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Talking points

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 April, 2012, 12:00am

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

John Tsang returns to Legco's West Kowloon hearing

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah (left), who served as secretary for planning and lands in 2002, will testify for a second time at the Legco inquiry into chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying's alleged conflict of interest as a juror in the West Kowloon design competition 10 years ago. Also expected at the hearing is Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Raymond Young Lap-moon and former director of planning Bosco Fung Chee-keung. Two former officials at the then planning and lands bureau - Eric Johnson and Po Pui-leong - are also expected to testify.

Consumer watchdog reports on unfair contracts

The Consumer Council is expected to announce its findings on unfair terms in standard-form consumer contracts. As the contracts are drafted by suppliers, it is not uncommon to find the terms and conditions are inherently one-sided, the watchdog has said. It has worked with different service sectors in drawing up a set of guidelines on drafting contracts that are fairer for consumers than previous formulations.

Romney senses victory in Republican vote

Victory for Mitt Romney in the Wisconsin Republican primary could all but end the party's battle to choose its candidate to challenge Barack Obama for the US presidency in November. Romney is predicting success in the upper Midwestern state as he shifts his campaign attacks away from his Republican rivals and almost solely to Obama. The party is also holding primaries in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Texas.

Panel meets on 'experiment of the century'

The panel that will decide on the location of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will meet in Amsterdam to decide whether to base what will be the world's largest telescope in Australia or South Africa. The SKA (seen here in an artist's impression of its location in South Africa) is to be built by a consortium involving 67 scientific organisations in 20 countries. It will probe the deep reaches of the universe in what has been dubbed 'the experiment of the century'.

Between Myanmar and the South China Sea

The aftermath of landmark by-elections in Myanmar is set to dominate this week's summit of Southeast Asian leaders in Cambodia - unless a row over the South China Sea steals the show. The outcome of Sunday's vote, in which Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi stood for parliament for the first time, will not be known when the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations starts its two-day summit in Phnom Penh today. Regional tensions over the South China Sea will loom large at the forum, thanks in no small part to the summit-eve visit to Phnom Penh by President Hu Jintao .

Merkel visits Prague over euro-zone crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) visits Prague for talks with Petr Necas, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. Their talks are expected to focus on the European debt crisis. Apart from Britain, the Czech Republic is the only other country to opt out of the European stability pact.


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