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Global Times (2013-10-25 P03)
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Provincial fees dropped

A total of 314 administrative and management charges set up by all provincial regions and municipalities in China will be canceled starting from November 1, the Ministry of Finance announced Thursday.

Future administrative expenditures in local government agencies will be covered by the financial budget at the same level, according to a joint circular issued by the Ministry of Finance and the National Development and Reform Commission.

A total of 347 administrative charges have been canceled so far this year, including 33 items at the State level, which were canceled in June.

The move aims to further reduce burdens on the public and enterprises in a bid to create a better economic development environment, and to better regulate governmental behavior, according to the circular.

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Defaulters named

China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) on Thursday released a list of people who have defaulted on court-ordered payments.

The publication on the SPC's official website followed a regulation, which took effect on October 1, stating that those who are capable of fulfilling court judgments but who fail to do so will be punished in accordance with law.

 The database includes more than 30,000 individuals' names, which were submitted by courts across the country.

According to an SPC statement, publicizing the list online is only the first move, and courts at all levels will be permitted to release similar lists within their jurisdictions via newspapers, radio, TV, the Internet and news conferences.

In addition, courts will pass information on defaulters to organizations they belong to. The organizations will in turn impose punishment on the defaulters to force them to fulfill court judgments.

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