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


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Bill passed to reduce directly-elected council seats  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee has hailed the passage of a bill to revamp district councils as an important milestone in the government's work to improve Hong Kong's district governance. The overhaul will reduce the ratio of directly-elected seats from more than 90 percent to about one-in-five, as Damon Pang reports:
Library users invited to rid shelves of NSL violating books  Listenfacebook
Users of Hong Kong's public libraries are being invited to help get rid of any undesirable books, such as those they might believe violate the national security law. The government has also set up new channels for such reporting. Here's Kylie Lam:
Fifth man arrested in connection with support for NSL eight  Listenfacebook
National security police have arrested a 24-year-old man at the airport. He is suspected of being connected with four others detained the day before, who are believed to be members of the disbanded political party, Demosisto. Vanessa Cheng reports:
'NSL aligns with international law'  Listenfacebook
The government says the jurisdiction of Hong Kong’s national security law fully aligns with the principles of international law. This follows criticism from a number of countries of the police move to offer HK$1 million rewards for information leading to the arrests of eight people wanted for alleged national security offences who have left the SAR. Aaron Tam reports:
Janet Yellen arrives in Beijing to improve ties  Listenfacebook
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is in Beijing for a four-day visit aimed at improving China-American relations. She will meet top officials and is expected to try to impress on them that the US is not seeking to de-couple from China. Yellen's trip comes shortly after Beijing announced that gallium and germanium will from the beginning of next month require an export licence and declaration from their final recipient. But the Commerce Ministry insists the curbs on shipments are not aimed at any specific country and do not amount to an export ban. Janice Yuen reports:
Tributes pour in for singer Coco Lee  Listenfacebook
Tributes have been pouring in for Hong Kong-born singer Coco Lee, who at the age of 48 took her own life after a lengthy battle with depression. Artists who worked with her described her as an icon. Alex Lee, an RTHK DJ who knew Coco for years, said her death on Wednesday was a "tragedy". He told Kelly Yu about the legacy she left behind:
Community support needed for the depressed   Listenfacebook
A social work scholar says strong community support can help people with depression and suicidal thoughts. Professor Paul Yip, from the University of Hong Kong's Department of Social Work and Social Administration, was speaking about the death of Coco Lee 20 years after Canto pop icon Lesley Cheung took his life. He told Mike Weeks that media, especially netizens, should be more responsible in publicising news about celebrity suicides:
Proposals made on improving taxi services  Listenfacebook
Taxis could be carrying six passengers in future, and a points system could be used to punish bad behaviour by drivers. These are among the proposals made by the government aimed at improving the quality of taxi services. Ada Au has the details:
'Don't push the limit on taxi seating'  Listenfacebook
A transportation expert has expressed reservations about some of the proposals to improve taxi services that will be tabled in the Legislative Council next week. Timothy Hau, an honorary associate professor at the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Business and Economics, said he doubts the plan to increase taxi seating capacity to six is a step in the right direction. But he told Vicky Wong he supports having a points system to punish bad behaviour by taxi drivers:
Younger families struggling to buy homes  Listenfacebook
The Federation of Trade Unions has called on the government to do more to help young people purchase their own homes. The FTU said that while a survey of 200 people it carried out last month found that most were satisfied with the government’s moves to boost housing supply, current policies do not favour young families. It said fewer young families can buy a flat now than 23 years ago. Lawmaker Bill Tang spoke to Vanessa Cheng: