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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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Vice premier woos 'entrepreneurs' to the Belt and Road  Listenfacebook
Vice Premier He Lifeng is encouraging entrepreneurs to work together to fuel what he described as the high-quality and sustainable development of the Belt and Road Initiative. He made the comments as the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation kicked off in Beijing on Tuesday. Wendy Wong reports:
PolyU sees local opportunities for BRI students  Listenfacebook
The president of the Polytechnic University says Hong Kong can do more to entice students from Belt and Road countries to study here. Professor Teng Jin-guang is part of the Hong Kong delegation attending the two-day Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. He told Vanessa Cheng that he saw many opportunities in academic exchange programmes with those countries involved in the initiative:
Zeman hails BRI as a 'digital Silk Road'  Listenfacebook
Another Hong Kong delegate at the Belt and Road forum is Lan Kwai Fong Group chairman, Allan Zeman. He says young people in the SAR have a massive role to play in the digital development of the Belt and Road initiative. Vanessa Cheng reports from Beijing:
Flu jab call for children amid surge in cases  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority has urged parents to get flu shots for their children no later than November after it revealed that nearly 250 flu cases had broken out in childcare centres and kindergartens since the summer flu season began in August. Elvis Yu reports:
Less than 25% of severe flu cases were vaccinated  Listenfacebook
An associate consultant at the Hong Kong Children's Hospital says emphasis on Covid-19 control and prevention measures over the past three years may have led to a decrease in community awareness about influenza. Anne Kwok says this could be the reason why fewer people have been getting their flu shots. She told Elvis Yu that children should be vaccinated at least six weeks before the flu season:
Court of Appeal upholds same-sex rulings  Listenfacebook
The Court of Appeal has affirmed two earlier court rulings that favour the granting of subsidised housing benefits to same-sex couples, after finding current policies to be discriminatory and unconstitutional. It comes after the Housing Authority appealed the two cases after a lower court ruled it was wrong to bar a same-sex couple from applying for public housing, and for refusing to allow a man to share the same Home Ownership Scheme flat with his male partner without paying a large premium. Frank Yung reports:
Better awareness needed over virtual assets  Listenfacebook
A financial fraud expert says more regulations and education are needed to regain public trust in virtual assets. Allen Huang, Associate Dean of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's Business School, was commenting after a two-part survey by the school found more people became reluctant to invest in virtual assets following a recent fraud case involving a cryptocurrency platform. He also told Samantha Butler that most promotion of virtual assets took place on social media, which was difficult to regulate:
HK's currency peg turns 40  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief Eddie Yue says the currency peg with the greenback - introduced 40 years ago - will be kept, calling it the cornerstone of the city's monetary and financial stability. Frank Yung reports:
Electric rally car race comes to HK city centre  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's central harbourfront space will be converted into a half-dirt, half-asphalt racing track to host the Asian leg and the season finale of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The two-day event starts on November 11 and is hosted by World RX Hong Kong Management Limited. Its CEO, Leslie Wong, said bringing the fully-electric motorcar series to the city involved a great deal of cooperation across many government departments, to allow a 1,200-kilometre temporary track to be built. He told Ben Tse that he expected the event to be a boost to local businesses:
India's top court declines to legalise same-sex marriage  Listenfacebook
India's top court has refused to legalise same-sex marriages but says the country has a duty to acknowledge LGBTQ relationships and to protect them from discrimination. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has opposed moves to legally codify same-sex partnerships in the five years since the Supreme Court struck down colonial-era laws banning gay sex. RTHK's India correspondent, Murali Krishnan, told Annemarie Evans that the result was expected: