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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 January, 2008, 12:00am

Court rules on life sentences

Compulsory life sentences for murder are constitutional, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Tong Yu-lam, who was convicted of murdering a female flatmate, had appealed against the Court of First Instance's rejection last March of his application to have compulsory life sentences for murder judicially reviewed. The appeal court found there was nothing to offend the Basic Law or Bill of Rights in the operation of the sentences.

Analogue services investigated

Telecoms watchdog Ofta said it had investigated more than half of the 72 complaints over analogue services and had found digital broadcasting had no bearing on them. 'Up to about 80 per cent of the investigated cases are found to have normal reception of analogue services,' a spokesman said. 'Poor reception of analogue services is confirmed in five cases and they are all caused by faults in recent reception upgrades of their buildings.'

Elderly in home contract bug

Twenty-four residents of a Yuen Long home for the elderly had suffered acute gastroenteritis since last Tuesday, the Centre for Health Protection said. The three men and 21 women had diarrhoea, vomiting and other symptoms. Three were admitted to hospital.

170,000 for South Island Line

About 170,000 people would be expected to travel on the South Island Line (East) daily in 2016, the Transport and Housing Bureau estimates in a paper for Legco's transport panel. It says 65 franchised bus routes and 41 minibus routes might be affected. The paper says the bureau would assist the affected transport operators through service reorganisation to cope with the change in travel demand and patterns in Southern District.

Swimmer drowns at public pool

A swimmer, 61, drowned at Sham Shui Po Park Swimming Pool.



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