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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler


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HK urged to keep pushing for more answers in booksellers’ case  Listenfacebook
The three Causeway Bay booksellers, of whom nothing has been heard since they disappeared on the mainland in November, are being investigated there for some sort of illegal activity. This was confirmed for the first time by the Guangdong Public Security Bureau in a letter received by Hong Kong police on Thursday. It did not go into details, but said that Lui Por, Cheung Chi-Ping and Lam Wing-kee were suspected to be involved in a case related to Gui Min-hai. It also included another note from their colleague Lee Bo, declining a request from Hong Kong officers to meet him. But the police say they still want to talk to him about his disappearance from Hong Kong at the end of December. William Nee is a researcher at Amnesty International. Mike Weeks asked him if the letter from Guangdong tells Hong Kong anything other than what was widely suspected: that the three men are in the hands of state security on the mainland:
Controversy over TSA tests not resolved   Listenfacebook
Doubts have been expressed about the government's plan to slim down the controversial Territory-Wide System Assessment. That's one of the recommendations of the TSA review committee, which will also see 90 percent of publically-subsidised schools exempted from the assessments for one year. That will leave about 50 schools to take the slimmed-down version of the controversial TSA tests, which it's hoped will be the basis for future assessments. Ip Kin-yuen represents the education sector in the Legeislative Council and is also the vice-president of the Professional Teachers' Union. Mike Weeks asked him if it will be difficult for the 50 selected schools to get out of being guinea pigs for the TSA:
Number of HK smokers lowest on record  Listenfacebook
The percentage of people in Hong Kong who smoke has dropped to a record low. About 10 percent of people aged 15 and older were smokers last year. The government says that's down from nearly a quarter in 1982. But the data shows an increasing number of secondary school students are vaping. Ian Pooler asked the Under Secretary for Health, Sophia Chan, how the number of smokers in Hong Kong compare with other countries: