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Ferry captains back in court

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Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

The captains of the two vessels involved in October's Lamma ferry tragedy appear in Eastern Court. Chow Chi-wai, 56, captain of Hongkong Electric's Lamma IV, and Lai Sai-ming, 54, captain of public ferry Sea Smooth, were each charged with 39 counts of manslaughter last month. A report into the disaster, released last week, excluded sections dealing with the conduct of the two captains pending the trial.


India External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid holds discussions in Beijing amid tensions between the two countries. The trip comes amid reports Premier Li Keqiang may visit India later this month. India and China on Monday began withdrawing troops from a disputed area of the Himalayas after settling a three-week border dispute that had threatened to reverse a recent warming in ties.


Britain's Prince Harry starts a two-week official tour of the United States which is sure to be watched intently by the world's media. The prince, a serving soldier who is never far from controversy, found himself in trouble when nude photos of him in a Las Vegas hotel were leaked last year. Vegas is off the agenda for this trip, which is intended to promote British trade and investment, and includes a stop at the Warrior Games, a sporting event for injured military veterans.


The nation's inflation, industrial output and fixed-asset investment data for April is released in Beijing. Risks that mainland factory and investment growth in April may miss even conservative forecasts are mounting after surveys of the country's manufacturing and services industries cooled unexpectedly last month. Two separate surveys of Chinese factories showed growth slowed in April after new export orders fell, reinforcing doubts about the health of the economy.


Sony reports its first-quarter results as its core electronics division looks for a way back to profitability. Sony executives announced last week that they would give up their bonuses after the firm's main electronics business was unprofitable for a second year. The board backed a proposal from chief executive Kazuo Hirai that management forgo bonuses worth 30 per cent to 50 per cent of their annual pay in the year to March 31.


One of Hong Kong's most prominent legal professionals launches his biography with a book reading. Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary, a founding member of the Court of Final Appeal, reads from his memoir at an event at Kelly and Walsh in Pacific Place, Admiralty. As well as serious reflection on key cases, Bokhary also recalls colourful anecdotes from court in his book.