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0101 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0101.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:11.024725   ["Thursday, January 1, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. FS's transcript\r\n2. Update on avian flu\r\n3. Media arrangements for the visit by Qian\r\n4. FS kicks off campaign on promotion of services\r\n5. Guides published to promote health at workplace\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. FS's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is a transcript of the Financial Secretary,\r\nMr Donald Tsang, speaking to the media after officiating\r\nat the opening ceremony of \"Hong Kong at Your Service\"\r\nRoving Exhibition at Times Squares this (Thursday)\r\nafternoon:\r\n\r\nFS: I am very happy to be able to participate in this\r\nexhibition to demonstrate not only to local people and the\r\ninternational community the importance of services to our\r\neconomy. Services have helped us to be able to overcome a\r\nlot of difficulties associated with the recent financial\r\nturmoil in Asia. As you know, that was the most serious\r\nturmoil Asia has experienced since World War II. I am\r\nsure our excellence in service industry will bring us into\r\na higher plateau of excellence and a new level of\r\nachievements in 1998 and give us great opportunities.\r\nWell, may I wish all of you a very, very happy 1998.\r\nThank you.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Update on avian flu\r\n *******************\r\n\r\n The Department of Health (DH) announces one more new\r\nconfirmed influenza A (H5N1) case today (Thursday). The\r\ncase involved a 14-year-old female. She is under\r\ntreatment at Princess Margaret Hospital in satisfactory\r\ncondition.\r\n\r\n This brings the total number of cases to 14 confirmed\r\ncases and six suspected cases.\r\n\r\n Following is a list of the cases and their latest\r\nconditions:\r\n\r\nConfirmed cases\r\n***************\r\n\r\nCase 1\r\nSex / Age: Male / 3 yr\r\nCondition: Died\r\n\r\nCase 2\r\nSex / Age: Male / 2 yr\r\nCondition: Recovered and discharged\r\n\r\nCase 3\r\nSex / Age: Female / 13 yr\r\nCondition: Died\r\n\r\nCase 4\r\nSex / Age: Male / 54 yr\r\nCondition: Died\r\n\r… [] [] [] 1998-01-01T00:00:00
0102 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0102.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:11.179798   ["Friday, January 2, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE's transcript\r\n2. Update on avian flu\r\n3. Joint effort to dispose of chicken carcasses\r\n4. Dates of General Election and EC Subsector Election\r\n5. Eligible electors reminded of registration deadline\r\n6. Membership of the Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee\r\n7. Decision to graduate Hong Kong from the EU GSP regretted\r\n8. Upgrading works for 40 slopes\r\n9. Construction Output for 3rd quarter of 1997\r\n10. Open space for Sheung Wan residents\r\n11. Tenders for rural improvement works invited\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of remarks by the Chief\r\nExecutive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, to the media outside the\r\nGovernment Secretariat this morning (Friday):\r\n\r\nMr Tung: I was saying earlier on that there has been some\r\nconcern expressed all over the community about the effort\r\nin the last few days over the killing of the chickens. I\r\nwas saying that it is right to be very concerned and that\r\nthe colleagues in the government at all levels work day\r\nand night on this. Of course it takes a lot of hard work.\r\nBut nevertheless, there are areas where improvement needs\r\nto be made and we are going to make these improvements.\r\nAnd all these areas, all these loose ends will be tied up\r\ntoday and we are working very hard at it. And as these\r\nhappened the first time, so in terms of manpower resources\r\nand in terms of available machineries and facilities,\r\nthere has been inadequacies. We are looking at these\r\nthings very urgently. We hope these will be all sorted\r\nout some time today.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Update on avian flu\r\n *******************\r\n\r\n The Department of Health (DH) announces one more new\r\nconfirmed influenza A (H5N1) case today (Friday). The\r\ncase involved a three-year-old boy. Follow-up of the\r\npatient is being made and details of his condition will be\r\nmade public when available.\r\n\r\n Th… [] [] [] 1998-01-02T00:00:00
