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  1. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Taliban behead 17 men and women for holding party with dancing

    Posted Aug 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Reuters in Kandahar Victims had gathered for a celebration with music and dancing when the attack took place Taliban behead 17 for partying Seventeen people were found beheaded in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province yesterday- punishment meted ou ...

  2. Lands officials put church's disabled work plan on hold

    Posted Jul 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Christy Choi christy.choi@scmp.com A land-use issue has put a charity's plan to open a cafe staffed by young disabled people on hold, two years after it was granted HK$800,000 from the Operation Santa Claus appeal. The Nesbitt Centre wants to operate the cafe from a kiosk at St John's Cathedral, which stands on the only freehold land in Hong Kong. A clause ...

  3. Marriages put on hold

    Posted Jun 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Wong Yat-hei Young adults are hesitant to get married and have children because they are not able to find suitable partners and worry about finances, results of a new survey show. The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong polled 1,223 people, aged betw ...

  4. Culture holds the key to improving the health of the city's ethnic minorities

    Posted Dec 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The number of people from ethnic minorities, especially South Asians, is growing rapidly in Hong Kong and their culture is very different from Chinese lifestyles in terms of religion, beliefs about health, and dietary practice. Many South Asians can also ...

  5. 250,000 still holding out on census

    Posted Aug 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Helene Franchineau helene franchineau@scmp.com Only about 50,000 of the 300,000 households that did not complete census questionnaires by the government's original deadline have complied with a new deadline to return their questionnaires, the Census ...

  6. Government on hold over Beijing's view on maids

    Posted Aug 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Martin Wong martin.wong@scmp.com The government will consider seeking Beijing's interpretation of the Basic Law on the rights of abode of foreign domestic helpers only if it loses a landmark court challenge. The judicial review granted a group of Fil ...

  7. Don't let private sector hold health care hostage

    Posted Nov 12th 2010, 12:00am by Feng Chi-Shun

    ... hospitals and doctors don't want to erode their earnings. If they know they hold the trump card, the government will have no choice but to compromise its ideals for their co-operation. ...

  8. Veterans hold protest seeking better pensions

    Posted Sep 29th 2010, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... problems and high blood pressure so don't you dare intimidate us,' one elderly woman protester said when an officer touched the banner she was holding. Five representatives were allowed ...

  9. No change to Legco voting system for 2012 as government holds firm

    Posted Mar 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... comprise only 10,197 voters, in theory they hold veto power- even if amendments or bills raised by geographically elected members have the support of 3.3 million. But government motions require ...

  10. Wen holds rare grass-roots talks

    Posted Feb 11th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Premier seeks opinions before his work report Premier Wen Jiabao has made an unprecedented move to consult grass-roots members of society before he delivers his work report at next month's annual meeting of the National People's Congress. Mr Wen ...




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