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


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MTR fares to increase by 2.3 percent  Listenfacebook
Train fares will go up by 2.3 percent this year under an updated fare adjustment mechanism that takes into account profit earned in the MTR Corporation's property sector. It means most rides will cost an additional 40 cents or less. Leung Pak-hei reports:
Lawmaker disappointed over fare adjustment formula  Listenfacebook
Roundtable lawmaker and former railway boss, Michael Tien, says he is "extremely unhappy" that the MTR's new fare formula only takes into account profit from property development and not other sources of income, such as recurring rental income and advertising revenue. He told Vanessa Cheng that this meant just a minimal reduction in fares:
John Lee defends policing at first authorised protest  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee has defended the policing of a march in Tseung Kwan O on Sunday, which was the first one authorised by the force in three years. Protesters had to wear number tags and march in a cordoned-off area. Lee said police had a responsibility to ensure protests did not pose a risk to public order or national security. But he said the measures would be reviewed after each event. Frank Yung reports:
'Budget' tours leaving unhappy residents in their wake  Listenfacebook
The tourism watchdog says the trade is working hard to minimise the impact of mainland tour groups on residents of Kowloon. There has been a return of mass tourism to the SAR since quarantine-free travel resumed with the mainland in February. It has resulted in Hung Hom and To Kwa Wan residents complaining of crowded streets, noise and litter left behind by visitors on so-called “budget tours”. Maggie Ho reports:
CE: HK must be ‘better’ than others  Listenfacebook
The government says Hong Kong's competitiveness will suffer if it cannot deliver sufficient land for homes and economic development. Chief Executive John Lee said it was critical for Hong Kong to be better than others, as Maggie Ho reports:
Authorities consider flexible approach to temporary housing  Listenfacebook
Transitional housing for people waiting for public flats could be allowed to operate for longer if the land they are built on is not needed for development. Housing officials made the comments during a discussion with lawmakers about the short-term homes, as Violet Wong reports:
Extending transitional housing gives 'stability' to tenants  Listenfacebook
Plans to allow transitional housing projects to operate for longer have been welcomed by social welfare groups. The Society for Community Organisation's deputy director, Sze Lai-shan, says it gives the tenants more stability, as some feared they would have to return to a more expensive sub-divided unit if their public rental flat was still not available. She also welcomed plans to allow more people to access the temporary homes, instead of reserving 80 percent for those waiting for a public flat for at least three years. Sze spoke to Samantha Butler:
Three arrested over raid on luxury watch shop  Listenfacebook
Police have arrested three people over a weekend raid on a watch store in Tsim Sha Tsui in which goods worth more than $10 million were stolen. Leung Pak-hei reports:
Call for solidarity as annual Boao Forum opens  Listenfacebook
Beijing has emphasised the importance of solidarity at the Boao Forum in Hainan. In opening the event, Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong stressed cooperation in the face of international economic uncertainty. But the forum's official report also offers hope, saying Asian economic growth will be the 'standout' this year. Kelly Yu reports:
100,000 expected to visit Leslie Cheung exhibit  Listenfacebook
Organisers of an exhibition marking the 20th anniversary of the death of one of Hong Kong's most beloved superstars, Leslie Cheung, say they expect 100,000 people to visit. The "Miss You Much Leslie Exhibition" at the Heritage Museum in Sha Tin features 61 exhibits from the life of the singer and actor. It opens on Wednesday until October 9. The museum's curator Carmen Wong told Elvis Yu that the exhibition provided fans with a closer look at the singer's unique style and talent:
NI terrorism threat level raised to 'severe'  Listenfacebook
The British government has raised the terrorism threat level in Northern Ireland to severe, meaning an attack is considered highly likely. It comes just days before a potential visit by President Biden to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement that largely ended around three decades of violence. RTHK's UK correspondent Peter Anderson told Samantha Butler that the move followed recent attacks on police: