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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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More serious charges considered over gas deaths  Listenfacebook
The government says it is considering more serious charges on a contractor who has been arrested over a construction accident, in which two workers died after inhaling gas. They were working underground on a pipeline project under Elements shopping mall. Kelly Yu reports:
Engineer charged with manslaughter over industrial accident  Listenfacebook
Police have charged a 39-year-old engineer with one count of manslaughter. The case centres on an industrial accident at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge 6.5 years ago, when it was under construction. The case will be mentioned in Sha Tin Magistrates Court on Thursday morning. Robert Kemp reports:
HK records 52 percent spike in fraud cases  Listenfacebook
Police are working closely with the Securities and Futures Commission over the unlicensed cryptocurrency platform, JPEX. At least 15 people have so far been arrested over conspiracy to defraud. As Natale Ching reports, it comes as Hong Kong recorded a surge in fraud crimes in the first eight months of the year:
Police crack down on illegal taxi practices  Listenfacebook
Police are cracking down on illegal cabbie practices after receiving more than 2,700 complaints against the taxi trade in the first eight months of this year. That is 500 more than the entire year of 2019. Anne Chan reports:
Govt criticises HK 'media freedom' event in Geneva  Listenfacebook
The government has issued a sharp response to a UK-organised event on media freedom in Hong Kong, saying it firmly rejected what it said were baseless remarks, slanders and smears made during the event in Geneva. Robert Kemp reports:
Mortgage rules easing did little to lift real estate  Listenfacebook
A real estate services company says a relaxing of mortgage rules in July has not reflected well in the market because of high interest rates. Hannah Jeong, head of valuation and advisory services at Colliers, says the latest property data shows units in the most popular price range of between $5 - $10 million hit the lowest range in six years - which she described as concerning. She said prices would continue to drop by up to 10 percent over the coming year without further stimulus from the government, such as removing stamp duties. She told Samantha Butler that developers should lower their prices, as the number of unsold units was up by 12 percent from December:
Wine and Dine Festival returns to HK  Listenfacebook
Next month's Wine and Dine Festival will highlight fine food selections from over 35 countries and regions. The Tourism Board says it expects as many as 140,000 people to flock to the four-day celebration at the Central Harbourfront on October 26. Aaron Tam reports:
Wine and Dine Festival packed with 'more surprises' for visitors   Listenfacebook
Authorities say they hope the crowds will give the night-time economy a much-needed boost. The Tourism Board's general manager, Raymond Chan, told Vanessa Cheng that the event would tie in with the government's "Night Vibes" campaign:
Wan Chai kicks off Night Vibes carnival  Listenfacebook
People have flocked to the night carnival at the Wan Chai harbourfront, the first to open under the Night Vibes initiative to boost the city’s after-dark economy. Anne Chan was there:
Around 50,000 refugees flee to Armenia  Listenfacebook
For days now, tens of thousands of ethnic Armenians have been fleeing the mountainous enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. It has been reported that around a third of the population - some 50,000 people - have left, since Azerbaijan secured a quick victory over separatists in last week's military offensive. It was latest episode in decades of tension. Annemarie Evans spoke to Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford in the UK, and asked how much attention the rest of the world was paying to the issue: