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Director of Drainage Services, Mr TONG Ka-hung, Edwin, to retire (17/2/2019)

The Director of Drainage Services, Mr TONG Ka-hung, Edwin, will retire this month. Looking back, despite having served in various policy bureaux and departments in his 37 years of government service, Edwin says that his most memorable and satisfying work experiences all come from the Drainage Services Department (DSD). This time, I have invited him to share with us how he feels about his imminent retirement and talk about people and works projects that he still has vivid memories of, and give us a glimpse of the future priority work of the DSD......

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“Property Alert” service of the Land Registry (10/2/2019)

To many people, buying a property is probably the most important investment in life. To help flat owners safeguard their property interests, the Land Registry (LR) has recently launched the “Property Alert” service. This enhanced e-Alert Service provides a simple way to let property owners stay vigilant of what is happening to their properties. Today, I have invited the Land Registrar, Ms Doris CHEUNG Mei-chu, to give us a brief introduction to this service......

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The Victoria Park Lunar New Year Fair – Moongates (3/2/2019)

Today is the second day before the Lunar New Year (LNY). First of all, I wish you a very happy and successful year ahead! Have you noticed a series of red and pink arch towers at the entrance and along the aisles of the LNY Fair at the Victoria Park this year? In fact, they are the beautification works designed by a young local architect as invited by the Architectural Services Department (ArchSD). Fair-goers can “check in” and take photos at these spots. This time, I have invited the design team behind the scenes, including the winner of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) Young Architect Award, Mr NG Ka-kin, Gary, and a colleague of the ArchSD, to explain the features and symbolic meanings of the works......

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The moment of truth for the Kwu Tung North and Fanling North Development (27/1/2019)

After resumption of the North East New Territories New Development Areas Planning and Engineering Study in 2008, the Government has spent over a decade in the planning, consultation and refinement of the project. The process involves going through various statutory procedures, patiently communicating with stakeholders, as well as making timely refinements of implementation details, including revisions to the compensation and rehousing (C&R) policies. We initiated the funding application procedures with the Legislative Council (LegCo) for the main works for the First Phase Development of the Kwu Tung North (KTN) and Fanling North (FLN) New Development Areas (NDAs) last week. Let me talk about some issues of concern in relation to the resumption and clearance of land here......

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Old halls of residence at HKU declared monuments (20/1/2019)

Last year, the Government announced that the exteriors of three historic buildings – Fung Ping Shan Building, Eliot Hall and May Hall – at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) as monuments. May Hall is my hall of residence when I studied in the university. This time, I have invited a colleague of Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) to return to this familiar place for a visit and introduce the architectural features and histories of these three historic buildings......

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