Friday, 18 March 2011
While the industrial revolution in Britain is hailed for the advent of capitalism, Ghosh, an anthropologist and an historian from Oxford University, says "much of the industrial revolution itself was funded by the opium trade."
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Angry workers suffering from chemical poisoning at a factory that supplies components for Apple iPads say they are taking their demands for compensation and medical care to the central government and Apple chief executive Steve Jobs.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
A desperate shortage of judges for grass roots level courts means Beijing is going to be more flexible when considering applications, the Supreme People’s Court said yesterday.
China, which has been obsessed with political stability ever since it called out its army to crush a massive albeit peaceful protest in Beijing 22 years ago, is likely to step up repressive tactics against its population in the wake of the toppling of Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak after 18 days of demonstrations.
Finding the ideal partner is rarely easy but on the mainland - where an estimated 260 million are hunting for a spouse - the process is often more about economics and pragmatism than a desire for romance, a major survey finds.
Monday, 14 March 2011
Forget Egypt for a moment. Skip the water crisis in China. Look past angst on the streets of Bangladesh. If you want to see how extreme the effects of surging food prices are becoming, look to wealthy Japan. So big are the increases that economists are talking about them pushing deflationary Japan toward inflation. Yes, rising costs for commodities such as wheat, corn and coffee might do what trillions of dollars of central bank liquidity couldn’t.
Former political detainee Dr. Lim Hock Siew, who was detained for close to twenty years, has sued the editor, publisher and printer of “1959-2009: Chronicle of Singapore - Fifty Years of Headline News” for defamation. He has requested for compensation from the respondents and demanded that they desist from repeating false information relating to him.
The new party chief of the railways ministry, Sheng Guangzu, has pledged his new team will not become personally involved in the ministry’s lucrative construction contracts, a hotbed for corruption that allegedly led to the downfall of his predecessor.
Tony Chan Chun-chuen yesterday lost a second round in his “totally dishonest case” to wrest the fortune of the late Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum from the Chinachem Charitable Foundation.
The world business elite raised concerns over China’s property prices at its annual get-together in Davos, with some worrying that if the bubble bursts it could hurt growth.
Risks grow as Chinese companies expand role in Africa, Brazil
If anything ought to convince Beijing of the urgency of pursuing justice reforms, it is public scepticism about the administration of the law. This sentiment is finding increasing expression in internet forums. Without respect for the law, the official goal of stability and harmony will be harder to achieve.
A Chinese court sentenced a man who attempted to exploit his father’s senior police rank to flee a fatal road accident to six years in jail on Sunday, state media reported.
Sunday, 13 March 2011
French retailer Carrefour says it will refund customers five times the difference between the stated price and the actual amount charged after the authorities said on Wednesday that they had uncovered fraudulent pricing in 11 of its mainland supermarkets.