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  1. Mainland up to the challenges

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang, Eric Ng, Tom Miller

    ... The mainland's competitiveness in low- and middle-end manufacturing is too high to be damaged significantly by a modest rise in the yuan. TAXATION The new Unified Enterprise Income Tax law, which comes into effect today, will see the general corporate income tax rate reduced from 33 per cent to 25 per cent. The big winners will be mainland companies that used to pay the full whack, particularly ...

  2. Antipodes skincare

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... called Naticide is used. Antipodes products are packaged in dark glass to help prolong their shelf life and to avoid contamination from nasties such as the phthalates found in plastics. What ...

  3. Money cannot buy us good health

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and stronger. Their immune system is strengthened as well. Secondly, eating or drinking properly makes us healthy. We should avoid junk food or oily stuff that makes us fat. We should eat more ...

  4. Letters

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Surveys on plastic bag tax inadequate The Executive Council has approved, in principle, a 50-cent levy on plastic bags ('50 cents bag tax approved', December 19). Its ... for the ordinary people of Pakistan, who simply want to live a decent life. It ought to be emphasised to the friends of Pakistan that expressions of violence must be avoided. Violence can never ...

  5. Hong Kong ready to blow bubbles in 2008

    Posted Dec 31st 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... by the Hong Kong government's proposed tax cuts and infrastructure spending plans, which will keep local unemployment down and spending up. There will be setbacks, of course. There are plenty ...

  6. Tax on property unlikely next year, say analysts

    Posted Dec 31st 2007, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... to introduce a property tax by next year. Mainland property transactions have dropped significantly since early October when the government tightened mortgage rules for people buying their second homes. There has been growing speculation that the government is planning new cooling measures - including a property tax on top of the existing capital gains tax. The central government ...

  7. Religious freedom?- not at the UN

    Posted Dec 31st 2007, 12:00am by Doug Bandow

    ... Doug Bandow In the name of protecting religion, the United Nations has voted against religious liberty. Islam, however, is to be protected from criticism. Religious persecution is distressingly common around the globe. Most offending states are either communist or Islamic. Yet, while many 'Christian' states avoid acknowledging their religious heritage, most Muslim ...

  8. Investors expected to focus on corporate earnings growth

    Posted Dec 31st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... it is the start of a bear market or a correction of the bull market, it may be better to take profit and avoid the risk.' Analysts mentioned another catch: stock investment gains for corporations ...

  9. Beijing increases tax on foreign firms to 18pc

    Posted Dec 31st 2007, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang Rise adds to costs also driven higher by new labour law Foreign companies in mainland coastal regions will greet the new year with a three percentage point rise in income tax to 18 per cent- an unexpectedly high increase that will deal yet another blow to tens of thousands of manufacturers. As a core part of a sweeping overhaul of the mainland's tax regime, ...

  10. Funny business

    Posted Dec 31st 2007, 12:00am by Sreerema Banoo

    ... at the offices of the New Straits Times, hoping to meet the cartoonist. Zaharah, then an intern at the newspaper, recalls how Lat would dash across the newsroom to avoid visitors. Not one to bathe ...




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