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


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Taiwan moves ahead on visa for murder suspect Chan Tong-kai   Listenfacebook
A murder case that was the trigger for last year's massive social unrest and the subsequent clamp down by Beijing could soon be resolved. Taiwan says the suspect, Chan Tong-kai, can apply for a visa through the island's office in Hong Kong to face murder charges on the island. Sean Kennedy reports:
Families of HK 12 demand release of Flying Service data  Listenfacebook
Relatives of the 12 Hong Kong residents, held in Shenzhen for allegedly entering mainland waters illegally, have demanded to know whether the Government Flying Service tracked the group before they were picked up by the Guangdong coastguard. Activists say they have new information suggesting Hong Kong police asked for aircraft to be sent out on the day the 12 were captured. Joanne Wong reports:
GBA voting plan blasted as a poll-rigging attempt  Listenfacebook
Pan-democrats say any move to allow people living on the mainland to vote in the Legislative Council elections would be a blatant attempt to rig the polls. Sing Tao Daily earlier reported that the government will shortly announce plans to set up polling stations in the Greater Bay Area for Hong Kong people there. Damon Pang reports:
Compulsory testing urged as Covid-19 cases rise again   Listenfacebook
The government is studying whether it's possible to make coronavirus tests mandatory for more people, to get a better picture of the outbreak for more effective infection control. This was revealed by Health Secretary Sophia Chan on Thursday as 18 new coronavirus cases were confirmed - the highest single-day figure since September 20. Of the 14 local infections, one is untraceable. Eleven are linked to a care home for disabled people, and one to the cluster surrounding a bar in Tsim Sha Tsui. Professor Benjamin Cowling from the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health has been warning of a new surge in infections for the past week or so. Mike Weeks asked him what we can expect ahead:
Policy address ‘provides a unique opportunity for green recovery’  Listenfacebook
The Clean Air Network says the Covid-19 pandemic should serve as a lesson for the government on the environment. The green group says roadside pollution improved in the first half of the year, but spiked up again between July and September. It blames the relaxation of social distancing measures for undoing the improvements in particulate and nitrogen dioxide levels seen in the first six months of the year. Janice Wong asked the network's CEO, Patrick Fung, just how much air quality improved:
FoE says electric vehicles should be the future for public transport   Listenfacebook
Friends of the Earth is urging Chief Executive Carrie Lam to make up for lost time by announcing environmental proposals in her Policy Address next week. The green group wants to see the government offer long-term plans for tackling the climate crisis and the implementation of solid waste charging. It also says the administration should promote "green finance" as a way to kick-start the economy. The group's chief executive, Jeffrey Hung, explained to Richard Pyne why their proposals should be considered a priority, given the events of the last year:
Complaints against magistrate unsubstantiated   Listenfacebook
The judiciary says complaints about magistrate Stanley Ho for remarks about police officers in protest-related cases have not been substantiated. Ho had angered pro-Beijing figures in Hong Kong with his rulings in favour of defendants and his questioning of police evidence, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Judiciary move to improve transparency welcomed   Listenfacebook
DAB legislator Holden Chow has cast doubt on whether moves by the judiciary to bring more transparency into its workings will remove concerns about what he believes is a bias in Hong Kong's courts. But the vice-chairman of the pro-Beijing party and lawyer did welcome the judiciary announcement that it will publish summaries of decisions made by magistrates or District Court judges that could attract public attention. Legal sector lawmaker and Civic Party member Dennis Kwok also welcomed the move. He spoke to Ben Tse:
People’s Daily wades into deregistered teacher controversy  Listenfacebook
The Communist Party's official mouthpiece, the People's Daily, has weighed into the controversy over the de-registration of a Kowloon Tong teacher, saying Hong Kong's education system is seriously sick and suffering from what it called "heartbreaking chaos". Joanne Wong has more:
State Theatre sold at compulsory auction for record price  Listenfacebook
The historic State Theatre Building in North Point has been sold at auction for more than HK$4.7 billion to New World Development. The property giant won approval for the sale after taking majority ownership of the building. Candice Wong reports: