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

2023-04-26
Wednesday

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CE says district council revamp almost done  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says the final overhaul of Hong Kong politics, to ensure that only patriots govern, will soon be unveiled. But he revealed that elections would still be held for the SAR's district councils, although steps would be taken to guarantee that only people who did not jeopardise national security could be elected. Frank Yung reports:
Mixed response to councils' overhaul  Listenfacebook
Despite the Chief Executive's pledge that elections will still be held for the district councils, both a consultant to a leading national think tank and a top member of the DAB party say they will probably only have a small proportion of directly-elected members in future. Violet Wong reports:
DAB lawmaker welcomes screening of councillors  Listenfacebook
DAB lawmaker Holden Chow says it is time to put district councils back on track, claiming they have been "derailed" from their roles as local consultative bodies. He told Violet Wong that people should not focus too much on what proportion of district councillors were directly-elected following the restructuring, saying they will still have an important role to play:
Exco reportedly approves doubling litter fine  Listenfacebook
The Executive Council has reportedly approved a proposal to double the littering penalty to $3,000 - the first increase in almost two decades. As Kelly Yu reports, the fines shops will face for spilling out onto the pavement and for illegal dumping are also set to go up four-fold:
Union calls for 15 percent minimum wage hike  Listenfacebook
A trade union group is urging the government to review the minimum wage annually, instead of once every two years. The Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions is also calling for a 15 percent rise in the minimum pay award that is about to be implemented, as Leung Pak-hei reports:
Group calls for minimum wage formula  Listenfacebook
The Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions said over 70 percent of respondents to its survey supported the idea of an annual review of the minimum wage. The hourly rate will be raised from $37.50/hr to $40/hr from May 1. But the federation's chairman Lam Chun-sing told Ben Tse that the level needs to be higher so workers can meet basic costs:
Unused Covid facility to provide radiology services  Listenfacebook
A makeshift hospital built in the Lok Ma Chau Loop area to look after Covid patients will start providing diagnostic radiology services from Wednesday. Officials say this will help cut waiting times for vital scans. Elvis Yu reports:
Hopes that new test will raise cervical cancer awareness  Listenfacebook
The Family Planning Association says its new cervical screening service has a higher sensitivity for earlier detection of pre-cancerous lesions. The association launched the service on Tuesday for women aged 30 and above. Dr Mona Lam, executive director of the association, told Samantha Butler that it was important to raise awareness as there was a drop in the screening rate for cervical cancer during the Covid pandemic:
New rules expected on subsidised home purchases  Listenfacebook
RTHK has learnt that the Housing Authority is proposing to ban people who already own a home from applying for a Home Ownership Scheme unit under the "green form" scheme. There have been calls for such a move following reports that a suspect in the murder of a socialite earlier this year had bought a government-subsidised flat despite already owning a property worth tens of millions. Frank Yung reports:
UK lawmakers accused of 'fact-twisting' NSL remarks  Listenfacebook
The government has rejected a report from a group of UK politicians, accusing them of twisting the facts and smearing the National Security Law. Sean Kennedy reports:
China sets up national real estate registry  Listenfacebook
The mainland has successfully completed work on a national, unified system for real estate registration after what Xinhua news agency described as 10 years of hard work. Xinhua said it was a landmark move that would boost transparency in property ownership, as Altis Wong reports:
Can India's population boom boost economic growth?  Listenfacebook
India's government is grappling with how or if the country's massive population can be translated into economic growth rather than adding to its burdens. The United Nations says India will overtake China as the world's most populous country on Saturday. But RTHK's Delhi correspondent, Murali Krishnan, says there is some conjecture over that in India, especially as the last census in the country was carried out more than a dozen years ago. He spoke to Annemarie Evans: