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  1. State Council to consider tax plan to help less well-off working classes

    Posted Feb 28th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zhuang Pinghui The State Council will discuss on Wednesday changes to the nation's system for income tax deductions designed to help medium- and low-income individuals, Premier Wen ... of their living expenses. According to Xinhua, the State Council submitted a report to the NPC on the widening wealth gap, saying the present individual income tax system fails to factor in the number ...

  2. Key questions go unanswered in draft changes to state secrets law

    Posted Feb 25th 2010, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai Mainland lawmakers have completed the second draft of revisions to the controversial Protection of State Secrets Law, apparently in time for the changes ... law- notably, how to define a state secret, who has the power to decide and by setting a 30-year time limit for declassification- but many key questions remain unanswered. The second draft ...

  3. State must pay to defuse health-care time bomb

    Posted May 25th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to state hospitals that they had previously and the amount has been steadily decreasing. More and more, mainlanders are having to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for health care. Government control over services has steadily diminished as user charges have displaced state funding as the hospitals' main source of income. This has led to a corrupt system where those willing to pay ...

  4. We must not define relative poverty or wealth in terms of income alone

    Posted Mar 27th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to Jo McBride's letter ('Time for some serious soul-searching on Hong Kong's future', March 20). It commented on the report ('Boom time for bar benders...and those who speculate in them', March 9), which says 'th ...

  5. Number of Hongkongers in poverty at record high

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

    ... Ng Yuk-hang A record number of Hongkongers are living in poverty, with 1.26 million people- or 18.1 per cent of the population- making less than HK$3,500 a month each. This the highest number of poor people since 2001, when only 1.18 million people, or 17 ...

  6. Rich-poor gap widens

    Posted Sep 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lai Ying-kit Poverty has worsened in the past five and a half years among families of low-income workers, and the gap between Hong Kong's rich and poor is at its widest, according to an Oxfam report. The organisation used figures from the Census and ...

  7. Protests greet impasse on United pay talks

    Posted Jan 08th 2010, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... and throughout the United States. 'Flight attendants have been struggling with less pay and more time away from our families for the last seven years, while executives have taken millions [of ... Dennis Eng Talks between United Airlines flight attendants and management over better pay and benefits are expected to drag on after yesterday's deadline to hammer out a new contract ...

  8. Foxconn unit faces housing probe

    Posted Jun 05th 2010, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... million) a year. Under the State Council's Regulation on Management of the Housing Provident Fund introduced in March 2002, employers must contribute to housing funds for their workers or face ...

  9. Is UK state pension fund worth paying in HK?

    Posted Jul 26th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... are the benefits of continuing to make the contributions? If I do, could my claim to be domiciled outside of the United Kingdom be challenged? Andrew Patrick The amount and the length of your National Insurance contributions in Britain affects your entitlement to UK state pension. To receive full state pension, you need to have paid national insurance contributions for 30 years. If you have ...

  10. Myanmese Christians fear expulsion from Indian state

    Posted Jul 17th 2009, 12:00am by Azizur Rahman

    ... Shaikh Azizur Rahman in Calcutta Thousands of Christian Myanmese living in India's northeast are fearing expulsion to their repressive homeland, after Indian state officials began their first apparent crackdown on the illegal immigrants. Up to 100,000 Myanmese immigrants, mainly ethnic Chins, have lived in India's Mizoram state for up to 20 years. But in recent weeks ...




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