Blind woman told to pay HK$250,000 for attack
A blind woman jailed in 2009 for pouring hot congee on the genitals of her unfaithful husband was ordered by the District Court yesterday to pay HK$250,293 in compensation. The husband, Leung Yiu-yuen, 60, who divorced Miu Tsui-fun and remarried three months after the attack, had sought HK$821,950. But Deputy District Court Judge Grace Chan Yuk-fan dismissed most of his claim for loss of income because he did not provide sufficient supporting evidence. Miu pleaded guilty in 2009 to wounding with intent and has served two years in jail.
Subsidies slash cost of drugs for MS, 2 cancers
Three drugs that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year will be added to the government's list of subsidised medicines, cutting the cost to patients to HK$10 for two weeks of treatment. The cost would be covered by HK$230 million announced in the 2012-13 budget, which would widen subsidies to cover 50 drugs, the Hospital Authority said. The three drugs are used to treat multiple sclerosis and colon and bladder cancer.
Electronic platform for university applications
The Education Bureau is to launch an electronic platform through which students will be able to apply for self-funded degree or sub-degree courses. A spokesman for the bureau said the platform gave students an alternative to applying for university places through the existing JUPAS system, which covers government-funded degree courses. Students could apply via www.eapp.gov.hk from today.
Minister vows close watch on cable car repairs
The operator of the Lantau cable car reported five incidents during which service was affected for 30 minutes or more to the government in 2008, none in 2010 and four last year, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Greg So Kam-leung told lawmakers in a written reply. The government would monitor repairs during the two-month suspension after last month's fault, and service would only resume after satisfactory tests.
Bosses revise size of pay rises downwards
An Institute of Human Resource Management survey of local companies found the average pay rise being planned this year was 4.7 per cent, down from 5 per cent in an October survey, with employers cautious in the face of a global economic slowdown.