Tony Chan seeks leave to appeal in tax case
Fung shui master Tony Chan Chun-chuen is back in court seeking leave to appeal in his long-running case against the Inland Revenue Department. Chan, who is also facing a HK$100 million bill for his unsuccessful legal fight over the estate of late Chinachem tycoon Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum, has had his assets frozen for months as the taxman seeks HK$330 million in unpaid taxes.
Church of England votes on women bishops
The General Synod of the Church of England votes on allowing the ordination of women bishops after more than 10 years of debate on one of the most divisive issues within the Anglican community. Support for ordination has come from the new Archbishop of Canterbury, but opposition from conservative elements in the Anglican Church, especially in Africa, remains strong.
Legco hears arguments on minimum wage
Labour and employer groups lobby the Legislative Council's panel on manpower as it debates plans to increase the minimum wage. The statutory Minimum Wage Commission recommended in September that the wage floor should increase by HK$2 per hour from the present level of HK$28, but the increase must be approved by the Executive Council and Legco. More than 50 groups and individuals are making submissions to the panel.
White paper on epilepsy out
A white paper on the rights of employees with epilepsy in the workplace and employers' obligations to them is released by the non-profit organisation Enlighten - Action for Epilepsy. It is the first such report in Hong Kong, where more than 650,000 people suffer from epilepsy. The paper addresses the concerns of white-collar professionals who fear a seizure in the workplace might lead to discrimination, the loss of their job or social exclusion. It was created as part of the HOPE campaign - funded by Operation Santa Claus - aimed at identifying epileptic-friendly organisations.
Turkish coup leaders back in court
The trial of the two surviving leaders of Turkey's 1980 military coup resumes in Ankara. Kenan Evren, who as military chief of staff led the coup and then the country from 1982 to 1989, and Tahsin Sahinkaya, chief of the air force at the time, are accused of cracking down on political freedom and ordering a spate of executions, torture and disappearances.
Trade partners look for clues in Beijing briefing
China's trade partners will be looking for clues on future strategy as the Ministry of Commerce holds its first regular media briefing since the 18th national party congress. It comes in the wake of the surprise exclusion of Commerce Minister Chen Deming from the party's 205-strong Central Committee. Under party rules, Chen cannot serve in the cabinet without being on the committee, meaning he is likely to stand down in March.