Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 December, 2012, 1:35am


Subsidised flats open for applications

Buyers get the first chance to stake a claim to one of 988 subsidised flats offered under the Housing Society's My Home Purchase Plan when sales applications begin at Greenview Villa in Tsing Yi. Prices will range from HK$2.4 million to HK$5.1 million, or about 70 per cent of the price of flats of a similar size offered in the private sector, and applicants must have a household income of less than HK$40,000 per month to apply.


Falklands documents declassified

Formerly secret documents are released casting new light on former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's handling of the Falklands war. The documents are expected to reveal her feelings at the moment she realised an Argentinian invasion of the islands was inevitable and show her uncertainty about whether a British attempt to reclaim the islands would succeed.


Legislature to make internet announcement

The National People's Congress Standing Committee ends its five-day bimonthly session. The legislature has scheduled a news conference to discuss a measure to require internet users to register their real names - suggesting it is likely to be approved during the session. Critics say the new internet legislation will curtail the internet's status as a freewheeling forum to complain, often anonymously, about corruption and official abuses.


Pakho Chau back on stage

Canto-pop idol Pakho Chau is back on stage for the start of a two-night stint at Star Hall, Kitec, in Kowloon Bay. But fans looking for perfection might be in for a disappointment. Chau has chosen to name both his latest album and his concerts Imperfect - as a reminder that even the idols of the music world can not reach perfection. Chau became a singer in 2007 when his first album, Beginning, became an instant hit.


Hong Kong ice hockey team takes on world

Some 450 teams of young ice hockey players face off for the world's premier boys tournament in Ottawa, Canada, with a group of Hong Kong youngsters not letting the fact they come from subtropical climes put them off taking on the best. The 18-strong squad of nine- and 10-year-old boys from the Hong Kong Ice-Scrapers take part in the "Atom" category of the Bell Capital Cup.


Tycoon Tata hands over the reins

Indian tycoon Ratan Tata celebrates his 75th birthday - a landmark date that is expected to see him resign as chairman of his US$100 billion empire. Tata started out on the shop floor of his family's Tata Steel business, shovelling limestone and operating blast furnaces. Since taking over at the helm of the group in 1991, Tata has overseen the purchase of businesses as diverse as the tea company Tetley, car giant Jaguar Land Rover and steelmaker Corus.