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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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Halloween gift for restaurants and bars as Covid-19 remains at bay   Listenfacebook
Bars and restaurants will be allowed to continue serving until 2am and operate at greater capacity from Friday, when public beaches are set to finally reopen. The government move to further relax social distancing measures was announced on Tuesday as new local coronavirus infections remained at zero. Damon Pang has the details:
Easing expected to boost restaurant income by 10-15 percent  Listenfacebook
The catering industry cheered the government's decision to ease back coronavirus-control measures from Friday. Restaurants and bars will be allowed to serve more people and stay open until 2am. Simon Wong, the president of the Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades, described it as good news ahead of their busiest period of the year. He spoke to Annemarie Evans:
Quotas urged, at least initially, on cross-border travellers  Listenfacebook
Although there were no local coronavirus infections again on Tuesday, Hong Kong did report five new cases of the disease imported from India and France. The government also announced plans to allow more Hong Kong residents to return from mainland China without having to undergo quarantine from next month, saying the coronavirus situation across the border has stabilised. But it gave no further details. Infectious disease expert Dr Joseph Tsang told Janice Wong he supports the latest move to relax anti-pandemic measures:
Studentlocalism leader nabbed by national security police  Listenfacebook
The Police revealed on Tuesday that three people have been arrested on suspicion of breaching the national security law in connection with social media posts made since September. The suspects are believed to be former members of the pro-independence group Studentlocalism. Maggie Ho reports:
New HKU vice president denies membership of the CCP   Listenfacebook
The University of Hong Kong's governing council has appointed two mainland scholars as vice-presidents. One of them had been reported to be a member of the Chinese Communist Party, but he refuted the claim, as Frances Sit reports:
HKU’s reputation ‘rests on it being a bridge between east and west’  Listenfacebook
The President of the Hong Kong University Students' Union, Edy Jeh, says it will explore legal means, such as judicial review, to overturn the decision of the governing council to appoint two mainland scholars as vice-presidents of the university. One of them, Professor Max Shen, had been reported to be a member of the Chinese Communist Party, although on Tuesday he strenuously denied that claim. Jeh described the appointments as "the end of academic freedom and institutional autonomy" at the institution. But council member Brian Stevenson dismissed such concerns, saying the future success of the university depends on recognising “we are part of China.” Mike Weeks asked the deputy head of the HKU Alumni Concern Group, Mak Tung-wing, if Shen’s denial that he’s a party member puts that matter to rest:
CE to head to Beijing after 5th party plenum   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she will make a three-day trip to Beijing next week, to discuss her proposals to stimulate Hong Kong's economy with the central government. But her visit to the capital will come hard on the heels of this week's closed-door meeting of the Communist Party's Central Committee, which is mapping out China's latest five-year development plan. Damon Pang reports:
HSBC rises despite drop in third-quarter earnings  Listenfacebook
HSBC shares in London climbed 3.4 percent on Tuesday despite the banking giant reporting a 36 percent drop in third-quarter pre-tax profits. It also warned of heightened geopolitical risks to its growth prospects and profitability in Hong Kong, as Richard Pyne reports: