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Green group disappointed at postponement of waste disposal charges  Listenfacebook
The Executive Director of Green Earth says he is disappointed that the government has postponed its plan to start charging people for disposing their household rubbish by at least a year, until the end of 2020. Edwin Lau said the plan has already been delayed for more than a decade, and the territory's landfills would reach saturation point in two years' time. Lau said the administration should vigorously lobby lawmakers from across the political spectrum for their support so that legislation for imposing the charges could come into effect as soon as possible. He spoke to Jim Gould:
Downward adjustment in property prices expected to continue: academic  Listenfacebook
Home prices fell for a second straight month in September and at a much faster pace than August. New government data showed that prices of private residential flats declined by 1.4 percent in September -- far higher than a fall of just 0.1 percent in the previous month. Analysts blamed the decline on expectations of more interest rate hikes and worries over the US-China trade war. Dr Chung Kim-wah of Polytechnic University told Annemarie Evans that the downward adjustment in prices might continue:
Pakistan's Supreme Court quashes Christian woman's death sentence for blasphemy  Listenfacebook
Pakistan's Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a Christian woman who had been sentenced to death for blasphemy. The judges ruled that Aasia Bibi should be released. Her case dates back to 2009 when she was working in a field and was asked to fetch water. Muslim women she was labouring with allegedly objected, saying that as a non-Muslim, she was unfit to touch the water bowl. The women went to a local cleric and accused Bibi of blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed, a charge punishable by death. She had spent nearly a decade in jail before the court ordered her release. Annemarie Evans asked Amnesty International’s South Asia Regional Researcher, Rabia Mehmood, how she felt about the judgment: