Sunday, May 27, 2018

Chinese kidnap suspect caught after crash lets victim locked in car...

A woman from southwest China who had been kidnapped, tied up and locked in a car boot had a lucky escape after a tailgating driver accidentally smashed it open, according to news site reports. Witnesses described how the woman, whose feet and wrists had been tied, fell out of the boot when it flew open…

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President Xi’s instruction welcomed

President Xi’s instruction welcomed

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has welcomed President Xi Jinping's important instruction to promote collaboration between Hong Kong and the Mainland on the technology front.   The instruction also mentions that the Central Government will support Hong Kong to become an international innovation and technology hub.   In a statement today, the HKSAR…

April inflation up 1.9%

Consumer prices rose by 1.9% year-on-year in April, the Census & Statistics Department said today.   Netting out effects of the Government's one-off relief measures, the underlying inflation rate was 2.2%, compared to 2.6% in March.   Year-on-year price increases were recorded in April for food, electricity, gas and water, meals bought away from home,…
Insurance tax bill gazetted

Insurance tax bill gazetted

The Government gazetted the Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No. 4) Bill 2018 today.   It provides a tax deduction under salaries tax and personal assessment to those who purchase health insurance for themselves or their relatives under the Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme.   Under the arrangement, a taxpayer can claim deductions for premiums of the insurance…
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China launches fresh campaign against trash smuggling

China launched a fresh crackdown on Tuesday against trash smuggling from overseas in Beijing’s latest move to curtail the inflow of foreign rubbish and strengthen its “war on pollution”. China’s customs administration announced the effort on its Weibo social media feed, but provided no details other than to say the campaign would be “huge”. The…
Top Philippine diplomat in Hong Kong Antonio Morales backs calls to raise minimum wage of city’s domestic helpers

Top Philippine diplomat in Hong Kong Antonio Morales backs calls to raise minimum wage of...

The Philippines’ top diplomat in Hong Kong has called on the city’s government to raise the minimum monthly wage for domestic helpers amid rising costs of living, with workers asking for a pay rise of 25 per cent to HK$5,500 (US$700) to prevent an exodus to mainland China. Their demands were prompted by Manila’s labour…

Chinese man ‘confesses’ to killing teenage girl missing since Sunday

Police in southern China are investigating the disappearance of a young girl and said they have detained a man they believe might be her killer. Zeng Yongwei, a middle school pupil from the city of Shantou in Guangdong province, has not been seen since Sunday morning, local police said in a statement on Monday night…

Will Hong Kong’s search for land benefit the public or developers? Commit 70 per...

At least 70 per cent of land eyed for new flats in the next decade should be used for public and subsidised properties if the Hong Kong government wants to rally support for controversial ideas to ease the city’s housing crisis, including working with private developers, a think tank has urged. Land Watch, which met…

Diplomacy & Defence

Burkina Faso cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

Burkina Faso has cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the foreign ministry of the West African country said on Thursday. Beijing has been applying pressure on the few remaining African countries with diplomatic ties with Taiwan to cut them. “This decision is guided by the firm desire of the government of Burkina Faso to defend the…

Brazil fears fallout from US-China trade war in long run

The trade dispute between the United States and China has benefited Brazil so far but could prove harmful long term as higher grain prices will make the Latin American country’s exports less competitive, Brazil’s farm minister said. Analysts and traders are betting that Brazilian producers will reap benefits from the duties China imposed on a…

North Korea must blow up, not shut down, test site to prove it’s scrapping...

North Korea must blow up its Punggye-ri nuclear test site rather than merely shutting it down to prove its commitment to get rid of its nuclear weapons, according to a senior South Korean scientist. There are four tunnels at the site, with two unused, meaning North Korea could use the facility for nuclear tests if…