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  1. Lack of basic social security network places burden on families caring for elderly

    Posted Nov 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... as it has yet to establish a basic social security network. China became an ageing country in the eyes of the United Nations in 2000, when the number of people aged over 60 exceeded 10 per cent of the population and those over 65 exceeded 7 per cent. Latest statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs shows that fewer than half of the country's elderly citizens have basic social security ...

  2. Pushing social problems into the open

    Posted Oct 01st 2003, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... in the countryside is to allow rural migrants to look for jobs in the cities. In December last year, the state council issued a circular acknowledging rural-urban migration as an inevitable social trend, ... to send rural migrants off to repatriation centres. Although it may take time to establish the new shelters for beggars and vagrants (converted from the original repatriation centres) as social ...

  3. Fire-starter explores a burning issue

    Posted Mar 21st 2004, 12:00am by Joyce Hor-Chung Lau

    ... become even more of a social issue after the death of Anita Mui,' says Lee. 'I was surprised that, for many of my sick friends, their first concern was not health. They showed great ...

  4. Grief-stricken coal city's grim realities

    Posted Feb 18th 2005, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Fuxin, Liaoning As Fuxin's mines run dry, entire families must scrape a living from the pensions of city's elderly former pit workers The city of Fuxin, which witnessed the country's deadliest coal mine accident since 1949 o ...

  5. Legalise prostitution in China

    Posted Jul 29th 2004, 12:00am by Edmund Settle

    ... Edmund Settle Before the recent 15th International Aids Conference in Bangkok, Premier Wen Jiabao issued an unprecedented statement that openly outlined China's Aids prevention ... Current policies leave sex workers socially and legally marginalised, inhibiting the effectiveness of HIV/Aids outreach and prevention programmes. China has an estimated 840,000 HIV cases, ...

  6. Fire reported at Foxconn's Shenzhen plant

    Posted May 30th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporters A fire broke out yesterday at a building in the Shenzhen complex of Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics company hit by a series of suicides, according to various sources. The fire was discovered at around 6pm in the B2 Building, the locatio ...

  7. Beijing moves to tighten rules on home requisitions

    Posted Jan 30th 2010, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li The State Council has released a draft regulation on home requisitions and redevelopment compensation for wider consultation in a landmark move to address growing public discontent over forced evictions. If passed after the consultation period, ...

  8. Families displaced by fire 'illegal squatters'

    Posted Oct 14th 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu Families displaced after a Mid- Autumn Festival fire razed their huts in Kau Wah Keng Old Village are illegal squatters who fail to qualify for special public housing, the Lands Department said yesterday. A legislator also estimated that two-t ...

  9. Talkback

    Posted Dec 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the lift plunge? There must be increased awareness of these issues and the department must ensure this happens across the whole of the [lift inspection] industry. When the matter concerns public ...

  10. Stray cat stretch

    Posted Sep 26th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of liability, and we have yet to reach a consensus on this issue,' says Fan. Public opinion on a TNR scheme for feral dogs is also split. The SAA asked 100 Yuen Long residents on their views two ...




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