tighter limits sought on air-polluting compounds The government will propose legislation to tighten limits on the volume of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by a range of products. VOCs contribute to air pollution. The products that would be affected include architectural paints, printing inks, hairsprays, air fresheners, insecticides, insect repellents, floor-wax strippers and multipurpose lubricants. The bill, which will be tabled on Wednesday, seeks to ban the manufacture or importing of products whose VOCs breach the proposed limits. henry fok to be awarded honorary law doctorate Chinese University will posthumously confer an honorary law doctorate on the late Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference vice-chairman Henry Fok Ying-tung next month. The university said Fok had indicated before his death that he would accept the honour. Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang is among five other people who will be conferred honorary degrees at a December 7 ceremony. Fok died in Beijing last month, aged 83, after a long battle with cancer. 2,646 names on petition to preserve ferry piers Independent legislator Kwok Ka-ki handed the Chief Executive's Office a 2,646-signature petition demanding the preservation of the Star Ferry Pier and Queen's Pier in Central. The signatures were collected over the weekend. Dr Kwok, a vocal opponent of harbour reclamation, said he would collect more signatures.