Call for better disabled access to government HQ
The government should improve access for the disabled at the new government headquarters in Admiralty to enable them to take part in protests, concern groups said yesterday. The government has proposed 14 routes to the Tamar site for protesters, but the groups, among them the Civil Human Rights Fronts, told a Legislative Council meeting that the designated routes required protesters to use escalators and footbridges, which hindered access for the disabled and elderly.
Rita Fan to decide today on chief executive poll
Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, a member of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, will announce today whether she will be a candidate in the chief executive election. Fan, faced with falling popularity due to her indecision, promised yesterday to make a swift decision. Meanwhile, former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen and former Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying remained tight-lipped on when they would announce their decisions.
Minister to look into falsified poll data
Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen said he would look into suspicious cases of falsified personal data in voter registrations reported in a Chinese-language newspaper. The report said a large number of council election cards were returned to the Registration and Electoral Office because the addressees were not living at the addresses, or the addresses were incomplete.
Controlled blast destroys bomb found by hiker
The bomb squad was called in yesterday to deal with a mortar bomb left by the British army on what had been a firing range. A hiker spotted the bomb, with a diameter of about 80 millimetres, on the top of Por Lo Shan near Leung King Estate, Tuen Mun, about 3pm. Police cordoned off the area and the bomb squad conducted a controlled explosion. Police believe the bomb was exposed by recent heavy rain.
Five youths arrested at Aldrich Bay school
Five youths aged 16 to 18 were arrested at Aldrich Bay Government Primary School in Shau Kei Wan yesterday for attempted burglary. Police spotted two youths outside the school at 5am and found three more inside who were believed to have scaled a three-metre wall.