Party expels ex-Fujian vice-governor
BEIJING • The former vice-governor of China's south-eastern Fujian province, Xu Gang, has been stripped of his official post and expelled from the Chinese Communist Party.
The party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said its investigation found that Xu was in "serious breach of honesty and self-discipline rules by taking advantage of his post to seek benefits for his wife's business operations".
He also violated the party's frugality rules and used his position to promote the interests of other people in the selection process for government officials, it said in a statement. Xu also reportedly accepted a huge amount of bribes.
The CCDI said Xu had sought to "interfere in and stall investigations... and hide his illegal gains and property". His case has been handed over to the judicial authorities, and all his illegal gains have been confiscated, it added.
12-hour gun battle in Indian Punjab
DINANAGAR (India) • Indian police overcame a group of gunmen dressed in military fatigues yesterday after a 12-hour battle that ended in a small-town police station near the border with Pakistan.
At least nine people were killed, including the three unidentified assailants who had pulled up at the police complex before dawn in a stolen car, automatic weapons blazing.
It was the first such attack in Indian Punjab in more than a decade.