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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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Two workers die at Kai Tak housing project  Listenfacebook
Two workers have been killed and three others injured in an industrial accident, when large scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in Kai Tak. The accident happened on Tuesday afternoon at the Pano Harbour housing project on Shing Fu Lane, where a 30-storey residential building was being built. Wendy Wong reports:
Immigrants, returnees boost HK's population  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's population has edged up 0.4 percent to slightly more than 7.5 million. The figure for last year continues a post-pandemic upward trend. Violet Wong reports:
HK should attract the 'right people' for its development  Listenfacebook
Population expert, Professor Paul Yip from the University of Hong Kong, says the city will have to rely heavily on immigrants to prevent its population from shrinking, as deaths are expected to continue to outnumber births. But he told Violet Wong that Hong Kong should make sure it attracted the "right people":
CE says community general supports local security laws  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says most views the government has received over plans to enact local national security legislation support having the new laws. He said the administration had received "a lot of opinions" since the start of the month-long consultation late last month. Violet Wong reports:
Govt must ensure proper use of public funds on mega events  Listenfacebook
John Lee also told reporters that his administration would ensure Hong Kong was an attractive place for mega events. He was responding to questions on reports that Singapore offered American superstar, Taylor Swift, millions of US dollars to have her sing exclusively in the city-state and not anywhere else in Southeast Asia during her latest world tour. Brigitte Pu reports:
Beijing official to collect views on Article 23 law  Listenfacebook
RTHK has learnt that a top Beijing official overseeing Hong Kong affairs will pay a six-day visit to the SAR from Thursday to listen to views on proposed Article 23 national security legislation. Natale Ching reports:
KPMG calls for review of tax base  Listenfacebook
Accountancy firm, KPMG, has called on the government to remove all property cooling measures, undertake a comprehensive review of the tax base system and provide more tax incentives for research and development activities. These are some of the suggestions made by the accounting firm for the upcoming budget. It estimates the government will run a deficit of HK$130 billion and that its fiscal reserves will be reduced to around HK$700 billion by the end of March. But John Timpany, KPMG's head of tax in Hong Kong, told Chloe Feng that the city's overall fiscal position remained healthy:
MTR plans screen doors at all stations by 2025  Listenfacebook
The MTR Corporation says platforms at all its stations will have screen doors by 2025 to boost safety. The rail firm says it is already working on installing the doors at major stations, such as Tai Wai and Sha Tin. Other stations, such as Kowloon Tong and Fo Tan, will have their screen doors set up in the coming six months. Hailey Yip reports:
Local dentists unconcerned about mainland competition  Listenfacebook
The College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong has brushed aside concerns that an expansion of the elderly voucher scheme in the Greater Bay Area will put pressure on local dentists. It comes after the announcement that elderly Hongkongers will be able to use their medical vouchers at more facilities in Guangdong, including two dental clinics in Shenzhen later this year. Kelly Yu reports:
China cuts key lending rate to boost economy  Listenfacebook
The nation's central bank has cut a key benchmark lending rate used to price mortgages, as Beijing seeks to boost growth and counter rate hikes in other major economies. Elvis Yu reports:
Rate cuts 'not enough to revive property market'  Listenfacebook
Financial analyst Daniel So told Chloe Feng that while the size of the cut was surprising, the move signalled that Beijing was focused on reviving the nation's property market this year:
Assange in last-ditch bid to fight US extradition  Listenfacebook
A hearing into the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's appeal against extradition to the United States is taking place at the High Court in London. Assange is wanted in the US for leaking classified military documents over a decade ago. His supporters say he exposed wrongdoing but Washington says Assange put lives at risk. He is currently being held in a British prison. In the hearing, his team has been arguing that he should be allowed a full appeal. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Samantha Butler that this was considered to be his last bid to fight extradition: