City's show of achievements a resounding success
An exhibition 'A Decade of Achievements' at the Capital Museum organised by the Office of the Hong Kong SAR Government in Beijing attracted 118,000 visitors since its opening on June 27. The exhibition, which closed yesterday, was part of the celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of the handover. The office said 12,295 people visited the exhibition yesterday. The office will organise performances by Hong Kong modern dance and Cantonese opera companies between now and October, while a roving exhibition in 15 cities in northern provinces and autonomous regions will also be held from September to November.
Support for legal aid fund, study finds
Over 40 per cent of people who took part in a study approved the proposed set-up of a new conditional legal aid fund that is aimed at subsidising middle-income people in taking civil court actions. The New Century Forum study polled 878 citizens aged 18 to 70 between July 11 to 15, days after the Law Reform Commission released its proposal to set up the fund which would adopt a 'no win, no fee' system. It found that 29.6 per cent said lawyers should be paid according to the standards set in the current legal aid system, 34.3 per cent said payment should depend on the cases and 43.1 per cent approved the establishment of such a fund, which can help those a bit too wealthy to qualify for financial help from the existing Ordinary Legal Aid Scheme and Supplementary Legal Aid Scheme.
31 convicted for breaking anti-pollution laws
Thirty-one convictions were recorded last month for breaches of anti-pollution laws, the Environmental Protection Department said. Seventeen convictions were related to air pollution, seven under the Waste Disposal Ordinance, three under the Noise Control Ordinance, two were for water pollution and two were related to the Environmental Assessment Ordinance. The heaviest fine, HK$60,000, was handed to a company that was found guilty of importing controlled waste without a permit.