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  1. Weather crisis exposes weaknesses hidden by economic growth: critics

    Posted Jan 30th 2008, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... Ting Shi It took only a fortnight of unexpected snowstorms to lay bare the weaknesses of the mainland's economic juggernaut that three decades of spectacular growth had done so well to hide. The economic and political consequences brought about by the snow and ice, which have ravaged the country since mid-month, could be much worse than those from the Sars outbreak of 2003 ...

  2. Public safety ranks first among officials' concerns

    Posted May 17th 2005, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest Public safety is the top concern of local leaders attending the Fortune Global Forum, underscoring the strains created by rapid industrial and urban development. Beijing Mayor Wang Qishan said ensuring public safety was a top priority as the capital approached the 2008 Olympics. He said the accelerated pace of infrastructure development and the repositioning ...

  3. Defiant Inner Mongolian officials publicly shamed

    Posted Aug 17th 2006, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... to slow down runaway fixed-asset investment, which has contributed heavily to economic overheating. The State Council yesterday focused its wrath on the decision by Inner Mongolian officials ... authorities as a whole. It is the first time the central government has publicly shamed the top officials of a provincial government for their failure to heed measures designed to slow the economy. ...

  4. Inquiry launched into deaths in sewer

    Posted Aug 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Expressing condolences to the two workers' families, Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said he was very concerned about the industrial accident- ...

  5. Patient survey aimed at improving services

    Posted Dec 19th 2009, 12:00am by Kobi Chan

    ... Kobi Chan The Hospital Authority will launch its first patient satisfaction survey on Monday- a flagship project aimed at encouraging patients' feedback to help improve service quality in public hospitals. Director for quality and safety Dr Leung Pak-yin has appealed to patients of public hospitals to be forthright in voicing their opinions in the survey, as it would ...


    Posted Mar 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... TAX How the new law will change the tax structure for companies outside economic zones Current Domestic tax rate Annual taxable income 30,000 yuan 18 per cent Annual taxable income 30,000-100,000 yuan 27 per cent Other companies (excluding hi-tech) 33 per cent Hi-tech companies 15 per cent Under the new law Domestic and overseas Small and low profit margin companies (not clearly ...

  7. 'Warn public on health risks of air pollution'

    Posted Aug 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Air pollution experts have again called for a new alert system to warn the public about health risks created by extreme pollution like the grey pall ... subsiding air caused by Typhoon Saola near Taiwan. Professor Wong Tze-wai, from Chinese University's School of Public Health, said he expected a surge in the number of people seeking treatment ...

  8. App listing unsafe food is manna for anxious public

    Posted Jun 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... safety crimes last year, the public are still deeply troubled. The developer of the app, a father and product manager with Kingsoft Internet Security Software who declined to be named, said ... and released as a public interest project. The company said it held no commercial interest in the app. He said people merely wanted clean food and water, yet even these basics were beyond reach. ...

  9. Families eschew public transport for private cars

    Posted Mar 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of Public Security said the annual death toll for the year was 73,484. Yang said drivers allowed into Hong Kong in future were likely to be highly qualified people who would tend to alter ...

  10. Hospital fee rises

    Posted Jan 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fees at public hospital accident and emergency units could rise from $100 to $150, and inpatient fees, now $100 a day, will also go up, says the health minister. Are such fee rises acceptable? Share your views: write to us. ...




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