Yu Haiyan, former vice-governor of Gansu province, was also accused of bribery by the Chongqing Municipal People's Procuratorate No 1 Branch.
Air pollution in northern China is usually worse in the winter, but this past winter saw unprecedented improvement. Largely due to the policy decision to shift to natural gas for heating and many industrial uses, the average concentration in Beijing of the most hazardous small particulate matter, PM2.5, fell in January by 70 percent year-on-year to 34 micrograms per cubic meter, the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau said in a statement. It was the first time the figure was under the national standard safe level of 35, the bureau said. However, recent weeks have seen many days of high air pollution, although coming weeks are forecast to be clear.
"Many people, when admitted to a nursing home, will think it not necessary to spend money buying new clothes, as they are getting older, awaiting for that final day," said Zhang Jin, 81, a retiree living in the nursing home and also coach of the team. "But I don't think so. We need to keep a good spirit and outlook, and first of all we should buy new clothes."