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China slams door shut on full Hong Kong democracy in 2017 vote BEIJING/HONG KONG: China's parliament said on Sunday it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for a landmark election in Hong Kong in 2017, a move likely to trigger mass protests in the city's Central business district by disappointed democracy activists.The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) said it had endorsed a framework to let only two or three candidates run in a 2017 vote for Hong Kong's next leader. All candidates must first obtain majority backing from a nominating committee likely to be stacked with Beijing loyalists.The relatively tough decision by the NPC - China's final arbiter on the city's democratic affairs - makes it almost impossible for opposition democrats to get on the ballot."This is a legal, fair and reasonable decision. It is a dignified, prudent decision, and its legal effect is beyond doubt," Li Fei, the deputy secretary general of the NPC standing committee, told ...

India's Modi arrives in Japan for visit TOKYO: India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew into Japan Saturday on a five-day official visit as their governments seek to boost security ties and counter a increasingly assertive China.Modi arrived at Kansai International Airport near Osaka, western Japan, by special plane for a night in the nearby ancient city of Kyoto where he was to have an unofficial dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a foreign ministry official said.The Indian leader will visit ...
Indian investigators drop coal scam case against billionaire Birla NEW DELHI: India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has closed a coal scam case against billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla and a former top bureaucrat that emerged in 2012 after an auditor's report on revenue loss to the exchequer from allocations of coal blocks.The CBI filed the case against Birla and former Coal Secretary P.C. Parakh last year in relation to a block allocated in 2005 to Hindalco Industries, part of the $40 billion Aditya Birla ...
Banking for all to end ‘financial untouchability’: Modi NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised on Thursday to end "financial untouchability" with a scheme to ensure the majority of households in his country of nearly 1.3 billion people has a bank account within months.If successful, the scheme could help mend strained state finances by better targeting billions of dollars in welfare spending as well as relieving poverty in a country where about 40 percent of the population has no access to banking."Mahatma ...
Abdullah boycotts Afghan election audit: spokesman KABUL: Afghanistan's fraud-hit election teetered on the brink of collapse Wednesday when one candidate boycotted the UN-supervised vote audit set up to end a prolonged dispute over the rightful winner."We will not join the process today, and maybe we will not re-join the process at all," Fazel Aqa Hussain Sancharaki, a spokesman for Abdullah Abdullah, told AFP.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Bangladesh court charges 147 opposition supporters over blast DHAKA: A court in Bangladesh on Monday ordered the trial of nearly 150 people, including senior leaders of the main opposition party, over an explosion outside their headquarters last year.The move to charge 147 people with setting off explosives in the capital Dhaka came as the opposition mounted fresh protests to try to unseat a government they say is illegal.Hundreds of opposition supporters have been charged since violent protests over disputed elections held in January ...
Temple stampede in central India kills at least 10: official NEW DELHI: A stampede killed at least 10 people and injured more than 60 in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Monday as pilgrims gathered at a temple, an official said."A stampede broke out very early this morning, around 5:30 or so, where five women and five men have died," police control room official Vinay Kumar Singh told AFP by phone."The place is still very chaotic and crowded, but police and ambulances have ...

 



 
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