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


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Lawmakers approve tunnel toll changes  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have endorsed toll changes at three cross-harbour tunnels, to take effect when officials assume control over the Western Harbour Crossing. Transport minister Lam Sai-hung says the government is determined to resolve the city’s long-standing congestion woes. Leung Pak-hei reports:
Healthcare voucher scheme to include mainland cities  Listenfacebook
Health secretary Lo Chung-mau says the government will prioritise extending the coverage of the healthcare voucher scheme for the over 65s to mainland cities that have more elderly Hong Kong people. Xiamen, Quanzhou and Fuzhou could be among the first to be included, as Frank Yung reports:
More mainland courses approved in doctor import scheme  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Health says language is not the only factor determining whether graduates from medical schools outside of Hong Kong can practise here without taking a licensing exam. Lo Chung-mau was speaking after it was announced for the first time that qualifications from programmes offered by mainland universities not taught solely in English will be recognised here. Priscilla Ng reports:
Fine over substandard MTR works too 'lenient'  Listenfacebook
Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien says a court was too lenient in fining a leading construction company just $40,000 for cutting corners while building the Shatin-to-Central Rail Link in 2018. Leighton Contractors Asia pleaded guilty to violating the Buildings Ordinance after steel reinforcement work, on new platforms at Hung Hom Station, was found not to match pre-approved plans. But neither Leighton nor others involved in the project have so far been reprimanded over other problems that came to light during an inquiry into the scandal, such as substandard platform works, unauthorised changes to designs and missing inspection documents. The Buildings and Justice departments are studying the sentence and considering whether to appeal. Tien told Ada Au that the lenient fine sends the wrong message to construction firms bidding for contracts, and the government should consider seeking a review of the punishment:
CUHK asks to foot bill on its council revamp  Listenfacebook
Liberal Party lawmaker Tommy Cheung says he has asked the Chinese University to pay $750,000 to cover the expenses required to introduce a private bill to restructure the university's governing body. According to the proposal, university council membership will be cut from 55 to 34, and more external members will be added. Cheung is one of three lawmakers - along with Bill Tang and Edward Lau - who sit on the Chinese University Council initiating the bill. Cheung told Ada Au that it was in the interests of the school, and asking the university to foot the bill was justified:
Call for more promotion of BRI opportunities  Listenfacebook
Undersecretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Bernard Chan, says an inspection trip to China’s interior provinces highlights Hong Kong's role in promoting the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Chan is among some 70 delegates - among them business leaders and consuls general in the SAR - visiting four cities in Henan and Shaanxi to witness first-hand the achievements of the mega infrastructure project over the past decade. He says progress has been made during the week-long trip but more effort is needed to promote business opportunities under the BRI. He spoke to Kelly Yu:
Ex-uni president named vice-chair of Basic Law committee  Listenfacebook
Wong Yuk-shan, a former Metropolitan University president and a former local deputy to the National People's Congress, has been named a deputy director of the Basic Law Committee. Violet Wong reports:
Drink carton recycler finds new location  Listenfacebook
The city's only beverage carton recycler says it has found a new home. Mil Mill hopes to offer more recycling services and products in its new facility, as Violet Wong reports:
Home prices fall in May  Listenfacebook
Government data shows home prices fell by three-quarters of a percent last month from April - after rising for four consecutive months. Raymond Cheng, the head of China, Hong Kong property research at CGS-CIMB Securities, said weak stock performance and rising interest rates had affected the property market. He told Violet Wong that the falling trend could continue for the rest of the year, but private rents may go up: