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Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Ben Tse and Vicky Wong


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FS unveils HK's first post-pandemic budget  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan will deliver his budget on Wednesday morning. One of the key debates is on whether the government will dish out another round of spending vouchers. While some believe that could help stimulate the economy, others are concerned about the impact on public finances. Ada Au has a preview of the upcoming budget blueprint, and how it could impact our lives:
Gene-editing scientist denied talent visa  Listenfacebook
The Immigration Department has declared invalid a visa granted to the mainland scientist He Jiankui under Hong Kong's Top Talent Pass Scheme. The government now says his application could be subject to criminal proceedings, as Kenny Hodgart reports:
Samples from school lunch box supplier 'satisfactory'  Listenfacebook
The government says it tested samples from a major school lunch box service provider at the centre of a food poisoning scare and the results are “satisfactory”. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said among the 11 samples, nine were tested for food-borne pathogens, and two to see if they were properly cooked. Ada Au reports:
HA says surgical light vendor didn't disclose risks  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority says its vendor failed to report an incident involving a faulty surgical light. The use of 16 operating theatres at public hospitals has been suspended after screws were found to have come loose on their surgical lights. Wendy Wong reports:
Deadline looms for real-name SIM card registration  Listenfacebook
The government says users of about 12 million pre-paid and service-plan SIM cards have registered for them using their real names. It comes ahead of a deadline on Thursday, when the requirement takes effect. The Real-name Registration Programme is aimed at cutting down on crimes where anonymous SIM cards are used. The government also says people can complete the real-name registration beyond Thursday's deadline, as Frank Yung reports:
Survey shows shortcomings in mentoring programme  Listenfacebook
An NGO says a recent survey it carried out indicates two government programmes designed to help grassroots children are not working as well as they could be. The Alliance for Children Development Rights said it spoke to 26 parents with children in the Strive and Rise programme and 54 with offspring in Child Development Fund projects. It said it found problems with the mentorship programmes, such as mentors who were too busy to meet with the youngsters. Alliance member Catlyn Ho spoke to Leung Pak-hei about their survey findings:
Wang Yi says Russia ties are 'rock solid'  Listenfacebook
Top Chinese diplomat, Wang Yi, is visiting Russia where he said that relations between the two countries were "rock solid" and would withstand any challenges presented by a changing international situation. In Beijing, there is concern that the war could spiral out of control. President Xi Jinping is expected to make a speech later this week calling for peace in Ukraine. Meanwhile, addressing a forum in Beijing, foreign minister Qin Gang lashed out at the United States, which has warned of consequences if China provided military support to Russia. Natale Ching reports:
China's climate adaptation funding ‘very limited’  Listenfacebook
A climate researcher says China needs to do more to develop its climate change strategy. Lawrence Iu, Executive Director at environment think tank, Civic Exchange, was commenting after a report by the Cross Dependency Initiative showed nine of the top 10 most climate vulnerable regions are on the mainland. Jiangsu province was number one, followed by Shandong, Hebei and Henan. Last year, China detailed climate risk measures, saying it hoped to build a climate-resilient society by 2035. Iu told Vicky Wong that funding into climate adaptation was still very limited:
Japan poised to raise age of consent  Listenfacebook
A panel of the Japanese Justice Ministry has proposed raising the age of consent in the country from 13 to 16. It is part of a wider overhaul of Japan's laws on sex crimes after multiple rape acquittals in 2019 caused an outcry. The proposal also aims to expand the definition of rape. RTHK's Tokyo correspondent, Julian Ryall, told Annemarie Evans that Japan's age of consent was the lowest of all the G7 nations:
NZ pm calls for more ‘resilient’ infrastructure  Listenfacebook
New Zealand's prime minister, Chris Hipkins, says the country needs to rebuild with more resilient infrastructure to cope with more frequent and intense weather events, after last week's devastating storm. Cyclone Gabrielle caused widespread damage on the North Island and claimed at least 11 lives. It was New Zealand’s most damaging natural disaster in at least a generation, and followed another storm two weeks earlier that swamped its largest city, Auckland, and killed four people. Hipkins told the country's parliament that building resilient infrastructure would not be cheap: