Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 February, 2013, 4:04am

Home price statistics released

The National Bureau of Statistics issues its regular report on house prices in 70 major and medium-sizes cities. The State Council told local authorities on Wednesday to "decisively" curb real estate speculation and take steps to rein in the property market after prices rose the most in two years last month. Beijing has long fought to keep property prices under control amid rampant speculation.


Hearing resumes into men held without trial

Pakistan's Supreme Court resumes hearings in the case of seven men allegedly held by Pakistan's feared intelligence services without trial for more than 18 months. The seven appeared frail, weak, unable to talk and unable to walk properly when they appeared before the court for the first time last year. The court has been investigating what happened to them and under what law they were detained by the Inter-Services Intelligence agency.


Curtain up on Arts Festival

The 41st Hong Kong Arts Festival officially launches with a performance of Romeo and Juliet by the American Ballet Theatre. The festival's programme has been described as an Aladdin's cave of performances in music, dance and theatre - most of which will be staged by artists from the international circuit. Some 49 acts involving about 1,500 performers are mounting 145 paid performances over 40 days.


Japan marks controversial anniversary

Japan's government risks stoking tensions with South Korea when it sends a senior official to join a ceremony marking the incorporation of an island into the nation. The incorporation of Takeshima into Japan in 1905 paved the way for the annexation of Korea five years later. Takeshima Day, which marks the date of the island's incorporation, has been marked for the past eight years, inflaming tensions with Seoul, which calls the island Dokdo.


Man sentenced in HK$1.2m fake coupon case

A pier worker who used and sold fake supermarket coupons worth HK$1.2 million is sentenced at the District Court on two money-laundering charges. Chung Chun-kit, 31, denied the charges and said he had been hired to make the purchases by a third party. Chung used the fake Wellcome coupons to buy goods worth HK$1 million, included 331 bottles of wine and brandy and 295 tins of infant formula.


Satellite mission results released

Scientists from the European Space Agency report back on a soil moisture and salinity mission, in which a satellite launched in 2009 is mapping the Earth's land surface and oceans. The hope is that the mission will help track changes linked to global warming. Earth observation missions, which have scientific and environmental use, are the biggest item in the agency's €4.2 billion (HK$43.6 billion) budget for this year, accounting for 22.9 per cent.