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Visitors are attracted to a 7-square-meter house on Friday, designed by 12 teachers and students at the school of architecture and city planning at Chongqing University. The house, resembling a box, is equipped with all basic features, including a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and a study. Photo by Chen Cheng / Xinhua
Top procuratorate investigates blasts
The Supreme People's Procuratorate is investigating possible dereliction of duty in relation to two recent coal mine explosions that killed 53 people in Jilin province, authorities said on Friday. The explosions occurred on March 29 and April 1 at Babao Coal Mine in the city of Baishan. The mine belongs to the State-owned Tonghua Mining Group. The causes of the blasts are being investigated.
Explosion kills 7 in coal mine
Seven people were killed and two others were injured in a coal mine gas blast in Guizhou province, local authorities said on Friday. The explosion happened around 6 am on Friday at Shibanpo Coal Mine in Jinsha county, Bijie city. Thirty-one miners were working underground when the explosion occurred, 24 of whom escaped from the mine shaft. The two injured miners have been hospitalised, the Xinsha government said.
Driver fatigue to blame in crash
The State Administration of Work Safety released a traffic fatality investigative report online on Friday, saying the main reason for a traffic accident that killed 36 people in Shaanxi province last year was driver fatigue. A sleeper bus with 39 people on board rammed into a tanker carrying highly flammable methanol on Aug 26, 2012, on a highway in Yan'an. After a seven-month investigation, the administration said the crash was due to driver fatigue, as bus driver Chen Qiang, 41, did not follow the rules of not driving between 2 am and 5 am.
Jaywalkers in city to be fined
Beijing traffic authorities said that jaywalkers will be fined starting on May 6, the Beijing News reported. The municipal traffic management bureau said pedestrians who do not wait for the green light before crossing the road will get on-the-spot fines of 10 yuan ($1.60). A trial implementation of the project has already started this month.
China sees fewer tourists in Q1
China saw tourism numbers drop year-on-year in the first quarter, while more Chinese went abroad, the China National Tourism Administration said Friday. Inbound tourists hit 31.6 million in the first quarter, down 2 percent from the same period last year, but outbound tourists topped 22.6 million in the first quarter, up 16 percent year-on-year. China's tourism revenue totaled about 835 billion yuan ($135 billion) in the first quarter, up 15.8 percent year-on-year.
Cultural program to boost soft power
The Chinese People's Association For Friendship With Foreign Countries said on Friday that it will use a culture industrial program in Beijing's Mentougou district as its platform for promoting cultural diplomacy, according to an agreement signed on Friday.
The Beijing Peace Cultural Village Program, invested by Chiaki Run Investment Group with 11.6 billion yuan ($1.9 billion), will build a cluster of cultural facilities in Mentougou district in five years. The association said it will cooperate with the program and organize cultural events in the future to boost China's soft power.
Xinhua - China Daily
(China Daily 04/13/2013 page2)