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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 May, 2015, 3:07pm

Government reveals clean-air plan

The government steps up its efforts to tackle the city's air pollution quandary as Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing unveils "A Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong". Secretary for Transport and Housing Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung also attends the launch to set out how various bureaus and departments will work together to improve air quality.


'Hongkongers only' flat sites on sale

Developers get a chance to bid on the two residential sites allocated for the government's "Hong Kong Property for Hong Kong People" scheme. Bids are expected to come in at some 30 per cent lower than for comparable lots as the flats built on the sites at the former Kai Tak airport will have to be sold to Hong Kong residents. Surveyors expect the sites to go for between HK$3.87 billion and HK$4.3 billion.


Thailand in talks with Muslim rebels

The Thai government begins its first formal peace talks with the Muslim rebel group that has waged a years-long insurgency in its southern provinces. The talks with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional take place on the Malaysian island of Langkwai under the mediation of the Malaysian government. Violence has escalated in the south since 2001, with police and military targets frequently attacked and scores of lives lost.


Cypriot banks due to reopen at last

The banks of Cyprus are due to reopen for the first time in almost two weeks as protests and uncertainty continue despite a huge bailout for the island's ailing banking sector. The reopening will be accompanied by capital controls in an effort to prevent a rapid flow of cash out of the island. Despite scepticism in Nicosia, the island's central bank governor pledged on Tuesday to make a "superhuman" effort to hit the latest reopening deadline.


Uefa chiefs discuss Euro 2020

European football's governing body meets in Bulgaria to discuss plans for the 2020 European Championships. Uefa is lining up an innovative plan for the 24-team tournament which would see games spread across 13 cities in different countries. Previous tournaments, like last year's championship in Poland and the Ukraine, have been concentrated in one or two countries.


BlackBerry results offer clues to its future

BlackBerry releases its results for the latest quarter, offering the first signs of whether renewed investor confidence in the smartphone maker is misplaced. The company formerly known as Research in Motion has seen its share price more than double in the past six months amid growing buzz around its new products. The new Z10 device was on sale only in Britain and Canada for the final month of the quarter.