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Updated: 2009-10-27 08:36

Make the world a better place to live

Due to the economic slowdown in many parts of the world, leaders of many countries often meet at various international forums to discuss how to get out of this recession, and some countries like China and India have taken very positive and bold steps to stimulate the economy. We can see they are helping their countries as well as other nations. Of course, to realize its full impact, it will take time considering the gravity of the situation.

While this is being addressed by many countries, a more serious challenge facing all of us is the climate change, which again is being widely discussed in all meetings of heads of state. It is hoped that the leaders will come to an understanding in the Copenhagen meeting in December.

At the end of the day the common people will remember the leaders if they can make the world a better place to live by mutual trust, cooperation, generosity and some sort of give-and-take policies on all the issues, as after all we all have rights to live peacefully in this beautiful world.

RNK Krishnan

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Reasons for the 'civil servant fever'

Now it is the time to apply for this year's civil servant recruitment examinations and, again, the time to debate on people's increasing "civil servant fever". Some cast criticism on bureaucrat-oriented consciousness, and others criticize college graduates who try to change their fate through seizing power.

If the bureaucrat-oriented consciousness is the reason for the fever, why did the latter only turn up in the recent decade while the former has been there for thousands of years? To be fair, recent years' "civil servant fever" only reveals the severe situation of job-hunting among college graduates.

China's colleges launched their expansion in 1999. Thereafter, the sharp increase in the number of college graduates has placed great pressure on the job market. It was not until 2003 - the year when the 1999 batch of students flocked to the labor market - that the number of candidates for civil service shot up all of a sudden.

Moreover, colleges' blind expansion has also created structural problems in the labor market. The country's economy is now in dire need of more blue-collar workers, instead of administrative staff and financial advisors. If things do not improve in the near future, the situation will pose a problem to country's economic growth.

The government recruits civil servants in October every year, exactly the time when new graduates start hunting for jobs. Many treat the exam as just an opportunity. As for the "civil servant fever", the college students' career goals are not so much to be blamed as employment pressure.

Ping Fan De Shi Jie

http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_4d8aa63b0100f92y.html

(China Daily 10/27/2009 page8)