He was one of three plaintiffs seeking 60 million yen ($4.34 million) in compensation and an apology from the Japanese government in a marathon lawsuit launched in 1996.

25 May 2005 - 12:00am

Traced call cracks case of kidnapped student

Police in the central province of Henan traced a call from a phone box to crack a kidnapping case in which the criminals demanded two million yuan (HK$1.8 million) in ransom for a student from Peking University.

24 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Mines closed for safety checks after blast kills 21

A gas explosion at a privately run coal mine in Henan province killed 21 miners and prompted the closure of many mines in the region, a local labour official said yesterday.

The explosion occurred at a site about 50 kilometres west of Pingdingshan in the northern part of the province on March 20.

26 Mar 1997 - 12:00am