Legislators head for Shanghai talks A group of legislators fly to Shanghai for talks with senior mainland officials about political reform. Most of the participants are from the pro-government camp. About 14 pan-democrats have agreed to take part. They are set to discuss the 2017 chief executive election with the head of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Wang Guangya, and the chairman of the Basic Law Committee, Li Fei. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is joining them. People Power meets government officials The political group People Power holds talks with government officials on political reform. It will be pushing civil nomination of chief executive candidates for the 2017 election. Both Beijing and the Hong Kong government have made it clear that they do not think this method complies with the Basic Law, which calls for a nomination committee to choose candidates to be put to a popular vote. Electronic waste recycling in focus Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing attends an inauguration ceremony for the Hong Kong Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recycling Association. The group has been involved in managing programmes for computer equipment, fluorescent lamps and rechargeable batteries in a bid to raise public awareness of the need to recycle such items. The government has been supportive of the association's efforts. Beijing releases latest inflation statistics The government releases its inflation figures for March. The February figure was 2 per cent, which was down from January's 2.5 per cent. Analysts said the latest statistics showed further indications that the Chinese economy was cooling. The government is forecasting an inflation rate of 3.5 per cent for the full year and a growth rate of 7.5 per cent. World Bank, IMF meet in Washington The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund start three days of spring meetings in Washington. Thousands of government officials, civil society representatives and other interested parties will discuss the state of the global economy, international development and the world's financial markets. One of the most prominent participants will be the IMF's managing director, Christine Lagarde. Samsung unveils new Galaxy phone The South Korean firm Samsung starts global sales of its new flagship phone, the Galaxy S5 Prime. The phone was first unveiled in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. However, South Koreans will find it difficult to buy the gadget as the country's communications regulator has imposed a 45-day ban on local carriers selling phones because they subsidised the cost of handsets.