BEIJING Not his brother's keeper The parents of an 11-year-old boy from Huairou district who was killed by a mentally ill man are demanding 1.16 million yuan (HK$1.43 million) in compensation from the man's younger brother and the local village committee, the Beijing Morning Post reports. The schizophrenic middle-aged man attacked the boy, hitting him on the head with a blunt object. The man's younger brother has denied any responsibility, saying he is not his brother's legal guardian and had earlier asked the village committee to commit the unstable man to a psychiatric hospital. Hainan Air smuggler A former Hainan Airline flight attendant has appealed an 11-year jail term she was given early last month for smuggling, the Beijing Youth Daily reports. The Beijing No 2 Intermediate People's Court also fined her 500,000 yuan for evading 1.13 million yuan in customs fees for cosmetics that she hired others to bring to the mainland. GANSU Fire at a firehouse Fire brigade authorities in Lanzhou have confirmed that a blaze broke out in a fire station garage on Friday afternoon, caused by a welder doing renovations at the site, Southcn.com reports. Internet users found the incident ironic, and a microblog post showing a fire truck burning inside the garage has been reposted tens of thousands of times, with commenters wondering how a fire could start in a firehouse. Rape and ransom Tianshui police say a 15-year-old girl was raped repeatedly while being held hostage in a hotel for 22 hours, and two university freshmen have been detained in connection with the crime, the Lanzhou Morning Post reports. Police said the students lured the girl to a hotel room on Thursday after meeting her online. The students allegedly photographed the sexual assault while waiting for the girl's family to pay a 20,000-yuan ransom. GUANGDONG Dwindling land Guangzhou is on pace to have just 3,200 hectares of land for development during the next five-year planning period, from 2016 to 2020, Southcn.com reports. Earlier, the central government had authorised the city to develop 177,200 hectares of land by 2020. About 164,900 hectares had already been developed by 2010, and up to 174,000 hectares has been slated for development by 2015, leaving just 3,200 hectares. Provincial growth The gross domestic product for Guangdong grew by 7.9 per cent in the first three quarters, compared with the same period last year, to nearly 4.07 trillion yuan, China News Service reports. Analysts said the economy was steadily improving. HAINAN Promise for the tropics The Hainan Provincial Bureau of Corruption Prevention opened its doors to the public on Sunday during a high-profile ceremony attended by National Bureau of Corruption Prevention director Ma Wen , Hainan party secretary Luo Baoming and provincial Governor Jiang Dingzhi , Xinhua reports. Luo said the agency will mainly target lazy and inefficient officials, as well as help ensure the province grows as an international tourism hub. Muay Thai to the rescue Twelve of the 19 people hired by a neighbourhood committee in Qionghai to help police maintain public order have been trained with Muay Thai - a combat technique from Thailand, the online edition of the People's Daily reports. The committee said the police assistants were given the training to help prepare them to confront criminals. HENAN Farmers rob to work Two farmers in Runan county, Zhumadian , confessed to robbing a plain-clothes police officer who died of stab wounds, the Dahe Daily reports. Police said the farmers confessed to the mugging, saying they needed money so they could move to another city for work. Paranoid man in hiding A wealthy businessman in Zhongmu county, Zhengzhou , is believed to be hiding because his family wanted to force him to seek psychiatric help due to paranoia that his wife might be cheating on him, the Zhengzhou Evening News reports. The man spent nearly 10,000 yuan to install six surveillance cameras around his home to watch his wife and monitored her phone calls and text messages. His fear that his wife would be unfaithful was believed to stem from a previous failed marriage and a previous relationship. HUBEI Late train refund Wuhan railway authorities have refunded train tickets for more than 200 student passengers who missed an exam because the train was three hours late, the Wuhan Morning Post reports. The students, from Shenzhen, took the Z24 train to Wuchang district in Wuhan, which was supposed to arrive at 7am. The railway said late trains are a common occurrence, but refunded the tickets to avoid a dispute. Speed dating with twist More than 30,000 single men and women participated in a matchmaking event in Wuhan on Saturday organised by the Hubei Communist Party Youth League committee, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reports. The seventh-annual event featured a talent presentation and eight-minute "flash date". It also included a chance for a man and woman to pair up to sponsor a migrant child, as a way for the two to bond over a common interest. JILIN Early snow The provincial capital, Changchun , recorded Jilin's first snowfall of the season on Sunday afternoon, with 4.7mm falling in three hours, Weather.com.cn reports. Temperatures have plummeted to below zero in recent days from a cold front. Boar crop loss Wildlife protection authorities in Tonghua will compensate dozens of farming families for lost corn that was eaten by wild boars, which are a protected species in the area, China News Service reports. A survey by the authorities found that 10.2 hectares of cornfields, owned by 83 farming families in the city, have been destroyed by the boars this autumn. The compensation will be based on the total crop loss suffered between this autumn and the Lunar New Year, which falls on February 10. TIBET Investment pours in Fixed-asset investment in Tibet increased by more than 21 per cent during the first three quarters of the year to 48 billion yuan - a 21 per cent increase over the same period last year, Chinatibetnews.com reports. Infrastructure investment by central government agencies in the region during the nine months also increased by 20 per cent, to 28 billion yuan, or 93 per cent of the full-year target. Jobs in Lhasa About 60 state-owned companies in Beijing made 214 jobs available solely for Tibetan university graduates at a job fair in Lhasa , over attracting hundreds of applicants, Xinhua reports. The job fair is the first of its kind in Tibet and is intended to help more people in the region find jobs.