Beijing crack whip

BEIJING: Beijing is to dramatically increase fines for illegal advertisements, garbage dumping and other eyesores to spruce up the city ahead of the 2008 Olympics, state media reported yesterday. 

Fines for unauthorised promotions such as handbill distribution and posted adverts as well as graffiti and illegal construction will increase 50-fold to 500,000 yuan (US$63,300), the China Daily reported. 

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