Ultrasonic tests will track down MTR cracks Cracks in the rails that caused delays on the MTR last week would probably not have escaped detection by the new ultrasonic testing vehicle that has now been introduced, the railway corporation said. "The cracks at Ngau Tau Kok last Tuesday developed near a rail joint," said chief of operations engineering David Leung Chuen-choi. "At such locations, the cracks are generally quite difficult to detect." HK$1.14m worth of geoduck seized Two mainlanders aged 43 and 44 were arrested and HK$1.14 million worth of geoduck clams seized in an anti-smuggling operation when officers boarded a fishing boat moored at Shau Kei Wan shortly after midnight yesterday. They had allegedly been seen loading boxes into a van, which sped off. About 190 boxes of the delicacy were found still on board. Thieves ransack home of retired businessman Jewellery, watches and commemorative banknotes, worth a total of HK$1 million, were stolen from a house at a private residential estate in Shek Kip Mei on Sunday. Police were called to Dynasty Heights in Yin Ping Road when the owner, a retired businessman, 72, returned to find his house ransacked and the valuables missing. Lift workers end strike over salary increase Field workers from Otis Elevator have ended a strike staged since Friday after meeting company and Labour Department officials. An Otis spokesman said the workers' call for at least a 15 per cent pay rise for all staff will be discussed further. Barge operator in court over body in harbour After the discovery of a woman's body beneath a ferry, a barge crane operator appeared in Eastern Court yesterday accused of killing Zhong Ming-fang on a barge off Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter on February 15. Ng Yung-kun, 43, entered no plea. The case was adjourned to April 8.