Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 4:01am

Trade date released in Beijing

A flurry of data offering new clues on the state of the mainland economy continues with the publication of the latest monthly trade data in Beijing. Customs officials will take media questions on the figures in Beijing. Mainland inflation remained below the government's target for last month, figures released yesterday show, while the decline in factory-gate prices extended its longest streak in a decade amid overcapacity and lower commodity costs.


Legco debates recycling industry

Lawmakers press the government to promoted the growth of the city's recycling industry as debate continues to rage over how to solve the city's waste crisis. Landfill sites are due to run out after 2016, and lawmaker Kwok Wai-keung will introduce a motion to Legco calling on the government to take after the likes of Taiwan and South Korea in making recycling a priority.


Taiwanese rockers join anti-nuclear fight

Rock and indie bands are expected to step up their support for Taiwan's anti-nuclear movement, local media reports say, as fans gather for the Ho-Hai-Yan Rock Gongliao Festival. Several prominent groups have come out in support of the fight to stop the development of more nuclear power plants on the island. Taiwan is to hold referendum on the proposed Lungmen nuclear power plant in the coming months.


Boston bomb accused appears in court

Boston bombing accused Dzhokhar Tsarnaev makes his first public appearance since being tracked down by police when he appears in a Boston court for arraignment. Tsarnaev is accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing in April along with his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a shoot-out with police. He is also accused of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer in the days after the bombing.


Gas prices shoot up on the mainland

Gas prices for non-residential use shoot up by 15 per cent on the mainland, their first increase since mid-2010. It also mark the first time gas prices have been regulated at "city gates" - meaning the standard charge is in place when ownership of the gas passes from pipeline operators to local distributors. Beijing has kept prices about 40 per cent lower than the levels in developed Asian nations to protect users.


Beckett manuscript up for auction

A set of notebooks containing the manuscript of the first novel by one of the 20th century's most influential writers is expected to fetch £1 million (HK$11.56 million) when it goes up for auction in London. Irish author Samuel Beckett wrote his novel Murphy between 1935 and 1936, and the six notebooks being sold at Sotheby's also contain doodles and drawings from the writer's pen.