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


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One dead, one missing in bridge accident  Listenfacebook
A construction worker has been killed and another is still missing after an industrial accident at the site of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge. They were among three workers who were dragged into the sea off Lantau on Wednesday afternoon, when a work platform collapsed. Janice Wong reports:
Lack of manpower on lift and escalator maintenance  Listenfacebook
A union representing lift and escalator maintenance workers is warning that a lack of manpower is putting safety at risk. This follows an escalator accident at a popular shopping mall last weekend that left 18 people injured. Timmy Sung reports:
Calls grow to suspend primary school tests  Listenfacebook
Some of the government's staunchest allies in the legislature have joined growing calls for the administration to suspend a set of controversial assessment tests for primary school students. Lawmakers from the New People's Party and the Business and Professionals Alliance added their names to a joint letter asking the government not to hold the tests in May. Francis Sit reports:
Mother unhappy with handling of daughter’s sexual assault case  Listenfacebook
The mother of a seven-year-old girl, who was allegedly sexually assaulted at a children's home, says she is unhappy with the way the case is being handled. The home in question is located in Kwai Tsing and run by the Hong Kong Children and Youth Services. Damon Pang reports:
Private housing project attracts suspicious first-time buyers  Listenfacebook
A private housing project that aims to help local residents get on the property ladder has seen some wealthy but suspicious first-time buyers. As Altis Wong reports, they were found to have snapped up multiple flats at the One Kai Tak project, without having to pay millions of dollars in stamp duties because they were first-time buyers:
‘Hong Kong property for Hong Kong people’ policy not working  Listenfacebook
The founder of Centaline property agency says the sale of flats at One Kai Tak show the government's policy of providing Hong Kong property for Hong Kong people is not working. Shih Wing-ching says not only should the government limit the sale of flats to Hong Kong buyers, it should also impose restrictions to prevent people buying for investment purposes. Shih told Ian Pooler the government should change the land-use rules for future projects:
UK govt. to detail repeal of EU laws  Listenfacebook
RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, says Thursday will be an important day in Britain, when the government is expected to publish details of how it will repeal and convert thousands of European Union rules into British law. This comes a day after the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, launched the historic process of leaving the EU, handing a letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Grey told Samantha Butler more about what May said in parliament: