Economy and Barry Cheung in the spotlight
Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah will brief the Legislative Council's panel on financial affairs to discuss the city's economic situation in the first quarter and the near-term outlook. Lawmakers will also discuss letters by Civic Party legislators Kwok Ka-ki and Dennis Kwok Wing-hang, and Democratic Party lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan on concerns arising from the failed Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, set up by Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, who quit the Executive Council after police questioning.
Activist in court again on flag charge
Pro-democracy activist Koo Sze-yiu, recently released from jailed for desecrating the national flag during two protests, appears in Eastern Court again charged with desecrating a regional flag. During an earlier hearing, his lawyer told the court that Koo did not dispute the prosecution's case that he had desecrated flags, but it was the activist's belief that he had not committed any offence.
Seven days of toil to earn a holiday
Mainlanders begin a seven-day stretch of work before they can enjoy the three-day public holiday for the Dragon Boat Festival next week. The situation has left many people annoyed that they will have to work over the weekend to earn their break. Some internet users also complain that they don't enjoy free toll highways during this holiday, unlike other long holidays such as the Labour Day vacation in May or the National Day holidays in October.
Foreign firms come calling in Myanmar
Final bids are due from foreign telecom companies wanting to enter Myanmar, one of the world's last unexplored mobile phone frontiers. On Friday Vodafone and China Mobile said they were dropping out as one of 12 foreign consortiums short-listed by the former army-ruled country to bid for two licences to build, own and operate a nationwide network for an initial term of 15 years. Other companies on the shortlist include Orange, KDDI, SingTel and a consortium backed by an investment fund linked to billionaire George Soros.
Bradley Manning's WikiLeaks trial opens
The American soldier accused of the biggest leak of classified information in US history, which prosecutors say put lives at risk, goes on trial today in a case that raises questions about the limits of secrecy and openness in the Internet era. Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, is charged with providing more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website. He said the move was intended to spark renewed debate on US military action. But the government says the leaks damaged national security and endangered American lives.