Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 October, 2012, 4:28am

Flag ceremonies ring in National Day

Tiananmen Square opens from 1.30am for the public to gather for the National Day flag-raising ceremony. Every year tens of thousands of Chinese and tourists flock to the square in the early hours to mark the anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, this year being the 63rd. State leaders pay tribute at the Monument to the People's Heroes later in the morning. Hong Kong marks National Day with a variety of celebratory activities, including the 8am flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai, attended by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and other senior officials, and a 23-minute fireworks display over the harbour starting at 9pm.


Sha Tin makes a mark with 10-race card

The racing season shifts up a gear, with the National Day Cup and the Sha Tin Sprint Trophy providing the first Group One action of the campaign on an exciting 10-race card at Sha Tin. The National Day Cup (1,400m) is often a good pointer to even greater glory; last year's winner was two-time horse of the year Ambitious Dragon.


Judge rules on Pussy Riot appeal

A Russian judge rules on an appeal filed by three female members of the punk bank Pussy Riot jailed for performing an anti-Kremlin song in Moscow's main cathedral. But their legal team and relatives hold out little hope that the two-year jail terms will be quashed or reduced. The case has damaged the Russian government's reputation in the West and raised awkward questions about its relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church, while the West's criticism has angered the Kremlin and irked many Russians who view the women as publicity-hungry provocateurs rather than freedom fighters.


Macau groups take protests to the streets

Seven groups in Macau stage protest marches from four different departure points today. Their causes range from livelihood issues to democracy and anti-corruption. All the groups will deliver their petitions to the government headquarters, and two will also present the petitions to the central government's liaison office in the former Portuguese enclave.


Trial of Maldives' toppled leader begins

The Maldives' first democratically elected president goes on trial on abuse of power charges, seven months after being toppled. Mohamed Nasheed's honeymoon ended in February when he was forced out in a police mutiny after he detained the chief criminal court judge over corruption claims. Once an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, Nasheed, 45, faces up to three years' jail or exile on a remote islet in the archipelago, where tourists pay up to US$12,500 a day for Robinson Crusoe-style holidays. Nasheed insists he was ousted in a "coup" involving his former deputy, Mohamed Waheed, who has since become president.