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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Business - Money

    Government stands by best interest clause in proposed insurance law

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:18am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Consumer protection provision will remain in insurance bill, the government says No retreat on 'best interest' clause The government said ... of conduct of the Insurance Authority, which would allow the regulator to penalise agents who acted improperly. Cheung said the government did not see the need to scrap the provision, citing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1556927/government-stands-best-interest-clause-proposed
  9. News - Hong Kong - TRANSPORT

    Government probes vehicle-hire apps

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 04:02am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com As Uber makes Hong Kong bow, checks will be made on the legality of services that pair passengers with drivers- with a focus on vans Government probes vehicle-hire apps The government is "monitoring" the growing use of smartphone apps for passengers to arrange vehicle hire to ensure they comply with the law, a senior official told lawmakers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1556217/government-probes-vehicle-hire-apps
  10. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    MTR saga highlights governance and accountability issues

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 02:16am by Howard Winn

    ... the timing of the meeting was not insignificant, coming a few days after the Legislative Council session which meant the government and the MTR weren't subject to critical headline grabbing ... shall we say, conservative with the truth. However, the government does not want another high-profile departure from its ranks so is hanging on to him. But clearly the government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1555904/mtr-saga-highlights-governance-and-accountability-issues

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