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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler


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Police deny any role in HKUST student’s fall   Listenfacebook
Clashes erupted on Tuesday night around two Tseung Kwan O housing estates, near where a University of Science and Technology student fell from a car park early Monday morning as police fired tear gas nearby. Barricades went up and at least one petrol bomb was thrown, while riot squads responded with tear gas. The violence continued until the police withdrew at about 2am Wednesday. Earlier, the force denied allegations that officers were at fault for the life-threatening injuries suffered by the student, as Wendy Wong reports:
Protesters remember the 5th of November   Listenfacebook
In Tsim Sha Tsui, the police force wheeled out its water cannon vehicle to disperse protesters who'd gathered in their hundreds on streets in the tourist area on Tuesday night to mark one month since the government invoked colonial-era emergency regulations to ban the wearing of masks at demonstrations. Many were wearing Guy Fawkes masks, as Cecil Wong reports:
Government looks at feasibility of pardoning protesters   Listenfacebook
Despite the unrelenting demonstrations and violence of the past five months, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has indicated there'll be no change in her government's policy towards the protests and that it has the full backing of President Xi Jinping. She was speaking to reporters in Shanghai before heading to Beijing for talks on Wednesday with China's point man on Hong Kong, Vice Premier Han Zheng. Lam also ruled out a general amnesty for people arrested at protests since June. But the door may be open to the possible pardoning of some people convicted of protest-related crimes after sources told RTHK that the government is looking into the feasibility of such a move. Altis Wong has the details:
MPs call for BNO passport holders to be given UK residency   Listenfacebook
An influential committee of British lawmakers has urged the next UK government to consider giving holders of British National (Overseas) passports the right to live and work there. They've also expressed concern about the continuing presence of British judges on Hong Kong's top court. Steve Dunthorne has more:
EDB ‘has been successful’ in lowering concerns over TSA   Listenfacebook
The Education Bureau says students' performance in Chinese language, English and mathematics remains steady, based on the latest report of the Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) submitted by the Examinations and Assessment Authority. The TSA has come under fire in the past for putting stress on the Primary Three pupils who are assessed, and leading to them being "drilled". But the Education Bureau says "enhancements" introduced last year have helped to allay these concerns. Ian Pooler asked Mervyn Cheung, from the Hong Kong Education Policy Concern Organization, if that was true:
Paper towels and air dryers – a haven for bugs   Listenfacebook
It may not come as much of a surprise to learn that public toilets are not always the cleanest of places, but it may come as news that drying your hands can expose you to all sorts of germs. A study by the Polytechnic University has found that air dryers and paper towels can contain a host of germs: from bugs that can cause skin or urinary tract infections, up to a small percent that are resistant to antibiotics. One of the lead researchers, Dr Gilman Siu, told Jimmy Choi that cleaning public toilets more frequently and thoroughly would make a lot of difference: