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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Relax civil service language policy to attract best talent

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 04:59pm by RICHARD SHEUNG

    ... Richard Sheung Richard Sheung says language requirements constitute radical localisation Relax civil service bilingual policy to attract best talent As one of the newly recruited ... by expatriate officers at the more senior levels. English was indisputably the working language of the civil service. But, back then, English was the only language requirement for officers, local ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1571376/relax-civil-service-language-policy-attract-best-talent
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    March against Occupy had a mainland flavour

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 05:56am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... "Welcome, our friends from Zhangzhou; thanks for making it to the end, our Shaanxi comrades!" This was how organisers of a march against the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement yesterday ... yesterday saying the unrest threatened Hong Kong's status as a financial centre. The clans were not the only ones putting up united fronts; dozens of South Asian protesters were dressed in red ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1575709/march-against-occupy-had-mainland-flavour
  3. News - World - TURKEY

    Turkey protesters clash with police in tenth day of unrest

    Posted Jun 09th 2013, 06:24pm by Agence France-Presse in Istanbul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Istanbul Turkish rioters burned tyres and hurled fireworks at police who fired back tear gas as unrelenting protests erupted into fresh unrest early Sunday, ... the fiercest challenge to his decade of rule. Tens of thousands poured into the streets in Istanbul, cradle of the 10 days of unrest, as well as in the capital Ankara and the major western city ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1257170/turkey-protesters-clash-police-tenth-day-unrest
  4. News - World - TURKEY

    Turkey protesters defy plea to end unrest after government apology

    Posted Jun 05th 2013, 09:17am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Istanbul Fresh violence erupted early on Wednesday as protesters defied a government plea to end days of deadly unrest, the biggest challenge yet to Prime Minister ... Turkey, a country of 75 million people, is an important ally of the United States in the region and has backed it notably in opposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s civil war. Sitting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1253856/turkey-protesters-defy-plea-end-unrest-after-government-apology
  5. News - Asia - INDIA

    Civil service test stirs up India's language anxieties

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 05:08am by THE WASHINGTON POST

    ... The Washington Post in New Delhi Civil service test stirs up India's language anxiety Lokpati Tripathi, a thin, 23-year-old Hindi literature graduate, has dreamed of joining India's civil service for the past eight years. He has studied non-stop for the intensely competitive entrance tests for the past 18 months. But now, Tripathi and thousands like him who studied ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1566427/civil-service-test-stirs-indias-language-anxieties
  6. News - China - CORRUPTION

    Xi Jinping warns of unrest if graft not tackled

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 11:45am

    ... over time, leading to seething public anger, civil unrest and government collapse – corruption has been an important factor in all this,” state newspapers quoted Xi as telling a study session ... If corruption is allowed to run wild in China then the ruling Communist Party risks major unrest and the collapse of its rule, state media on Monday quoted Vice President Xi Jinping ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1086003/xi-jinping-warns-unrest-if-graft-not-tackled
  7. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Anti-Muslim 'radicals' driving Myanmar unrest, experts say

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 01:24pm by Agence France-Presse in Bangkok

    ... with reverence in this devout Buddhist-majority nation – have been linked to the unrest. Some members of the clergy have been involved in the violence, while others are spearheading a move to shun shops ... children born to them will be a danger to the country. They will destroy the language as well as the religion,” he said in a speech put online. More moderate voices among civil society activists ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1203905/anti-muslim-radicals-driving-myanmar-unrest-experts-say
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    Timeline: Syria unrest

    Posted Jan 03rd 2013, 09:19pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Damascus The bloody conflict in Syria, which started more than 21 months ago, started as peaceful protests for reform in the wake of the Arab Spring, but morphed into a bitter civil war. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday that more than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising started. March 15: First protests after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1119257/syria-unrest-timeline
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Cool heads needed to get Hong Kong on the right path towards democracy

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 02:46am by ANDREW LEUNG

    ... be in tatters. The people of Hong Kong would become disgruntled, and political unrest would ensue. The subtext in Beijing's pronouncements so far is that it does want to make sure no one is allowed ... retained, for 20 years in a row, the top rank as the world's freest economy, according to the Heritage Foundation. This would not have been possible if Hong Kong's civil society had failed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1579312/cool-heads-needed-get-hong-kong-right-path-towards-democracy
  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Carrie Lam tells Occupy democracy ‘will never be achieved’ through civil disobedience

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 07:41pm by JEFFIE LAM

    ... through civil disobedience. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor urged the Occupy organisers to give up their plan to block roads in Central if the government fails to come up ... "We have expressed our views and even offered [to help] find a way to solve the constitutional crisis with the understanding of the political reality after the civil referendum. But we cannot ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1562019/carrie-lam-occupy-central-democracy-will-never-be-achieved-through

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