In Brief

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 February, 2008, 12:00am

Record number of students may apply to Taiwan universities

The number of Hong Kong students applying to Taiwan universities is expected to set a post-handover record after the island recently lowered the residency requirement for the city's applicants. Taiwan's University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students said starting this year, people who resided in Hong Kong for six consecutive years were eligible to apply. The old requirement was eight years. A record 688 Hong Kong students applied last year, the highest since 1997. The committee expects over 800 this year.

Oil prices put pressure on government over bus fares

Rising oil prices are likely to put new pressure on the government in its assessment of fare-rise applications from dozens of bus and minibus routes. Kowloon Motor Bus managing director John Chan Cho-chak has asked that oil prices be considered in its demand for a 9 per cent fare rise - an increase lawmakers have called unrealistic. 'The fare-adjustment mechanism does not include the oil factor,' Mr Chan said yesterday. 'Our fuel costs have surged by more than five times since we last raised fares 10 years ago. I hope the government will offer us a chance to survive.'

Freed journalist to meet press

Freed journalist Ching Cheong will go to Singapore soon for talks with his employer, The Straits Times. He is to meet the press today at the Foreign Correspondents Club, his first appearance since his parole from a mainland jail this month.

Miliband to spend a day in city

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband will meet Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, address a British business breakfast forum and meet legislators over tea when he visits on Monday. The one-day visit is part of five-day China trip, which will include Shanghai, Chongqing and Beijing.