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[29 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Xie Jun in Global Times, July 28, 2017 at 22:33:40
The risks of China’s government debts are under control in general, an official from the Ministry of Finance (MOF) told a press conference on Friday.
According to Liu Wei, a deputy director of the MOF, local government debt in China totaled 15.86 trillion yuan ($2.35 trillion) by the end of June, below the ceiling of 18.82 trillion yuan set by the National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislature.
The local government debt ratio stood at 80.5 percent in 2016, a safe level …

China, Headline »

[29 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Shan Jie in Global Times, July 28, 2017 at 22:38:39
Chinese experts have urged investors to be wary of products that offer suspiciously high returns after an alleged pyramid scheme organization was broken recently.
“A principle is that if the rate of return is too high, that is to say several times the usual average, it must be a pyramid scheme,” Hu Xingdou, an economics professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology, told the Global Times on Friday.
The Ministry of Public Security recently cracked down on Shanxinhui, a company suspected of …

China, Featured »

[29 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Jun Mai in South China Morning Post, July 29, 2017
President Xi Jinping’s troubled early years are described in detail in a recent article by official media, underlining the political strongman’s firm determination to serve the Communist Party amid his family’s harsh political persecution.
Xi had written 10 letters of application for membership in the Communist Party before finally being admitted as a member of a stained family, according to the article on Friday in the Study Times, a publication affiliated with the party’s top academy.
It is not the first time …

China, Headline »

[29 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Jun Mai & Sarah Zheng in South China Morning Post, July 29, 2017
A top Communist Party publication has spelled out that President Xi Jinping was personally behind Beijing’s high-handed approach to disputes in the East and South China seas.
An editorial on Friday in Study Times – put out by the Central Party School, the Communist Party’s top academy – was the latest to lavish praise on Xi for his tough stance on territorial issues with the country’s Asian neighbours.
“[President Xi] personally steered a series of measures to expand [China’s] …

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by Stephen Chen in South China Morning Post, July 28, 2017 at 11 pm
More than 480 Chinese doctors and academics associated with published research papers that were later deemed to be fraudulent will be punished for damaging the country’s “international reputation”, the government said on Thursday.
The announcement came after major US academic publishing house Springer in April retracted 107 papers by Chinese authors that had been published in the journal Tumor Biology. After publication, the company discovered that most of the peer reviews were fake, having been written either by …

Human Rights, Pakistan, Talibanisation »

[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

By MEHREEN ZAHRA-MALIK in The New York Times online, July 27, 2017
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Dr. Faisal Ranjha was examining a patient in the crowded critical-care unit of his hospital in northeastern Pakistan when a federal officer abruptly walked in, seized his cellphone and told him he was under arrest.
Officers took him home to scoop up his laptop and the tablet computer on which his 8-year-old son was playing games, then drove the doctor more than 150 miles to the Federal Investigation Agency headquarters in Islamabad. Only then was he told …

AF-PAK /ISIS/TALIBAN, Headline »

[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Anwar Iqbal in Dawn, July 28th, 2017
WASHINGTON: In a rare display of agreement on the Afghan issue, the United States and Pakistan have both reiterated the need for including the Taliban in the Afghan peace process.
Yet differences over the alleged presence of militant safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) continue to plague a decades-old relationship between the two countries.
“One of the things that the Secretary [of State] feels very strongly about is trying to get to a place where we can have some sort of a …

China, Featured »

[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Nectar Gan in South China Morning Post, July 28, 2017
Officials in the top ranks of the party, government and military were summoned this week to ­Beijing for a two-day seminar to study President Xi Jinping’s speeches and to gear up for a key, once-every-five-years Communist Party congress this autumn.
The preparatory meeting, which ended on Thursday, came just days before an annual gathering of incumbent and retired party leaders in the seaside resort of ­Beidaihe, where they will seek consensus on major decisions for the 19th party congress.
The autumn congress …

Bangladesh, Featured »

[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Salman Tarek Shakil in Dhaka Tribune, July 28, 2017
Draft syllabuses and curricula of this proposed new education system have already been prepared by the foundation’s research department
Bangladesh Islamic Foundation is moving forward with plans to launch its own line of madrasas where Urdu and Arabic will be given priority.
Draft syllabuses and curricula of this proposed new education system have already been prepared by the foundation’s research department.
Currently, there are two types of madrasas in Bangladesh: state-sponsored Alia madrasas; and Qawmi madrasas that are run on private donations.
Islamic Foundation – …

Bangladesh, Headline »

[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in the daily star, July 28, 2017
Police claimed to have arrested a “Neo JMB” leader, who carried arms and grenades used in the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Dhaka’s Gulshan on July 1 last year, in Singra upazila of Natore early today.
Arrestee Abu Jara alias Rash, one of the key planners of the militant attack, had carried arms and grenades from Chapainawabganj to Dhaka for the attack, Asaduzzaman, superintendent of police in Bogra, told our Natore correspondent.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of detective branch (DB) of police from …