City Briefs

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 January, 2007, 12:00am

mobile phone penetration of city hits 133 per cent

The penetration of mobile phones in the city had risen to 133.4 per cent, or 9.33 million subscribers, by October last year, among the highest in the world and up from 121 per cent, or 8.4 million subscribers, in October 2005, the Office of the Telecommunications Authority said. Registered customer accounts with broadband access rose 6 per cent to about 1.727 million, while those with dial-up access dropped 3 per cent to 950,682. The household broadband penetration rate rose from 65.1 per cent to 68 per cent.

Secondary SCHOOLBOYS ARRESTED over brawl

Six secondary schoolboys were arrested over a campus brawl in Cheung Sha Wan. A 16-year-old boy was provoked by five other students, aged 12 to 15, and they met outside his classroom in Nam Wah Catholic Secondary School at 2pm. One boy allegedly used a box cutter to injure another student during a scuffle between all the boys. Four boys were treated for injuries at Caritas Medical Centre.

postman injured after row over barking dog

Police are searching for two men after a postman was injured in a scuffle. The postman was making deliveries at 10.45am at Lei Yue Mun Municipal Services Building when a dog began barking at him. He had words with the dog's owner and soon another man arrived, pushed him to the ground and a scuffle began. The postman was taken to United Christian Hospital.

Knife attack leaves Minibus driver injured

A minibus driver was in stable condition in Queen Mary Hospital after being attacked at 1am in Western. Police said that when the driver approached Belcher's Street on his route from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan, two passengers chopped him from behind with knives. Police arrested a 43-year-old suspect in Wan Chai last night.

last Call for smart cards

Holders of identity cards born in 1938-42 are required to apply for a smart card between February 12 and March 31 at a Smart Identity Card Centre. The Immigration Department said this was the last phase of the replacement exercise.

Bus hits mum, daughter

A mother and her six-year-old daughter were hit by a bus when they were crossing Tung Tau Tsuen Road, Kowloon City, at a spot with no traffic lights. The woman, 50, was in serious condition in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the girl stable.


The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said funeral services would be suspended on Lunar New Year's Day, February 18, when all cemeteries and crematorium offices would close.