Priscilla Jiao

Closures of rural schools blamed for bus crashes

Analysts and academics are concerned that fewer rural primary schools - which were reduced by half from 2000 to 2010 during an urbanisation push - may be contributing to an increase in school bus accidents.

Tuesday, 22 May, 2012, 12:00am

Dissident Ni Yulan jailed 32 months over protest

Disabled land-rights activist Ni Yulan (pictured) was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail by a Beijing court yesterday on charges including fraud and inciting a disturbance.

Ni's husband, retired teacher Dong Jiqin, was also jailed for two years on the first charge.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Delegates fret over cultural advances

Some Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference delegates say they are worried that the mainland's efforts to develop the cultural sector into a pillar industry might turn into another 'great leap forward' or 'moneymaker movement'.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


'Lei Feng spirit relevant to today's social problems'

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Photographer lets urban images do the talking

Shen Xiaoming, a 37-year-old Shenzhen-based freelance photographer also known as Bai Xiaoci, has been recording the urbanisation process across the mainland for four years through his camera lens, focusing on people's lives, homes and streets. In one of his latest projects, he zoomed in on government buildings. His photos have sparked online accusations of government corruption and waste.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Death crash school bus 'overloaded with 87 pupils'

The 52-seat school bus that overturned into an icy ditch last week, killing 15 children in Jiangsu province, was overloaded with 87 passengers - more than double the official figure - according to an investigative journalist.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Fun TV makes way for lessons in morality

The mainland's fun police will limit the number of entertainment shows allowed on television from next year, replacing them with compulsory moral education programmes.

The move comes in the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television's (Sarft) anxiously awaited comprehensive regulations to clean up the national airwaves.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

I did not use Red Cross money, says scandal girl

Guo Meimei, the young woman who sparked a furore by claiming to be a manager affiliated with the Red Cross Society of China while flaunting her extravagant lifestyle online, says her possessions are not tied to the charity group.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Independent candidates step into the fray

More than a dozen high-profile independent candidates have made separate online announcements that they will run for seats on district-level people's congresses.

Members of the local legislative bodies are usually nominated by local party organs and independent candidates are rare.

28 May 2011 - 12:00am

Suspect held over Palace Museum burglary

Mainland police last night arrested a suspect following a burglary at the Forbidden City in which seven precious art pieces owned by a Hong Kong collector were stolen.

Officials said the theft on Sunday was the first from the Palace Museum in 20 years.

12 May 2011 - 12:00am

Express services run best when they focus on their network strengths

Xiong Xingming delivery executive

The key to successful network expansion is specialisation, believes Xiong Xingming, vice-president of Zhaijisong Express.

A delivery company should not only be able to identify and exploit its connections and competitive advantages, but also locate and co-operate with other companies' special advantages.

3 Jul 2006 - 12:00am