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More young people needed in government advisory committees  Listenfacebook
A former chairman of the Youth Commission, Doctor Philemon Choi, says it's important to include more young people in government advisory committees so that they could help the administration formulate better policies for them. He says there've been very few of them in such bodies in the past. But Doctor Choi says it is important that those who join the committees are given training on policy formulation. He tells Annemarie Evans that if this is not done, their input may not be conducive.
Group to lead campaign for increasing land supply for housing  Listenfacebook
An advocacy group says it's going to push ahead with a campaign to increase the amount of land available for housing. According to the group - known as Momentum 107 - only seven percent of Hong Kong's land area is currently being used for residential purposes. It says that could be increased to eight percent in three years. The group hopes an extra one-and-a-half million flats could be built in the long term - to help resolve the city's housing demand. This follows a survey of 1,000 people the group conducted, which found a majority of the respondents felt there was not enough land for building homes. The poll also found that more than half of them supported developing areas in country parks that have low ecological value. The convenor of Momentum 107, Raymond Ho, spoke to Jim Gould.
India's top court bans Islamic instant divorce  Listenfacebook
India's top court has banned a controversial Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly. The practice enables a Muslim man to divorce a woman by saying 'talaq' or 'divorce' to her three times. The Supreme Court ruled this was unconstitutional and un-Islamic. A panel of five male judges from India's major faiths -- Hinduism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam -- said triple-talaq was "not integral to religious practice and violates constitutional morality". They said it was "manifestly arbitrary" to allow a man to "break down a marriage whimsically and capriciously". RTHK's Delhi correspondent, Murali Krishnan, told Annemarie Evans that the judgment was historic.