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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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15 years to redevelop Choi Hung Estate   Listenfacebook
The government has come up with an initial redevelopment plan for Choi Hung Estate. It will take 15 years to complete and will be carried out in three phases. The housing secretary also says the redeveloped estate will be able to accommodate 9,200 households, nearly 25 percent more than its current capacity. Natale Ching reports:
Time-varying tolls ease traffic congestion  Listenfacebook
The government says changes in the traffic patterns of the three harbour tunnels have generally met expectations after the introduction of time-varying tolls. Violet Wong reports:
Seawater desalination plant becomes operational  Listenfacebook
The government says a desalination facility - which will become operational from Friday - can meet up to five percent of the territory's overall fresh water demand. As Priscilla Ng reports, plans are already in the pipeline to further expand the facility to provide more people with a stable and reliable source of water supply:
Tourism trade needs more tour guides, coach drivers  Listenfacebook
The Travel Industry Council says it is expecting Hong Kong to receive around 3.8 million incoming visitors this holiday season. The council's executive director, Fanny Yeung, said that accounted to around 60 percent of tourist numbers compared to pre-pandemic levels. She told Violet Wong that while the local travel sector was slowly picking up pace, it still had a long way to go before achieving full recovery:
Carousell urged to protect consumer data  Listenfacebook
The privacy watchdog has told online marketplace app operator Carousell to proactively monitor abnormal activities and do more to protect user data. The call comes after more than 320,000 Carousell users in the SAR had their data leaked last year. Anne Chan reports:
Labour activist's sister jailed for six months  Listenfacebook
The younger sister of a former labour union leader has been sentenced to six months in prison for perverting the course of justice. The court heard she had taken away her older sister's electronic devices upon learning of her arrest. Frank Yung reports:
Public consulted over new global tax rule  Listenfacebook
The government has launched a three-month public consultation over how to implement a global minimum tax, which is set to come in from 2025. The public consultation ends on March 20 next year. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) drew up the international tax reform proposals. It wants to combat tax evasion and increase tax transparency by making large multinational firms pay a global minimum tax of at least 15 percent in every jurisdiction they operate. The co-chair of the tax policy committee at the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong, Anita Tsang, told Chloe Feng about the implications of the new rule and what major firms could expect when it comes into effect:
Wang Yi warns Manila to "act with caution"  Listenfacebook
The nation's top diplomat Wang Yi has warned his counterpart in the Philippines that Manila "must act with caution", following a series of tense maritime confrontations in the South China Sea. Chloe Feng reports:
Probe launched into deadly mine accident  Listenfacebook
12 people have been killed and 13 others injured in a mining accident in northeast China. Jacqueline Guico reports:
Zubin Foundation providing therapy for SEN children  Listenfacebook
This year, the Operation Santa Claus charity is raising money for 16 charities, one of which will provide therapy sessions for ethnic minority or non-Chinese-speaking children with Special Educational Needs. It will also provide workshops for parents. Annemarie Evans went along to the Zubin's Family Centre at Austin MTR Station to talk to Dr Ravina Lalvina, a clinical psychologist and project manager with the Zubin Foundation, and Nepalese mum Urmila who comes to the centre for the therapy sessions with her young son: