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Economic <i>Nirvana</i>

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Economic Nirvana

WHEN the Board of Investment (BoI) invited me to a dialogue on the State of the Economy, it used a trump card of a huge sell-point we have acquired by virtue of a sizeable success through the recent maritime boundary delimitation along the Bay. It was an irresistible invitation for many in spite...

When Chinese children forget how to write

When Chinese children forget how to write

In China, it takes blood, sweat and months of studying dictionaries to become a Character Hero. Millions tune in every week to watch teenagers compete for the title. Character Hero is a Chinese-style spelling bee, but in this challenge, young contestants must write Chinese characters by hand. Chinese writing from the Bronze Age in our...

Landslide kills 6 in China

Landslide kills 6 in China

At least six people have died and 21 others are missing after a landslide struck a village in south-west China. China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported that more than 70 houses in the village in Guizhou province were destroyed. It also said, quoting officials, that 22 people were injured and had been transferred to hospitals...

Boy, 6, walks away after being run over by SUV

Boy, 6, walks away after being run over by SUV

A young boy in China miraculously survived after being run over by an SUV last week when he managed to squeeze his body between the tires of the vehicle that drove right over him without stopping. The boy, aged 6, was playing on an empty road in Jining city of the Shandong Province when...

China executes 8 for 'terrorist' attacks

China executes 8 for 'terrorist' attacks

China has executed eight people in the north-western region of Xinjiang, for what it calls "terrorist" attacks, reports the state news agency Xinhua. Three of those executed had been convicted of an attack in Tiananmen Square in Beijing last October, in which five people died, Xinhua said. The others were found guilty of crimes including...

Jackie Chan's son Jaycee in drug arrest

Jackie Chan's son Jaycee in drug arrest

The son of Hollywood actor Jackie Chan has been arrested on drug-related charges, Chinese state media say. Jaycee Chan, 31, and Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, 23, were detained last Thursday, Beijing police said in a statement on their official microblog. Police said both men tested positive for marijuana, with more than 100 grams of...

Bangladeshis being smuggled into HK via Shenzhen

Bangladeshis being smuggled into HK via Shenzhen

Hundreds of illegal jobseekers, mostly from Bangladesh and Pakistan are allegedly being smuggled into Hong Kong (HK) through Shenzhen of China, a HK-based English daily reported today. The South China Morning Post report claimed that illegal immigrants from Bangladesh or Pakistan had entered HK by boat in the past years. Migrants fly into cities across...

Growing inequality challenges sustainable Asia-Pacific growth

Growing inequality challenges sustainable Asia-Pacific growth

The growing disparity in incomes and access to social opportunities in Asia-Pacific developing countries, including Bangladesh, not only threatens social stability but is also a key constraint to the region’s economic dynamism, according to Survey 2014. Latest data from about 40 countries in the region show that the poorest 20 percent of the population...

Asean Summit

Sea row overshadows talks

China yesterday vowed "clear and firm reactions" to defend its interests in the South China Sea but rejected suggestions of aggression, as America's top diplomat urged restraint from all claimants to the bitterly contested waters. A series of incidents between Beijing and several other nations with territorial claims to the sea has sent tensions soaring across Southeast Asia and spurred Washington to call for a halt to any activities that could worsen regional maritime relations. Animosity over the South China Sea,...

Tibet bus plunge kills Chinese tourists

Tibet bus plunge kills Chinese tourists

A bus carrying Chinese tourists has plunged off a 10m (30ft) cliff in Tibet killing 44 people, state media say. The bus crashed into two other vehicles before falling off the road, the Xinhua news agency quoted local officials as saying. Images from the scene showed rescue workers recovering bodies from the overturned vehicle. A number...

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