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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

2.3k arrested in anti-crime operation

Police arrested 2,320 people and seized cash, dangerous drugs and illicit goods worth about $390 million in an anti-crime operation jointly mounted by Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macau authorities from June to August.   During the operation, Police conducted searches at about 2,000 locations including bars, amusement game centres, cyber cafes, party rooms and residential units.   It smashed illegal gambling and vice establishments as well as drug distribution centres and arrested 1,616 men and 704 women for triad and drug-related offences, robbery, illegal immigration, illegal gambling, bookmaking, criminal damage, blackmail, wounding and possession of offensive weapons.   Bookmaking records worth about $3.6 billion were also seized during the operation.   Police said it will continue to maintain close liaison and exchange intelligence with authorities on the Mainland and Macau to interdict cross-boundary triad activities and uphold public confidence in law and order.
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