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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 March, 2013, 2:35am


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Verdict in Stephen Chan bribe case

Former TVB general manager Stephen Chan Chi-wan and his former assistant, Edthancy Tseng Pei-kun, learn their fate in their bribery case. District Court Judge Poon Siu-tung is reconsidering his verdict on the instructions of the Court of Appeal after it ruled that he had erred in law when he acquitted the pair in 2011. The case centres on payments Chan received for hosting a New Year's Eve television special without telling his employers.


50 lost Kipling poems to be published

Fans of British writer Rudyard Kipling get a first chance to read 50 previously unpublished poems by the creator of The Jungle Book. American academic Thomas Pinney spent months collecting the poems, to be included in the first complete edition of the Nobel laureate's verse, published today by Cambridge University Press. Born in India, Kipling was heavily influenced by his upbringing in Asia. He is also known as an inspiration for the Boy Scout movement.


Hong Kong cyclists in Indian action

There's no rest for Olympic cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze and her Hong Kong teammates as they begin their campaign at the Asian Championships in New Delhi, India. Lee, fresh from winning gold and bronze medals in last month's world championships in Belarus, and her teammates will be hoping to repeat their success from last year's Asian championships in Kuala Lumpur, where Hong Kong topped the medal table with six golds.


Japan starts new tsunami-alert system

Japan's Meteorological Agency debuts its revised tsunami warning system, just days ahead of the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that cost 19,000 lives. The new warning system will use data collected offshore to provide more accurate forecasts of the size of tsunamis heading for the Japanese coast. It will also use more simplified language to encourage children to stay away from the coast at times of danger.


Urban planning showcased at symposium

Urban planning is under the spotlight at a symposium featuring architecture experts from the University of Hong Kong. They will join architects from Amsterdam to showcase emerging urban development and community planning initiatives in both cities in an event called WeOwnTheCity at the offices of Energising Kowloon East in Kwun Tong. An exhibition will follow at the same venue until March 17.


Abu Hamza in New York court

Hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri appears in a New York court on charges of conspiring to set up a terrorism camp. Al-Masri, who famously uses a prosthetic hook, became well-known in the 1990s when his Finsbury Park Mosque in London became a training ground for extremist Islamists. He was deported from Britain last year after a lengthy legal battle. He is expected to face trial later this year.