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LAUREN HO

Family duties and the roles traditional culture assigns women doesn't make it easy for them to take on the challenge of helping run Hong Kong.

Tourism Board chairman and Liberal Party lawmaker James Tien Pei-chun said he welcomed measures to clamp down on trading of the milk powder, but called for an end to the scheme's multi-entry permits. He said visitors from Shenzhen should be limited to a single entry per day.

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Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, a member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, suggested both Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his former staunch supporter Lew Mon-hung to step forward to put their cases.

Later, on a television programme, Leung dismissed criticism that he had not been doing enough to curb property prices. He stressed that he would not allow "developer hegemony" and would increase the supply of homes when necessary.

"A poverty line will be set up in October to help quantify the poverty-stricken population for a focused analysis," said Lam on a radio programme yesterday.

Veteran politician Emily Lau Wai-hing became the first chairwoman of the Democratic Party after defeating vice-chairman Sin Chung-kai by a narrow margin.