Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...
Tenders open for year's first land sale
Tenders open for the first land sale of the year, a luxury residential site in Ho Man Tin, estimated to be worth more than HK$10 billion. The sale will be watched closely as it is a key test of the state of the market in the aftermath of the government's decision to impose an extra 15 per cent stamp duty on non-permanent-resident and corporate buyers. A commercial site in Tung Chung is also being sold by the Lands Department.
Kwok brothers, Rafael Hui back in court
The billionaire Kwok brothers and former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan return to Eastern Court for the latest hearing on their charges of bribery and misconduct in public office. Acting Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai is expected to decide whether to transfer the case against Sun Hung Kai Properties tycoons Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong and Raymond Kwok Ping-luen, Hui and two others to the Court of First Instance.
Hanoi marks 40th anniversary of Paris deal
A ceremony in Hanoi marks the beginning of several days of commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Accords, which helped end the Vietnam war. The accords secured a ceasefire and paved the way for the withdrawal of American and other foreign forces from South Vietnam, although the deal had little practical effect when it took effect in January 1973.
Funeral for publisher Chak Nuen-fai
Hong Kong says farewell to Chak Nuen-fai, a leftist publisher jailed for printing "seditious" articles during the 1967 riots. Chak, a staunch supporter of Mao Zedong in his younger days, became a critic of the communist regime and a passionate supporter of universal suffrage. He died earlier this month at the age of 93 and his funeral takes place at the Hong Kong Funeral Home in North Point this morning.
Czechs vote in run-off poll for president
Voting begins in the second round of the Czech Republic's first direct presidential election, with a tough, outspoken chain-smoker who loves his beer entering the poll with a slight advantage. Veteran left-winger Milos Zeman topped the first round of voting and is marginal favourite to overcome conservative Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg in the run-off, which ends tomorrow.
Samsung releases latest results
Samsung Electronics releases its fourth-quarter results, with analysts watching closely to see how the South Korean giant fared compared to rival Apple. Samsung enjoyed record-breaking results for much of last year as its smartphones and tablets caught on in popularity. One factor that will draw attention is whether the company sets aside funds to settle its dispute with Apple over smartphone designs.