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Chinese premier criticises lazy officials as corrupt BEIJING: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has once more laid down the law with government workers who are trying to kept a low profile amidst a corruption crackdown, saying that "just muddling along" is exactly the same as actually being corrupt.Li has already this year criticised officials for being "lazy and slack" in implementing Beijing's policy directives as they kept their heads down to stay out of trouble during President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-graft campaign.In remarks released by the government on Thursday following a cabinet meeting the day before, Li struck a similar tone, but used even stronger language."'Cleanliness' and 'working hard' are two sides of the same coin. If you can't be clean then you are corrupt, and if you can't work hard then that is covert corruption," Li was quoted as saying."Holding down your job without doing a stroke of work is corruption, as is doing nothing while in ...

HK demos throw Beijing propaganda machine into overdrive BEIJING: Fearful of comparisons to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, Beijing has launched a dual effort to suppress news of swelling pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong while giving a heavy spin to what information it allows to get through, analysts say.Scenes of the massive, yet peaceful, protests that have taken over the streets of the former British colony are being flashed around the world, where the reaction has been mostly supportive. On the Chinese mainland, ...
Taliban bombs hit Afghan army vehicles, killing at least seven KABUL: Two Taliban suicide bombers carried out separate attacks on Afghan army vehicles in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 15, the government said, a day after Afghanistan signed security deals with Nato and the United States. The agreements will allow foreign troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani."An Afghan army bus and another car ...
Five more lifeless bodies found on Japan volcano: official TOKYO: The lifeless bodies of five more people have been discovered on the Japanese volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said, taking to 36 the feared death toll."We have newly found five more people in cardiac arrest on the mountain," a Nagano prefectural police spokesman told AFP.First responders use the phrase of someone who appears dead but has not yet been certified by a doctor.The news came as rescuers called off their search for ...
China's Xi publishes book on governance BEIJING: China has published a book of President Xi Jinping's remarks, state media reported Monday, as his profile in the country's carefully scripted press eclipses all recent leaders except Mao Zedong.According to a notice late Sunday by the State Council Information Office, "Xi Jinping: The Governance of China" contains 79 articles highlighting Xi's speeches, instructions and other remarks since he became head of the ruling Communist Party in November 2012.It also features 45 photos of ...
Japan resumes search for victims of volcanic eruption TOKYO: More than 500 rescuers in Japan resumed searching on Monday for victims of a volcano that erupted without warning at the weekend, leaving four confirmed dead and 27 presumed to have perished in a sudden rain of ash and stone.Searchers headed for the summit of Mount Ontake, turned into an eerie moonscape by a thick layer of grey ash, where most of the victims of Japan's first fatal volcanic eruption since 1991 are believed ...
Ashraf Ghani: Afghan 'free spirit' becomes president KABUL: Ashraf Ghani is an intellectual high-achiever with a famous temper who proudly describes himself as a "free spirit". Now he must prove himself to be a unifying leader who can tackle Afghanistan's vast problems.Ghani, 65, enjoyed a stellar career as an academic and economist after leaving Afghanistan in 1977, only returning 24 years later to pursue his dream of rebuilding the country.He studied at New York's Columbia University, before teaching in the United States ...


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