Primary One discretionary places to be released on Monday
The results of Primary One discretionary places for September 2008 will be released on Monday by all government and aided primary schools. Among the 43,684 children applying for discretionary places in government and aided primary schools this year, 22,633 will be offered a place in these schools. Of the successful applicants, 9,777 have at least one sibling studying or at least one parent working in the schools they applied to. The remaining 12,856 are selected according to a points system. Parents were reminded to bring their copy of the Application Form for Primary One Admission and check the results between 9am and 5pm on Monday or Tuesday.
Customs seizes HK$32m in smuggled cigarettes
Customs officers seized illicit cigarettes worth HK$32 million in two containers from Guangzhou bound for Malaysia. The haul was the largest of its kind in five years, according to the Customs and Excise Department. A spokesman said the department would ask its counterparts on the mainland and in Malaysia to help track down the ringleader and core members of the multimillion-dollar smuggling racket and locate their underground manufacturing plant.
Warning on hotline test
Callers may have trouble connecting to the Integrated Call Centre hotline 1823 and the hotlines of 19 departments between 2pm and 6pm today during a disaster drill to test connections between the new Tsuen Wan centre and the old one in Yau Ma Tei. A spokesman said service could be accessed through www.1823.gov.hk  during the test.
Man on robbery, drug charges
A 36-year-old man surnamed Fu will appear in Tsuen Wan Court today to face one charge of robbery and one of trafficking in dangerous drugs. He was arrested on Wednesday near his home in Tin Sam Kau Tsuen, Pat Heung, in hunt involving 200 police.
Shoppers spurn plastic bags
More than half ParknShop's shoppers had brought their own bag or rejected plastic bags since the chain stopped handing them out automatically on Wednesday, it said.