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Free exams for would-be parents

A pilot project to provide free physical examinations to rural couples who plan to have a baby has been launched by the National Population and Family Commission in 18 provinces, including Hebei, Jilin and Shaanxi.

The examination focuses on reproductive health and will cost the government 240 yuan ($35) per couple, according to the commission.

The project aims to improve the health of newborns and to prevent birth defects, according to officials with the commission.

Celebrities honored for good deeds

Chen Guangbiao, chairman of Jiangsu Huangpu Renewable Resources Utilization, ranked top on the 2010 China Charity List, which was released on Wednesday by the China Association of Social Workers to honor individuals and companies who have made extraordinary contributions to charity in the past year.

A total of 133 individuls are on the list, with a total donation of 3.44 billion yuan ($504 million), while 448 enterprises are also listed, with a donation of 5.3 billion yuan (excluding materials donated).


Officials deposed over farmer issue

Four local officials were deposed on Tuesday after news report revealed a farmer who had lodged a complaint had been detained in mental hospitals in Central China's Henan province for more than six years.

Xu Lindong, a farmer from Daliu town, Yuanhui district, Luohe city, complained to the central government from 1997 to 2003 on behalf of his handicapped friend, Zhang Guizhi, whose land had been occupied by a third party.

Xu was thrown into the Zhumadian City Mental Hospital in October 2003. After being held in mental institutions for more than six years, he finally returned home this Sunday.

Three local officials - Yang Yaoqin, Chen Huijun and Song Changqing - were found to have fabricated evidence in 2003 to put Xu into mental hospitals. All three have been deposed.

Shi Hongtao, Party chief of Daliu town at the time, was also deposed from his current position as an official with the Yuanhui district government for failing to prevent the farmer's detention.

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