Newswindow: China’s Xi Jinping assumes full power in delicate balancing act

China’s new Communist Party leader,Xi Jinping,completed his formal transition to power Thursday,assuming the presidency during a parliamentary meeting

Published: March 15, 2013 1:48:10 am

China’s Xi Jinping assumes full power in delicate balancing act

HONG KONG: China’s new Communist Party leader,Xi Jinping,completed his formal transition to power Thursday,assuming the presidency during a parliamentary meeting which has sent signals that his government will try to be more responsive to an impatient public while defending the party’s top-down control. The National People’s Congress anointed Xi as president four months after he was appointed as Communist Party general secretary and chairman of the Central Military Commission,giving him all three offices – party,army and state – through which he is likely to wield power for the next decade. Among the 2,956 delegates who cast valid ballots in the Great Hall of the People,one contrary soul voted against Xi,while three abstained. NYT

28 pc SA schoolgirls are HIV positive: minister

Johannesburg: As many as 28 per cent of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive,according to figures from the country’s health minister reported by local media Thursday. Unveiling statistics that minister Aaron Motsoaledi admitted “destroyed my soul”,he added four per cent schoolboys have the virus. “It is clear it is not young boys who are sleeping with these girls. It is old men,” the Sowetan newspaper quoted Motsoaledi as saying.

Motsoaledi called for an end to the trend of young girls becoming involved with “sugar daddies”.

Motsoaledi also revealed that 94,000 South African schoolgirls got pregnant in 2011,some aged as young as 10. South Africa has one of the world’s highest HIV/AIDS infection rates . PTI

Indian-origin American Idol contestant found singing at NY subway station

New York: Sanjaya Malakar,the Indian-origin singer who was a contestant on the sixth season of American Idol,was photographed performing at a New York subway station recently. The photo showed the 23-year-old singer,along with a few other musicians,singing inside the First Avenue L station,reported In Touch Weekly. “He was singing (Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay,” an eyewitness said. While his crazy hairstyles and vocal skills got him the attention on the show,today he’s still got folks doing “double takes”,the eyewitness added. Malakar gained national attention on the 2007 series of Idol,crooned his way to seventh place with public votes. After Idol,Malakar made many TV guest appearances. PTI

17 Pakistanis linked to CIA bin Laden plot reinstated

Abbottabad: A Pakistani court reinstated in their jobs Thursday 17 health workers fired last year for allegedly participating in a CIA scheme to confirm the presence of Osama bin Laden in a town in northwest Pakistan,defence lawyer Javed Awan said. The court order affected 16 female health workers and one male whom a government health department suspended last year for failing to inform authorities about Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi’s fake vaccination campaign. The workers insist they did not know Afridi was working for the CIA. The campaign aimed to collect blood samples from bin Laden’s family to show the al-Qaeda leader was in Abbottabad,where he was later killed in a US raid in May 2011. Pakistan strongly protested the raid,considering it a violation of the country’s sovereignty. AP

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