The Pulse

The Pulse

Type:VideoLanguage:EnglishCategories:Current AffairsStatus:On going Description: RTHK's English-language current affairs programme that takes "The Pulse" of Hong Kong ... and the world around it.

"The Pulse" is presented by locally and internationally known journalist and writer Steve Vines.

Its focus? The latest events and trends that affect Hong Kong - from the corridors of power and business boardrooms, to the streets and dai pai dongs.

"The Pulse" is politics. What's happening in the Legislative Council and on the streets right now.

"The Pulse" is the media, informing us how well or badly our press and broadcast organisations diagnose and reflect the society around us.

"The Pulse" is insightful, in-depth reports and interviews on current issues - examining those issues in depth, looking behind and beyond the news.

Its focus is on the timely. The Now.

Keep your eye ... and your finger ... on "The Pulse".

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The programme is aired every Friday evening on ATV World at 18:55, and on TVB Pearl on Saturday Morning at 08:30 am.

Initial webcast: Friday HKT 2100 - 2130

Archive available later after live webcast. ** Please note that the programme air-time on TV is different with webcast time.

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Wong Tai Sin explosion, requisition of water cannon tanks by HK Police, controversies at HKU on prop 00:22:02 2015-05-01
An explosion in a car repair shop in Wong Tai Sin last Sunday left three people dead and nine injured. It also brought to the fore concerns about the safety of liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, as stored and sold in 2,700 garages and car repair shops in Hong Kong.

The police force has been criticised, mostly by pan-democrats, for bypassing Legco’s financial oversight by bundling the HK$27 million purchase of three water cannon in this year’s Budget. Critics have also warned that the vehicles are dangerous, and indicate growing police aggression against the public. Police Commissioner Andy Tsang, who’s retiring on Monday isn’t, like London’s mayor Boris Johnson, about to stand in front of one to testify to their safety. But he did defend the purchase and said the weapons are less harmful than batons and pepper spray in dispersing crowds.

Since the beginning of Occupy Central, the University of Hong Kong has come under increasing pressure. Beijing’s representatives in Hong Kong, official and unofficial, have strongly criticised pro-democratic or even pro law and order academic staff like Benny Tai and Johannes Chan, as well as the student union’s publication, Undergrad. Eyebrows were raised then when the university itself announced a proposed plan that seemed to make an exchange trip to mainland China mandatory for undergraduates. Hong Kong’s government and its supporters aren’t just paying extra attention to academics and their work at the city’s universities. They appear to be looking further afield. Among the latest targets for pro-government organisations was this small concert at Lingnan University on 17th April, two weeks ago