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


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Pledge to improve HK's drainage system  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says public servants have worked round the clock to respond to the aftermath of massive storms, and officials are looking at ways to improve the territory's drainage systems. Parts of the city have flooded multiple times in the past week since record rainfall on Friday. Frank Yung reports:
New tech and AI could help boost flood defences  Listenfacebook
A civil engineer says Hong Kong can use new technology and artificial intelligence to help boost its flood defences. William Luk, a former head of the Institution of Engineers’ civil division, said sensors could detect water saturation levels in slopes to predict landslides, as well as build more water storage tanks and tunnels to help collect or divert storm water. He told Samantha Butler that engineers had to strike a balance between what methods were cost-effective and made best use of underground facilities:
Urdu reinstated in DSE exams  Listenfacebook
A vice principal of a secondary school says the inclusion of the Urdu language in university entrance exams will be a boost to the chances of ethnic minority students' getting admitted into local universities. The Examinations and Assessment Authority has announced that Urdu - predominantly spoken in Pakistan, and also in India - will be a test subject again from 2026, after earlier saying it would be scrapped from 2025. Rizwah Ullah told Hailey Yip that increasing the number of language subjects not only benefited ethnic minority students but also Chinese-speaking students looking to study internationally:
'Hindi language should also be re-introduced'  Listenfacebook
The executive director of Hong Kong Unison says he is 'happy' that Urdu is being reinstated in university entrance exams here from 2026. John Tse says between 40 to 50 students take Urdu DSE exams each year, as it is their mother tongue. He said the U-turn came after authorities managed to find a service provider to conduct the Urdu exams. He told Ben Tse that he hoped Hindi-language exams could also be reinstated:
Public urged to stay away from wounded whale  Listenfacebook
Authorities have renewed calls for people to stay away from a whale that has been spotted off Southern District. It now appears that the whale is wounded, as Kelly Yu reports:
Call to allow hawkers to extend evening hours  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says economic activity during the day - which is reliant on consumption and tourism - is gradually improving. Later in the week, authorities are expected to release details of how to boost Hong Kong's night economy. A retail workers' union has suggested hawkers be allowed to extend their business hours as part of this push. Anne Chan reports:
Man arrested over 'live-streamed' alleged assault  Listenfacebook
Police say they have arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of indecent assault. It comes after a video was circulated online, purportedly showing a man pestering a South Korean woman in Central. Frank Yung reports:
Jail time for student over Pillar of Shame banner  Listenfacebook
A mainland law student has been jailed for six months for sedition charges. He had pleaded guilty to the colonial-era offence over plans to unfurl a banner, featuring the "Pillar of Shame", in Causeway Bay on June 4 this year. Damon Pang reports:
People missing following 110 landslides in Yulin  Listenfacebook
Rainstorms continue to batter southern China, killing at least seven people. Typhoon Haikui hit southern China eight days ago and has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. But unrelenting rain continues to soak southwestern Guangxi. Natale Ching reports:
Kim's armoured train crosses into Russia  Listenfacebook
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has crossed the border into Russia for a meeting with President Putin. They are likely to discuss an arms deal as Russia faces a Ukrainian counter offensive. South Korea's defence ministry confirmed that Kim's armoured train entered Russia on Tuesday morning. Annemarie Evans spoke to RTHK's correspondent in Seoul, Frank Smith, about the significance of the trip: