Talking points

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 November, 2011, 12:00am


Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Mainland launches campaign for safer roads

The Ministry of Public Security launches a five-month nationwide road safety campaign, targeting speeding, overloading and drowsy driving. The government said that so far this year, overloading has accounted for about half of very serious road accidents, which are classified as those that cost more than 10 lives. The State Council's Work Safety Commission has also called for intensified efforts to prevent road accidents, vowing to punish offences by drivers severely.

Hong Kong legislators get report card on performance

Catholic Monitors, a watchdog group that monitors legislators' performance, releases its report on the volume and value of lawmakers' work in the 2010-11 Legco session. The annual report tabulates their attendance record and the number of times they have voted, moved a motion, filed a question or made a speech in the council during the year. In the group's report for the 2009-10 session, the performances of functional constituency lawmakers Lau Wong-fat, David Li Kwok-Po and Timothy Fok Tsun-ting were rated as less than satisfactory, as they did not move a motion or amendment throughout the Legco year. The watchdog has compiled the reports since the introduction of direct election to Legco in 1991.

International forum on internet opens in London

Government officials and internet experts from 60 countries gather in London for a two-day conference to discuss the benefits and security risks of cyberspace. The broad agenda covers everything from access to the internet, the economic impact of cyberspace, the net's social benefits - including fuelling democracy movements such as the 'Arab spring' - and cyber crime and security. Commentators have expressed scepticism that the varying interests of Europe and the United States on the one hand and Russia and China on the other can be reconciled, particularly on issues such as freedom of speech online. Participants include internet pioneers Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Chinese video sharing site, as well as cyber crime agencies, computer security firms and government representatives from Russia to South Korea.

China's new resources tax comes into force

China's new resources tax goes into effect. The levy, billed as a way of conserving resources and limiting the environmental damage of mining, is part of a long-awaited tax reform that will enrich local governments while slashing the earnings of resource companies by billions of dollars each year. Under the new regime, sales of crude oil and natural gas nationwide are subject to tax of between 5 per cent and 10 per cent.

Singapore Airlines reveals name of budget carrier

Singapore Airlines unveils the name of a new low-cost carrier and some of the destinations it will fly to. The world's second-largest airline by market value has provided little information about the new carrier. It is already the largest shareholder in short-haul budget carrier Tiger Airways Holdings.