China Mulls Harsher Penalties on Drunk Driving
   2011-04-19 20:23:38    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhangxu

LEGAL EVENING NEWS

Convicted drunk drivers will lose their licenses and be banned from taking a driving test in the following five years, according to a draft amendment submitted today.

Intoxicated drivers who caused "serious traffic accidents" will be banned from driving for life, under the draft amendment that will be submitted to the National People's Congress for discussion.

The fine for the offense is also expected to rise from 200 yuan (US$30.63) to 1,000 yuan.

Under current law, drunk drivers are suspended from driving for three or six months and, in serious cases, detained for 15 days.

From May 1, drunk driving becomes a crime under China's Criminal Law. Previously it was considered as a traffic violation.

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THE YOUTH DAILY, SHANGHAI

A hamburger restaurant in the Pudong area of Shanghai has stirred online controversy for its eating contests where some participants have felt sick after eating a seven-level, 2.3-kilogram hamburger in two hours.

Contest rules state winners can have the 138-yuan-worth (US$21.13) hamburger for free but challengers cannot leave their tables for two hours.

Residents complained of having stomach ache after failing the contest. They accused the restaurant owner of not caring about the damage caused to the participants' health with such large quantity of food and strict regulations.

In response, a restaurant official told Shanghai Daily that the eatery already had about 130 winners since the restaurant opened in September 2009.

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DAILY TELEGRAPH, UK

Young people are now so addicted to their mobile phones it feels like they 'have lost a limb' when they are without them.

The findings, by the University of Maryland, show that while phones are the most essential device, other technology such as computers, MP3 players and televisions are also considered essential to get people through their day.

Many young people reported mental and physical symptoms of distress when reporting their experiences.

The study asked more than 1,000 students from 10 countries around the world to go without any media for 24 hours and monitored their feelings.
 
A student from the UK said: "Media is my drug. Without it I was lost."

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BBC NEWS

Malaysia's government has announced it will record the body mass index of students on report cards as part of a campaign to fight obesity.

The Malaysian health minister says the country has the highest percentage of obese citizens in Southeast Asia.

Teachers now have to measure students' body weight and height to see if they have a healthy amount of body fat.

The authorities say this will help parents monitor whether their child is overweight or obese.

The government says that one in six Malaysians is either overweight or obese.

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