Talking Points

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

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 October, 2012, 3:07am

Legco welcomes freshmen for first day of term

The Legislative Council meets for the first time since last month's election, with a host of new lawmakers due to take the oath of office. On the agenda for the first day will be the election of the body's president, with incumbent Jasper Tsang Yok-sing favoured to overcome a challenge from Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit. Also high on the agenda will be tussling between pan-democrat and Beijing-loyalist parties over the chairmanships of key committees.

Malaysian court rules on rare earths plant

A Malaysian court decides on whether it will consider judicial reviews to permanently block production at Lynas Corp's controversial rare earths plant. The plant - the biggest outside China - has been ready to fire up since May, but the company has been embroiled in environmental and safety disputes with local residents since construction began two years ago. The plant is considered important to breaking China's grip on the processing of rare earths, used in products ranging from smartphones to hybrid cars.

Ma marks Double Tenth with speech, inspection

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou speaks to the island to mark its national day. It's the first Double Tenth speech for Ma since his re-election for a second term as president in January. As well as the speech, Ma is also expected to take part in the annual inspection of the island's military hardware. The date is used because it marks the anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of China.

More clues about Guangzhou development zone

Guangdong governor Zhu Xiaodan reveals new details about plans for the Nansha New Area development zone, a plan to convert a 700 sq km district in southern Guangzhou into a business services hub, a technological innovation centre, and a base for training, education and high-end international medical services. State media say the development zone will be governed by two agencies - one of which will focus on co-operation with Hong Kong and Macau.

Pussy Riot back in Moscow court

A Moscow court hears an appeal by girl punk band Pussy Riot against their two-year prison sentence for hooliganism - although comments by President Vladimir Putin have cast further doubt over their already limited chances of success. The group has become an international cause célèbre since a brief performance in a Moscow cathedral prompted their arrest, but Putin this week said the group "got what they wanted".

4,000 jobs on offer at Tsuen Wan fair

Employers will try to fill 4,000 vacancies at a jobs fair organised by the Labour Department in Tsuen Wan. Watson's, Ikea and PCCW are among the businesses looking for new blood over the three days of the fair. Job seekers will be able to submit their applications on the spot and may even be invited for interviews on site on the day.