Panel rejects temporary posts for WTO meeting
A Legislative Council panel yesterday rejected a government plan to set up three temporary directorate posts to prepare for the World Trade Organisation ministerial meeting in Hong Kong next year. Members of the commerce and industry panel said they agreed that directorate-grade staff would be needed to prepare for the meeting but they said the Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau should solve the problem by internal staff reshuffles rather than seeking extra resources.
Bus crash tourist still in emergency ward
A 58-year-old woman seriously hurt in an accident in Guangxi on Monday is still being treated in the emergency ward at North District Hospital. The conditions of three other tourists involved in the same accident, when the bus they were travelling in tipped on its side after the driver tried to avoid a petrol tanker, were stable.
Buy back estate from developer, say democrats
The Democratic Party said the government should not negotiate with New World Development, owners of the Kingsford Terrace estate in Ngai Chi Wan, and that the Housing Authority should buy back the residential complex from the developer. The government could either sell the project through auction or open tender. It was one of the Home Ownership Scheme estates left in limbo by the government's suspension of subsidised housing in 2002.
Sotheby's denies fake painting reports
Sotheby's denied reports that a painting scheduled for sale at the end of April was a fake, saying its authenticity had been confirmed. The Seven Sages, painted by Fu Baoshi in 1946, is on display in Shanghai before it is transferred to Hong Kong for auction. Mainland reports had quoted Fu's son as saying it may be a fake because the signature was suspicious.