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Shanghai, Zhejiang to pilot gaokao reforms

Zhejiang province and Shanghai both announced new plans for the gaokao in the hope of improving the quality of education.

Alibaba soars 38% in trading debut

Alibaba Group ended its first day of trading at $93.89 a piece, surging 38 percent following a record IPO in the US.

Going the extra mile for new iPhones

Buyers from the Chinese mainland were among the first in line on Friday in Japan to grab the iPhone 6 Plus.

Guangdong visit for legislators mulled

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is proposing a visit to Guangdong province for all Legislative Council members in October.

Xi praises contributors to China-India friendship

Manorama Kotnis, the 93-year-old younger sister of an old friend of the Chinese people, the...

China closes 1.8 m networking accounts in porn crackdown

China has closed 1.8 million social networking and instant messaging accounts in a campaign...

Abe seeks summit with S.Korea's Park

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe asked S.Korean President Park Geun-hye for a summit meeting in a let...

GSK fined $492m, managers jailed

The fine was slapped and executives jailed for paying bribes in what is a record penalty fo...

Opinion

Time is right to rejuvenate Hong Kong-India relations

Hong Kong has a significant Indian community and much in common with India such as the British-derived law and the English lang...

Hong Kong SAR can be a democratic model

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) unanimously (170 votes) passed a draft resolution on Hong Kong’s elec...

Pyongyang gives sports diplomacy full play

The 17th Asian Games opens on Sept 19 in Incheon, the Republic of Korea, and has been aptly themed "Diversity Shines Here".

Alibaba IPO a caveat for regulators

After its initial public offering (IPO) on New York Stock Exchange, Alibaba is expected to become the third-biggest Internet company li...

Asia-Pacific adapting to changes

The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing some profound changes, and its economies should be prepared for possible reshaping of economic ...

Nation

China mulls simplified application for green cards

A plan to make it easier for foreigners to obtain a Chinese green card is to be considered by the Shanghai pilot free trade zone.

Drivers can let the train take strain on holiday

People in Beijing now have another option to take their car to a destination: by having their vehicles transported by rail.

China closes 1.8 m networking accounts in porn crackdown

China has closed 1.8 million social networking and instant messaging accounts in a campaign to purge the Internet of obscene contents.

Indian state TV sacks anchor over China blunder

A news anchor for India's state TV channel has been fired after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as "Eleven" Jingping.

'Old newcomers'

The elderly now form the backbone of childcare in China.

Chinese entrepreneur powering up India

Electrical shortages offer opportunity for energy company.

General aviation hub reaches for the sky

As China's private aircraft sector prepares for takeoff, reform is desperately needed.

Endangered species threatens livelihoods

Wild Asian elephants have been wreaking havoc in villages in Southwest China as their habitat is destroyed and they're forced to search for food.

HK

CE proposes Guangdong visit for lawmakers

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is proposing a visit to Guangdong province for all Legislative Council members in October.

Most oppose student activism: Poll

A survey revealed that 70 percent of respondents felt secondary school students should not boycott classes.

Lifeguards threaten more strikes

The city's lifeguards are threatening further industrial action after a holiday strike failed to bring the government to talks.

Jimmy Lai's aide visits ICAC

The aide of Next Media chairman Jimmy Lai visited the ICAC headquarters on Friday, after a similar visit by Lai two days ago.

Focus HK

The flute-player from Shaanxi

Tonight when Maestro Yan Hui-chang lifts his baton to lead a huge ensemble of musicians from Hong Kong and Zhejiang, he will have touched yet another milestone in a long and distinguished career.

A ‘bridge’ for neighbors

Two budding entrepreneurs have teamed up using technology to link up ‘people in the virtual world with those in the physical world’ for the benefit of communities.

Focus Hong Kong

Asia

Jailed US citizen seeks arrest deliberately: DPRK

US citizen Miller Matthew Todd had sought arrest deliberately to investigate human rights situation in prisons, said KNCA.

