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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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Student leaders arrested by national security police  Listenfacebook
Two weeks after the Secretary for Security, Chris Tang, warned that prison inmates were using chocolate treats to recruit followers and "build up forces" to endanger national security, national security police have arrested three people linked to the localist group, Student Politicism. The three, aged between 18 and 20, have been accused of inciting subversion. One suspect was taken to an industrial building in Kwai Chung, where officers were seen leaving with boxes of M&M chocolates, and other items that visitors can take into prisons. Timmy Sung reports:
Walk-in Covid jabs for all  Listenfacebook
The government has announced that from Wednesday, everyone aged 12 or above can receive a Covid-19 vaccination without making a booking. The walk-in scheme applies to 21 community vaccination centres and comes amid concerns over the low vaccine take-up rate in the elderly population. Health authorities, meanwhile, confirmed five imported coronavirus cases on Monday from the US, the Philippines, Kenya, and Myanmar. Wendy Wong reports:
Dr hopes walk-in scheme will boost turnout  Listenfacebook
The doctor in charge of the Kwun Chung Vaccination Centre in Jordan says expanding the walk-in scheme to cover everyone aged 12 and above should lead to a higher vaccine take-up rate. Samuel Kwok said the capacity at his centre was 2,000 a day, but less than 1,000 people were turning up for inoculation:
Election officials apologise for results delay  Listenfacebook
The head of the Electoral Affairs Commission, Barnabas Fung, has apologised for the delay in announcing results from Sunday's Election Committee poll - which came through 14 hours after polls closed. The election was the first to be held since Beijing announced new electoral changes to ensure patriots rule Hong Kong. Over 4,300 people from various professional bodies cast their ballots. Fung said the delay "far exceeded reasonable expectations". Wendy Wong reports:
Beijing says polls mark major democratic step  Listenfacebook
Beijing's liaison office has welcomed the outcome of Sunday's polls, saying they mark a major step in Hong Kong's democratic development. Voter turnout was nearly 90 percent, with 4,380 of the 4,800 eligible voters casting ballots in 13 competitive sub-sectors, as Maggie Ho reports:
Analyst says poll deprives people of political rights  Listenfacebook
Political commentator Chung Kim-wah disagrees with the liaison office's remarks, and the assertion that this represents a step forward for the city's democratic development:
DAB, FTU score big on Election Committee  Listenfacebook
The DAB party as well as the Federation of Trade Unions are the biggest winners in Sunday's polls, winning almost two-thirds of the contested seats in the Election Committee. As Priscilla Ng reports, both groups hailed the composition of the 1,500-strong committee, saying it was highly representative of different views in society:
Kowloon councillors to take loyalty oaths  Listenfacebook
District councillors in Kowloon will this week be required to pledge their allegiance to the SAR government and to uphold the Basic Law. It comes after seven Hong Kong Island councillors were stripped of their seats last week after authorities ruled they failed their loyalty oaths. Another Hong Kong Island councillor didn't attend the oath-taking ceremony and lost his post. Wendy Wong reports:
Further volatility expected in local shares  Listenfacebook
An analyst has warned that the local stock market could face further volatility in the coming weeks, after property shares drove down the Hang Seng Index by 3.3 percent on Monday. Major blue-chip real estate stocks dived up to 13 percent following weekend reports that Beijing had ordered the city's developers during closed-door meetings to support its interests. JP Morgan Asset Management's Asia Chief Market Strategist, Tai Hui, told Joanne Wong that the impact of the reported order by Beijing remains to be seen:
Universal Studios opens first China theme park  Listenfacebook
The world's largest Universal Studios' resort has finally opened its doors to the public in Beijing, following a two-decade wait. Priscilla Ng reports: