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Government doesn't want unregulated vehicles to carry passengers: transport expert Listen
The government has effectively ruled out legalising Uber. In its Public Transport Strategy Report, it also rejected the taxi trade's proposal to turn some of their vehicles into "premium taxis" - after riders complained of poor service. But The Transport Secretary, Anthony Cheung, says the next administration will push ahead with the government's plan to introduce 600 premium taxis to the market. He also says officials will consider building a new rail line to connect northwest New Territories with the urban areas. Transport expert Dr Hung Wing-tat, who is a fellow of the Hong Kong Society of Transport Studies, tells Jim Gould that the government doesn't want unregulated vehicles to carry passengers.
Probe urged over tree cutting that killed wild birds Listen
The Hong Kong Birdwatching Society has slammed the government for cutting trees in Tai Po that killed at least six newborn egrets. Its Conservation Officer, Woo Ming-chuan, says the relevant departments took action after receiving complaints about bird muck. But she says there were birds, their nests and chicks on the trees. Woo tells Annemarie Evans that it is also the breeding season for birds and the departments’ response was unlawful, and should be investigated by the police.
Gunmen attack Iran’s parliament Listen
Gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked Iran's parliament and the shrine of its revolutionary leader, killing at least 12 people, wounding dozens and igniting an hours-long siege at the legislature that ended with four attackers dead. The Islamic State group claimed the attacks, marking the first time the Sunni extremists have taken responsibility for an assault in Shiite-majority Iran. The militants are at war with Iranian-backed forces in Syria and Iraq, and view Shiites as apostates. Paul Rogers, a Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in Britain, spoke to Annemarie Evans about the attacks.