Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 June, 2013, 12:31am

Plans for highway network revealed

Transport chiefs reveal the latest on plans for an expansion of the mainland's national highway system. The highway network ran to 4.24 million kilometres by the end of last year, and a Ministry of Transport official said last month that there were plans to expand it to six million kilometres by 2030. The ministry's chief planner, Dai Dongchang and Huang Min, director-general at the state planning agency, will brief the media on the expansion.


Nominations open in KMT leader race

Nominations open in the race to be chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang, with President Ma Ying-jeou set to face competition in his bid for re-election to the post amid dismal poll ratings. Ma is likely to be opposed by Hsieh Kun-hung, a member of the KMT's central committee, as calls grow for the president to concentrate on government in his second and final term of office. Nominations close tomorrow and the election is set for July 20.


Verdict in Bangkok bomb plot case

A court in Bangkok is expected to deliver its verdict in the case of two Iranian men accused of a botched bomb plot against Israeli diplomats in the Thai capital. One, 28-year-old former soldier Saeed Moradi, lost his legs when he tried to throw two bombs he claims to have found in his rented home in the Thai capital into a canal. The other, Mohammad Harzaei, 42, was arrested trying to board a flight to Iran after the explosion on Valentine's Day last year.


Guangzhou learn Champions League fate

Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande learn which team will stand in their way in the quarter finals of the Asian Champions League. Guangzhou, led by World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi, went out at the same stage of the competition last year. The draw in Kuala Lumpur could pit them against one of two Saudi sides, teams from Qatar, Thailand and Iran, Japan's Kashiwa Reysol or South Korea's FC Seoul.


Iain Banks' last novel published

The final novel by Scottish author Iain Banks is published, less than two weeks after the writer's death from cancer. The book, The Quarry, will detail the physical and emotional strain of cancer. It describes the final weeks of the life of a man in his 40s who has terminal cancer. Banks, who was 59, first shot to prominence with his 1984 debut The Wasp Factory, the dark tale of a Scottish teenager who murders three children in his family before he is 10.


Lawmakers get ICAC update

The Legislative Council's public accounts committee hears an update on the work of the troubled Independent Commission Against Corruption. The ICAC has seen its reputation dragged through the mud since its former head, Timothy Tong Hin-ming, was revealed to have spent large sums on gifts and alcohol, not all of which was reported to lawmakers.