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


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Govt considers a BYD-built rail to ease traffic congestion  Listenfacebook
Transport Secretary Lam Sai-Hung says the authorities are considering whether to bring in a rail transit system from mainland manufacturing giant, BYD, to ease traffic congestion in Kowloon East. A delegation from Hong Kong, led by Chief Executive John Lee, visited the conglomerate's headquarters in Shenzhen on Sunday. Frank Yung reports:
Libraries urged to step up book-vetting efforts  Listenfacebook
The Audit Commission has called on the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to step up efforts to ensure public library materials do not pose a national security threat. It also called on library operators to try to attract more users as the number of visits have dropped significantly in recent years. Elvis Yu reports:
EOC urged to speed up investigation of complaints  Listenfacebook
The auditor has urged the Equal Opportunities Commission to explore ways to shorten the time used to conclude complaint cases. The watchdog also criticised the EOC for lacking investigation plans in many of the cases that exceeded its processing-time target. Maggie Ho reports:
Property prices rise to six-month high  Listenfacebook
Property prices have risen for the third consecutive month, hitting a six-month high. The Rating and Valuation Department said private home prices rose by 1.4 percent in March, slightly down from the 2.4 percent reported in February. But compared to March last year, prices were still down by eight percent. Private rents, meanwhile, rose by 1.1 percent last month. An expert from a real estate services company warned that the property market recovery may slow if there were further US interest rate hikes. But Hannah Jeong, the head of valuation and advisory services at Colliers Hong Kong, told Ada Au that the data was looking good so far, especially for non-luxury smaller flats:
New rules on subsidised home purchases take effect  Listenfacebook
Rules have been tightened on public housing tenants who want to buy a subsidised Home Ownership Scheme flat, requiring them to make a declaration on whether they have owned a local property in the past two years. It follows an outcry after a suspect in the murder of a socialite this year was found to have bought a subsidised flat despite already owning a luxury property. The chairwoman of the Housing Authority's subsidised housing committee, Cleresa Wong, said previously, public tenants - known as 'green form' applicants - were not required to make such a declaration, because authorities did not want to discourage them from buying an HOS flat and moving out of their public rental housing. She spoke to Samantha Butler about the rule change:
Funding gives young diabetes patients 'life-changing' devices  Listenfacebook
Youth Diabetes Action says new glucose monitors being made available for young diabetes patients are "life changers" that will free them from having to prick their fingers multiple times a day. The continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is a small patch with a needle that diabetes patients stick onto their arms to get glucose level readings. But not everyone can afford it because of its high cost. But Fina Cheng, who chairs the group, told Violet Wong that with Hong Kong Jockey Club funding, more young patients will benefit:
China to send 'special representative' to Ukraine  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping says China will send a special representative to Ukraine to help resolve the crisis there. The president highlighted the need for dialogue and negotiations in a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Damon Pang reports: