One million take civil exam
More than 1 million people took the national civil service exam over the weekend, officials said, but faced huge odds against clinching one of the few government jobs available. A total of 1.12 million took the National Public Servant Exam, according to figures from the State Administration of Civil Service figures. However, only 19,000 positions were available, the Global Times said, meaning that fewer than 1 in 50 candidates will be successful. The most competitive role was with the National Ethnic Affairs Commission, where 14,384 candidates were vying for just two jobs, it added. The civil service exam is a legacy of the ancient imperial examination system known as the keju, introduced in the 7th century AD and often regarded as a key meritocratic element of the system. Government jobs are especially appealing because they are seen as stable employment and bring with them a range of benefits. Exams can be taken at different levels of government, but the annual National Public Servant Exam offers the best jobs with the state.
Sailors missing, one dead
Authorities say 25 sailors are missing and another is dead after two cargo ships sank off the east coast in separate incidents. The Shandong Maritime Safety Administration says a ship with 14 crew members that was registered in the eastern port city of Tianjin sank early yesterday because of large waves and stormy conditions. It had set sail from Zhejiang Province and sank en route to Liaoning Province. On Sunday evening, a ship registered in Zhejiang Province carrying 12 crew members suffered engine failure on the stormy seas and sank off the coast of Shandong. Administration press officer Ma Weishan said yesterday that the body of one crew member of the incident on Sunday had been found.
Wu’er Kaixi deported
The second-most wanted student leader from the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests was deported from the territory yesterday after trying to surrender to Chinese authorities. Wu’er Kaixi tried to turn himself to authorities as his flight from Taiwan to Thailand transited through the territory yesterday. He was accompanied by Hong Kong pro-democracy legislator Albert Ho (何俊仁). It is Wu’er’s latest attempt to surrender. He said in a blog post he wants to go back to China to see his ailing parents. In 2009, he was denied entry to Macau. Last year he tried to turn himself into the Chinese embassy in Washington. In 2010 he was arrested when he tried to enter the Chinese embassy in Tokyo.
Drone protests interrupted
Police have intervened to prevent activists who were protesting US drone strikes from halting NATO troop supply trucks traveling to and from Afghanistan. Police officer Behram Khan yesterday said the police would permit peaceful protests on the roadside, but that the activists would not be allowed to stop trucks as they did the day before. Khan is the local police chief in an area where members of Tehreek-e-Insaf, a party led by cricket star Imran Khan, were stopping trucks and roughing up drivers on Sunday on the outskirts of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The party said it will halt NATO supply trucks until drone strikes end. Police were present at the scene on Sunday, but did not stop the protesters, some of whom were carrying wooden batons.