China's top statistician was sacked after anti-corruption investigations implicated him in the Shanghai pension fund scandal, a spokesman for the National Bureau of Statistics (ÂõΩÂÆ∂ÁªüËÆ°Â±ÄÔºâsaid on Thursday.
Qiu Xiaohua ÔºàÈÇ±ÊôìÂçéÔºâ-- who announced a new "Happiness Index" this year to include living conditions, the environment and salary -- was dismissed as chief of the statistics bureau this month for breaches of discipline, bureau spokesman Li XiaochaoÔºàÊùéÊôìË∂ÖÔºâ told a news conference.
"Relevant departments, when carrying out investigations into the Shanghai social security fund scandal, found out that Qiu was suspected of being involved in severe violations of party discipline, Li said. [Full Text]
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(Photo of Qiu Xiaohua)