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  1. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Five dead and 83,000 evacuated as Storm Fung-Wong hits Philippines

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 10:07am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Massive flooding as latest storm to hit the Philippines causes river in Manila to burst its banks, swamping heavily populated districts Three dead, 50,000 ... the disaster-prone country. Rescue workers in trucks and rubber dinghies plucked residents from the tops of flooded homes, after one of Manila's major rivers burst its banks, swamping heavily populated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1595872/philippines-markets-schools-shut-heavy-rain-floods-manila
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    New rail projects will keep public transport system right on track

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 05:02pm by Anthony Cheung

    ... highly constrained by road capacity, to 77 per cent. About 75 per cent of the population and 85 per cent of job opportunities will be within 1km of a station, releasing further development ... time frame, the coastal railway, estimated to cost HK$65 billion, has only modest transport demands given the dispersed population along the coastline, and thus lacks financial viability. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1596128/new-rail-projects-will-keep-public-transport-system-right-track
  3. News - China - REFORM

    Floating population place hopes in hukou reform

    Posted Nov 11th 2013, 05:15am by WU NAN

    ... Wu Nan nan.wu@scmp.com People bemoan the restrictions of the residency system but change hinges on resources of cities Floating population place hopes in hukou reform After living ... the demand from the increased number of urban residents. Growing city populations also lead to a bigger demand for more resources for housing, jobs and education." Sun recalls the difficulty she ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1352707/floating-population-place-hopes-hukou-reform
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China and India moving closer

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:17am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial China and India moving closer As developing nations with one-third of the world's population, China and India have compelling economic and strategic reasons to cooperate and resolve their differences peacefully. The election of Narendra Modi as Indian prime minister provides an opportunity for a fresh start on relations that have often been strained. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1597607/china-and-india-moving-closer
  5. News - Asia - POPULATION

    South Koreans could die out by 2750 if birth rates stay low (and Japanese won't be far behind)

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 10:40pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Low birth rates risk doomsday scenario An expert on the ageing of populations has warned that many societies in the Asia-Pacific region are at risk of extinction ... that the fertility rate had declined to 1.19 children per South Korean woman during her lifetime, significantly below the rate required to keep the population stable at around 50 million people. A simulation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580936/falling-birth-rates-threaten-societies-throughout-east-asia-expert-says
  6. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Public consultation on ageing population slammed by experts

    Posted Oct 25th 2013, 03:26am by Olga Wong, Ada Lee and Jennifer Ngo

    ... as it is launched Public quiz on ageing population slammed A proposed five-pronged approach to managing challenges arising from Hong Kong's ageing population came under fire yesterday for being too ... problems worsen in the future. Ideas include ways to tap into the inactive population such as housewives and retirees to encourage them to return to the workplace. But a veteran academic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1339154/public-consultation-ageing-population-slammed-experts
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    In population debate, growth for its own sake is no answer

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 10:08pm by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer Peter Kammerer says our obsessive focus on the workforce in the population debate is an approach that ignores quality of life Growth control The government's latest consultation on population follows a familiar theme. Fertility rates are among the lowest in the world, we're fast ageing, the workforce is shrinking and unless there is lots of new- preferably ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1342071/population-debate-growth-its-own-sake-no-answer
  8. News - Hong Kong - ON SECOND THOUGHT

    Missing links in government's population policy consultation paper

    Posted Nov 01st 2013, 04:29am by Elizabeth Wong

    ... Elizabeth Wong Chien Chi-lien Unanswered questions- and a few opportunities- in consultation paper Missing links in population plan Economists might tell us the wealth of Hong Kong is built on four Ps: people, participation, productivity and poppycock. The long-awaited consultation paper of the steering committee on population policy is out at last. It was unveiled at a media ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1344660/missing-links-governments-population-policy-consultation-paper
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Ageing population debate heats up

    Posted Nov 01st 2013, 12:13am by Bernard Chan

    ... Bernard Chan Bernard Chan says consultationcalls for thoughtful debate, not cynicism Hard choices will have to be made as population ages The government launched its public engagement exercise on population policy last week. Critics or sceptics who see a hidden agenda, like pushing importation of cheap overseas labour, should study the consultation document, "Thoughts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1344600/ageing-population-debate-heats
  10. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Let young single Singaporeans buy state-built homes, says billionaire

    Posted Mar 28th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Singapore Let young singles buy public flats, billionaire says Billionaire Bhupendra Kumar Modi, who became a Singapore citizen last year, is urging his adopted nation to end a ban on young unmarried people owning state-built homes because it ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1201299/let-young-single-singaporeans-buy-state-built-homes-says-billionaire

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