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Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Hailey Yip and Ben Tse


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Red chubby balloons take flight across Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
Love is in the air, quite literally. Giant, red, floating balloons are on display over Statue Square Gardens in Central, as well as the Flower Market in Mong Kok, and other places. It is part of the government's efforts to stage mega events in the SAR. Kelly Yu reports:
No property transactions over LNY break: agencies  Listenfacebook
Two major property agencies said they did not sell a single home at their top 10 private housing estates over the four-day Lunar New Year period. Aaron Tam reports:
Homebuyers remain cautious ahead of latest Budget: expert  Listenfacebook
The chairman of Professional Property Services Group, Nicholas Brooke, told Anne Chan that residents were travelling overseas over the Lunar New Year period and homebuyers are in a watch-and-wait mode ahead of the budget later this month:
Finance minister positive about stock market's outlook  Listenfacebook
Financial chief Paul Chan says he is confident that Hong Kong's stock market will do well in the Year of the Dragon. Making the remarks on the first trading day after the Lunar New Year holiday, Chan pointed out that previous years of the dragon had been good for the Hang Seng Index. Natale Ching reports:
Border checkpoints should open for longer: Vincent Cheng  Listenfacebook
DAB lawmaker Vincent Cheng says the operating hours of border checkpoints should be extended for all major holidays or large-scale events because the border crossing situation was so smooth over the Lunar New Year break. Cheng also told Anne Chan that officials should consider opening some checkpoints for 24 hours a day:
Recycle or continue growing your tangerine trees, urges green group  Listenfacebook
The tangerine tree is one of the plants that people buy to celebrate the Lunar New Year for good fortune. But as one green group reminds us, there are actually ways to recycle these trees after the festive period. The Environmental Association says the trees can act as habitats for butterflies,and its butterfly reserve in Tai Po has housed some 10,000 such trees in the past 12 years. The group's founder, Yau Wing-kwong, told Hailey Yip that people can also donate their trees to farms or even some schools across Hong Kong:
Prabowo Subianto claims victory in Indonesia's presidential polls   Listenfacebook
Prabowo Subianto has claimed victory in Indonesia’s presidential election based on unofficial tallies. The election has been billed as the world's largest single day election, with some 200 million voters involved across three time zones. Professor Hui Yew-Foong from Shue Yan University's sociology department, who specialises in Southeast Asia studies, told Ben Tse that Prabowo's victory is in line with analysts' expectation:
'More efforts needed for Pakistan's coalition govt to work'  Listenfacebook
Pakistan's two main political parties have agreed to form a new coalition government to rule the country, after an election last week failed to produce a decisive winner. The coalition include the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan People’s Party. Together, they would have enough seats to command a majority in parliament. The move means the party of jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan will not be in power, despite candidates affiliated with it getting the most votes. RTHK's South Asia correspondent, Murali Krishnan, told Kelly Yu more efforts are needed to make the coalition work:
Broad Strokes: Angélique Kidjo returns to HK  Listenfacebook
This week on Broad Strokes, a five-time Grammy award singer returns for the Hong Kong Arts Festival, an annual event that showcases the sounds of punk rock in our city, and a concert of modern jazz at this year’s Cosmopolis Festival. Find out more in this episode of our regular arts and culture-inspired podcast, presented by Ben Tse and Jacqueline Guico: