Ministers face Legco panels on policy address
Five panels of the Legislative Council - welfare services, public service, food safety and environmental hygiene, constitutional affairs, and health services - receive briefings by the relevant ministers on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address.
Official launch for Academy of Sinology
Baptist University inaugurates the city's first Academy of Sinology, which is to study and preserve Chinese cultural heritage through research and teaching. The academy is named after Professor Jao Tsung-i, a highly respected scholar of Chinese and oriental studies as well as arts and culture. Jao, its honorary permanent director, and Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim will attend the inauguration ceremony.
Provinces set out development goals for year
China enters the season for local people's congresses and committees of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Several sessions start today, including the Qinghai and Hubei committees of the CPPCC and the Henan Provincial People's Congress. The sessions outline directions for development for individual provinces for the year.
Taiwan limits numbers in Alishan Mountains
Taiwan starts a trial period for tour groups to make bookings to visit scenic attractions in the Alishan Mountains. Following the trial, which runs until February 28, it will be compulsory for tour groups to make bookings to visit the mountains. Authorities want to cap the number of tourists visiting the area at 6,000 a day. An increase in the number of mainland tourists visiting the island has pushed the numbers in the scenic area beyond capacity.
Fast-track trial of five men over Delhi rape
The trial of the five men accused of the gang-rape and murder of a young woman opens in a special fast-track court in Delhi. The brutal attack on the 23-year-old physiotherapy student last month led to widespread protests across the country as well as an unprecedented debate about cultural attitudes towards women in India. Aged between 18 and 35, the defendants include a bus driver, a part-time gym instructor, a cleaner and a fruit seller. A sixth suspect in the attack claims to be a juvenile. Reported to be 17, his case is being handled separately. There have been loud public calls for him to face the death penalty with the other accused.
Dutch minister set to replace Eurogroup chief
Euro-zone finance ministers get a new head to replace outgoing chair Jean-Claude Juncker, with Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem expected to take the helm as the single currency bloc rides out the debt storm. Apart from Dijsselbloem, there are no other candidates to head the Eurogroup, which co-ordinates policy on the single currency. Juncker has been in the post since 2005 and served through Europe's worst debt crisis.