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


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Alliance members charged with subversion  Listenfacebook
The group that organises the annual June Fourth candlelight vigils to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident has been charged with inciting subversion of state power, along with three of its leaders. It comes a day after four core members of the group - the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China - were arrested for failing to cooperate with a national security investigation. Todd Harding reports:
Police raid June 4 museum  Listenfacebook
The latest developments come after national security police raided the closed June Four museum in Mong Kok, operated by the Alliance. As Frances Sit reports, officers were seen seizing items such as pieces of cardboard:
Guilty pleas over banned vigil  Listenfacebook
Twelve more people, including former legislators, have pleaded guilty at the District Court over their roles in a banned June 4 vigil last year. Jimmy Choi reports:
Covid vaccination programme extended  Listenfacebook
The government has announced the extension of its Covid-19 inoculation programme to the end of the year. The majority of the city's community vaccination centres will remain open, and there will be a greater effort to reach out to those most vulnerable to infection. Natale Ching reports:
Doctor calls for sharing of Covid records  Listenfacebook
A respiratory medicine expert says mainland and local authorities will first need to exchange Covid exposure records before either side can lift border restrictions. Leung Chi-chiu’s comments came a day after the Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she suggested to Beijing that experts from both sides discuss how to ensure the safe reopening of the border. Leung told Damon Pang that exposure records were needed to trace potential Covid patients:
Debate over salary for Bar chairman  Listenfacebook
The Bar Association is consulting members on a proposal to give an honorarium of $50,000 a month to its next chairman because of the significant time required for the role. The Bar Council noted in a circular to members that the Bar of England and Wales has been paying a full-time salary to its chairperson. It added that the current chairman, Paul Harris, wouldn't be seeking re-election next year to avoid conflict of interest. Former Bar Association chairman, Philip Dykes, told Joanne Wong he thought the proposal was long overdue:
Bar member says chair post should be unpaid  Listenfacebook
But Business and Professionals Alliance lawmaker Priscilla Leung, who's a member of the Bar Association, says she doesn't think the role of Bar Association chairman should be a paid post. She spoke to Joanne Wong:
Local researchers develop cancer surgery robot  Listenfacebook
Local scientists have made a potential breakthrough in the treatment of head and neck cancers. Doctors sometimes find it difficult to operate in the narrow nasal and oral cavities where the tumours are located. But, as Wong Yin-ting reports, medical and engineering researchers at two universities have developed a robotic device to help them overcome such challenges:
Robotic device available in hospitals within 10 years  Listenfacebook
Clinical and engineering experts from the Chinese University and the University of Hong Kong say the robotic device will allow for less invasive surgical procedures and can later be used for other types of surgery. Dr Jason Chan from the Chinese University begins by explaining to Janice Wong the different types of neck and head cancers and how they’re usually treated:
First civilian flight departs from Kabul  Listenfacebook
The first charter flight out of Afghanistan since the US led withdrawal has landed in the Qatari capital, Doha. Around 200 people were on board - more than 100 of them believed to be foreign nationals. RTHK's UK correspondent, Peter Anderson, told Samantha Butler it was a promising start but remained to be seen if further flights would be allowed: