Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:Janice Wong and Samantha Butler
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John Lee stresses importance of national security Listen
The Chief Executive-elect, John Lee, has set out his thoughts on improving governance in Hong Kong. He indicated that his decisions and actions in running the SAR would be informed by his long service in the police. Joanne Wong reports.
Warning to schools over suspect reading materials Listen
Education secretary Kevin Yeung says schools must ensure they do not have any publications that may violate the national security law. He made the comment after a local newspaper reported that some school libraries had pulled books from their shelves, citing security law concerns. Frank Yung reports.
CHP downplays significance of school outbreaks Listen
Health officials have ordered the partial suspension of two schools hit by Covid-19 infections. But the Centre for Health Protection says the outbreaks at schools just reflect the situation in the community, which it described as still severe. Wendy Wong reports.
Mass testing at nursing homes finds no new cases Listen
The government says it has completed a mass Covid-19 testing exercise involving 18,900 residents of residential care homes and nursing homes for the elderly, with no new cases found. Steve Dunthorne reports.
Fifth wave takes toll on parents and children Listen
A survey suggests the Omicron-driven fifth wave of Covid infections here has taken a toll on relationships between children and their parents. Last month, the Jockey Club questioned 700 people with children of kindergarten age, and found that 85 percent were worried about their kids' development during the pandemic. Around a third of the parents said their relationship with their children had worsened when they were stuck at home due to social distancing measures. Paediatrician Dr Patrick Ip led the research. He spoke to Natale Ching.
No review planned for currency peg Listen
The financial secretary says the government has no plans to review the Hong Kong dollar's peg to the greenback. Paul Chan made it clear the currency peg was crucial to maintaining international confidence in doing business in the SAR. Violet Wong reports.
Minimal capital outflow despite rate rises Listen
A member of the Monetary Authority's currency board subcommittee says it is still the best option for Hong Kong to maintain its dollar peg to the greenback. Professor Tang Heiwai, the Director of the University of Hong Kong's Asia Global Institute, said despite recent interest rate rises by the US Federal Reserve, there had been minimal capital outflow of Hong Kong dollars to US dollars. He spoke to Janice Wong.
Boris Johnson survives no-confidence vote Listen
The British prime minister, Boris Johnson, has survived a confidence vote brought by members of parliament from his own party. 148 conservative MPs voted against him; 211 said they wanted Johnson to stay in office. The prime minister has faced months of criticism after it emerged that parties had been held at government offices in Downing Street during coronavirus lockdowns. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Samantha Butler that the result would significantly weaken his authority.
Sri Lanka's president refuses to step down Listen
The Sri Lankan President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has told Bloomberg he will finish the remaining two years of his term despite months-long street protests calling for his ouster. But he says he will not stand for re-election. His older brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, stepped down as prime minister last month, after clashes between government supporters and the protesters turned bloody. Mike Weeks reports.
Nearly 50 killed in Bangladesh blaze Listen
In Bangladesh, a huge fire has been put out at a container depot near the eastern port city of Chittagong. Emergency services spent 30 hours battling the flames before finally bringing the blaze under control. At least 49 people, including 10 firefighters, were killed and hundreds injured, mostly in one huge explosion that engulfed the shipping container facility at Sitakunda. RTHK's South Asia correspondent, Murali Krishnan, told Annemarie Evans that there was a lot of confusion and finger pointing in Bangladesh over the deadly fire.
UN concerned over possible N Korean nuclear test Listen
The director general of the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, says they have seen indications that North Korea could be preparing to carry out a possible nuclear test. Speaking to the board of governors in Vienna, Rafael Grossi, said there were signs that a test area had been reopened. On Sunday, Pyongyang launched short-range missiles following a military exercise between South Korea and the United States, which involved an American aircraft carrier for the first time in more than four years. South Korea and the US responded by firing eight ballistic missiles of their own, as Aaron Tam reports.