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FS paves way to green, digital future

A number of initiatives and measures aimed at accelerating high-quality development were announced in today’s 2024-25 Budget, with the Government emphasising a move towards a green future and digitalisation.   Explaining that high-quality development spurs ongoing economic innovation and growth whilst conserving the natural environment, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said Hong Kong must pursue opportunities through leveraging its advantages under “one country, two systems”, namely those of enjoying strong support at a national level and being closely connected to other parts of the world.   He stressed that green development involves huge business opportunities and financing needs, as governments and businesses around the world pursue carbon neutrality and green transformation. In addition, he said digitalisation has become a new driving force for economic development, empowering enterprises to enhance efficiency, boost their competitiveness and achieve new growth.   Introdu

Intimidation against judges intolerable

The Government will take resolute actions and will not tolerate intimidation against judges and Police will leave no stone unturned to apprehend the culprit to safeguard the city's public peace and safety.   The Department of Justice issued the statement today in response to the criminal intimidation against judges threatening their personal safety after they have delivered a judgment.   It pointed out that Basic Law Article 85 guarantees that the courts of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall exercise judicial power independently, free from any interference.   Intimidation against judges, who perform judicial duties, and posing threats to their personal safety are unacceptable.   Under section 24 of the Crimes Ordinance, anyone who threatens any other person with injury to him or her shall be guilty and liable to imprisonment of five years.   The department warned that criminal intimidation is a serious offence and urged the public not to break the law.
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