Turkish hostages seized in Iraq freed

49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in the northern Iraq in June have been brought safely back to Turkey.

Abe seeks summit with S.Korea's Park amid frosty tie

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye for a summit meeting in a letter handed over on Friday.

France launches first air strikes in Iraq

France said on Friday its jets had launched strikes inside Iraq for the first time.

On the rise

Stock Markets rally on improved corporate governance, financial reforms and higher liquidity.

Jumping on the ‘through train’

Initiative between Shanghai, Hong Kong stock exchanges is expected to spur wider market integration in the region.

Asia Weekly

Business

Hyundai directors 'kept in dark' on $10b land bid

Hyundai Motor and two listed affiliates reportedly did not seek board clearance for the size of their record $10b bid for a plot of land in Seoul.

Business outlook sags again

Business confidence among Chinese entrepreneurs fell in the third quarter, marking the third consecutive quarter of decline.

Alibaba soars 38% in trading debut

Alibaba Group ended its first day of trading at $93.89 a piece, surging 38 percent following a record IPO in the US.

Eye on Asia

Disasters hit more people than conflicts

Natural disasters displaced three times more people last year than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to support vulnerable people, according to a study released on Wednesday.

How typhoons are named

Typhoon Kalmaegi struck China's southernmost island of Hainan on Tuesday morning carrying with it wind and rain reaching 144 km/h. Who names typhoons and what's the reasoning behind the process?

New Silk Road 'important to Sri Lanka'

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiative of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Sport

China trio win 1st gold at Incheon Asian Games

Chinese shooters Guo Wenjun, Zhang Mengyuan and Zhou Qingyuan won the women's 10m air pistol team event Saturday morning.

Indonesia named 2018 Asiad host

Indonesia was formally named the host country for the 2018 Asian Games on Saturday, filling the void created when Vietnam relinquished its hosting rights over financial concerns.

Li Na hangs up her racket

Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries.

Full throttle

From automotive to filmmaking, multibillionaire magnate thrives by leading his firm into highly diversified territory.

On the cusp of change

Scion of prominent Malaysian political family set CIMB Group on track to become leading financial services firm in Asia.

Diamond dwellings

Founder of luxury property business in Australia ensures her high-end Chinese clients are eased into their new environment.

Life Style

Flying into the future

Drones are being built that can deliver pizzas, herd sheep and steal your identity.

Alec Baldwin passionate about green energy

Alec Baldwin says he is passionate about green energy and is hoping next week's UN climate summit brings home to Americans that the United States has fallen behind other countries in promoting wind and solar power.

Quirky News

Burger King's latest meal is the new black

Burger King Japan is going back on black as it added black cheese in Kuro burgers Friday.

Indian anchor sacked over China blunder

A news anchor for India's state TV channel has been fired after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as "Eleven" Jingping.

Facebook 'wipes out' drag queens' existence

San Francisco drag queens met with Facebook demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online.

Video

A broken neighborhood

Hugo Tsang traveled more than 100 kilometers across Kwun Tong with his camera, recording the opinions of Kwun Tong’s longtime residents of the government’s urban renewal plan. He has rigged up a mobile screening platform, hoping to draw more public attention to the vagaries of ‘insensitive urban renewal’.

Expert calls for protection for retirees

Nelson Chow, who wrote the latest retirement protection report, believes the introduction of a universal pension scheme will improve the government’s popularity, Joseph Li writes

Strike a balance in standard working hours

It is too early to talk about standard working hour legislation, said chairman of the Standard Working Hours Committee Leong Che-hung.

Special

Stimulus measures not the answer to growth: Economist

Experts split over whether the mainland’s growth pattern could be dictated by further packages to prop up the slowed economy

Roundtable

Empowering HK’s logistics industry

The government and the logistics sector need a long-term strategy for land, infrastructure, and policy, as well as industry talents development to support the local industry’s bid to transform into high value-added services providers.

Tapping the mainland’s e-commerce potential

Glamour Sales China, the pan Asian authorized luxury private sales company...