Occupy Central

Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 March, 2013, 3:09am

Mastermind expands on Occupy Central plans

The academic behind plans for an Occupy Central pro-democracy campaign in summer fleshes out his proposal. Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting, an associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, floated the idea of rallying 10,000 campaigners to press the central government to keep its pledge to introduce universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election. The idea has won support among pro-democracy politicians.


Telecoms industry puts case on licences

Leaders of the city's biggest telecoms firms put their case to lawmakers in the battle over the 3G mobile-phone spectrum. Representatives from SmarTone, CSL, Hutchison and PCCW's HKT have been invited to Legco's panel on information technology and broadcasting to debate the future of their 3G licences, as the government considers offering part of the mobile spectrum to allow a fifth player to enter the market.


Hindus ring in spring with colours of Holi

India celebrates one of the world's most colourful religious events, the Hindu festival of Holi. The day, which marks the start of spring, sees devotees splash each other with coloured powder and water. But reports in India say the festival of colours is fast losing its charm because of cases of hooliganism and the high environmental cost of water waste and of wood burned in Holi bonfires.


Amnesty releases death penalty figures

Human rights pressure group Amnesty International is due to publish its latest figures on the use of the death penalty worldwide, with China, Iran and the United States expected to feature again in the top five for executions. Amnesty said in its previous report on the death penalty a year ago that China executed more criminals than the rest of the world combined, despite eliminating the death penalty for 13 types of crime in 2011.


New hints on cross-strait policy

Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office provides more clues about its direction as it gives its first regular press briefing since the appointment of its new chief. The naming of Zhang Zhijun surprised many because he has little experience of cross-strait affairs. Zhang said at an earlier forum that the mainland's policies towards Taiwan would not change and both sides would first tackle the easy tasks before touching on difficult ones such as political issues.


Dragonair unveils new uniforms

Cathay Pacific sister airline Dragonair reveals new uniforms for its 3,000 cabin attendants as part of a rebranding exercise. The company is revamping its cabins at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. Pictures circulating among Cathay employees earlier this month hint at an even more dramatic branding step, with planes carrying the name "Cathay Dragon", although the company has played down the possibility of a new name.