Across China: Beijing

Updated: 2008-04-04 07:17

Taihu cleanup plan

The State Council has set a target for cleaning China's third-largest freshwater lake Taihu by 2012.

The decision was made during a regular cabinet meeting on Wednesday, chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao.

A package of measures to improve the condition of lake, situated in Jiangsu, was agreed.

The lake was hit by an algae outbreak last May that led to the tap water supply to about 1 million people in the city of Wuxi being undrinkable for 10 days.

Pandas all set for Taiwan

The State Forestry Administration said yesterday that two pandas will be sent to Taiwan as planned.

Preparations have been made to send Tuantuan and Yuanyuan to the province, and the details will be agreed soon, the administration said. The bears are currently in Sichuan province.

Subverter jailed

Hu Jia was yesterday found guilty of subversion by the Beijing No 1 Intermediate People's Court and sentenced to three-and-a-half-years' imprisonment, with one year's deprivation of political rights, Xinhua reported yesterday.

The court said Hu, 34, libeled the political and social systems, and instigated subversion of the State, which is a crime under Chinese law.

Considering Hu's guilty plea, the sentence handed down was a lenient one, the court said.

(China Daily 04/04/2008 page4)