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


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Verdict on 'Headliner' programme within nine months  Listenfacebook
The Court of Appeal will hand down its verdict within nine months' time on whether a satirical current affairs programme breached the TV code of practice. RTHK's Headliner programme had featured a policeman emerging from a rubbish bin, which the police force complained about. The RTHK Programme Staff Union and the Journalists Association filed a judicial review after the Communications Authority decided to uphold the complaints. Ada Au reports:
LingU probes another orientation camp scandal  Listenfacebook
Lingnan University says it is looking into whether violations were committed during orientation activities, after an online video appeared to show several students kissing as part of a game. It is the latest in a series of scandals over university orientation camps. Violet Wong reports:
Varied activities needed to spice up HK's nightlife  Listenfacebook
Sources say the government will unveil its plans to boost the city’s night-time economy at a ceremony at West Kowloon Cultural District next Thursday. It is understood that part of the initiative will include having shopping malls extend weekend operating hours and dish out discounts. Speaking to reporters after meeting deputy financial secretary Michael Wong, DAB lawmakers said while they generally supported these plans, more could be done to spice up the city’s nightlife. DAB lawmaker Vincent Cheng spoke to Anne Chan:
HK a 'leading importer' of exotic pets  Listenfacebook
Two conservation groups say the territory's lenient pet trade regulations are the reasons why Hong Kong is the leading importer of exotic species. The study done by the World Wide Fund for Nature and the ADM Capital Foundation found that the SAR imported more than five million exotic species in a six-year period and more than half were listed as "threatened with extinction". They say one of the main reasons is the demand from the local exotic pet market. Wildlife programme officer Christie Wong spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
Call for better "traceability" to curb illegal pet trade  Listenfacebook
The ADM Capital Foundation is calling for better traceability of imported exotic pets to curb any illegal exports. Sam Inglis, the foundation's wildlife programme manager, says of the 5.2 million exotic animals brought into Hong Kong over a six-year period, only 200,000 were legally re-exported. He told Samantha Butler there was currently no way of finding out the fate of the animals once they entered the territory:
Greenpeace wants better heat warning system  Listenfacebook
Greenpeace is calling on the government to talk to labour unions and set up laws that better safeguard workers against heat stroke before summer next year. The group said the current three-tier warning system was ineffective. Last month, the organisation, along with the Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs, surveyed over 120 construction workers and street cleaners. The team reported that over 60 percent of the respondents had experienced symptoms of heat illness while working even after the implementation of the new system. Tom Ng, a Greenpeace campaigner, spoke to Ada Au:
Locally-grown veggies to be featured on HK stamps  Listenfacebook
Chinese white cabbage, carrots and corn are some of the vegetables which will be featured on Hong Kong stamps, as part of a tribute to locally-grown veggies. Priscilla Ng reports:
Premier Li on ASEAN charm offensive, amid protests  Listenfacebook
Premier Li Qiang says China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have built strong ties benefiting both sides amid global changes. The premier is on an official visit to Indonesia, where he is attending the ASEAN Plus Three and East Asia summits. Natale Ching reports:
G20 invite fuels rumours of India name-change  Listenfacebook
In India, there is growing controversy over the use of the name India. A special session of parliament has been planned for five days from September 18, reportedly to discuss a proposal to remove the word from the country's constitution. This is popular with the ruling Hindu nationalists, who just want to use the Sanskrit name, Bharat. Earlier, dinner invitations to visiting world leaders for the upcoming G20 Summit in Delhi were sent out in the name of the ‘President of Bharat’ instead of the ‘President of India’. But is the move an attempt to disassociate from its colonial heritage or the fact that the opposition has created a coalition called India? Annemarie Evans spoke to RTHK's South Asia correspondent, Murali Krishnan: