All the top stories from the past 7 days: Outlawing disposable chopsticks, Good Samaritan Law finally arrives in Shenzhen, and Georgetown students “crack” China’s nuclear secrets.
- No more disposable chopsticks in Shaanxi province! The new rules introduced by the provincial authorities are meant to restrict the over-packaging of products and the use of disposable items by restaurants and hotels with fines up to 2,000RMB!
- It was World AIDS Day on Thursday, and a Shanghaiist reader spotted a strange picture “celebrating” with Hot dogs and AIDS for only 2.5RMB!
- Shenzhen’s lawmakers have delivered on what we’ve all been waiting for — China’s first Good Samaritan Law. After the global fallout from the Yueyue case, we would’ve been surprised had something like this not have come out.
- Speaking of shocking incidents, Chinese were horrified when a video was uploaded to Youku titled “Changping (Fujian) government worker starves 90 year old mother.” The video, which shows an extremely emaciated old woman lying on a filthy tatami mat, has drawn sharp criticism from many who question how such an incomprehensible act could happen in 21st century China.
- In other surprising news, a dedicated group of Georgetown University students have used open source information to apparently uncover the true number of China’s nuclear warhead count. Past estimates put the number around 300, the students claim China could have over 3,000.
- And lastly, last week saw nearly one million hopefuls sit for the 2012 Chinese civil service examination. While there are only 18,000 positions available, the candidates actually have better luck this year than in past years due to increased requirements!