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  1. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Possible changes to Vietnamese law on legal services criticised

    Posted Nov 17th 2012, 12:00am by Associated Press in Hanoi

    ... Associated Press in Hanoi Hanoi blast on changing lawyer law International lawyers and business leaders are warning Vietnam's government that proposed changes to its law on legal services would restrict foreign firms and spook investors at a time of faltering economic growth. The proposed changes are under consideration this month in the lawmaking National Assembly. A dozen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1084284/possible-changes-vietnamese-law-legal-services-criticised
  2. Magazines - 48hrs - FOOD & WINE

    Food review: food and service are good at Sichuan House

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 12:04am by Susan Jung

    ... Text: Susan Jung Sichuan House 7/F M88, 2 Wellington Street, Central Tel: 2521 6699 Open: 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-11pm Cuisine: Sichuanese Price: about HK$300 without drinks or the service ... (HK$78) were a good end to a delicious meal. Pros: the food and service. Priya, our main waitress, was friendly and helpful. She even went out and bought us beer from the market down the street ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1564326/food-review-food-and-service-are-good-sichuan-house
  3. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Property market cool-down drives HSBC China services PMI to lowest level ever

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 10:09am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Mainland services PMI from HSBC/Markit falls to near 9-year low last month, reflecting strains in key sector and keeping spotlight on stimulus Property downturn puts clamp on services growth Growth in the mainland's services sector slowed sharply last month to its lowest level in nearly nine years, a private-sector survey showed yesterday, indicating ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1566785/property-market-cool-down-drives-hsbc-china-services-pmi-lowest
  4. News - World - ASYLUM SEEKERS

    Detained Sri Lankan refugees arrive in Australia amid legal challenge

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 09:51pm by Reuters

    ... The asylum seekers had been held at sea by authorities for almost a month, sparking a legal challenge. Their interception and detention has spotlighted Australia's controversial policies to turn ... began legal action to stop them from being sent to Sri Lanka, disputing the government's right to assess asylum claims with the detainees at sea. The High Court decided yesterday to drop ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1561302/detained-sri-lankan-refugees-arrive-australia-amid-legal-challenge
  5. News - China - CYBER SECURITY

    Tencent to clean up its WeChat service amid crackdown rumours

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 02:18pm by Adrian Wan

    ... Adrian Wan in Beijing adrianwan@scmp.com Company says it will target accounts that engage in fraud, porn or 'spreading rumours' Tencent to clean up its WeChat service Tencent ... 5.8 million public accounts on the service, it said on its own WeChat account. The statement came amid widespread speculation among mobile social-media users that a new crackdown by government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1567586/zhaoqing-city-orders-wechat-users-register-accounts-police
  6. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    An unwelcome reminder of why 'the law is an ass'

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 01:31am by Howard Winn

    ... it has been receiving hand-delivered legal documents: writs, bundles of skeleton arguments from two law firms- Simmons & Simmons and Howse Williams Bowers. However, the respondents no longer ... "We tell both firms' delivery employees that the service is incorrect- their response is simply: 'We know this, just throw them away'," writes Aquitaine's group ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1577220/arts-affairs
  7. Business - Economy - TRADE

    Growing service sector held back by regulation, protectionism

    Posted May 28th 2014, 10:28am by PATRICK LOW

    ... measures applied in 40 countries to 18 service sectors. Air transport, legal services, accounting, broadcasting, courier services, architecture, telecommunications and maritime transport top ... Patrick Low Protectionism is holding back growth in services around the world, a new OECD survey shows, reinforcing the need to reform such trade barriers The dead hand of regulation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1520224/growing-service-sector-held-back-regulation-protectionism
  8. 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
  9. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    China’s July official services PMI dips to six-month low

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 02:23pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing PMI figures dip to six-month low as new orders slow last month Mainland services growth weakens Growth in the mainland's services sector slipped to a six-month low ... January. A reading above 50 in PMI surveys indicates an expansion in activity while one below the threshold points to a contraction. The slight retreat in the services sector came at a time when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1565516/chinas-july-official-services-pmi-dips-six-month-low
  10. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, August 21, 2014

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 05:05am by LETTERS

    ... for quality public service broadcasting. S. P. Li, Lantau   Tighten rules for civil servants The case of assistant director of the Lands Department, Anita Lam Ka-fun, and her purchase of a plot ... It is an important part of a civic society. Cecilia Chuk, Sha Tin   Time to outlaw discrimination against gays Same-sex marriages are still not legal in many countries, especially in Asia, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1577920/letters-editor-august-21-2014

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