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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Unpaid property taxes piling up in law firms a risk as Legco delays stamp duty bill, John Tsang claims

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Patsy Moy, Emily Tsang

    ... Patsy Moy and Emily Tsang Finance chief says property levies piling up at law firms while lawmakers are filibustering Tsang frets over delay to stamp duty bill's passage Law firms ... circumstances in the property market. However, a senior conveyancing lawyer said the professional code of conduct required law firms to keep a separate account for their clients' money. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548273/unpaid-property-taxes-piling-law-firms-risk-legco-delays-stamp-duty
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Chief secretary refuses to say whether Leung Chun-ying declared HK$50m payment

    Posted Oct 29th 2014, 10:49pm by Joyce Ng

    ... and 2013. However, Lam hinted Leung may not have declared the payment. The Basic Law requires the chief executive to declare his assets. It was revealed this month that Leung had struck a £4 million deal with engineering firm UGL in December 2011, before he ran for chief executive. The agreement was a side deal to UGL's purchase of DTZ, the property services firm of which Leung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1627818/chief-secretary-wont-confirm-whether-leung-chun-ying-declared-hk50m
  3. News - China - POLITICS

    Rule of law and rule by party can coexist, party scholar says

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 04:37am by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Rule of law and party rule can coexist, scholar says The rule of law does not conflict with the Communist Party's rule because the country's ... a closed-door gathering expected to underscore the rule of law and anti-corruption efforts. The four-day meeting would debate a draft decision of the party's Central Committee on "major issues ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1620896/rule-law-and-rule-party-can-coexist-party-scholar-says
  4. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Law to affirm double stamp duty passed, 17 months after levy came in

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 04:15am by PHILE SIU, Ada Lee

    ... Phila Siu and Ada Lee The extra tax, which has been levied on almost all property purchases since early last year, voted into law before Legco’s summer break Doubling of stamp duty at last passed Legislation doubling the stamp duty on most property purchases was finally passed by lawmakers last night, just before the Legislative Council enters its three-month summer recess. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555049/law-affirm-double-stamp-duty-passed-17-months-after-levy-came
  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    China won't budge on Hong Kong poll decision, plenum statement shows

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 06:30am by Andrea Chen

    ... of "one country, two systems" and maintain the long-term prosperity of Hong Kong in accordance with law. Analysts said it suggested Beijing was unlikely to yield on its decision over Hong ... Academics said the remarks were in line with Beijing's stance on Hong Kong's political development- that electoral reform must be carried out within the framework of the Basic Law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1623271/china-wont-budge-hong-kong-poll-decision-plenum-statement-shows
  6. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Occupy Central records must be preserved, archive group argues

    Posted Oct 30th 2014, 04:13am by Vivienne Chow

    ... group says. Both Occupy Central supporters and detractors had a role to play in starting as soon as possible to keep records of the democracy campaign, as the city had no archive law requiring the government to put the happenings on file for the public, the Archives Action Group said. The group, which has been pressing for such a law for the last six years, yesterday warned of the urgency ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1627775/occupy-central-milestone-worth-recording-hk-and-world-archive-experts
  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Occupy protests must end- but Beijing won't use force, says ex-HK leader Tung Chee-hwa

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 01:58pm by Gary Cheung and Fanny W.Y. Fung

    ... says. The protesters ought to go home nevertheless, Tung Chee-hwa said, as their action had dealt a blow to the city's economy, livelihoods and rule of law, and had torn the community ... a month after announcing his candidacy in November 2011 for the chief executive election. He was then a director of DTZ, a London-listed property services firm. "I personally took time ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1623704/former-hong-kong-leader-tung-chee-hwa-urges-end-occupy-protests
  8. Business - Economy - POLITICS

    World Bank says Occupy protests fail to impact Hong Kong's business climate

    Posted Oct 29th 2014, 04:59pm by SIJIA JIANG

    ... to trading, starting a business, registering property." READ MORE: To view all the latest Occupy Central stories click here The report- which looks at 10 indicators such as the speed and cost ... the world's easiest place for obtaining construction permits, it ranked 96th when it came to registering property, with as many as five procedures involved. This meant it took 35.5 days to complete ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1627626/world-bank-says-occupy-protests-fail-impact-hks-business-climate
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Strong government needed to maintain stability, says financial secretary

    Posted Oct 26th 2014, 05:36pm by Ernest Kao

    ... scientist Strong government and rule of law are needed to maintain social and political stability, the city’s financial secretary wrote again today, this time borrowing ideas from American political ... order, strong government and rule of law were indispensible. “History has many examples of countries that have democratic systems but lack effective governance,” said Tsang, pointing to “Africa, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1625125/strong-government-needed-maintain-stability-says-financial-secretary
  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    You're tearing us apart, former Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa tells protesters

    Posted Oct 25th 2014, 03:44am by Staff Reporters

    ... apart, Tung tells protesters The Occupy Central movement could hurt Hong Kong's economy severely, tear the community apart and undermine the rule of law if the street protests continue, ... went against the Basic Law. The former shipping tycoon warned that the protests' negative impact would be "beyond imagination" and that the public would bear the consequences. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1624095/youre-tearing-us-apart-tung-tells-protesters

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