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Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Ben Tse and Vicky Wong


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High-speed rail to Guangdong resumes on Sunday  Listenfacebook
The express rail link between Hong Kong and the mainland resumes operations on Sunday after a three-year break during the pandemic when cross-border travel was largely suspended. It will feature a new service and cover more stations in Guangdong. Kelly Yu reports:
PCR testing will reduce usage of express rail  Listenfacebook
A transport expert has welcomed Sunday's resumption of express rail services to the mainland, calling it "long-awaited" after a three-year pandemic-induced closure. But Alok Jain, managing director of Trans-Consult, said it was only a partial resumption, as not all 50 destinations would be offered in the initial stages. He also told Vicky Wong that the requirement for a PCR test before crossing the border would reduce people's spontaneity of using the train:
HK is in the 'fast lane' and making up for lost time  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive John Lee says Hong Kong is "going ahead in the fast lane" and its doors are opening wider and wider. Speaking at the opening of the Asian Financial Forum at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, Lee said the SAR was making up for lost time and he was going to tell the world about the abundant opportunities it had on offer. Frank Yung reports:
HK condemns reports over UK meeting Lai's lawyers  Listenfacebook
The government has condemned reports that Jimmy Lai's legal team has asked the UK authorities to intervene in the Apple Daily founder's national security case. It urged them to stop interfering in Hong Kong's internal affairs, and respect the rule of law, as Mike Weeks reports:
Doctors charged with manslaughter over patient death  Listenfacebook
Two doctors have been charged with the manslaughter of a patient, who suffered from acute liver failure after receiving treatment in 2017. The pair will appear in court next week. Maggie Ho reports:
Dozens arrested for illegal road racing  Listenfacebook
Police have pledged to crack down on illegal road racing leading up to the Chinese New Year. They issued the warning after arresting 16 people and seizing 13 vehicles in an anti-road racing operation in Yuen Long on Tuesday. Vanessa Cheng reports:
No plans to remove property cooling measures  Listenfacebook
The government says there is no need right now to remove any property-market cooling measures as these have made it easier for local people to get on the housing ladder. Housing Secretary Winnie Ho also said ending the measures in haste could lead to short-term speculation. Violet Wong reports:
Soco wants guest house scheme expanded  Listenfacebook
A transitional housing operator is calling on the government to extend a pilot scheme that uses guest houses as transitional housing, from three to 10 years. The Society for Community Organisation (Soco) also suggested the government could provide more subsidies to guest houses, to encourage them to join the scheme. Transitional housing is aimed at people queuing for public rental flats. Jennie Chui, a community organiser with Soco, says it currently provides 66 guest house rooms for transitional housing, 90 percent of which are occupied by singletons. But she said it was difficult to encourage guest houses to join the scheme. She spoke to Ben Tse:
HKU trials new liver cancer treatment  Listenfacebook
The University of Hong Kong has developed a new treatment strategy for liver cancer, after enrolling 33 patients with large tumours in a three-year study. The researchers say only 10 percent of patients are completely cured using traditional methods but the new strategy can raise this to over half. Clinical Professor Albert Chan told Vanessa Cheng that patients with large tumours cannot undergo surgery, but the new treatment method is effective in reducing the size of their tumours:
Controversial Cardinal Pell dies, aged 81  Listenfacebook
The controversial former Vatican treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, has died in Rome at the age of 81. He is believed to have suffered a heart attack following hip surgery, after attending the funeral of former Pope Benedict the 16th. In 2018, he became the highest-ranking Roman Catholic prelate to be caught up in the sexual abuse scandal that's blighted the church in recent decades. He spent over 400 days in solitary confinement in his native Australia before his convictions were overturned. The cardinal is to receive a state funeral in Australia. Annemarie Evans spoke to Australian journalist Luke Hunt, who first met George Pell at the age of four when the clergyman came to the family's house after Luke's father died: