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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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HK unveils new foreign investment scheme  Listenfacebook
The government has unveiled a scheme to attract foreign investment and talent, requiring applicants to have a minimum net worth of HK$30 million in the two years before applying. Applications are expected to start in the first half of next year. Violet Wong reports:
New scheme likely targets Mideast nationals  Listenfacebook
A Hong Kong immigration consultant does not share the government's optimism that its new foreign investment scheme can attract some 4,000 applicants a year. Stephen Barnes says it is currently a competitive field for investment resident programmes around the world. He told Samantha Butler he anticipated the immediate target of the programme would be people from the Middle East:
Jimmy Lai's trial adjourned until Friday  Listenfacebook
The High Court has adjourned the national security trial of Jimmy Lai to Friday to give judges time to consider whether a sedition charge against the former media tycoon was laid within the statutory time limit. Frank Yung reports:
Proposal to lower threshold for land sales  Listenfacebook
The government has proposed lowering the threshold for compulsory land sales for redevelopment, allowing developers to acquire 65 percent of a block - down from the current 80 percent - to redevelop a building that is over 70 years old. A spokesman said the authorities needed to address safety issues in view of the rapid ageing of buildings in Hong Kong. Wendy Wong reports:
Police investigate toll overcharging  Listenfacebook
Acting Chief Executive Eric Chan says officials are highly concerned about the case of tolls being overcharged for motorists at the Western Harbour Crossing on Monday. While an initial probe by the Department of Transport suggested human error was to blame, Chan said police were now investigating. He noted that some 3,400 drivers had been refunded. Anne Chan reports:
Probe into post-death public services  Listenfacebook
The Ombudsman has launched an investigation into public funeral, mortuary and death-registration services. Officials say a surge in demand during the pandemic and an ageing population have fuelled concerns about the topic. Natale Ching reports:
HK to boost cooperation over tourism, I&T  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says the SAR will strengthen cooperation with its mainland counterparts to promote the city's development of tourism, innovation and technology. He was speaking on the third day of his duty visit to the capital. Vanessa Cheng reports from Beijing:
HKers save more money than ever before  Listenfacebook
A survey has found that Hongkongers are saving a record amount of money to better prepare for a rainy day. According to the sixth annual survey on savings trends by the Hong Kong Deposit Protection Board, people's sense of security also went up thanks to their savings. The study found that people's average monthly savings increased to HK$9,000 this year from HK$7,700 last year. The board’s chairwoman, Connie Lau, told Chloe Feng that this was the highest amount since it began its surveys:
Quake-struck Gansu residents face harsh conditions  Listenfacebook
At least 127 people have been killed in one of China's deadliest earthquakes. Measuring a 6.2 magnitude, the quake hit the mountainous Gansu province. While power has been restored to the region, icy conditions threaten rescue efforts, with more than 700 people reported injured. The number of people displaced remains unclear but many residents are now faced with harsh conditions. Chloe Feng reports:
Charity promotes sign language bilingualism  Listenfacebook
This year, Operation Santa Claus is raising money for 16 charities. One of the projects, with help from a specific donation from Morgan Stanley, is the “Effective Sign Intervention for Children with Special Education Needs” organised by SLCO Community Resources. The charity aims to promote sign bilingualism in communication, education and social inclusion and create a diversified community without communication barriers. Andrew Dembina went to its centre in Mong Kok and met Raymond Wong, the general manager of the charity: