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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 June, 2007, 12:00am

Police want July 1 protest to be less than three hours

The protest march on July 1 is expected to be kept to less than three hours to avoid a clash with events marking the handover, Commissioner of Police Tang King-shing said yesterday. He said that because many of the celebration events would be held on Hong Kong Island it was important to co-ordinate between them. 'We are not setting a time limit for the march organisers, but the police have the responsibility to tell them that there are other activities to be held besides the march, and they need to plan how much time they need for theirs.'

Former Xinhua official dies

Former deputy director of Xinhua's Hong Kong branch Li Qixin died on June 9 in Beijing, Xinhua reported. Li was 97.

Knife sent to Alan Leong

Civic Party legislator Alan Leong Kah-kit received a letter with a 25cm knife inside. He said the knife was covered by a piece of paper with writing saying it was 'a present for Father's Day'.

346 civil servants dismissed

A total of 346 civil servants were dismissed from the service from 2000 to 2007, the Civil Service Bureau said. It said also in a paper handed to the public service panel that punishments were imposed in 1,640 cases under the Public Service (Disciplinary) Order within the period.