Departures over Easter break outweigh arrivals by 300,000
A total of 234,556 people entered Hong Kong by 5pm yesterday while 206,192 left, according to Immigration Department figures. Some 93,570 entered via the Lo Wu checkpoint, while 74,555 left. At the Lok Ma Chau checkpoint 32,260 people departed and 49,818 entered. Arrivals at the airport totalled 29,733 and there were 34,286 departing passengers. On Sunday, 449,157 people entered Hong Kong while 341,828 left. Since Thursday, total arrivals have reached almost 1.4 million while just under 1.7 million have left.
MTR through trains between HK and Guangzhou delayed
Six MTR through trains between Hong Kong and Guangzhou experienced delays after a problem with the signalling system was detected at about 11am. The problem was fixed at 12.17pm, but the delay resulted in a backlog of trains. In the most severe case, a train scheduled to reach the Lo Wu checkpoint at 12.08pm on its way to Hong Kong from Guangzhou arrived there at 1.20pm.
Committee seeks views on lump-sum grant subsidies
The Lump Sum Grant Independent Review Committee is collecting views from subvented NGOs, major welfare unions and associations, and the public. The five-member committee is set to review the system, assess its effectiveness and identify room for improvement. Before the system was introduced in December 2000, the government covered all spending by welfare groups. Under the grant system, NGOs can decide staff deployment and wages, but some say government subsidies fall short of their needs.