New student hostel passes air quality tests
Air quality in the new student hostel in Kennedy Town has improved, with all samples complying with the government's strictest standard, a University of Hong Kong spokesman said yesterday. Earlier this week excessive levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde were detected, forcing the university to set aside HK$1 million to provide 800 non-local students with interim accommodation in hotels.
Visitors try to deposit US$4b in bogus orders
Eight visitors were arrested for trying to deposit two bogus cashier's orders with a face value of US$4 billion into an account of Nanyang Commercial Bank in Central. The eight men - a 68-year-old Australian, a Singaporean, four Indonesians and four from Brunei - were being questioned last night.
Drunk Mercedes driver scuffles with police
A motorist who was five times over the legal breath-alcohol level was arrested after his Mercedes hit a taxi in Wan Chai at about 2.15am. A woman passenger in the taxi suffered minor injuries. Two officers in Wan Chai police station were hurt while trying to subdue the 53-year-old, who suffered minor neck injuries. He was arrested for drink-driving, claiming to be a triad member and failing to provide a blood specimen.
Man jailed in passport mix-up seeks damages
A man who was mistakenly convicted of staying in the city unlawfully and spent two and a half years in jail is suing the Immigration Department. In a writ filed with the High Court, Mohammad Mahabobur Rahman said the department wrongly recorded that he had left the city. In fact, another man used Rahman's passport to leave Hong Kong. The Court of Final Appeal acquitted him in 2010 only after he served his jail term. He is asking for an unspecified amount of damages from the Director of Immigration.
Mainlander admits laundering HK$552m
A mainlander pleaded guilty in the Court of First Instance to laundering more than HK$552 million between February 2010 and May last year. Chen Shaofeng, 41, remitted the money through a Bank of China account, earning HK$100 for every 1 million yuan transferred - about HK$6,000 a month.
Candidates file complaint with ICAC
Democratic Party member James To Kun-sun filed a complaint with the ICAC over suspected vote rigging. Fellow Democrat Wong Sing-chi filed a complaint about false claims about allegedly explicit photos.
There was no winner of last night's first prize. The numbers drawn were 6, 13, 33, 38, 41 and 43. The extra number was 29. The HK$2,309,300 second prize was won by half a ticket. Third prize paid HK$70,370.