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


Now playing: Legco 2021: Kowloon Central
Selected audio segments:
Man arrested after helper and child abducted  Listenfacebook
Police haven't ruled out further arrests, after a foreign domestic helper and the 19-month-old child in her care were abducted off the street in Pok Fu Lam. The two were bundled into a car early on Thursday morning, but rescued hours later after the helper escaped. Police have arrested a 42-year-old man. Timmy Sung reports:
Guilty verdicts over banned June 4 vigil  Listenfacebook
Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai and activist Chow Hang-tung have been found guilty of inciting people to join last year's banned June Fourth vigil to commemorate the Tiananmen Square incident. Despite organising commemorations in Victoria Park for years, the group wasn't allowed to do so last year because of health concerns relating to the pandemic. The District Court also convicted Chow and activist Gwyneth Ho of taking part in the unauthorised assembly at Victoria Park. Damon Pang reports:
Trio arrested over blank ballot calls  Listenfacebook
Anti-graft agency, the ICAC, has arrested three people who are suspected of inciting others not to vote or to cast invalid ballots in this month's LegCo elections. Aaron Tam reports:
Beijing sound warning over Legco poll  Listenfacebook
Beijing officials in Hong Kong have warned Western forces against trying to undermine this month's Legco elections. They also criticised the US-led Summit for Democracy, which President Biden opened on Thursday night. Wendy Wong reports:
Legco 2021: Kowloon Central  Listenfacebook
The first Legislative Council elections following Beijing’s revamp of Hong Kong’s electoral system take place on December 19. Voters will choose a new legislature consisting of 90 lawmakers - 20 of whom will be elected by people living in 10 geographical constituencies. In a special series, RTHK is meeting Legco candidates from around Hong Kong. This time, we feature those in the Kowloon Central geographical constituency:
New civil service school to nurture patriotism  Listenfacebook
Beijing says Hong Kong's new Civil Service College should focus on nurturing patriotism among civil servants, as well as their willingness to serve the people, world vision and strategic thinking. Wendy Wong reports:
Common sense urged over Covid app use  Listenfacebook
The government says restaurants shouldn't have too much trouble making almost all customers use its LeaveHomeSafe app. Scanning QR codes to gain entry to restaurants, bars, sports centres and entertainment venues became mandatory from Thursday for all but the young and old. Joanne Wong reports :
HKU develop anti-Covid stainless steel  Listenfacebook
Scientists at the University of Hong Kong say they've developed a new kind of stainless steel that can kill pathogens on its surface, including Covid-19. Wendy Wong reports:
Clock Tower bell rings after 71-year silence   Listenfacebook
The bell in the Clock Tower of the old Tsim Sha Tsui railway terminus has rung for the first time in 71 years. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department organised the event to commemorate the first time the bell in the historic landmark chimed 100 years ago in 1921. Jimmy Choi was there:
Charity gives hope to homeless  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus 2021 is in full swing and is raising money for 18 charities this festive season. One of the charity projects is Dreamswork, organised by Impact Hong Kong. It aims to equip 48 homeless people with the resources they need to find jobs and a new lease on life. The head of the charity’s Partnerships and Development, Charlotte Tottenham, told Janice Wong that as well as helping the homeless find work, she hopes the project can change society’s view of them:
Drought threatens southern China water supply  Listenfacebook
An engineer says the government needs to look for alternative water supplies as well as increase awareness of water conservation in the local population. Albert Lai from the Professional Commons was commenting after Shenzhen and Guangzhou warned of severe water shortages because of continuing drought at the Dongjiang river. The Dongjiang supplies 70 percent of Hong Kong's fresh water. Lai told Samantha Butler that authorities could put more effort into fixing leaky pipes, as well as speed up construction of plants that de-salinate sea water:
A science lesson that's out of this world  Listenfacebook
Chinese astronauts have beamed back a science lesson from the country’s under-construction space station. Students from Hong Kong were among those taking part. Jimmy Choi reports:
India's defence chief dies in helicopter crash  Listenfacebook
India is in mourning for its defence chief, General Bipin Rawat, who was among 13 people killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday. He was a close ally of prime minister Narendra Modi. Annemarie Evans spoke to RTHK's Delhi correspondent, Murali Krishnan, and asked him what the death of General Rawat meant for India's military:
Fitch downgrades Evergrande, Kaisa  Listenfacebook
The rating agency Fitch has downgraded cash-strapped mainland property developers Evergrande and Kaisa to 'restricted default' after it determined that both firms had missed payments on offshore bonds. The downgrades came even though Evergrande and Kaisa have not officially announced the defaults. Robert Kemp reports:
Pork prices push up mainland inflation  Listenfacebook
Mainland inflation rose to its highest level in over a year last month - driven by a rebound in pork prices. Mike Weeks reports: