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PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 August, 2011, 12:00am


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Tibetan exiles to swear in new political leader

Lobsang Sangay will be sworn in as prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile at a public ceremony in Dharamsala, India. The oath will be administered by the exiled government's chief justice commissioner in the presence of the Dalai Lama, who remains the spiritual leader. Sangay, 43, is the first to take the office after the Dalai Lama's decision to devolve his political authority to the elected leadership. Born in Darjeeling, India, and educated in New Delhi, Sangay pursued higher studies in the US and was a senior fellow at Harvard Law School.

Trains return to Sheung Wan-Admiralty service

Commuters should be back on the MTR line between Sheung Wan and Admiralty after a three-day suspension of services for construction work on the West Island Line. Engineers were in a race against time to reopen Sheung Wan station last night as they worked up to 28 metres underground.

Guangzhou-Shenzhen high-speed rail begins

The Guangzhou-Shenzhen section of the Hong Kong-Guangzhou high-speed railway is expected to start operating, ahead of the opening of the World University Games on Friday. A trial run was conducted last month. The Hong Kong-Shenzhen part of the railway is due to be finished in 2015.

Libyan rebels press offensive from west

Rebels continue a new offensive out of their stronghold in Libya's western mountains, driving towards the heartland of Muammar Gaddafi's rule on the Mediterranean coast. They are hoping for a breakthrough in the far west, frustrated with the stalemate in the centre of the country, where their underequipped forces have been unable to budge the battle lines despite five months of Nato air strikes on Gaddafi's military.

UN chief tours Japan's nuclear disaster zone

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon will meet some of the 85,000 people evacuated to shelters from areas around the Fukushima nuclear plant after what has become the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl 25 years ago. He arrived in Japan yesterday and was due to visit the disaster zone, as the crippled power plant simmers and a food safety scare deepens. Ban is one of the most senior foreign leaders to visit the area since the March 11 disaster.

Drinks producer Silver Base holds annual meeting

Silver Base, a mainland-based producer of alcoholic drinks and distributor of a number of premium liquors, holds its annual meeting. It has been the largest distributor of the traditional strong spirit Wuliangye globally since 2000, and since 2009 it has been offering fine wines from countries such as Argentina, Australia and Chile.

Donald Tsang settles into his new office

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen starts working out of the new Chief Executive's Office at the Tamar complex. About 100 staff worked for two days on the relocation. Various policy bureaus began moving into the new government headquarters from the start of the month, but the site remains unfinished, raising concerns about whether it can be ready by the October deadline.