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China suspends officials for dozing, reading papers at meeting

China has suspended five senior officials after some were found dozing off, while others reading newspapers during a meeting, the state media reported on Friday.

world Updated: Dec 09, 2011 21:10 IST

China has suspended five senior officials after some were found dozing off, while others reading newspapers during a meeting, the state media reported on Friday.

The five officials, all major leaders from county or district tax bureaus in northern Shanxi province, were given the penalty amid a provincial campaign to emphasise discipline among government officials, said a senior provincial leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

The officials were found reading newspapers or falling asleep at a video conference on government official discipline of the province on Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Government and CPC officials are not allowed to leave post, play games or attend recreational activities during office hours, and are forbidden from taking advantage of their posts or gambling at any time, according to the provincial disciplinary regulations.