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


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Cabinet reshuffle ‘lacks’ any clear direction   Listenfacebook
The opposition camp has dismissed the first reshuffle of Carrie Lam's cabinet, saying it will do nothing to improve governance or the political crisis in Hong Kong. Four ministers have gone: the head of the Civil Service Bureau, Joshua Law; home affairs chief Lau Kong-wah; the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury James Lau; and IT czar Nicholas Yang. Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Secretary Patrick Nip has been moved over to head up the civil service and will be replaced by former immigration chief Erick Tsang. Caspar Tsui takes over home affairs; the new Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury is Christopher Hui; while Alfred Sit is now in charge of the Innovation and Technology Bureau. In unveiling the new members of her team, Chief Executive Lam made clear that reviving Hong Kong's virus-hit economy is now the top priority. Mike Weeks asked political commentator Joseph Cheng whether he thinks the reshuffle will help this reboot:
Discharge of coronavirus patients under review   Listenfacebook
Health experts are reviewing guidelines on discharging Covid-19 patients to see if they should be tightened. This comes after another apparently recovered patient was re-admitted to hospital and again tested positive for the disease. Four more coronavirus infections were confirmed on Wednesday, all of them involving people who'd returned from the UK. Wendy Wong has the details:
Union chief says decent wages now more necessary than ever   Listenfacebook
The Minimum Wage Commission has launched an eight-week public consultation on the next bottom limit for hourly pay. The commission reviews the statutory minimum wage every two years. Lee Cheuk-yan, from the Confederation of Trade Unions and the Labour Party, was closely involved in the battle to enact minimum wage legislation 10 years ago. It was set at HK$28 an hour in 2010 and has since risen to HK$37.50. Janice Wong asked Lee if that rate of increase had kept pace with inflation:
Opposition lawmakers vow to vote down budget  Listenfacebook
Opposition lawmakers have vowed to vote against this year's budget despite warnings from Beijing representatives that they would have to bear the consequences if they harm Hong Kong's interests. Frances Sit reports:
Security chief says mass arrests are not unprecedented   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, John Lee, has lashed out at foreign governments who criticised the arrests last week of 15 prominent pro-democracy veterans. He said such mass round ups are not unique to Hong Kong. Damon Pang reports:
HK accused of lagging behind on Earth Day   Listenfacebook
Friends of the Earth has urged the government to take bold action to tackle climate change and the management of waste in Hong Kong, as well as improve local air quality. It made the appeal on Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The green group says the Hong Kong government has done quite a lot to protect the environment. But Friends of the Earth's Jeffrey Hung told Richard Pyne that the measures haven't been enough and have left the SAR lagging behind other international cities: