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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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Two more arrests over unlicensed JPEX exchange  Listenfacebook
Police have arrested two more people over suspected fraud involving cryptocurrency exchange, JPEX. That brings the total arrested in the case to eight. The force said people had been misled by social media influencers, and shopkeepers in over-the-counter crypto trading shops, into investing in opportunities that officers described as "too good to be true". Police said they had now received complaints from more than 1,600 people about JPEX, with losses reaching almost $1.2 billion. Kelly Yu reports:
HK still 'global crown jewel' of travel and tourism  Listenfacebook
The World Travel and Tourism Council says Hong Kong remains an attractive destination for tourists, despite there being less than three million visitors from overseas in the first half of the year. That was less than half of the figure from pre-pandemic levels. Violet Wong reports:
Cheap movie tickets, free rides on National Day  Listenfacebook
Authorities say deals and promotions similar to those for the handover anniversary on July 1 will this time be offered for National Day on October 1. Cinemas will offer tickets at half price and residents can ride many modes of public transport for free that day. Anne Chan reports:
Oxfam report shows widest income gap in a decade  Listenfacebook
The richest 10 percent of households in Hong Kong are making nearly 60 times more than the poorest, according to a report on poverty by Oxfam. The charity said this was the widest gap in a decade. Vanessa Cheng reports:
'Wage subsidies better than raising minimum wage'  Listenfacebook
An economics professor says Oxfam's report on the income gap could be misleading. Ho Lok-sang, director of the Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Institute, says one of the main causes of a drop in household income of the poorest residents was because younger family members have migrated, leaving behind retired parents. He said unemployment in Hong Kong was at a low level and there were an abundant of low-skilled jobs. Professor Ho said rather than raise the minimum wage, which would put pressure on small businesses, it would be better for people to apply for the government's working family allowance. He also told Samantha Butler that help was needed for welfare recipients who were not living in public housing:
Hopes for further medical collaboration with GBA  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority says it hopes programmes allowing mainland doctors and medical professionals to work in Hong Kong can continue. It said doing so would build on the success of an existing scheme, which has allowed 10 doctors and other medical professionals from the Greater Bay Area to work in the SAR. Natale Ching reports:
Govt criticises Britain's six-monthly report on HK  Listenfacebook
The government has labelled Britain's bi-annual report on Hong Kong as misleading and irresponsible. The report said Hong Kong’s economic, monetary and financial systems remained distinct and robust. But it said China had chosen to curtail and control many rights and freedoms enshrined in law, under the guise of national security. Robert Kemp reports:
US, China diplomats meet amid strained ties  Listenfacebook
Vice president Han Zheng and America's top diplomat have both voiced hopes for more stability in the often tense relationship, as the rival powers held their second high-level talks in days. Wendy Wong reports:
Indian-Canadian relations could see a 'nosedive'  Listenfacebook
The Indian government says it completely rejects the allegation that its agents were involved in the murder of a Sikh activist in Canada earlier this year. The foreign ministry in Delhi described the accusation made by the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, as unsubstantiated and absurd. Trudeau made the claim on Monday and denied trying to provoke India's government. The US, Britain and Australia have all said they are deeply concerned by the allegations. RTHK's correspondent in Dehli, Murali Krishnan, told Annemarie Evans that the political furore had been heating up: