Provincial land boss also fired but in neither case are offences disclosed In an ever widening anti-corruption campaign, the Communist Party at the weekend sacked another senior official implicated in graft scandals. Hunan vice-governor Zheng Maoqing was dismissed from office during a session of the provincial legislature, the China News Service reported, without detailing his offences. The director of the provincial land resources bureau was also fired during the same meeting. Mr Zheng's main responsibilities were industry, transportation and industrial safety. The 60-year-old had tried to slit his wrists in an apparent suicide attempt earlier this year after investigators from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection talked to him during a corruption probe, some state media reported. He's the latest high-level provincial official snared by what is becoming the Communist Party's most severe corruption crackdown in decades. More than 100 anti-graft officials have been sent from Beijing over the past two months to investigate Shanghai's pension fund scandal, which eventually brought down key members of the so-called Shanghai Gang. The city's party chief, Chen Liangyu , and a string of his political proteges and business tycoon friends have been sacked or detained for questioning. Han Zheng , a protege of President Hu Jintao , has taken over as Shanghai's acting party chief. Also last week, Zhou Qiang , the first secretary of the Communist Youth League - Mr Hu's political power base - was named governor of Hunan. As the corruption probes expand and deepen, major cities are mounting public relations campaigns to burnish their images. Beijing municipal authorities issued a lengthy statement yesterday denying once again any wrongdoing in a spoiled rice scandal which was broken more than two months ago by Hong Kong media. Reports that the city's grain bureau had bought 292,000 tonnes of rice as reserves during the Sars outbreak in April 2003 and then sold it in the capital's food markets early this year 'had no factual foundations', a city spokesman said. The grain bureau rejected the allegations on its website in August. Mainland law strictly forbids the distribution in grain markets of rice that is more than two years old, and allows direct selling through public auctions only to officially appointed processing and brewing enterprises. Rotten rice is dangerous due to high levels of a toxic pathogen which can survive in temperatures of up to 280 degrees Celsius. In another move to polish the city's public image, Beijing Mayor Wang Qishan dismissed reports that the capital had been targeted by a corruption investigation after the crackdown in Shanghai. He told visiting Hong Kong media executives that reports of 300 anti-corruption investigators probing the capital's affairs were untrue.