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  1. Comment

    Beijing's curbs on use of government vehicles raises hope for change

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 02:29pm by Hu Shuli

    ... of government vehicles give rise for hope According to media reports this month, the government has unveiled new directives restricting the use of cars by central government officials. Little has been ... to higher-level reforms being carried out in other sectors in the future. Some years ago, strict rules were imposed on the use of government vehicles according to officials' ranking and for private ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1562637/beijings-curbs-onuse-government-vehiclesraises-hope-forchange
  2. News - China - CORRUPTION

    Guangdong provincial government sacks over 850 ‘naked officials’

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 02:32pm by Reuters in Shanghai

    ... Reuters in Shanghai Investigation by local authorities identifies 2,190 officials whose spouses and offspring have emigrated overseas, with at least 866 dismissed More than 850 government workers in Guangdong have been forced out of their jobs as part of a crackdown on officials whose spouses and children have emigrated abroad. An investigation by the provincial government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1559753/guangdong-provincial-government-sacks-over-850-naked-officials
  3. Business - China Business - COMMENT

    Chinese government defers another default but only for the time being

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 01:39am by BLOOM

    ... along with a little help from local government bodies. According to press reports, municipal officials intervened to prevent the company's collapse. The mainland’s longer-term prospects ... the effects of bad business decisions. For all the talk of epochal reform on the mainland, there's still no price to pay for questionable borrowing and lending. Two, local government debt ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1559346/chinese-government-defers-another-default-only-time-being
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Food safety must be a priority for government and companies

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 05:04am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial No compromise on food safety Food safety remains an abiding concern on the mainland. With lax regulation and quality control stretched by growth in consumption, it was a question of when, not if, the country's image would be tarnished ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1557724/food-safety-must-be-priority-government-and-companies
  5. Business - Economy

    Japan government's lowered economic growth forecast in line with central bank

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 01:33am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Government estimates in line with central bank, which says consumer prices will continue to rise Japan government lowers economic growth forecast Japan's government ... with the Bank of Japan's projections. Members of the government's top advisory panel, the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (CEFP), did not object to the BOJ's view that consumer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1557377/japan-governments-lowered-economic-growth-forecast-line-central
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Government's electoral reform report leaves hopes for democracy in tatters

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 05:25am by Joseph Wong

    ... to achieve universal suffrage A shred of hope? To those unaware of recent events in the Legislative Council or the increased political tension in society, the two recently released government reports ... for the government to deduce a "no need to amend" consensus from the lack of public response. In fact, the pan-democratic parties, which received more than half of the votes cast in the 2012 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1556993/governments-electoral-reform-report-leaves-hopes-democracy
  7. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Year-on-year inflation in Hong Kong slowed slightly in June, government reports

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 06:10pm by Phila Siu

    ... month, government figures released on Monday showed, down to 3.6 per cent. Overall consumer prices rose 3.6 per cent this June from the same month last year, having risen 3.7 per cent ... month last year, while other food prices rose 3.4 per cent. A government spokesman said that the rate of increase in inflation was continuing to ease, with the composite consumer price index ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557006/year-year-inflation-hong-kong-slowed-slightly-june-government-reports
  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Government says there is room for change in how lawmakers are elected

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 06:20am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... Ng Kang-chung kc.ng@scmp.com Government's decision not to ask for alterations to the Basic Law on the composition of the legislature does not mean reform is off the agenda Room for change in Legco make-up Allowing more people to vote for functional constituency lawmakers and reorganising some Legislative Council constituencies are among the ideas the government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1556738/government-says-there-room-change-how-lawmakers-are-elected
  9. News - World - SURVEILLANCE

    Edward Snowden to back technology to subvert government spying

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 04:51am by Reuters

    ... government surveillance programmes around the globe. Snowden, who addressed the New York conference via video from Moscow, said he intended to devote much of his time to promoting such technologies, ... to send him home to face criminal charges, including espionage. At the HOPE hacking conference, several talks detailed approaches for thwarting government surveillance, including a system known ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556902/edward-snowden-back-technology-subvert-government-spying
  10. Business - Companies - FUEL

    Hong Kong biodiesel firms urge government controls on imports

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:18am by Eric Ng

    ... action on imports Hong Kong biodiesel makers are urging the government to regulate cheaper imports that they say are derived from less sustainable sources. The local firms welcome the government's plan to study the viability of greater adoption of biodiesel, including making it mandatory, but say a local market for homegrown makers using waste cooking oil as feedstock is likely ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1556923/hong-kong-biodiesel-firms-urge-government-controls-imports

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