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


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Visiting mainland official impressed by HK's tech sector  Listenfacebook
The director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office will leave Hong Kong on Tuesday, wrapping up a six-day fact-finding visit. On Monday, the last full day of his stay, Xia Baolong met with representatives of various chambers of commerce and visited Hong Kong's Science and Technology Park, where he was impressed by a Hong Kong-designed robot. Wendy Wong reports:
Tam Yiu-chung clarifies that marches won't be banned  Listenfacebook
A former Hong Kong member of China's top legislative body says Xia Baolong did not mean marches would be banned here, when he said at the weekend that such processions were not the only way for people to express their views. But Tam Yiu-chung believes the Beijing official was warning Hong Kong people they had to be careful about taking part in demonstrations. Violet Wong reports:
Subsidised medical treatment for mainland-based HKers  Listenfacebook
The government has announced a scheme to subsidise medical consultations for eligible Hong Kong residents living in the Greater Bay Area. They will be able to receive treatment at the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital. Maggie Ho reports:
CUHK to downsize its governing council  Listenfacebook
The Chinese University's Council has announced plans to downsize and modify its composition after reviewing a report submitted by a special task force. It was established last December in response to a proposed bill to reform the university’s governing body from three lawmakers who sit on it. Elvis Yu reports:
Lawmaker calls for imported labour to boost maritime trade  Listenfacebook
Transport sector lawmaker, Frankie Yick, has called on the government to consider importing labour to plug manpower shortages in the shipping industry. He said the maritime trade was facing a 20 percent shortage of manpower in all kinds of skills, including engineers, sailors, and equipment operators. He urged the government to establish a qualification framework to attract young talent to the industry, by laying out a career path for new recruits. Yick spoke to Samantha Butler:
Supermarket prices jump most in nearly a decade  Listenfacebook
Grocery prices in supermarkets rose 2.1 percent on average in the year ending June 2022. The figure announced by the Consumer Council was the highest in nearly a decade, as Ada Au reports:
Online Price Watch website helps people shop around  Listenfacebook
The chief executive of the Consumer Council, Gilly Wong, has called on consumers to shop around for good deals on groceries and make use of the council’s Online Price Watch website, to compare product prices at different outlets. She told Janice Wong that supermarket price increases were partly due to rising costs in shipping, logistics, raw materials, and labour:
Advice on aircons and energy-efficiency  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has urged people buying a window-type air conditioner to go for one that runs on an inverter, saying they could make big savings on their electricity bills. But it also says this depends on how you use your aircon, as Vanessa Cheng reports:
Jailed Joshua Wong hit with another prison term  Listenfacebook
Jailed former activist Joshua Wong has been given a three-month prison term for revealing personal information about a policeman who shot and wounded a student during a protest in 2019. Tom McAlinden reports:
Former Indian MP and brother shot dead, live on TV  Listenfacebook
The murders on live television of a former Indian MP and his brother have raised critical questions regarding the security arrangements for high-profile prisoners. On Saturday night, Atiq Ahmed was speaking to the media outside a hospital in the state of Uttar Pradesh, when a gun appeared next to his head. The killers fired 20 rounds before they could be overpowered by police, but Atiq and his brother Ashraf Ahmed were already dead. RTHK's Delhi correspondent, Murali Krishnan, gave more details on the investigation to Annemarie Evans: