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  1. Political assistants may face pay cut

    Posted Dec 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Joyee Chan Political assistants have been widely criticised for being overpaid. Now they could see their salaries cut by as much as 40 per cent, says the secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs. Raymond Tam Chi-yuen admitted that the role of a political assistant was comparable to that of a senior administrative officer. Yet political assistants receive significantly ...

  2. Pay cut plan for political appointees

    Posted Dec 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Kang Chung kc.ng@scmp.com Political appointees, widely criticised as overpaid political novices, could see their monthly salaries of between HK$134,000 and HK$164,000 cut by as much as 40 per cent, it was disclosed yesterday. The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Raymond Tam Chi-yuen, said yesterday that he would like to see pay cuts for political ...

  3. On the fringes of North Korean politics

    Posted Dec 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Korea, how about this little marvel of symbolic aestheticism? For starters, it is a clear sign of some kind of reversal in the political order, because Kim the Younger's coiffure is kind ... Clearly, the young guys are getting ready to take over. Also, Jang's role in Pyongyang power politics is 'shrouded in mystery', the media tell us, but a shroud is something in which ...

  4. India's about-turn on retail reform only shows up the rot in its politics

    Posted Dec 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... investors. The main damage is political: how could a government which has a sufficient majority to push through any measures in Parliament have so misunderstood opposition from within its own ranks ... Indian politics hijacked the debate. They presented themselves as defenders of mom-and-pop shops, ignoring that in the poorest villages there are no shops, and in the cities moms and pops might ...

  5. Discussing politics normal, British consul says amid US row

    Posted Dec 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... 'political and economic issues' as part of their duties. 'We are strong supporters of the principle of 'one country, two systems',' British consul general Andrew Seaton said ... and discuss with them a wide range of political and economic issues.' A spokesman for Seaton added: 'This helps us to understand Hong Kong and to promote and protect our interests here. ...

  6. Too much politics can be a bad thing, Tang says

    Posted Dec 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... issues in his three decades of public service. Ip, a former senior official, said the next government needed to shoulder political responsibilities to reduce criticism from civil servants. ...

  7. The wind of change gusting through Osaka politics may well reach Tokyo

    Posted Dec 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kevin Rafferty Japan has just experienced a major political earthquake, but few people outside the country even noticed. The convincing election victory of Toru Hashimoto to become Osaka mayor threatens to shake up the politics of the city, the Kansai region and Japan at large, with ripples that could spread beyond the country. Hashimoto challenged, and defeated, the combined ...

  8. Political turn at Mei Foo as protesters halt truck

    Posted Nov 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com The Mei Foo saga took a political turn yesterday, as a developer suspected of having links with the leading pro-establishment party tried to resume work on a disputed tower, three days after the incumbent Civic Party councillor was ousted at the polls. The drama at Mei Foo Sun Chuen began at about 10am when a contractor for Billion Star Development ...

  9. Politics is corroding Chinese love of learning

    Posted Dec 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... failed- and this trend is rising. So, what makes the idea of reading rank so highly yet, in reality, so few books are read? Politics. In China, a degree or diploma not only brings honour ... for bribery, was found to have bought a law degree in Beijing and proudly called himself a Peking University graduate. Politics influences education decisions at all levels. In late 2008, the Central ...

  10. Stop the soiree, I want to get off: a user's guide to the pitfalls and politics of the party season

    Posted Dec 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and don't complain. Beware of parties thrown by elderly men with a little political- and lots of sexual- ambition The euro-zone crisis may have consigned his political career to the garbage heap ...




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