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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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What to expect in CE's Policy Address  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee will be delivering his second Policy Address on Wednesday, with high expectations that there will be a change in property stamp duties, initiatives to encourage people to have children, to boost the economy and to improve the lives of the poor. Damon Pang reports on what people are hoping to hear in this year's policy blueprint:
Govt to study streamlining border crossing procedures  Listenfacebook
John Lee says the government needs to implement crowd control measures to improve the experience of travelling between Hong Kong and the mainland. Immigration Department figures showed more than half a million people returned to Hong Kong through various border checkpoints on Monday, which was the Chung Yeung Festival and the end of a long weekend. Some commuters complained on social media about having to wait in long queues. Wendy Wong reports:
'Cross-border passengers could pre-register for departure'  Listenfacebook
A transport expert says authorities could consider having a one-stop identity check for cross border passengers during peak holiday times, similar to arrangements at the high-speed rail terminus. Alok Jain, CEO and managing director of Trans-Consult, says Hong Kong's border crossings have improved significantly over the years, with the use of technology and more checkpoints added. But he says with Hong Kong's growing integration with the Greater Bay Area, the number of people using the checkpoints has also grown significantly. Jain spoke to Samantha Butler about how to streamline border clearance:
CE addresses failures of some DC hopefuls  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says if people are not able to secure the required nominations to run in December's district council elections, it is "their own problem". He was commenting after being asked why local committees may not want to nominate some people for the patriots-only polls. Violet Wong reports:
Beijing's patriotic education law applies to HK  Listenfacebook
The SAR government has welcomed the passage in Beijing of a new national law on patriotic education. The legislation has specific provisions for people in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Jacqueline Guico reports:
Ombudsman probes management of govt records  Listenfacebook
The Ombudsman has announced that her office will investigate the management of government records on official websites and social media accounts, saying it is extremely important to properly preserve them. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Appeals court upholds same-sex inheritance ruling  Listenfacebook
The Court of Appeal has upheld an earlier court ruling that same-sex couples should enjoy equal rights under Hong Kong's inheritance laws. The decision comes after a lengthy legal battle that started in 2019 when the late Edgar Ng applied for a judicial review of these laws. He said he was concerned that if he died without leaving a will, his properties might not be passed on to his husband, Henry Li, whom he married in 2017. Aaron Tam reports:
LingU launches app to track mosquitoes  Listenfacebook
Lingnan University has introduced a real-time mosquito tracking map to help officials and property managers better fight the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. The head of the university's science unit, Paulina Wong, told Anne Chan that the map could determine the mosquito risk level in 16 districts for up to three days:
Israel's ground offensive still a possibility  Listenfacebook
Israel is coming under increased international pressure over its response to the Hamas massacre of 1,400 people two-and-a-half weeks ago. The Hamas-run health ministry says more than 700 people have been killed in Gaza the past day - bringing the total to more than 5,700 including 2,300 children. RTHK's Jerusalem correspondent, Robert Berger, told Annemarie Evans about the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza: