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Decision to ban Joshua Wong ‘clearly politically driven’, says academic Listen
Demosisto leader Joshua Wong has become the only candidate to be banned from running in next month's District Council Election over his political stance, after his nomination was ruled invalid. Wong has accused Beijing of making the decision, banning him from taking part in any elections in future. Annemarie Evans asked Kenneth Chan, a commentator from Baptist University, who's running a project observing the elections next month, for his thoughts on the decision.
Health secretary ‘irresponsible’ in dismissing tear gas concerns Listen
The Secretary for Food and Health, Sophia Chan, has dismissed the notion that the use of tear gas near the Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market poses a health concern, saying any chemicals on contaminated produce can simply be washed away with running water. She was grilled about the health impact of eating fruits possibly tainted by tear gas during a Legco panel meeting. But the health chief said tear gas is no different to other contaminants and pollutants, and can easily be washed off. Her response angered some legislators. Social welfare sector lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun from the Professionals Guild offered her a pear he bought from the market a day after tear gas was fired in the area. And medical doctor and Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki said her remarks were quite irresponsible. He spoke to Joanne Wong.
‘Record-breaking Nepali climber has the stuff legends are made of’ Listen
A Nepali mountaineer and former British Marine has climbed the world's tallest 14 peaks in seven months - beating an earlier record of almost eight years. Nirmal Purja reached the top of his 14th mountain, Shishapangma in Tibet on Tuesday morning. Purja, 36, joined the British Army in 2003 and became a Royal Marine in 2009. His climbing career began when he walked to Everest base camp in 2012 and, instead of returning as planned, decided to climb the entire mountain. Annemarie Evans put it to RTHK's South Asia correspondent Murali Krishnan that this record was a stunning achievement.