Extravagant funeral sparks controversy

2011-03-09 19:18:32

On a high school's playground Lincoln Limos were parked, while an orchestra of 100 musicians played, with super-sized LEDs as a backdrop and glaring cameras everywhere.

Govt bodies join forces in fight against child begging

2011-03-09 09:25:34

The Ministry of Civil Affairs will cooperate with 18 government departments to crack down on child begging this year, Vice-Minister Dou Yupei told a news conference on March 8.

University denies privacy breach

2011-03-09 07:57:23

Students at Fuzhou University have recently received a nosy questionnaire on their romantic relationships. "Are you dating anyone now? Where is he/she from?"

Netizens support extending holiday

2011-03-09 07:46:38

The public has responded with vigorous support for an NPC deputy's proposal to extend the Spring Festival holiday from three days to 10.

Govt to put brakes on official car use

2011-03-09 07:35:21

The central government will require an additional three years of use for official vehicles for ministers and governors to reduce the costs of purchasing new cars.
Public supervision a cure for corruption

Food security threat grows as farmers plow lonely furrow

2011-03-09 07:34:27

Beijing exempted all agricultural taxes in 2006 and invested heavily in agriculture and rural areas. But Li Laihao still deals with the cost increases that have squeezed his profit margins, even at a time when food prices skyrocketed.

Labor crunch 'structural problem'

2011-03-09 07:23:01

China's labor shortage is expected to spread to central and western regions, from eastern coastal areas, amid a rising demand for workers, the human resources minister said.

Fees to unsnarl traffic on roads in Shenzhen

2011-03-08 08:50:42

Shenzhen is studying the possibility of collecting congestion fees and further raising parking fees in the following months to help decongest its clogged roads.

Education reform aimed at benefiting migrants

2011-03-08 08:25:43

The children of migrant families will no longer have to go back home to take the national exams needed to give them entrance to a university if a proposed policy for Beijing and Shanghai comes into force, according to the Ministry of Education.

Union proposes rules to protect female workers

2011-03-08 08:20:39

The country's top trade union organization on Monday called for better protection for female employees, who often are employed in unhealthy environments and lack basic protections.

When home is a battleground

2011-03-08 07:42:14

Legislators are walking a tightrope to protect, but not overprotect, women in marital property rights. Overprotection in legislation could lead to gender inequality and even to opportunism by women who want to marry rich men, several divorce lawyers said.

China extends organ donation trial

2011-03-07 09:03:05

Almost one year into its trial run, China's first voluntary organ donation system has facilitated only 40-odd organ transplant surgeries in 11 pilot regions on the mainland.