BEIJING 10 years' jail for graft The former deputy director of the Agricultural Committee in Chaoyang district was sentenced to 10 years in jail for taking 260,000 yuan (HK$317,350) in bribes, The Beijing News reports. Wang Baojun was the third official from the committee or district to appear in court on graft charges. Another former deputy director of the committee previously received nine years' jail and a former deputy director of the district stands accused of taking 1.9 million yuan in bribes. No leads over HIV syringe Police in the capital said yesterday they had no leads in the search for a person who put a syringe containing HIV-infected blood in a taxi last week. It was placed in a magazine rack behind the driver's seat and a passenger was pricked by the needle. A task force was set up to investigate, the Beijing Evening News reports. CHONGQING Four die in coal mine blast At least four people were killed and five others injured in a gas blast at a coal mine on Monday in Fengjie county, China News Service reports. A dozen miners were working underground at the time of the blast. Three were not hurt. The injured were treated at a hospital. Bullets kept as souvenirs A retired soldier in Wushan county was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for two years, for keeping 49 bullets at his home, the Legal Daily reports. After serving five years in the army, Zhang Anxing collected the bullets as souvenirs when he retired in 1985. Police arrested him in June and he was convicted of illegal possession of ammunition. GUANGDONG More water quality data Starting next month, Guangzhou will release readings on 106 indicators of drinking water quality twice a year at its 30 water plants, the Nanfang Daily reports. The results of 42 indicators will be published once a month. At present, the city releases readings of six indicators twice a month, including information about pH and bacteria levels. Party chief expelled The party chief of Xiashan district, Zhanjiang , was expelled from the Communist Party, People.com.cn reports, citing provincial disciplinary officials. Liang Bizhi violated party discipline and was suspected of committing crimes, the report said, without elaborating. Judicial authorities are investigating the case. HENAN Fake-label gang caught Provincial police busted a gang found making fake labels and packaging for shampoo, laundry detergent and other daily goods, the Dahe Daily reports. Police seized more than 130,000 fake products and detained two people in Xinzheng . Authorities said the gang made tens of millions of yuan over the past four years. Demand for compensation More than 200 people who contracted HIV through blood transfusions gathered in front of the provincial government building in Zhengzhou on Monday, demanding compensation, including money for their children's tuition, Phoenix TV reports. Witnesses said police used batons to beat some protesters. The crowd was eventually dispersed without any demands addressed. HUBEI Gold bars for villagers All 1,001 residents of Yujiatou village in Wuhan received a gold bar worth more than 36,000 yuan on Monday in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the village, People.com.cn reports. Each bar is engraved with a villager's name. Pledge over funerals People forced to relocate to Yuanan county, Yichang , because their land was seized for construction of the Three Gorges Dam will have their funerals covered by the county government, China News Service reports. Funerals cost an average of 510 yuan. The county, with a population of about 200,000 people, was a key settlement area for migrants displaced by the project. INNER MONGOLIA Eight killed in flash flood Eight people were killed and seven injured when a flash flood struck Wulanchabu city on Monday, Xinhuanet.com reports. Those killed were workers from Guizhou province. Authorities will step up flood-control efforts in cities along the Yellow River where water levels are rising from torrential rain. Construction work halted Construction work on 80 per cent of buildings in Kangbashi district, Ordos , was suspended because real estate developers ran out of money, the China Economic Weekly reports. A total of 22.3 million square metres of land was under construction as a result of an investment boom that began three years ago. Most apartments and office spaces remain empty. JIANGSU Man shot dead in row A 26-year-old man was shot dead in Changzhou early on Monday morning, the Modern Express reports. Witnesses said he was shot after quarrelling with several people at a restaurant. He was taken to hospital but died soon after. Police detained several people. Price curbs on medicine In a bid to lower medical costs, the province has put price limits on 80 types of medicine, local news portal Longhoo.net reports. The action was taken after officials found that some pharmaceutical firms sold drugs in smaller packages, but raised prices instead of reducing them accordingly. SHAANXI Focus on mining safety In a bid to reduce the number of coal mine collapses, penalties will be increased and officials held accountable, Xinhuanet. com reports. If three or more people are killed in a collapse at a small mine, it will be closed. For larger mines, production will be suspended for a year and the owners will be fined 5 million yuan. In accidents where one or two people are killed, mines may be fined 2 million yuan and their operation suspended for a year. Rethink after bus tragedy Authorities in Xian ordered all long-haul buses operating out of the city to be equipped with safety hammers to help people escape in emergencies after 36 people died on Sunday when a double-decker bus hit the back of a methanol tanker and caught fire. Only three people escaped as the windows could not be broken. ZHEJIANG Entrepreneur flying high Cai Gangjun used to sell cars in Zhejiang , but now he's looking to the sky. He recently got a licence to sell small aircraft after the state air traffic control commission decided to open low-altitude airspace for private aircraft starting next year, the Jiefang Daily reports. Cai plans to sell planes ranging in cost from 1 million to 5 million yuan. He said he already has 10 buyers lined up. Mass death of fish Up to 1,500kg of dead fish have been recovered from a waterway in Hangzhou since Thursday, China News Service reports. The fish were buried. Environmental authorities said the mass death was not likely the result of industrial pollution as there were no factories nearby. Water samples are being tested and the results are expected next week.