Briefs, September 30, 2012
Passengers mystified as train stops for 1 hour
Services on the MTR's East Rail line were disrupted for about an hour yesterday after a mainland train from Beijing broke down near Tai Wai station. The incident happened at around 1pm, and passengers stuck on the train said no announcement was made during their wait.
'Line broken' between leadership and people
Executive Council member Bernard Chan said there were problems with the communication channel between the government and the public, as illustrated by the "shocking" explosion of concern over plans to develop the northeastern New Territories. But Chan said the plans should not be scrapped.
US visa lottery opens on Wednesday
People born in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan who are interested in becoming US citizens can register online from next Wednesday to enter a lottery for permanent residency, the US Consulate General in Hong Kong said yesterday.
Bus company gets its numbers right
The biggest bus operator in town, KMB, said it had recruited 100 new drivers a month with the result that the frequent wait for buses had been cut back to below normal levels, with less than 3 per cent of services late.
1 1OVE U … as long as you have a car
A Transport Department auction of 123 personalised plates yesterday saw "10VE U 2" sell for HK$280,000, while "1 10VE U" went for HK$200,000.
There were no winners of the first prize last night. The numbers drawn were 2, 8, 16, 17, 20 and 26 and the extra number 32. Half a ticket won second prize of HK$1,483,040. Third prize paid HK$54,390.