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Macau’s government and people need to learn more about typhoons Listen
An editor at Macau's TDM station, Joao Pinto, says people in Macau don’t seem to realise how much devastation a typhoon can cause. He says the enclave hasn’t been hit by a strong typhoon like Hato for the past two to three decades, and the people living there don’t seem to be well-prepared to deal with one if it comes along. Pinto says Typhoon Hato has also shown that the government of Macau is not ready to cope with such a storm. He tells Annemarie Evans that there is also a need to look into how buildings are constructed in the city as some had their windows completely shattered by the strong winds.
MTR’s fine “an insult”, says lawmaker Listen
The vice-chairman of Legco ’s transport panel, Kwok Ka-ki, has described the government’s decision to fine the MTR Corporation HK$2 million as an insult. The penalty was imposed for the service disruption on the Kwun Tong Line on August 5 that lasted more than 10 hours. Kwok, from the Civic Party, alleges that the railway had not acted entirely frankly over the matter. He tells Ben Tse that the fine was not in line with the requirements and failed to reflect the chaos that ensued after passenger services were affected.
India's top court says privacy is a fundamental right Listen
India's Supreme Court has ruled that citizens have a constitutional right to privacy, a landmark decision that could jeopardise a government programme with biometric data on over a billion people. Privacy is not explicitly mentioned in the Indian constitution and the government has argued that the country's 1.25 billion people have no absolute right to it. But the top court said the right to privacy was enshrined in the constitution, a ruling which civil liberties campaigners hailed as a milestone. "The right of privacy is a fundamental right", the nine judges deciding the case said in a unanimous ruling. RTHK’s Delhi correspondent, Murali Krishnan, spoke to Annemarie Evans about the ruling.