Thai court denies bail to HK drug suspects A Thai court yesterday refused bail for five Hong Kong suspects accused of drug smuggling. The five were arrested and charged after 546kg of heroin, worth at least 1.6 billion baht ($323 million), was seized from their Hong Kong-registered fishing vessel on Saturday. The boat, which was bound for Cambodia, was intercepted near Koh Chang marine park in eastern Thailand. The five will appear in court again on April 2. If convicted, they face the death penalty. French art exhibition makes big impression More than 170,000 people have visited an exhibition of Impressionist masterpieces at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. So far, 174,769 people - a record for any art exhibition in Hong Kong - have viewed paintings by artists including Claude Monet and Edgar Degas since the display opened on February 5. The exhibition, showcasing 48 masterpieces selected from the Musee d' Orsay in Paris and other major French museums, closes on April 10. 4.5m people expected to join easter travel rush About 4.5 million people are expected to pass through Hong Kong's immigration checkpoints during the Easter holiday, up 7 per cent from the same period last year, the Immigration Department says. A total of 3.33 million will travel by land, an increase of 5.8 per cent over last year. Immigration officials said the six-day peak period for passenger traffic during the holidays would end on Tuesday. They also estimated that about 2.2 million passengers would pass through the Lo Wu checkpoint. Travel warning issued over trips to Philippines Hong Kong residents travelling to the Philippines have been advised to be on the alert following travel advice issued by a number of countries to their citizens over the possibility of terrorist attacks. A Security Bureau spokesman said Hong Kong residents abroad who needed help should contact the Chinese embassy in their destination country. Alternatively, they should call the Hong Kong Immigration Department's 24-hour hotline on 2829 3010. Solving labour and power problems on the agenda Guangdong Vice-Governor Tang Bingquan has told representatives of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong that his government will try to solve labour and power-shortage problems and will further improve co-operation with businesspeople. Recruiting labour from other provinces was being considered, he said.