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  • China: Demographic changes ahead

    28. April 2011

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    China has the same problem as europe: Too many old, and too less young to feed them. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    China’s population is aging very fast and more and more people like to live in cities, the chinese Government reported on Thursday. The last year national census report questioned if China should continue its one-child-policy. The census also showed that there is a sharp drop in the number of young people of China. The percentage of people over the age of 60 increased by 13.3 percent from 2000, and the percentage of young people (under the age of 14)  is only 16.6 percent. So the number of young people turned down 6.3 percent from 2000.

    The rapid aging of the chinese population has fueled uncertainties and worries over China. It seems difficult for China to sustain its high economic growth because there are only a few people available to work and learn new things in industries and factories. China can face many difficulties to build roads of success that transforms China into the world’s biggest economy after the United States.

    Census and demographic shifts indicates that China will grow old before it becomes well off enough per capita basis, so that the few young people can support the social system for old fellow citizens. The census released on thursday at a news conference indicates that about 49.7 %  of the 1.34 billion population are living in cities. The increase in population is 73.9 million, which is a slower rate than in previous decades; this population rate is equal to Turkey, Texas and California.

    Currently China’s government limited urban couples to one child and rural families to two. Many experts talked about this issue that whether China will relax that policy or not. The speculation has also raised that despite this fact the president of China, Hu Jintao, forced to maintain this strict family planning policy to keep the birth rate low in China.

    Wang Feng, director of Brookingd – Tsinghua Center and population expert said that confirmed about low birth rates and substantial migration flows after the census results. This policy reduced the traditional preference of large families and poverty. But there is an increasing number of serious concerns and side effects of this policy, such as rapidly aging population and selective abortions of girls.

    Commissioners of the National Bureau of Statistics informed about the problems faced by China due to aging population. Wang said that it is the first time in history that half of the chinese population is currently urbanized which is one the great social and economic change.

    The president of China, Hu Jintao, told on Tuesday that the country will stick on this strict family planning policy with low birth rate. He also stated that social securities and services fora number of older people should be improved. He also expressed concerns about the formulation of strategies to cope with more retirees.

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    Britain Royal Wedding

    27. April 2011

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    (Foto:Gero Breloer/AP/dapd)

    Prince William and Kate Middleton will get married on Friday – 29 April. Guests that attend this royal wedding will be required to pass through a strict system of security checks before they can enter Westminster Abbey. However, it is not cleared how London police will handle this security system.

    Five thousands police officers are in uniform and some in plain clothes will blend with the crowd to protect their friends and family from any potential threats.

    This royal wedding will include hundreds of VIP’s, such as British and foreign royal families, diplomats, celebrities and politicians – they all will be gathered in one place. A security breach will be considered as a serious embarrassment.

    One million spectators will be expected between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on Friday. The royal couple will travel through this route after the finish of the wedding ceremony on their way to the Buckingham Palace for the reception. Police will allow asking spectators for their suspicions behavior.

    The Police is actually concerned about domestic anarchists who organize recent demonstrations in London, and small but violent dissident republication groups from Northern Ireland. A Numbers of protestors arrested during the demonstration will be banned on Friday. Police declared that they had banned the extremist group MAC (Muslim against Crusades) from protesting outside the church on Friday.

    Royal weddings have a serious potential threat of terrorism such as London has suffered on July 7th, 2005 with the bombing of the public transit system. To protect from a major incident, cameras will be used on grounds and flying helicopters to watch the crowd and identify any suspicious behavior.

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    Croatian and Bulgarian Prime Ministers meet for Business Ties

    27. April 2011

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    Boyko Borisov and Jadranka Kosor at their meeting.(Foto:STR/AP/dapd)

    Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor has been welcomed by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov at an official ceremony. They hold a meeting after the ceremony. Prime minister Borisov said that Bulgaria supports Croatia’s European integration. The Culture prime minister of Bulgaria signed a culture cooperation program with the Croatian Ministry of Culture.

    The draft of this cultural program was approved on 12th January 2011 at Government’s meeting. This document includes both countries cooperation in theater, book translation, literature, publishing, library, exhibition, museum affairs, music festivals, dancing, cinema, copyright between 2011 and 2013. Both countries have also made commitments to preserve historical and cultural heritage.

    The two prime ministers focused on a boost in economic and trade ties. Bulgarian delegation includes the Minister of Culture, Economy and Energy named Vezhdi Rashidov, Traicho Traikov respectively.

    This is the second high-level visit between Bulgarian and Croatian Prime Ministers. Bulgaria is the first country that will ratify the Croatia’s EU treaty of Accession voiced by Bulgarian Prime minister. Prime Minister Kosor talked about her country’s progress in chapter 8 and 23 includes justice, shipping and judicial reforms fight with corruption.

    Bulgarian Prime Minister has also invited Croatian construction companies to carry out highway construction tenders in Bulagria because Croatian building companies got rich experience in the construction of highways.

    Prime Minister Kosor of Croatia stated that she wants to increase the number of Bulgarian tourists in her country. Bulgaria has lowest debt and lowest deficit in EU. The Bulgarian government also released positive report on corruption and political fight.

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    Sathya Sai Baba Died

    26. April 2011

    In India, a religious leader admired by millions for his spiritual powers, has died on Sunday, 24th April. Thousands of his followers paid last respects to Sahtya Sai Baba.

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    Sathya Sai Baba passed away. (Foto: Rafiq Maqbool/AP/dapd)

    Sai Baba’s death on Sunday, 24th April caused an outburst of grief from his followers including Indian stars, athletes, politicians and industrialists. He was a pious and noble person who helped others with charitable trust donations. He was recognized with his frizzy dark hairs and orange long robes gowns (Orange is the holy color of India).

    The guru was 84 years of age. He was born in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh and had an ashram named Puttparti. His named was Sathyanarayana. He was very intelligent in his childhood and had not any kind of interest in worldly things. At the age of 14, he was announced that he was a reincarnation of Sai Baba Shirdi.

    After his death, thousands of his believers flocked the ashram’s main auditorium. His body was displayed in a glass coffin and was covered by flower garlands; followers in his ashrams auditorium prayed for him. Police controlled the road crowd and traffic. There is a huge stack of shoes of those people who was entering the ashram.
    Sai Baba admitted to a hospital on 28th March because of  heart and lung problems. Sai Baba’s body will be buried on Wednesday in Puttaparthi.

    The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Manmohan Singh, said that the country can never forget Sai Baba’s presence and his meaningful life.

    Many rationalists criticized him that his miracles are fakes. He was also reported to alleged sexually abused devotees. However, this criticism didn’t reduce the number of his followers.

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