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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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Government secures endorsement of its co-location plan   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s lawmakers passed a non-binding motion on Wednesday supporting the government's controversial plan to put part of the express rail terminus in West Kowloon under Beijing's jurisdiction, so mainland border clearance can be carried out there. The expected vote followed three weeks of filibustering by the pro-democracy camp, which argues that allowing mainland laws to be enforced in Hong Kong is unconstitutional. Damon Pang reports:
Details demanded on co-location agreement with Beijing   Listenfacebook
The government hopes to have the agreement with Beijing on a co-located border in Kowloon in place and local legislation enacted by the time high-speed trains start running in less than a year from now. But the convenor of the Co-location Concern Group, Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan, wants more details on the arrangement to allow China's top legislative body to use Article 20 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law to allow the SAR’s government to cede part of the West Kowloon terminus to Beijing. She told Ian Pooler it’s all “very unsatisfactory”:
19 charged over faking concrete tests for mega-bridge   Listenfacebook
Nineteen people have been charged in connection with the scandal over faking test results for concrete used in the massive bridge project to link Hong Kong with Zhuhai and Macau. Candice Wong has the details:
CHP plays down TB outbreak at Shatin school   Listenfacebook
The Centre for Health Protection says there's no need for a secondary school in Sha Tin to suspend classes, despite a tuberculosis outbreak there. Kiangsu-Chekiang College confirmed on Wednesday that seven of its students and a teacher have contracted the airborne disease, as Wendy Wong reports:
Retired judge calls retroactive anthem law ‘interesting’   Listenfacebook
Retired Court of Final Appeal judge Henry Litton has dismissed suggestions that it's "double jeopardy" for the courts to jail three student Occupy leaders after the government sought tougher sentences for them. And on the drafting of a national anthem law here, the retired judge says it would be “interesting” to see if local laws could really be made retroactive, as Maggie Ho reports:
China urged to ban ‘conversion therapy’  Listenfacebook
Human Rights Watch is calling on Beijing to take immediate steps to stop public hospitals and private clinics on the mainland from offering what it calls pseudoscientific therapies aimed at changing a person's sexual orientation. The NGO says so-called "conversion therapy" remains widespread even though homosexuality was decriminalised more than two decades ago, and it was removed from the list of mental disorders in 2001. The treatment can include forced confinement and even electric-shock therapy. Boris Dittrich is LGBT Rights Programme advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. Mike Weeks asked him how “conversion therapy” could still flourish in China when homosexuality is not a crime: