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


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HKU probes indecent assault claims at orientation camp  Listenfacebook
Universities have been holding orientation camps to welcome new students before the start of the new school year. But allegations of indecent assault at the camp organised by the University of Hong Kong's nursing society have raised concerns, along with the issue of hazing and student behaviour. Both the university and its nursing society are investigating the assault claims, which were made on social media. Kelly Yu reports:
Guidelines needed for orientation camp organisers  Listenfacebook
A youth group member says orientation camps are mostly positive and useful for incoming university students, providing a good opportunity for team-building and making friends. But Clement Ng from the Hok Yau Club says university freshmen should speak up if they encounter questionable activities during the camps. He told Frank Yung it would be helpful to draw up guidelines for orientation camp organisers:
Customs seize $170 million of methamphetamine  Listenfacebook
Authorities say they seized about HK$170 million worth of methamphetamine, hidden in a shipment from Mexico. Customs officers were able to intercept the drugs before they were shipped out to Australia. As Vanessa Cheng reports, the department said the SAR was an increasingly popular drug trafficking transit point and it was trying to reverse this trend:
Hong Kong becoming a popular transit port for drugs  Listenfacebook
Customs officers say more drug traffickers are using Hong Kong as a transit port. In the latest seizure of 240 kilos of suspected methamphetamine, four men were arrested, including one in Sydney. Fong Heung-wing, head of the customs' drug investigation bureau, spoke to Kimmy Lau:
Govt cracks down on unlicensed eateries  Listenfacebook
The development secretary, Bernadette Linn, has defended government efforts in tackling land lease violations in industrial buildings. Responding to inquiries, she insisted the Land's Department was not targeting a particular eatery, saying that the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department had received 14 complaints about a noodle shop in a Kwun Tong industrial building since last year and had launched six prosecutions. Frank Yung reports:
Electronic flag days a windfall for charities  Listenfacebook
A NGO says a shift to holding electronic flag days has boosted donations to charities. The Chief Executive of the group, SideBySide (formerly the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention) says more donors are using electronic payments, and donating a higher amount in order to get a tax deduction. Anthea Lee said volunteers also preferred electronic methods, which meant they did not have to carry a heavy collection bag. But she told Janice Wong that one problem they encountered was donors thinking their Whatsapp donation appeal was a scam:
China scraps pre-departure Covid-19 test  Listenfacebook
The foreign ministry says inbound travellers to the mainland no longer need a pre-departure test for Covid-19, starting from Wednesday. It is a milestone in its reopening to the rest of the world, as Jacqueline Guico reports:
China, US set up trade working group  Listenfacebook
China and the United States will set up a new working group to discuss trade tensions. That emerged from talks between Commerce Minister Wang Wentao and visiting US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, who said it was "profoundly important" for the world's two largest economies to have a stable economic relationship. Damon Pang reports:
Evergrande loses US$2 billion off its market value  Listenfacebook
Shares in mainland property giant Evergrande plummeted nearly 80 percent after resuming trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange on Monday, closing at 35 cents. That wiped about US$2 billion dollars off its market value. Evergrande resumed trading after a 17-month suspension, after the firm said it had met guidelines set out by the bourse, including belatedly publishing its financial results. Natale Ching reports:
'Too early' to say if Evergrande has turned a new chapter  Listenfacebook
A China real estate senior credit analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence says it is hard to say if Evergrande has turned the corner just yet. Daniel Fan spoke to Damon Pang:
Call to lower stamp duty on HK's stock market  Listenfacebook
Both Hong Kong and mainland stocks opened sharply higher on Monday before giving up some of those gains to finish about one percent up. That is after mainland authorities halved the stamp duty on the trading of shares in the latest attempt to boost the struggling market. An economist says the stamp duty on stock transactions should be lowered here in Hong Kong as well, to strengthen liquidity in the local market. Andy Kwan, director of ACE Centre for Business and Economic Research, made the comment after Chief Executive John Lee announced that the government would launch a taskforce to boost the SAR’s stock market. Kwan told Hailey Yip that this method would help build investor confidence and attract more funds from overseas:
UK's 'worst' air traffic disruption affects millions  Listenfacebook
Britain's National Air Traffic Service was hit by a technical problem for several hours on Monday, causing widespread disruption to flights in UK airspace that it said would continue for some time even though the issue was fixed. The air traffic control agency said its automatic processing of flight plans malfunctioned, requiring them to be handled manually and causing flight delays and cancellations. RTHK's UK correspondent, Peter Anderson, told Samantha Butler the disruption happened during a holiday weekend: