Updated: 2013-09-25 07:44
New coins in high demand
Fifty million new five-yuan coins issued by the People's Bank of China on Monday have sold well among coin collectors. The limited-edition coins, which will be circulated in the currency market with the same denomination as the ordinary five-yuan notes, is already hard to buy in banks due to high demand.
Bedbugs found on high-speed train
The Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the presence of bedbugs on a D313 high-speed train between Beijing and Shanghai. The bugs were identified from a video clip shot by a passenger several weeks ago showing the small insects on a train bunk. Zeng Xiaopeng, deputy director of the Beijing CDC, confirmed that they were bedbugs, which drink human blood.
Suspects detained for firing 'guns'
Three men have been detained by police after they shot at people with plastic bullets fired from imitation firearms. The men were sitting in a vehicle, shooting at passers-by on the night of Sept 20, Beijing Morning Post reported. Police detained the men on suspicion of endangering public security by using weapons that they say have the power to kill.
Anti-graft agency gets 760 tips daily
The country's top anti-corruption agency receives an average of 760 whistle-blowing tips every day through its website, officially launched in September. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China said on Monday that it had received 15,253 online whistle-blowing tips as of Saturday since its website was established on Sept 2. The commission has set an entrance for whistle-blowers on the front page of its website, through which Internet users can report their information.
2 get prison for infant's death
A father and grandmother were sentenced to three years in prison, with a three-year reprieve, on Monday for abandoning a sick infant who died later in a hospital. The man, surnamed Song, in his early 20s, was told his daughter had necrotizing enterocolitis, a medical condition primarily seen in premature infants where the digestive tract becomes inflamed and fails, soon after the baby was delivered on April 16 at a hospital in Shanghai's Baoshan district.
Official accused in compensation hoax
An official at a local police station in Nanjing has been accused by government officials of attempting to gain extra compensation from the compulsory demolition of his house by building an extra room below ground. He is alleged to have hired workers to build a 200-square-meter room under his villa, thus increasing the amount of compensation due to him. His home is among those earmarked for compulsory demolition by authorities to make way for a commercial development.
Oldest Chinese veteran, 113, dies
Fu Xinde, China's longest-living veteran from the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, died at the age of 113 on Sept 21 in Yunnan province. A native of Henan province, Fu saved the life of a Japanese prisoner during the battle of Songshan in 1944 when he worked as an army doctor. The Japanese soldier visited Fu years later to express his gratitude.
Tycoon drowns at Hainan beach
Chinese business tycoon Tan Shuhai drowned on Sept 20 in Hainan province, according to local police. Tan, 56, drowned while swimming at a beach in Lingshui county. Security staff had warned him of the dangers of swimming on the beach, but Tan, who was as confident swimmer, is reported to have disregarded their warnings. He was the founder and chairman of Wuhan Haitian Group and amassed a fortune of 5 billion yuan ($817 million).
Food safety blacklist system established
A food safety blacklist system was launched in Liaoning province on Tuesday. If a company receives complaints by the public twice a year, verified by local authorities, or is found guilty of violating food safety regulations, it will be blacklisted. The blacklist will be publicized, and companies will face a block on raising loans for one year. Local authorities will also circulate the blacklist to, among others, local development and reform commissions, financial institutions, import and export management departments, and tourism management departments.
A firefighter in Rizhao, Shandong province, takes part in a competition to see who can connect hoses in the shortest time. About 80 Rizhao firefighters slugged it out in a dozen competitions, as the city wants to ensure safety with the National Day holiday looming. Photo by Chen Weifeng / for China Daily
(China Daily USA 09/25/2013 page4)