Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 October, 2012, 2:10am


Talks on ferry safety

Representatives of the Marine Department will meet leaders of the ferry, pleasure boat and fishing industries to discuss immediate measures to improve safety in the wake of the Lamma ferry tragedy. The department will report to the local vessels advisory committee on actions it has taken since the death of 39 people after two boats collided off Lamma on National Day, including spot checks on vessels, and suggest other safety measures that can be taken before a full inquiry reports its findings.


Muslim world marks Eid ul-Adha

Muslims around the world mark the Eid ul-Adha festival, commemorating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to God. Believers in the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia, will slaughter goats and cows, with the meat then distributed to the needy in the capital, Jakarta.


Microsoft releases Surface tablet

Computing giant Microsoft follows up its launch of its Windows 8 operating system by releasing its new Surface RT tablet for sale - but analysts fear the worst as it goes head to head with Apple's iPad. The Surface is not compatible with some of the most widely used downloadable applications, including those for Facebook and Apple's iTunes music service, putting it at a distinct disadvantage against the iPad's 275,000 apps.


Laos set for WTO membership

One of Asia's smallest and most impoverished nations takes a big step towards joining the World Trade Organisation when the international trade body votes on its accession. Laos hopes joining the WTO will help it achieve its goal of graduating from "least developed country" status by 2020. While the country has achieved spectacular economic growth in recent years, a 2008 estimate by the World Bank said that 28 per cent of the population lived in poverty.


Wraps come off Beijing's new subway lines

Beijing's municipal transport commission offers a first glimpse at the capital's four new subway lines, including the final stages of Line 10 - which will be the second circular subway line serving the city. The other three lines, 6, 8 and 9, have also begun trial runs and some of them are expected to start trial operations with passengers towards the end of the year.


Legco panel discusses digital radio row

Lawmakers have their say on the future of the troubled Digital Broadcasting Corporation at a meeting of the Legislative Council's information technology and broadcasting panel. The city's first digital broadcaster was forced to stop producing original programming after running out of cash following a row between shareholders, including co-founder Albert Cheng King-hon. The government has been urged to step in to keep the station on air.