HK democratic hopes dashed

March 29, 2013 - 4:14:31 am
HONG KONG: Hopes that Hong Kong’s 2017 election will be democratic have been dashed after a senior Chinese leader said, regardless of the vote, Beijing will have the final say on who is appointed Hong Kong’s next leader. Qiao Xiaoyang, Chairman of the law committee of the National People’s Congress, said China will not allow someone who “confronts” Beijing to become Hong Kong’s leader. “First, the nomination committee will decide. Then voters in Hong Kong will decide. Lastly, the central government will decide whether to appoint or not,” Qiao said.
Privacy law withdrawn
Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s government yesterday backed down from introducing a controversial privacy law following a campaign by journalists who said the move would infringe on press freedoms. Critics slammed the government over a bid to restrict access to information about company directors, after such details were used in a series of investigative reports to expose the hidden wealth of Chinese officials. The government said it would shelve the proposal, which would have allowed company directors to have their residential address and identity card number blocked from public view, to allow time for consultation.
Ghost town on Google Maps
TOKYO: Visitors to Google Maps can now roam virtually through the overgrown streets of an abandoned town where time has stood still since a tsunami crippled Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant two years ago. The mapping site is offering views of the deserted streets of Namie, half of which sits within the 20km (12-mile) no-go zone around the plant, wrecked when the 2011 tsunami crashed into Japan.
Lanka denies BBC claims
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation  (SLBC) yesterday denied meddling with BBC programmes after the later suspended World Service FM broadcasts to the country, alleging interference in Tamil programming. “We have not jammed the programme or edited it,” SLBC Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe said. “They stopped the feed. They have not informed me why they did it,” he said.
2 die, 11 hurt in knife attack
SHANGHAI: A knife-wielding attacker killed two relatives and then attacked 11 people, including six children, outside a school in China’s commercial hub of Shanghai, state media said yesterday.  The man, whose surname was given as Zang, killed his sister and her mother-in-law at their during a dispute over money. He then attacked parents and children outside an elementary school in the suburban district of Fengxian as pupils were coming out.
Bid to kill with poisoned shoes
TOKYO: A man who allegedly tried to kill a woman he was stalking by putting poison in her shoes was arrested yesterday, police said. She did not die, but developed gangrene in part of her left foot. Police said Tatsujiro Fukasawa, 40,  put hydrofluoric acid in her shoes. He is believed to have obtained the chemical at his workplace. He has denied the allegation.