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‘Hard to assure public that new bridge is safe’ Listen
The authorities have admitted they could have been more "sensitive" when they were first told over two years ago that a contractor working on a section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge had failed to submit key construction documents. But officials have also dismissed safety concerns. Highways officials first learnt that China State Construction Engineering had failed to submit the Request for Inspection and Survey Checking, or RISC forms, in July 2016 - but it took them two years to act on the problem. It was only revealed earlier this week that almost 15,000 RISC forms were not submitted on time, which accounted for about 28 percent of the total documents. Civic Party legislator Tanya Chan told Annemarie Evans it was difficult for officials to assure the public that the bridge was safe.
Legal troubles hampering pan-democrats: expert Listen
The Court of Appeal on Friday dismissed former lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung’s challenge over the decision to strip him of his Legislative Council seat. A three-judge panel ruled that none of his arguments were valid. It was the latest setback for the territory's pan-democratic camp - with several politicians barred from even running for election. Jim Gould asked Ken Yau, a lecturer from the faculty of social science at the University of Hong Kong, how much the pan-democrats' legal troubles had helped pro-establishment candidates to pull away in recent elections.
‘Unclear how India will punish Pakistan over Kashmir attacks’ Listen
The Pakistan-based Islamist group, Jaish-e Mohammad, has claimed responsibility for Thursday's car bombing on a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir. It was the single deadliest attack in the divided region's volatile history. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's South Asia correspondent Murali Krishnan how he thought India would try to punish Pakistan.