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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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Maiden speech expected to highlight talent, housing  Listenfacebook
Attracting overseas talent and fast-tracking housing supply are expected to be among the major items in the Chief Executive John Lee's maiden Policy Address, which he will deliver on Wednesday morning. Various groups have come up with proposals to boost land supply and tackle the housing shortage, such as renewed private participation in building subsidised flats and the use of more brownfield sites. Damon Pang takes a closer look:
Covid restrictions eased on live music, public gatherings  Listenfacebook
The government says from Thursday, it will ease the ban on public gatherings from groups of four to groups of 12. It says the decision was made because the Covid situation here appears to have levelled off. The move comes as other social distancing measures are being relaxed, as Robert Kemp reports:
Covid-stricken baby in intensive care  Listenfacebook
Health officials say an unvaccinated toddler is in intensive care with Covid-19. This comes as two new Covid variants surfaced here, as Mike Weeks reports:
Reverse quarantine plan hits snag  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive John Lee says the government will have to wait for further ideas from mainland authorities before fleshing out plans to allow travellers to quarantine in Hong Kong before crossing the border. He said any arrangement had to meet Beijing's strict standards, as Frank Yung reports:
Legal aid granted for jab exemption case  Listenfacebook
A man who is challenging the government's bid to annul some 20,000 vaccine exemption certificates has been granted legal aid for the case. As Joanne Wong reports, he will be back in court on Thursday for the review of the decision to declare them invalid:
Activists fail to overturn gathering ban conviction  Listenfacebook
The High Court has thrown out an appeal by Lee Cheuk-yan and Leung Kwok-hung and other activists against their conviction for flouting the Covid-19 gathering ban during a petition two years ago. Violet Wong reports:
Govt fast-tracks plastic tableware ban  Listenfacebook
The government hopes to implement a ban on the use of disposable plastic tableware more than a year ahead of schedule. As Damon Pang reports, this will see restaurants having to find more eco-friendly options to replace disposable plastic straws, cutlery and plates before the end of next year:
Govt should promote alternatives to plastic tableware  Listenfacebook
A member of Drink Without Waste says he is happy the government is bringing forward a ban on plastic tableware. Paul Zimmerman says the community is ready for the change and he hopes the government will spend the next two years promoting the development of alternative tableware to businesses. But he cautioned that environmentally-friendly options, such as those made from wood, presented their own issues. He told Ben Tse that people should avoid all types of single-use items:
Four Legco seats up for grabs in by-election  Listenfacebook
A two-week nomination period for Legislative Council by-elections will open at the start of next month. The seats of four Election Committee lawmakers became vacant when they joined John Lee's administration in July. Maggie Ho reports:
CUHK criticised over emblem change  Listenfacebook
Legislator Priscilla Leung has criticised the Chinese University for failing to consult the public about a decision to change its emblem, to mark its 60th anniversary. Her comment came a day after a few of her fellow lawmakers, who sit on the university's council, complained they were not consulted. The Chinese University said it had sought advice from more than 2,000 stakeholders on the matter. But Leung, a former CUHK student, said the views of more parties should have been sought for such a major change. She told Kelly Yu there was a need to amend the university's ordinance to hold it more accountable:
Transport chief expects aviation to again take-off  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Transport and Logistics is tipping Hong Kong's aviation industry to reach new heights and recover from the "most trying times" of the pandemic. Lam Sai-hung made the prediction as he initiated a $400 million expansion of the airport facility that handles corporate and other private jets. Ada Au reports:
Safety concerns over Indian-made drugs  Listenfacebook
A medical scandal involving the deaths of more than 70 children, possibly caused by cough syrup manufactured in India, has shone a spotlight on how India controls its huge pharmaceutical trade. Last week, the World Heath Organization issued a global alert over four brands of cough syrups, saying they could be linked to acute kidney damage, following reports from The Gambia of children diagnosed with serious kidney problems. AnneMarie Evans asked RTHK's India correspondent, Murali Krishnan, if the recent huge growth in the country's pharmaceutical industry was part of the problem: