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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler


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MTR train-crash disruptions extend into second day   Listenfacebook
MTR services on the Tsuen Wan Line were again severely disrupted on Tuesday morning due to Monday's train crash near Central Station. The rail company's operations director, Adi Lau, said the trains are still blocking the track and they don't know when they will be removed. He said over 100 staff had been working to remove the wreckage since early Monday morning when a carriage of one of the trains derailed after it smashed into another at a crossover of the line just before Central Station. A signaling system software glitch has been blamed, as Timmy Sung reports:
Call for delay of new signalling system   Listenfacebook
The vice-chairman of the Hong Kong section of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers, says the roll out of the MTR Corporation’s new signaling system should be halted in the wake of Monday’s crash until the rail company can ensure there are no other glitches. Henry Cheung told Ian Pooler that safety should always come first:
HKMA wants overseas doctors to ease pressure on public hospitals   Listenfacebook
The Medical Association says foreign-trained doctors should be allowed in to Hong Kong to help alleviate staff shortages in the public health system. A recent survey of its members showed they support such a move although they don’t want non-Hong Kong trained doctors to be exempted from the licensing examinations. Mike Weeks asked the association's president, Dr Ho Chung-ping, about this apparent discrepancy:
Visiting Congress members worried about One Country, Two Systems   Listenfacebook
Civic Party legal sector lawmaker Dennis Kwok is heading to the United States to brief officials and members of Congress on Hong Kong's political situation. On Monday, he and other members of the Legislative Council held talks in Hong Kong with a visiting US Congressional delegation, who expressed concern about the implementation of One Country, Two Systems. Kwok told Richard Pyne this is crucial to ensure Washington's policy towards Hong Kong and the SAR’s special status with regard to US trade remain unchanged:
Beijing challenged over terrorist arrest claims   Listenfacebook
Human rights groups have challenged Beijing's claims that nearly 13,000 "terrorists" have been arrested in Xinjiang since 2014. A white paper by the State Council also said hundreds of what it called "terrorist gangs" have been broken up. The United Nations estimates that around a million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being held in internment camps in Xinjiang. Beijing calls them vocational education centres, and says participation is voluntary. But Patrick Poon, China researcher for Amnesty International, told Annemarie Evans the new policy paper makes a mockery of these claims: