Official arriving to oversee pandas handover
Deputy director of the State Forestry Administration Zhao Xuemin will visit Hong Kong on Thursday to officiate at the handover of two giant panda cubs at Chek Lap Kok airport. A team of mainland experts will fly to the city tomorrow to work on the final preparations for the cubs' arrival. The experts will include director of the Wolong Nature Reserve Administration in Sichuan province , Zhang Hemin , who is expected to give a talk tomorrow on saving giant pandas. The 90-minute discussion will be held at the Hong Kong Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui East from 10.30am. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Justice minister tells youngsters to broaden their horizons
Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung said youngsters should not focus solely on material gain. Speaking at a forum on social mobility, Mr Wong said the new generation faced greater difficulties in moving up the social ladder, as there were more university graduates these days. He stressed the importance of value judgment and helping people in need. He said he used to help his father sell ice cream on the streets when he was a child and added that his humble family background had given him the momentum to study hard and pursue his career.
Pledge on suffrage proposals
The government said all universal suffrage proposals received from political parties as well as individuals and different organisations would be covered in the green paper to be issued later this year. But it said any options put forward for public discussion should be consistent with the Basic Law. The remarks came after The Frontier legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing said on the RTHK programme Letter to Hong Kong the consultation would be 'fake'.
Award for Anson Chan
Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang received a top award from the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute of Canada, in recognition of her contribution to economic and political freedom. Mrs Chan was presented with the T. Patrick Boyle Founder's Award, the institute's top honour.