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


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HK banks hold steady despite Fed rate hike  Listenfacebook
HSBC, Hang Seng Bank and Standard Chartered are all holding their best lending rates unchanged despite the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s move to increase its Base Rate by a quarter of a percentage point. That was in lock step with the latest interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve, as Elvis Yu reports:
Hockey body room to 'improve' on anthem issue  Listenfacebook
A sports official is warning that last month's anthem blunder at an international ice hockey match shows the sport's association has 'a lot of room for improvement'. Edgar Yang, honorary secretary-general of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee, also said his group would hold a board meeting later on Friday to discuss the matter, and announce afterwards how they would deal with the mistake. Violet Wong reports:
Spoiled milk case goes to full claims hearing  Listenfacebook
A man who is claiming more than HK$6,000 in compensation for food he says was spoiled in a massive power blackout last summer, will be allowed to take his case against CLP to a full claims hearing. It comes after the Small Claims Tribunal rejected an application from power giant, CLP, to kick the case out. Kelly Yu reports:
Hopes that easing re-export ban will lift cargo trade  Listenfacebook
Less than a year after banning e-cigarettes, the government plans to table legislation next week to allow their re-export, and transshipments of other heated tobacco products. As Damon Pang reports, officials hope the move will reverse a "substantial loss" for Hong Kong's air cargo industry:
EdU takes flexible approach to ChatGPT  Listenfacebook
The Education University is taking a different approach to the new generation of chatbots. Unlike other tertiary institutions that are trying to limit their use, it has decided to encourage students to embrace artificial intelligence and make the most of the new technology. Ada Au reports:
English speaking tests resume with Covid guidelines  Listenfacebook
English speaking tests for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination resumed on Tuesday after a three-year pandemic break. But the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority requires students taking the tests to follow Covid safety measures despite the lifting of all restrictions in the territory. Professor Ricardo Mak, the director of public examinations, told Hailey Yip that the authority also had contingencies to deal with those who tested positive during the exam period:
Gastroenteritis cases on the rise  Listenfacebook
Health authorities have been reminding the public to maintain good personal hygiene as cases of acute gastroenteritis have been rising. The Centre for Health Protection said as of Tuesday, seven such outbreaks were reported, affecting more than 60 people. The virus causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain. Henry Yeung, a board member of the Hong Kong Chinese Medical Association, called the rising trend 'alarming', and said most of the cases were in children. He spoke to Samantha Butler:
India’s Rahul Gandhi found guilty of defamation  Listenfacebook
Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi has been sentenced to two years in prison for criminal defamation. Gandhi was convicted by a court in Gujarat state for comments he made in 2019 about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surname during an election rally. He has been given bail for 30 days to allow him to file an appeal. The Congress party MP was present in court for sentencing, which comes a year before general elections are due in India. Annemarie Evans spoke to RTHK's Delhi correspondent Murali Krishnan about the case: