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Mainland-made Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines arrive in Hong Kong
Hong Kong, Feb 19 (IANS) The first batch of mainland-manufactured Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Hong Kong on Friday afternoon, which, as the first vaccines available here, will enable the financial hub to start inoculating its residents next week.
2021-02-19
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
Hong Kong approves Sinovac's vaccine for emergency use
Hong Kong, Feb 18 (IANS) The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Thursday gave nod to the emergency use of the inactivated vaccine produced by Sinovac Biotech, two days after a panel of experts recommended the vaccine to the authorities.
2021-02-18
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
HK's daily Covid cases fall below 10, new low in months
Hong Kong, Feb 15 (IANS) Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) on Monday reported nine fresh Covid-19 cases, a new low in about three months.
2021-02-15
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine,Politics
HK govt official predicts jobless rate to surpass 7%
Hong Kong, Feb 14 (IANS) Law Chi-kwong, Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the Hong Kong government, predicted on Sunday that the upcoming jobless rate for the past three months will surpass 7 per cent.
2021-02-14
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK to invest $12.9bn annually on infrastructure projects
Hong Kong, Feb 14 (IANS) The Hong Kong government will invest over HK$100 billion ($12.9 billion) annually in infrastructure projects during the next several years, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said on Sunday.
2021-02-14
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK mulls relaxation of social distancing after Lunar NY holiday
Hong Kong, Feb 14 (IANS) Hong Kong is considering easing some social distancing measures to allow people's lives return to normalcy after the Lunar New Year holiday on condition that there is no major change in the pandemic situation, an official said on Sunday.
2021-02-14
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HKTB launches virtual event ahead of CNY to promote Hong Kong tourism
Hong Kong, Feb 10 (IANS) In a bid to accelerate its promotional efforts as part of the post-Covid-19 tourism-recovery plan, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced its first global fan-engagement programme called Hong Kong Super Fans.
2021-02-10
Category: International, Hong Kong,Human Interest/Society,Lifestyle/Fashion,Technology
HK media mogul Jimmy Lai to remain in custody
Hong Kong, Feb 9 (IANS) Hong Kongs top court on Tuesday ordered media tycoon Jimmy Lai to remain in custody before his trial on charges of fraud and colluding with foreign forces.
2021-02-09
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
Hong Kong strives to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
Hong Kong, Feb 7 (IANS) In the wake of the of challenges brought by global climate change, Hong Kong's finance chief Paul Chan said on Sunday that the city strives to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and a long-term strategy to reach this goal will be announced in mid-2021.
2021-02-07
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
Jimmy Lai's lawyers ask for extra time over plea
Hong Kong, Feb 6 (IANS) The lawyers of Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai have asked for extra time to decide on a plea pending a verdict of a case related to an anti-government protest, according to media reports.
2021-02-06
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK lifts curbs from virus-stricken area as mandatory testing ends
Hong Kong, Jan 25 (IANS) Hong Kong has lifted restrictions from a coronavirus-stricken area in the Kowloon Peninsula after the mandatory Covid-19 screening for its residents was completed.
2021-01-25
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
Hong Kong's unemployment rate hits 16-yr high
Hong Kong, Jan 19 (IANS) Hong Kong's unemployment rate hit a 16-year high in the period between October-December 2020 as the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic further compounded the city's labour market situation, official data revealed on Tuesday.
2021-01-19
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK finance chief warns of unemployment rate spike
Hong Kong, Jan 17 (IANS) Paul Chan, financial secretary of the Hong Kong government, said here on Sunday that the unemployment rate in the city will climb further as businesses and workers are still struggling amid the raging Covid-19 epidemic.
2021-01-17
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
China blocks 2 WHO team members after failed Covid test
Hong Kong, Jan 14 (IANS) As the World Health Organisation (WHO) team landed in Wuhan on Thursday to study the cause of the Covid-19 outbreak, China blocked two members of the 13-member international team from travelling to the epicentre of the pandemic after they failed the coronavirus antibody test in Singapore.
2021-01-14
Category: International, Hong Kong,National,Diplomacy,Health/Medicine
Prominent HK pro-democracy activist arrested
Hong Kong, Jan 8 (IANS) Joshua Wong, a prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, was arrested on Friday over "subverting the state power" under the national security law which China imposed in the city last year.
2021-01-08
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
3 in Hong Kong convicted over assaulting journalist
Hong Kong, Jan 6 (IANS) The district court of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Wednesday convicted three people arrested for assaulting Fu Guohao, a journalist from the Beijing-based Global Times newspaper, in August 2019.
2021-01-06
Category: International, Hong Kong,Crime/Disaster/Accident
HK to expand community testing, says Carrie Lam
Hong Kong, Dec 26 (IANS) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that the city government will expand community testing in order to identify silent carriers of the novel coronavirus as soon as possible and break transmission chains.
2020-12-26
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK extends Covid-19 quarantine for overseas arrivals
Hong Kong, Dec 26 (IANS) Visitors who have been to places outside China in the past three weeks will be put in compulsory quarantine at designated hotels for 21 days upon arrival in Hong Kong, instead of 14 days as previously required.
2020-12-26
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK tightens quarantine measures for visitors
Hong Kong, Dec 25 (IANS) Hong Kong has imposed stricter quarantine measures for visitors from places outside China as the city's Covid-19 pandemic situation was still severed with 71 new cases reported in 24 hours.
2020-12-25
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
Casino city Macau to host Las Vegas alternative of CES in 2021
Hong Kong, Dec 22 (IANS) Asias casino capital Macau is planning to host a tech fair next year that will aim to match the famous consumer electronics show (CES) held annually in Las Vegas, the media reported on Tuesday.
2020-12-22
Category: International, Hong Kong,Technology
HK to further tighten social distancing measures
Hong Kong, Dec 8 (IANS) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday announced that in view of the worsening Covid-19 pandemic situation, social distancing measures will be further tightened, including the banning of dine-in services in restaurants after 6 p.m.
2020-12-08
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK's 4th Covid-19 wave could last till 2021: Experts
Hong Kong, Dec 7 (IANS) A fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Hong Kong due to a number of untraceable confirmed cases was getting worse and could last until 2021, experts said on Monday.
2020-12-07
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
HK media mogul denied bail in fraud case
Hong Kong, Dec 3 (IANS) Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai was denied bail on Thursday after he was charged with fraud and is likely to spend Christmas behind bars.
2020-12-03
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
Xiaomi logs record sales in Q3, smartphone biz shines again
Hong Kong, Nov 24 (IANS)  Xiaomi on Tuesday announced its third quarter results, beating industry estimates with record revenue and net profit riding on the stellar performance of its smartphone business.
2020-11-24
Category: International, Hong Kong,Technology
HK officials urge vigilance as new Covid-19 cases hit new high
Hong Kong, Nov 23 (IANS) The number of new confirmed Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong has reached a new high in over three months, prompting the city government to roll out more stringent measures to curb further spreading of the virus.
2020-11-23
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK tightens social distancing measures
Hong Kong, Nov 21 (IANS) Hong Kong has moved to tighten social distancing measures in response to a resurgence in new Covid-19 cases, with the city's Chief Executive Carrie Lam describing the situation as "fairly severe".
2020-11-21
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK suspends face-to-face classes amid worsening pandemic
Hong Kong, Nov 20 (IANS) Face-to-face classes for grade 1-3 primary school students in Hong Kong will be suspended from November 23 to December 6 as the Covid-19 situation in the city has worsened rapidly, the government said on Friday.
2020-11-20
Category: International, Hong Kong,Education,Politics
Cathay Pacific axes flights to NY, London, Washington
Hong Kong, Nov 17 (IANS) Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific has axed seven loss-making international routes, including New York, Washington, Brussels and London, as they were all losing money in the wake of flight suspensions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a source said on Tuesday.
2020-11-17
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK to inspect 2,500 buildings after fatal blaze
Hong Kong, Nov 17 (IANS) The Hong Kong government on Tuesday said it will complete the inspection of some 2,500 domestic or composite buildings aged 60 or above by the end of this year in the aftermath of a deadly fire that killed seven people.
2020-11-17
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
7 killed in Hong Kong building fire
Hong Kong, Nov 16 (IANS) At least seven people were killed and several others critically injured after a fire engulfed a tenement building in Hong Kong, the city government said on Monday.
2020-11-16
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Desperation of Kashmir separatists (COLUMN: Spy's Eye)
The annulment of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution by the Indian Parliament in August last year shocked the pro-Pak Hurriyat Conference and the Valley-based political parties alike as it basically ended the era of their collusion that was dictated by their own vested interests -- the latter running the state as a fiefdom where the former would be allowed to merrily continue playing the Pak hand and subverting India's case. The rants of NC and PDP leaders against the deployment of the Army in Jammu and Kashmir always looked duplicitous because they never condemned Pakistan for pumping in Mujahideen into the Valley in the name of Jihad, did not shed their communal approach in not treating all subjects of the state on the same footing and did not discharge their administrative responsibility of taking action against Pak agents who were behind the forcible eviction of Pandits from the Valley and more recently the organised stone pelting that was meant to build the old narrative of the state witnessing 'popular discontent' against the Centre.
2020-11-15
Category: International, Hong Kong,National
HK steps up anti-pandemic efforts amid untraceable cases
Hong Kong, Nov 15 (IANS) Hong Kong has stepped up anti-pandemic efforts with strengthened social distancing measures as untraceable Covid-19 cases were reported for a fourth straight day.
2020-11-15
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
'US interference in Hong Kong affairs unacceptable, barbaric'
Hong Kong, Nov 11 (IANS) Matthew Cheung, Acting Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), said that the so-called sanctions imposed by the United States on four Chinese mainland and Hong Kong officials are barbaric interference in the affairs of Hong Kong and its motherland.
2020-11-11
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK to extend social distancing measures for 7 days
Hong Kong, Nov 10 (IANS) Hong Kong's Acting Chief Executive Matthew Cheung announced on Tuesday the city's existing Covid-19 social distancing measures due to expire on Thursday will be extended for another seven days.
2020-11-10
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
Lenovo logs record quarter sales amid strong PC, laptop demand
Hong Kong, Nov 3 (IANS) Riding on the surge in demand for PCs and laptops in the remote working and learning times, Lenovo Group has announced record Group revenue of $14.5 billion in its second quarter, up 7 per cent year-on-year and with all businesses showing strong growth.
2020-11-03
Category: International, Hong Kong,Business/Economy,Technology
HK to extend social distancing measures for 2 more weeks
Hong Kong, Nov 3 (IANS) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Tuesday that social distancing measures in the city will be extended for two more weeks to ensure a complete control over the Covid-19 pandemic.
2020-11-03
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
7 HK oppn activists charged over May LegCo meeting
Hong Kong, Nov 1 (IANS) At least seven Hong Kong opposition activists were charged and arrested on Sunday over in relation to a meeting of the Legislative Council in May which turned into chaos.
2020-11-01
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
Social-distancing measures relaxed in HK
Hong Kong, Oct 30 (IANS) Social-distancing measures in Hong Kong were relaxed on Friday which will now to allow at least six people to sit at a restaurant table, up from the initial four, while the limit on groups in bars and pubs also increased from two to four.
2020-10-30
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
Charged under security law, HK activist denied bail
Hong Kong, Oct 29 (IANS) A Hong Kong activist was denied bail on Thursday after he became the second person to be charged under the national security law imposed on the city by China earlier this year.
2020-10-29
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK's Cathay Pacific to eliminate 8,500 job posts
Hong Kong, Oct 21 (IANS) Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific on Wednesday announced that it will eliminate 8,500 job posts, making 5,900 staff redundant, and shut one of its regional airlines with immediate effect in an effort to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic-induced fallout.
2020-10-21
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
Hong Kong to relax social-distancing rules
Hong Kong, Oct 20 (IANS) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday announced that her government could slightly relax some of the incumbent social-distancing rules aimed at allowing the revival of local tours and social activities such as weddings.
2020-10-20
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK reports 12 new Covid-19 cases
Hong Kong, Oct 15 (IANS) Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 12 additional confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, including two local cases of unknown origin.
2020-10-15
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine,Politics
HK, S'pore reach in-principle deal for travel bubble
Hong Kong, Oct 15 (IANS) Hong Kong and Singapore have reached an in-principle agreement on a bilateral Air Travel Bubble (ATB), which will help revive cross-border travel between the two aviation hubs in a safe and progressive way, the city government said on Thursday.
2020-10-15
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK issues storm signal as typhoon approaches
Hong Kong, Oct 13 (IANS) Hong Kong weather authorities on Tuesday issued the Northeast Gale or Storm Signal on Tuesday as typhoon Nangka was approaching the city.
2020-10-13
Category: International, Hong Kong,Environment/Wildlife
HK bar at centre of potential Covid-19 outbreak
Hong Kong, Oct 5 (IANS) A bar in Hong Kong has emerged as a potential centre of a fresh Covid-19 outbreak as it might have flouted health measures, including social distancing, a government advisor said on Monday.
2020-10-05
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK unlikely to ease curbs on gatherings
Hong Kong, Sep 28 (IANS) Hong is unlikely to ease the current restrictions on public gatherings, as the city reported 10 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, the first double-digit increase in single-day infections in just over a week, according to a government adviser.
2020-09-28
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
HK house rents likely to fall 10-15% due to pandemic
Hong Kong, Sep 26 (IANS) Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, house rents in Hong Kong, deemed the worlds most expensive location for expatriate accommodation, is expected to decline between 10 and 15 per cent this year, a media report said on Saturday.
2020-09-26
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK's daily Covid-19 cases remain in single digit
Hong Kong, Sep 25 (IANS) The number of single-day coronavirus cases in Hong Konghase remained under 10 for five days in a row, local health authorities said on Friday.
2020-09-25
Category: International, Hong Kong,Health/Medicine
Prominent HK pro-democracy activist arrested
Hong Kong, Sep 24 (IANS) Joshua Wong, a prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, was arrested on Thursday for "participating in an unauthorized assembly" last October, according to a post on his Twitter account.
2020-09-24
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics
HK official calls for support to new anti-pandemic fund
Hong Kong, Sep 20 (IANS) A senior Hong Kong government official on Sunday called for support from lawmakers in the third round of anti-pandemic fund to fight Covid-19 and revive the economy.
2020-09-20
Category: International, Hong Kong,Politics