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Full transparency needed over rail station saga  Listenfacebook
Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam says there should be full transparency as to what led to corner-cutting on the Shatin-to-Central rail link. The ends of steel bars used for securing a large platform at the Hung Hom Station were cut off, in an apparent effort to make it appear they were properly screwed in to the couplers. Tam, who is also a member of Legco’s transport panel, said it seems that the project’s main contractor Leighton does not know exactly what happened. He told Annemarie Evans that he was glad the government had announced an independent enquiry into the saga:
Complete ban required on tobacco alternatives: COSH  Listenfacebook
The Health Secretary Sophia Chan has rejected claims that the government bowed to pressure from the tobacco industry after it proposed regulating e-cigarettes and other tobacco alternatives, instead of imposing an outright ban. The government had earlier planned to ban the import, manufacturing and sale of these products. But it now wants to regulate them in the same way as conventional tobacco products. Professor Chan insisted that this was in line with international standards. The Council on Smoking and Health and several other medical groups said they were very disappointed. They said regulation or taxation are not enough and that a complete ban was required. The council’s chairman Antonio Kwong spoke to Jim Gould:
Prominent journalist shot dead   Listenfacebook
The murder of a prominent journalist in Indian-administered Kashmir has shocked both the community and journalists. Fifty-year-old Shujhaat Bukhari was shot outside his office by unknown gunmen. Apart from running three daily newspapers, including the English language daily Rising Kashmir, Bukhari lobbied aggressively for peace by organising conferences and summits in the United States, UK and elsewhere. He was also a regular presence at secondary diplomatic initiatives envisioning better relations between India and Pakistan. RTHK’s Delhi correspondent Murali Krishnan spoke to Annemarie Evans: