BEIJING: Five Chinese bureaucrats have been suspended from their posts after dozing off or reading newspapers at a meeting aimed at instilling discipline in government work, state press said Friday.

The five officials, all leaders at local tax bureaus in north China's Shanxi province, were ousted from their posts after slacking off at a meeting on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency said.

The meeting was aimed at curbing bad work practices, including unexplained absences and playing games or engaging in recreational activities at work, the report said.

Shanxi province has a history of lazy officials, with over 300 bureaucrats punished last year after being caught gambling, visiting Karaoke bars, massage parlours or tea houses during work hours, the China Daily reported. (AFP)