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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


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Police arrest sixth man over SE Asia trafficking ring  Listenfacebook
Police have arrested another man on suspicion of being linked to the suspected trafficking of Hong Kong people to take part in fraudulent activities in Southeast Asia. So far, the total number of victims here of the gangs is nearing 40. Timmy Sung reports:
Fourth straight day of more than 6,000 Covid cases  Listenfacebook
Health authorities have confirmed another 6,617 Covid-19 infections. For the fourth day running, the local caseload was above 6,000, prompting officials to urge the public to stay on their guard against the virus. Joanne Wong reports:
DAB calls for student cross-border quota  Listenfacebook
The DAB party has renewed calls for the government to provide a separate travel quota for Hong Kong students returning to the mainland, saying the current daily border-crossing figure is not enough. At present, just 2,000 people are allowed to cross the border, in addition to a "care corridor" for eight groups of people, including elderly and students who have to take exams on the mainland. DAB lawmaker Lillian Kwok told Kelly Yu that students should be allowed to isolate in Hong Kong given the limited quarantine places on the mainland:
Room for improvement in student allowance scheme  Listenfacebook
The deputy director of an NGO says it is a good idea to provide financial support and mentors to needy students, but the quota is too small. The government says it will give $10,000 to 2,000 Form One to Form Three students, to tackle intergenerational poverty. The students will also be matched with a mentor. Sze Lai-shan from the Society for Community Organization says the programme should be extended to all students living below the poverty line. She also told Janice Wong that the financial support was insufficient, the time spent with the mentor was not enough and the one-year scheme should be extended to at least three years:
CLP submits final report on Yuen Long blackout  Listenfacebook
CLP Power has submitted its final report on the cable bridge fire in Yuen Long that caused a major blackout in June. In it, the power company said it was triggered by a low-voltage component. Damon Pang reports:
Govt urged to provide better heat shelters  Listenfacebook
Researchers from the Chinese University have urged the government to provide more and better heat shelters and cooling facilities, to offer respite to the poor and vulnerable from the rise in extreme hot weather. Currently, when the very hot weather warning is in effect, the government will open 19 temporary night heat shelters for people in need. But Professor Edward Ng, from the university’s School of Architecture, says more should be done to make these shelters more accessible and welcoming. He spoke to Kelly Yu:
Woman who tried to flee HK returned to SAR  Listenfacebook
One of a group of 12 Hong Kong people caught as they allegedly tried to flee the SAR by speedboat two years ago has been handed over to authorities here after finishing a prison term on the mainland. Quinn Moon is now expected to be charged over a case dating back to 2020, as Altis Wong reports:
Former lawmaker Albert Ho out on bail  Listenfacebook
The former chairman of the now-disbanded Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, Albert Ho, has been granted bail over a national security charge he faces. The 70-year-old lawyer and former lawmaker has been held in jail for more than a year, as Maggie Ho reports:
Jimmy Lai to plead not guilty   Listenfacebook
The High Court has heard that Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai and three corporations intend to plead not guilty to national security charges. But six former editors of the now-defunct newspaper have indicated they will plead guilty. Damon Pang reports:
China seed clouds amid record-breaking drought  Listenfacebook
China is mobilising rocket launchers to make it rain. The missiles, being launched into clouds, carry chemicals that can induce rainfall. It is part of an all-out campaign to protect the country's grain harvest from a record-setting drought. Tom McAlinden reports:
Singapore vows to bring in top talent  Listenfacebook
The chief executive of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, Victor Mills, has welcomed the prime minister’s vow to do more to attract top talent. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made the pledge on Sunday in his annual policy address. Mills said executive relocation was weighted on the ability of spouses to work too. He told Samantha Butler that he hoped this policy would be among new immigration schemes that authorities were soon expected to announce: