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Former executive sentenced

A former senior executive at the country’s No. 3 state-owned coal producer has been sentenced to life imprisonment for accepting bribes, Xinhua news agency said yesterday. Zhao Shenglong (趙生龍), a former vice president at the Datong Coal Mine Group, was found to have taken two bribes totaling more than 8.29 million yuan (US$1.3 million) between 2000 and 2005, Xinhua said. Datong is the parent of Shanghai-listed Datong Coal Industry Co. The company was not immediately available for comment.


Rally held over plant

Protesters rallied yesterday against plans to open a rare-earth processing plant in an eastern resort town saying they fear it will harm the environment. Thousands attended the sunrise gathering at a seaside park in Kuantan to oppose plans by Australian mining company Lynas to open the plant near the town in eastern Pahang state, activist Tan Bun Teet said. Activists and residents have long campaigned against the development, which is under construction, amid fears over the disposal of radioactive waste from the process. “We deserve a healthy environment for our future generations. The government can’t just build anything in the name of development,” said Tan, who chairs a local group that campaigns against Lynas. He said the gathering was also protesting against other issues, such as land being taken from native tribes and toxic cyanide being used in gold mining. A district police official confirmed a “small group” gathered for several hours before peacefully dispersing. Lynas has insisted the plant, which would be one of the few sources of rare earths outside China, poses no safety threats and any waste would be placed in reliable storage cells to avoid leaks.


Tibetan exiles hold protest

Police have detained more than a dozen Tibetan exiles demonstrating outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi. The Tibetan Youth Congress said yesterday’s demonstration was organized as a show of solidarity following recent self--immolation protests by Tibetans against the Chinese government. The protesters waved red and blue Tibetan flags and chanted “Free Tibet” and “We want freedom.” They were blocked by New Delhi police as they rushed toward the Chinese embassy. Police officer M.P. Saini said 13 protesters were detained for violating a law prohibiting more than four people from gathering in the area around the embassy. Five Tibetans have set themselves on fire in China’s Sichuan Province in the past two weeks.


Ceiling collapse kills 12

At least 12 workers who were building an underground parking lot in the northeast were killed when a concrete ceiling collapsed onto them, local authorities and state media said yesterday. The fallen ceiling buried 17 workers in the port city of Dalian on Saturday. Four of these managed to get out and were rushed to hospital, and their injuries were not life-threatening, Xinhua news agency said. One other person remains missing, it added. The cause of the accident is currently being investigated, the report said, without providing further details. An employee at the Dalian work safety bureau confirmed the accident, but refused to provide details. Local police refused to comment and the government was not immediately available for comment.


Turbofolk banned on buses

Deluged with complaints, Skopje has told bus drivers to turn off the thumping beats and folk melodies of Balkan turbofolk and commissioned some musical alternatives. The mesmerizing turbofolk music genre is a favorite of bored bus drivers throughout the Balkans, who blare it out from the cab of their buses. However, authorities in Skopje say it has begun to grate with passengers. The city’s public transport company, JSP, said on Friday that drivers of 67 new double-decker buses had been instructed to drop the turbofolk in an experiment that could see its cheeky kitsch style banished from public transport across the capital. Instead, passengers will be offered classical music in the mornings, foreign and domestic pop during the day, easy-listening in the early evening and techno at night to please the younger crowd, he said. The double-deckers were introduced last month as part of a radical overhaul of the battered capital.

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