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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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President Biden calls for end to ‘uncivil war’   Listenfacebook
Joe Biden has been sworn-in as the 46th President of the United States bringing to an end four years of often turbulent rule by Donald Trump. In his inaugural address at The Capitol, he made a strong call for unity at what he described as one of the most challenging times in American history. Biden said democracy had prevailed and that it was time for the US to re-engage with the world. Voice of America Washington correspondent Ira Mellman told Mike Weeks that most of the nation heaved a collective sigh of relief at Trump’s departure:
British QC pulls out of prosecution of high-profile protesters  Listenfacebook
Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng has slammed the pressure brought to bear on a British barrister not to prosecute prominent Hong Kong democracy activists. Queen's Counsel David Perry announced on Wednesday he was pulling out of the case. Cheng called the criticism levelled against him “disgraceful”, saying it's an example of how foreign governments seek to exert pressure on the SAR. Damon Pang reports:
Tens of thousands face testing in Yau Ma Tei and Jordan   Listenfacebook
Health officials say it could take up to two weeks to bring the coronavirus outbreak in the Jordan-Yau Ma Tei area under control, as the number of cases there continues to climb. Wendy Wong reports:
Chinese New Year fair U-turn under fire   Listenfacebook
The government's U-turn to allow Lunar New Year flower markets to go ahead has come in for more criticism. Officials say they're prepared to further reduce the number of people allowed in if Covid-19 infections surge again. But as Candice Wong reports, this doesn't seem to be allaying concerns about the risk the fairs pose for spreading the virus:
Philip Dykes ends as Bar head confident of future of the judiciary   Listenfacebook
Senior Counsel Philip Dykes ends his chairmanship of the Bar Association on Thursday, capping a three-year tenure that came during one of the most tumultuous times for the SAR, with the anti-government protests of 2019 and the imposition of the national security law last summer. He has been succeeded by veteran barrister Paul Harris. Dykes told Mike Weeks he is leaving at a time of rapid change:
Bank staff arrested over international money laundering   Listenfacebook
Police have arrested seven current and former bank staff over a money laundering case involving HK$6.3 billion. Officers described it as the largest case of its kind in recent years. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Government urged to stimulate spending to help create jobs  Listenfacebook
The financial secretary has been urged to offer spending vouchers to the people of Hong Kong in February's budget, to give the ailing economy a shot in the arm. Here's Violet Wong:
Moving walkways ‘unlikely’ to resolve Kwun Tong congestion  Listenfacebook
The government has proposed building a network of elevated moving walkways in Kowloon East. It's part of a plan to ease traffic congestion in the area after an earlier proposal for a pricey monorail system was scrapped. Documents submitted to the Legislative Council show the network would consist of three parts: one travelator connecting the Kwun Tong waterfront with the Kai Tak Runway Park; another linking the redeveloped areas of Kowloon Bay and Kwun Tong along Wai Yip Street; and a third in Kowloon Bay. Officials plan to launch studies this year and say they will start building the moving walkways as soon as possible. But Kwun Tong district councillor Edith Leung is not convinced the scheme will ease traffic congestion. The Democratic Party member spoke to Annemarie Evans:
Independent task force to study Bishop Hill reservoir   Listenfacebook
The government aims to propose an historic building grading for the Bishop Hill underground reservoir within the first quarter of this year. The planned demolition of the structure built in 1904 in Shek Kip Mei was suspended last month after a public outcry. Violet Wong reports: