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Police on Saturday said they have arrested a truck driver on suspicion of causing a light rail carriage to derail, and disrupting light rail services in the western New Territories for about three hours. It is suspected that a plank, measuring 50 centimetres by 20 centimetres, fell from the truck the man was driving onto the light rail tracks. Offi…
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An infectious disease expert on Saturday warned that Hong Kong could be hit by a double whammy in which its peak influenza seasons are dominated by two flu virus strains -one after another this year. Speaking on a Commercial Radio programme, Ivan Hung, who's also a professor at the University of Hong Kong, said that the influenza virus infections h…
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Social welfare lawmaker Tik Chi-yuen on Saturday criticised the government’s latest strategy to ease poverty by saying that such strategies are not “precise” or “accurate” in alleviating poverty as they did not include other groups that also require social support. His remarks came after authorities earlier identified around 950,000 elderly people,…
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Transport minister Lam Sai-hung on Saturday said future taxi fleets will have to allow digital payments, install video recording technology, and should respond to complaints. Lam told a Commercial Radio programme that he hopes this government initiative to step up taxi management will enhance service standards. "We hope the fleet management will...…
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The Hong Kong Monetary Authority on Friday announced that a pilot electronic renminibi programme had been expanded to Hong Kong to include cross-border usage of the digital currency. It marks the first time since the launch of the e-CNY pilot scheme in 2019 that the nation's official digital currency was available for use outside of the mainland. T…
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Russian president Vladimir Putin was in Harbin on Friday to promote trade ties between the two nations on the final day of his state visit in China. Lying just a few hundred kilometres from the border with Russia, Harbin has long served as a key hub for cross-border trade and cultural exchange. The Russian president attended the opening ceremony of…
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The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) on Friday said it has given conditional approval to the environmental study into a plan to turn fish ponds in the northern New Territories into a technology hub. The department's director, Samuel Chui, said the environmental impact assessment on the San Tin Technopole project took into account a large n…
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Lawmakers on Friday said they were concerned about growing congestion around the Western Harbour Crossing, after changes to tolls made it the busiest of the three harbour tunnels. Official figures show that since a shake-up of tolls in December, traffic flow at the Western Harbour Crossing has increased by 18 percent to around 103,000 vehicles a da…
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The government on Thursday announced a series of measures intended to help Hong Kong cope better with extreme weather, including new arrangements for MTR services when the second-highest typhoon signal is in force. Trains on overground sections of the network will continue until the end of the line, or at least to a large station where passengers c…
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The Consumer Council on Thursday warned that the personal data of people who use apps to block spam callers could be at risk because some of these apps pass on the information to third parties. The watchdog investigated five such apps and found that two of them uploaded details from the user’s list of contacts onto their databases. The council foun…
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Tentative results of a Pay Trend Survey that would help adjust civil service pay were released on Thursday, but organisers said it would be "premature" for people to presume the administration will adopt their figures. The survey, based on data gathered from more than 110 private firms, points to rises of 4.01 percent for senior civil servants, 4.3…
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The Immigration Department on Thursday announced new ID card replacement arrangements as it prepares to move its headquarters from Wan Chai to Tseung Kwan O in the middle of next month. From June 11, the new headquarters will start providing services, and the Registration of Persons office in Kwun Tong will also be relocated to Tseung Kwan O. "The …
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Some 2,500 policymakers, academics and medical professionals on Thursday gathered at the Convention and Exhibition Centre for a two-day summit on health innovation and investment. The "Asia Summit on Global Health", jointly organised by the government and the Trade Development Council, features a series of thematic sessions on the latest trends in …
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President Xi Jinping told Russian President Vladimir Putin that China-Russia relations today have not come easily and should be cherished and cared for by both sides, state media said on Thursday. Xi made the remarks when the two leaders met in Beijing, where he said China will be a good neighbour to Russia. "On this new journey, China will always …
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