Leung Chun-ying, also known as CY Leung, is the chief executive of Hong Kong. He was born in 1954 and assumed office on July 1, 2012. During the controversial 2012 chief executive election, underdog Leung unexpectedly beat Henry Tang, the early favourite to win, after Tang was discredited in a scandal over an illegal structure at his home.
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Unions give CY input on policy address
Representatives of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions meet Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at the government headquarters to recommend initiatives on labour, livelihood and economic issues for inclusion in the 2013 policy address to be delivered in January. Measures to ease poverty and provide more affordable housing, issues Leung's administration has declared to be its top priorities, are likely to be among the federation's recommendations.
Composer writes 24 songs in 24 hours at HKU
Veteran British musician Peter Moser will compose a song every hour for 24 hours non-stop from noon at the University of Hong Kong. Moser is chief executive of More Music, a music and education charity based in Britain. Members of the public can exchange ideas on music and Hong Kong with Moser. The songs he writes will be influenced by the tweets, messages and ideas he receives during the composition period.
Ministers speak on social developments
Senior officials give a briefing in Beijing for media covering the 18th national congress on social development and people's livelihoods. They include the Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Construction, Jiang Weixin, the Vice-Minister of the National Development and Reform Commission, Zhu Zhixin, the Minister of Environmental Protection, Zhou Shengxian, and the Vice-Minister of Labour and Social Security, Yang Zhiming. At a separate event, several national congress delegates speak on the future of the party.
US scrambles for Human Rights Council seat
The United States has launched a last-minute scramble for votes to secure its spot on the United Nations Human Rights Council in an election today. US diplomats are said to be "nervous" as they compete with Germany, Greece, Ireland and Sweden for three seats among 18 on the panel to be picked by the UN General Assembly. The 47-member council has taken on a steadily higher profile since it was created six years ago, but the Western nations group is the only one that will hold a competitive poll for seats. Rights groups have criticised the behind-closed-doors deals by Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe that will see countries such as Pakistan, Venezuela and Ethiopia guaranteed seats.
Britain ramps up tax pressure on multinationals
Pressure is mounting on British-based multinationals, notably Google and Starbucks, to justify the amount of tax they are paying, as a parliamentary commission hearing begins amid accusations that the levels are far too low. According to figures cited by the Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke, Google paid only £3.4 million (HK$41.9 million) in British corporations tax last year on total revenue of about £2.5 billion. Meanwhile, Starbucks did not pay a penny on sales worth £400 million.