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Home prices continue to hit record levels Listen
Home prices are continuing to hit record levels, rising for the 17th straight month in August, and prompting an official warning that the market may be overheated. Private property prices have gone up by more than 10 percent since the start of this year, and rents for private flats are also at historic levels. HKMA Chief Executive Norman Chan said members of the public and banks should be aware of the potential risks, including people's ability to repay loans when interest rates go up, or if the economy heads south. The figures coincided with the announcement that the government has made three plots of land available for sale in the last quarter of this year with the capacity for more than 1,000 flats. The biggest site - more than 1.1 hectares - is at the junction of Lion Rock Tunnel Road and Lung Cheung Road in Kowloon Tong. Todd Harding asked the chief economist at the Bank of Communications, K.C. Law, whether the latest figures suggest that a property bubble has formed.
Liaison Office chief to meet pan-democrats Listen
The new director of Beijing's liaison office, Wang Zhimin, says there's no room for Hong Kong independence "anywhere in the world". He said Chinese people have zero tolerance for the idea - and that's not just on Chinese soil. Mr Wang also stressed that Beijing's policy on Hong Kong has not changed since the handover. He also said he'll be meeting with pan-democrats - because liaising with different sectors of society has always been part of the job of his office. Last week, Mr Wang replaced Zhang Xiaoming as Beijing's top official in the SAR, after Zhang was promoted to head the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in the capital. Jim Gould asked the Convenor of the pro-democracy camp in Legco, Charles Mok, what he made of Mr Wang's comments.
Deadly stampede at railway station in Mumbai Listen
A rush-hour stampede at a railway station in India's financial hub, Mumbai, has resulted in a number of deaths and dozens of injuries. Local hospitals say at least 22 people have been killed on a pedestrian bridge linking the Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations. RTHK's correspondent in India, Murali Krishnan, spoke to Jim Gould: