Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 February, 2013, 3:19am


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Lawmakers debate sales of hotel rooms

Members of the Legislative Council's panel on development debate the implications of Cheung Kong Holdings' sale of hotel rooms at its Apex Horizons complex in Kwai Chung. The firm last week sold all 360 units at the hotel, which opened in 2009. The units are classified as commercial properties, so the owners escaped the extra stamp duties imposed on apartment buyers last year. The government announced new taxes on buyers of commercial property on Friday.


Top court hears residency case

The Court of Final Appeal hears one of its most high-profile cases in recent years, with strong implications for foreign domestic helpers and the Hong Kong-born children of mainland parents. The Department of Justice is expected to ask the court, as part of the case by foreign helpers appealing for permanent residency, to ask Beijing to "clarify" the meaning of its 1999 interpretation of Article 24 of the Basic Law, which deals with residency.


Central Committee makes plans

The second plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party begins in advance of next week's National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. The three-day assembly will discuss the list of key government posts and a draft to restructure government ministries decided by the Politburo at the weekend. The draft will be tabled for discussion by the NPC.


Kerry meets German leaders

New US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Germany as he continues his first overseas trip in office. The former senator and presidential candidate meets his German counterpart, Guido Westerwelle, and Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel in Berlin. Kerry will also visit Paris and Rome before heading to the Middle East in an itinerary seen as indicating a renewed US focus on its traditional European allies.


Chinese U opens academic park

Chinese University stages the grand opening of its new Yasumoto International Academic Park, a facility intended to promote and encourage international academic exchanges. The park is named after Alex Yasumoto, a Japanese businessman with significant interests in Hong Kong, who donated HK$100 million to the university. It includes state-of-the art lecture halls and facilities for cultural programmes.


Indian Railways seeks budget boost

The annual budget for Indian Railways, which runs the nation's vast but crumbling rail lines, is revealed by parliament. The firm plans to overhaul its overcrowded and slow services with high-speed routes served by Japanese-built bullet trains. Ex-rail minister Dinesh Trivedi announced a large boost to the railway's budget last year, but was forced to resign over fare hikes soon after.