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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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Two lawmakers unseated by election officials’ mistakes   Listenfacebook
It's unclear what happens next after two pro-democracy lawmakers were stripped of their seats in a court ruling that exposed the problems of forcing civil servants to decide on the eligibility of election candidates based on their perceived political stance. Hong Kong's top judge on Tuesday refused to hear an appeal by Au Nok-hin and Gary Fan of an earlier ruling that they were unduly elected because of mistakes made by officials. Damon Pang reports:
Holding by-elections would be ‘best’ response to CFA ruling   Listenfacebook
The convenor of the pan-democrats, Tanya Chan, says by-elections should be held to fill the two seats which the opposition camp lost in Tuesday’s Court of Final Appeal ruling. But with the Legislative Council elections due in less than a year from now, the government is reluctant to do this. Chan told Ian Pooler the impact of the court’s decision will disappoint many voters:
Jobless figures fuel concerns about impact of unrest   Listenfacebook
Unemployment in Hong Kong edged up slightly again last month. But the jobless rate in sectors most affected by the anti-government protests has hit multi-year highs, as Altis Wong reports:
Top official hits out at protest business boycotts   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Edward Yau, has spoken out against a growing trend for people to boycott businesses seen as pro-China or pro-government and spend their money only at companies that support the protest movement. Candice Wong has more:
Government urged to boost HK’s own water supply   Listenfacebook
The Civic Exchange think tank says the government's plans to increase local water supply don't go far enough, and will do little to lower the Hong Kong's reliance on imported Dongjiang water or increase the long-term resilience of its water-supply system in the face of climate change. The think tank says more aggressive, ambitious plans are needed. Dr David von Eiff is an associate researcher with Civic Exchange. Mike Weeks asked him why people should be concerned by the issue when water is so plentiful and cheap in the SAR:
Magnetic bracelets used to cure heartburn   Listenfacebook
The University of Hong Kong’s medical faculty has performed Asia's first operations to cure acid reflux, using a ring of magnetic beans. Under a pilot scheme, patients who've suffered from heartburn for years underwent surgery, which cured them of the problem. Clinical assistant professor Dr Ian Wong told RTHK’s Violet Wong that the new surgical cure is just as effective as existing ones but has fewer side effects: