Pedestrian and pillion rider injured in bus accidents
Two people were injured in accidents involving buses in Central and Kowloon Tong yesterday. A man, 20, suffered head injuries when he was hit by a No 10 bus at 1.30pm in Des Voeux Road while crossing the road near Lee Yuen Street East. The Citybus driver suffered shock. Both men were taken to Queen Mary Hospital. At 1.50pm, a girl, 15, fell off a bicycle when it collided with an 87D bus operated by Kowloon Motor Bus Company at the junction of Waterloo and Lancashire roads. The girl, who was riding pillion, was taken to Kwong Wah Hospital with injuries to her hands, legs and face. The male cyclist, 17, escaped unhurt.
HK$1.8m haul of hard disks in raid
Marine police arrested two men with 130 boxes of computer hard disks worth more than HK$1.8 million in Sai Kung on Friday. The suspected smugglers were loading the goods onto five speedboats when police arrived. The speedboats fled, but two vans were intercepted and two male drivers, aged 21 and 51, were nabbed.
100 join human rights march
About 100 Falun Gong members and rights advocates paraded to the central government's liaison office and urged an end to human rights abuses on the mainland. The march, led by Democrat Szeto Wah, was part of a global drive called the Human Rights Torch Relay. The torch will go through more than 130 cities and arrive in Hong Kong next year in its last stop.
Going green on election leaflets
Political parties have been urged to minimise promotional leaflets for their candidates in the district council elections. An environmental group, Green Sense, estimated that about 4.3 million leaflets would be generated by 866 candidates if each one distributed 5,000. It said the Democratic Party, Liberal Party, Civic Party, The Frontier and ADPL had agreed to take action, while the DAB said it would consider the idea.
Two caught stealing metal
Police arrested two men for allegedly stealing metal from a construction site in Leighton Road, Causeway Bay. Police said a hotel employee, 28, followed two men, aged 41 and 29, after spotting them taking away metal materials such as fences. He tried to intercept the pair in Eastern Hospital Road and was injured in a scuffle. Passers-by reported the matter to police.
HSI 'on track to hit 33,000'
Property tycoon Lee Shau-kee, dubbed the Warren Buffett of Asia, has predicted the Hang Seng Index will hit 33,000 points after Christmas. He dismissed comments that the recent surge was a bubble. He said the effect of the US subprime crisis on Hong Kong was limited and 2008 would be a prosperous year for the local market.