Indians tackle meaty issues

A chef prepares to grill a chicken at a Mumbai restaurant. India’s growing wealth has increased demand for meat, particularly from the newly affluent middle class. Photo: AFP

With German sausages, French duck breasts and homegrown chicken, Francis Menezes is cashing in on the growing appetite for meat among Indians -- even in one of Mumbai’s most strictly vegetarian areas.

Monday, 4 February, 2013, 1:59pm

Hong Kong stocks flat as CNOOC retreats, offsetting gains in consumer sector

Hong Kong stocks ended virtually flat on Tuesday, as  oil producers fell after a disappointing interim result from heavyweight CNOOC, but consumer counters were lifted by promising earnings and by speculation that more mainland cities could follow Chongqing’s example and launch stimulus packages to boost local spending.

21 Aug 2012 - 5:41pm

Competition law must put consumers first

While the effects of Hong Kong's proposed competition law on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) appear to weigh heavily on legislators' minds, it's essential that the interests of consumers will also be prominent in the debate.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

New laws need public input, government told

The city's consumer watchdog yesterday urged the government to come out of its bureaucratic shell and talk to people on the street when making important laws.

3 May 2011 - 12:00am

Baffling conclusion

For anybody who has devoted considerable time to research a topic, there is nothing more discouraging than seeing the fruits of intellectual labour gathering dust on the shelf.

So it is entirely understandable that members of the Law Reform Commission are most unhappy with the fate of their reports. Over the past few years, none has been implemented by the Government.

20 May 2002 - 12:00am

Closing loopholes

Lawmaking is a slow process, and never more so than in the area of consumer protection. It is not just that there is a lack of legislation to cover things like toy safety, faulty electrical goods, unscrupulous estate agents or prepaid vouchers.

27 Apr 2000 - 12:00am