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Our main evening newscast. Weekdays 18:00 - 19:00.
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2019-01-22
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Govt urged not to rush back into toll plan after climbdown  Listenfacebook
Pro-government lawmakers are urging the administration not to rush back in to try to push through controversial plans to adjust tolls at three cross-harbour tunnels. The government was forced to pull a motion from Legco at the last minute after it became clear that the council wouldn't back its plans to try to spread out traffic between the crossings by raising tolls at the eastern and cross-harbour tunnels, while lowering charges for the western crossing. But transport minister Frank Chan says there's little room to change the proposal, and officials will continue lobby lawmakers to shore up support. But pro-government lawmakers, including the Liberal Party's Frankie Yick, says authorities should just wait and see how the new Wanchai-to-Central bypass affects traffic before moving forward with any toll adjustments. He spoke to Annemarie Evans:
Pan-dems agree to meet Matthew Cheung over CSSA change  Listenfacebook
Pan-democratic lawmakers are planning to meet the Chief Secretary, Matthew Cheung, on Thursday, to press the government to scrap plans to tighten age requirements for elderly welfare payments. The administration wants to raise the minimum age for elderly CSSA payments from 60 to 65 starting next month, and unveiled a new subsidy last week for dole recipients aged 60 to 64 to offset their losses. But the pan-dems aren't happy with that. They're also not happy that the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, met only with pro-establishment legislators last week, before announcing the subsidy. Now she has flown off to Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum, leaving Matthew Cheung to face their demands. Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung told Jim Gould he'll be among a group of around eight lawmakers who'll be meeting the Chief Secretary:
Death toll from Taliban attack rises  Listenfacebook
Afghan officials say at least 65 security personnel are now known to have died in a devastating attack on an intelligence base in Wardak province on Monday. More than forty others were wounded in the assault on the National Directorate for Security compound in Maidan Shahr city, about 50 km south of the capital, Kabul. The Taliban said it carried out the attack, which renewed security concerns about the war-torn country. Annemarie Evans asked South Asia correspondent Murali Krishnan what the Taliban's aims are: