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How Carrie Lam could end the Hong Kong turmoil in a single speech – with an amnesty for protesters and police, an independent inquiry and more social welfare

After skipping a press conference on Monday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor held a short one largely in Cantonese on Tuesday. It was an opportunity lost; she repeated previous mantras, as though the government has done no work despite being absent from public view. The government holds the solutions for peace in its hands but fiddles while Hong Kong continues to smoulder. No change from Government House means no change. Rich leaders blaming relatively impecunious protesters for… Source link

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Australia’s landmark banking inquiry: Tighter regulations, crackdown on ‘overinflated’ bankers’ salaries to come

A major shake-up of Australia’s massively profitable banking sector is on the cards as a landmark inquiry into abuses in the financial services industry releases its final report on Monday. Sweeping legislative and regulatory changes, a crackdown on the massive pay packets of bankers, and even criminal charges against senior executives could be among the recommendations issued by the royal commission. Major lenders – including the country’s “big four” banks, which are among the developed world’s most wealthy – have been under scrutiny in recent years, over allegations of dodgy…

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Aloysius Pang’s death: Independent committee of inquiry convened to investigate case, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A Committee of Inquiry (COI), chaired for the first time by a State Court-nominated judge, was convened on Jan 25 to look into the circumstances leading to the death of Singapore actor Aloysius Pang while he was on reservist duty, the Defence Ministry (Mindef) announced on Wednesday (Jan 30). Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen will also deliver a ministerial statement addressing recent national service training deaths when Parliament next sits on Feb 11. Since June last year, Mindef has included serving or former judges as people eligible to…

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