Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 April, 2013, 6:07am


Consultation on phone plan ends

Public consultation on government plans to increase the number of operators in the Hong Kong mobile phone market comes to an end. The three big players in the industry - SmarTone Telecommunications, CSL, Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong and HKT - are bitterly opposed to plans for the government to hive off part of their 3G spectrum allocations to allow a new entrant to join the market from 2016.


Korean war cleric honoured

US President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honour, the nation's highest military decoration, to an army chaplain who died in a prisoner-of-war camp six decades ago. Father Emil Kapaun will be honoured for conspicuous gallantry against Chinese forces during the Korean war in November 1950. Kapaun has been praised for staying to offer comfort and medical attention to soldiers in the Battle of Unsan, despite the certainty that he would be captured.


English soccer looks to technology

England's Football Association is expected to approve the use of goal-line technology in Premier League matches. The technology, which shows for certain whether the whole of the ball has crossed the line for a goal, will end countless post-match debates about controversial decisions. World football's governing body Fifa has also agreed to use goal-line technology after years of resistance.


University forum on gay rights

Community leaders including lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan speak at a Chinese University forum focusing on lesbian, gay and bisexual issues. The forum is being organised by the university's chapter of the international youth organisation AIESEC. Ho's fellow speakers under the banner of the "Big Love Alliance" include Gigi Chao, daughter of controversial tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung.


Taiwan debates ID cards for mainland spouses

Taiwanese lawmakers discuss a government proposal to reduce the number of years mainlanders married to islanders have to live on the island before receiving an identity card. Spouses from the mainland currently have to reside in Taiwan for eight years before receiving Taiwanese ID - twice as long as those moving to the island from abroad. The government wants to equalise the residency period at four years.


Nato chief makes South Korea visit

As tension continues to simmer on the Korean Peninsula, the head of Nato makes his first visit to South Korea. Anders Fogh Rasmussen will hold talks with South Korea's new president, Park Geun-hye, and other senior government officials, while also meeting the media in Seoul. He will continue his tour of East Asia on Saturday when he heads to Japan.