Power firms set to submit tariff adjustments The two power companies would put forward proposed tariff adjustments to the government in the next few days, Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip Shu-kwan said yesterday. He said the government had been in discussion with the two electricity companies, saying it understood public concern over the issue. Chinese-language newspapers have reported that Hongkong Electric proposes to raise tariffs by 4 per cent. The reports said CLP Power might freeze tariffs. Ching Cheong poised to be transferred next week Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong is likely to be transferred next week to a reform through labour detention centre in Beijing where he would be allowed to apply for release on medical parole, the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said. Ching's journalist wife, Mary Lau Man-yee, said the family had sent a petition this week for an early release for Ching or for him to serve his sentence in a Guangdong prison. It was submitted to the Dahongmen detention centre in Beijing where he is being held. Last month, Beijing Higher People's Court upheld the verdict of a lower court, which in August found Ching, China correspondent for Singapore's The Straits Times, guilty of spying for Taiwan and jailed him for five years. New trade chief Joseph Lai Yi-tak will take over as director-general of trade and industry from January 5. Arthur Ho Kin-wah will take over Mr Lai's job of covering the chief executive and Legislative Council elections as the deputy secretary for constitutional affairs. Fruit crackdown Mainland quarantine authorities say they will only allow registered farms to sell fruit to Hong Kong and Macau from next year to address growing public concerns over food safety. Farms must be larger than 100 hectares and be free of pollution sources.