slump in proceeds at car licence plate auction
Proceeds from the government's pick-your-own car number plate scheme continued to dwindle when the first auction of the year was held yesterday. The sale of 221 personalised vehicle registration plates raised HK$3,735,000 for various anti-poverty initiatives - just a third of the HK$11.25 million spent at the debut auction in September. 'CY' was the top-priced plate, fetching HK$240,000, a far cry from the HK$1.4 million that was paid for '1 L0VE U' at the first auction.
new group defends rights lawyers on mainland
Lawyers, legislators and academics have launched a group to promote the rule of law and the rights of human rights lawyers on the mainland. Lawyer and Democratic Party leader Albert Ho Chun-yan and The Frontier's Emily Lau Wai-hing will serve as the chairman and vice-chairwoman of the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group.
rent waiver next month
A long-awaited, one-month rent waiver for public housing tenants will happen next month, deputy housing director Mary Chow Shuk-ching said. The waiver was unrelated to a move to change the way rents were calculated, she said.
HK$1.3m in cocaine seized
Customs officers found 1.5kg of cocaine, worth HK$1.3 million, after searching the luggage of an unemployed man, 60, who arrived at Hong Kong International Airport from Venezuela on Friday. He will appear in Tsuen Wan Court tomorrow.