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


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HK visitor numbers hit 1.4 million  Listenfacebook
For the first time since Hong Kong emerged from the Covid pandemic, official figures show visitor numbers topped the one million mark last month. But that is still a third of pre-pandemic levels from 2019, as Ada Au reports:
Travel sector wants to import labour  Listenfacebook
Travel Industry Council deputy chairman, Ricky Tse, says the sector is happy to see the jump in tourism numbers. And to help the industry post-Covid, he has called for the importation of foreign workers to help tackle a manpower shortage. Tse spoke to Natale Ching:
Nanny-cams fail to meet European standards  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has urged manufacturers of home surveillance cameras to enhance the cybersecurity of their products. It made the call after just one of the 10 video surveillance systems it tested complied with European security standards. Vanessa Cheng reports:
HK should look overseas for cyber security legislation  Listenfacebook
The chief executive of the Consumer Council, Gilly Wong, says the watchdog found security concerns with nine nanny-cam models, such as transmission of videos and data without encryption and failure to defend against hacking attacks. Many spy camera apps also had inadequate security in the storage of user data. Wong told Ben Tse that the government should look at how other countries police cyber security for "the internet of things":
Lawmaker calls for hacking to be a criminal offence  Listenfacebook
IT-sector lawmaker Duncan Chiu says it will be difficult to regulate camera manufacturers because many of them are not based in Hong Kong. He also told Leung Pak-hei that tougher laws should be enacted to better safeguard privacy:
KMB open to fare review mechanism  Listenfacebook
Kowloon Motor Bus says it is open to the idea of a new mechanism to regularly review and set bus fares. Such a fare adjustment mechanism is already in place for train fares. KMB and the four other franchised bus companies have submitted proposals to Legco this week to raise their fares, but they have been branded unreasonable by some lawmakers. Maggie Ho reports:
Call for tighter checks on subsidised home buyers  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have called on housing officials to get their act together and speed up work on tightening rules on subsidised homes. The calls come amid reports that a suspect in the recent murder of socialite, Abby Choi, bought a flat under the Green Form Subsidised Home Ownership Scheme for public flat tenants, despite already owning a high-end flat in Ho Man Tin worth tens of millions of dollars. Authorities earlier conceded that they did not vet the assets of green-form applicants. Lawmaker Paul Tse told Ada Au that the policy was outdated:
Manhunt underway in suspected robbery-murder  Listenfacebook
Police are hunting for a male suspect wanted over the alleged murder of a 63-year-old woman at her Kwai Fong flat, in an apparent burglary attempt. As Frank Yung reports, officers believe he was known by the victim:
Deal signed to speed up building of new HK tech hub  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong and the mainland have signed an agreement to work together to speed up the building of an international innovative technology hub in the SAR. A top Beijing official says Hong Kong plays an indispensable role in the country's IT development. Kenny Hodgart reports:
Self-reliance on tech can address supply bottlenecks  Listenfacebook
An economics scholar says it is important for China to achieve its goal to become self-reliant in science and technology, not only because of what Beijing sees as suppression by the United States. Jiarui Zhang, a fellow at Taihe Institute, says the restructuring of the Ministry of Science and Technology - endorsed during the recent "Two Sessions" - means development will not stay at the industry level, but will be more macro level-oriented and efficient overall. He spoke to Violet Wong:
Mainland retail sales pick up, factory activity slows  Listenfacebook
Official figures from the mainland have revealed uneven growth in the first two months of the year. It is the first barometer of China's economic health since it dropped its strict anti-pandemic measures, with retail figures picking up the slack from slower manufacturing numbers. Mike Weeks reports:
Swiss central bank ready to support Credit Suisse  Listenfacebook
Financial regulators in Switzerland say they are ready to provide liquidity to underpin the troubled banking giant, Credit Suisse, if needed. Shares in the bank plunged 24 percent, a record low, after its biggest shareholder said it would not provide more funding. This sparked a wider sell-off in European stocks. RTHK's UK correspondent, Peter Anderson, told Samantha Butler that last week's collapse of Silicon Valley Bank was unnerving investors all over the world: