Senior NDRC official sacked
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has sacked Liu Tienan (劉鐵男), deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Xinhua said yesterday, following a probe into graft allegations that emerged on the Internet. Xinhua said the decision to fire him “was made because of Liu’s suspected involvement in serious disciplinary violations.” Allegations against Liu, 58, surfaced when a journalist at Caijing magazine accused him of improper business dealings late last year.
Censor says job revolting
Liu Xiaozhen, a 70-year-old censor who works for the Hunan provincial government, said he was embarrassed when he first took the job. “My face turned red to my ears and my heartbeat quickened a bit,” he told Hunan Satellite Television. Watching such footage can have enormous “psychological impact,” the report said, so candidates must be married, preferably elderly and undergo a training course. Liu said there were ever more videos to review. “Viewing them makes you sick and you wouldn’t even want to take a look. But you have to watch them seriously because it is your job,” he said.
Suspected militant killed
Police have shot and killed a suspected militant after a failed attempt to bomb police in West Java’s Tasikmalaya town late on Monday. One officer was critically injured while attempting to arrest the suspect. Police said the man threw the bomb at a police post, but it failed to explode. Two traffic officers then chased the suspect and he tried to shoot them with a homemade gun that apparently jammed. He then slashed one officer’s neck and chest before the second officer shot him.
Miners trapped by cave-in
Police say at least 30 workers are trapped underground after a tunnel caved in at a giant gold and copper mine in Papuaowned by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold of the US. Lieutenant Colonel Gede Sumerta Jaya said the accident happened yesterday morning at the Grasberg mine in Mimika district.
Drunk charges elephant
Video footage of an inebriated tourist lunging out of his car and charging a wild elephant at the Kruger National Park caused an uproar on Monday. The footage, posted on wildlife site Latest Sightings, showed the unidentified man charging toward the startled animal. With friends cheering and encouraging him, the man runs toward the elephant, falls to the ground, but gets up again and bolts in the direction of the animal. The elephant initially swings its trunk toward the man, but soon makes its escape. The man returns to his cheering friends.