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Our main evening newscast. Weekdays 18:00 - 19:00.
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2017-08-14
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Improving fire safety standards could take years  Listenfacebook
Civic Party legislator Jeremy Tam says the government’s plan to raise fire safety standards in old industrial buildings could take years. The Security Secretary John Lee had said legislation would be tabled in the coming year after a fire in an old industrial building in Kwai Chung killed three people on Saturday. Tam says even if the legislation is enacted, issues like owners’ willingness and affordability could arise. He tells Annemarie Evans that changes to the buildings’ usage could provide a way out.
Wheelchair-accessible minibuses may not be a success  Listenfacebook
Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung says he’s not optimistic that the introduction of wheelchair-accessible minibuses will turn out to be a success. He says they’re more expensive than the ones currently running on the roads and the government should shoulder part of the high cost. Cheung tells Jim Gould that this would encourage a wider use of the minibuses and they can alleviate the serious problem people using wheelchairs are facing when going to hospitals – especially those built on hills.

India’s Independence Day overshadowed by death of 60 children  Listenfacebook
India will celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday to mark 70 years since the end of British colonial rule, but also the controversial partition with Pakistan and Bangladesh, which resulted in tens of thousands of deaths. But preparations to mark the anniversary have been overshadowed by the deaths of 60 children last week in a hospital in the state of Uttar Pradesh. RTHK's Delhi correspondent Murali Krishnan started off by telling Annemarie Evans about the preparations for Independence Day.

Hong Kong takes another pounding in rugby game  Listenfacebook
At the Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland, Hong Kong have taken another pounding – this time at the hands of four-times World Cup winners, New Zealand. Jim Gould asked the Hong Kong coach, Jo Hull, if New Zealand was much stronger than she had expected.