0103 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0103.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:11.219869   ["Saturday, January 3, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CS's transcript\r\n2. Fourth round of retired leaders to visit Hong Kong\r\n3. H5N1 infected boy located\r\n4. Update on avian flu\r\n5. Appointment of new Chairman of Vocational Training Council\r\n6. Eight Social Workers Registration Board members elected\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CS's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of the media session\r\ngiven by the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Anson\r\nChan, after attending a Housing Authority ceremony this\r\n(Saturday) afternoon:\r\n\r\nReporter: Mrs Chan, could you tell me what the next step\r\nthe government is going to take to help...?\r\n\r\nMrs Chan: The first task is that we have destroyed a well\r\nover one and a half million chickens. We have also taken\r\nspecimens from other types of poultry, for examples ducks,\r\ngeese, quails and pigeons, to see whether this virus\r\nexists in these poultry. And if so, we would consider\r\nwhat the appropriate action should be. I want to stress\r\nthat in the absence of experience in tackling this type of\r\nvirus, particularly as it has not been experienced in any\r\nother country, the government must take a responsible\r\nattitude and that is to make decisive action when\r\ndevelopments indicate that this is necessary, but not to\r\ntake precipitated action which will in any way adds to the\r\nanxiety of the population at large. And this is what we\r\nhave been trying to do all along. At the same time, we\r\nare discussing with the mainland authorities the\r\nestablishment of the system that will ensure that as and\r\nwhen we agree to resume importation of poultry from China\r\nthat there is in place a system that will ensure that all\r\npoultry imported into Hong Kong will be free of this\r\nvirus. We are receiving very good co-operation from\r\nmainland authorities and I am hopeful that in a short\r\nwhile we will be able to devise such a scheme. As you\r\nalso know, with the help of international experts … [] [] [] 1998-01-03T00:00:00
0104 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0104.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:11.207833   ["Sunday, January 4, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Update on avian flu\r\n2. Eligible voters urged to register in FCs and EC subsectors\r\n3. BOE delegation for Manchester conference\r\n4. Land Registry 1997 statistics released\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Update on avian flu\r\n *******************\r\n\r\n A spokesman for the Department of Health said that\r\nthere was no new cases of Influenza A (H5N1) today\r\n(Sunday).\r\n\r\n The status of all cases remain the same as yesterday\r\nwith a total number of 16 confirmed cases and five\r\nsuspected cases.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Eligible voters urged to register in FCs and EC subsectors\r\n **********************************************************\r\n\r\n Eligible voters of functional constituencies (FC) who\r\nhave not yet registered for this year's elections are\r\nreminded to do so before the registration period ends on\r\nJanuary 16, 1998, a spokesman for the Constitutional\r\nAffairs Bureau said today (Sunday).\r\n\r\n The spokesman also urged corporate electors to\r\nappoint their authorized representatives to cast their\r\ncorporate votes during the Legislative Council election in\r\nMay and the Election Committee (EC) subsector election in\r\nApril.\r\n\r\n \"The appointment of authorized representatives also\r\nhas to be done on or before January 16, 1998,\" the\r\nspokesman added.\r\n\r\n He said most FC eligible voters should have received\r\neither a notification or an invitation letter from the\r\nRegistration and Electoral Office (REO) by now. So far,\r\nmore than 120,000 notifications and 100,000 invitation\r\nletters have been issued to eligible voters.\r\n\r\n Individual electors who have received notifications\r\ninforming them that they had been included in a particular\r\nFunctional Constituency and EC subsector will be able to\r\ncast a vote in their respective FC and EC subsector.\r\nHowever, corporate electors who were notified must appoint\r\nan authorized representative by filling up an orange\r\ncolou… [] [] [] 1998-01-04T00:00:00
0105 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0105.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:11.230479   ["Monday, January 5, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of CS's media session at airport\r\n2. Screening of travellers not necessary\r\n3. Update on avian flu\r\n4. Welfare services to needy chicken farmers continue\r\n5. EPD welcomes investigation report\r\n6. DSD's response to Ombudsman's Report\r\n7. Citybus backs voter registration\r\n8. Appointment of new Director of NAPCO\r\n9. Government thanks Metrication Committee for its efforts\r\n10. Sewage treatment works to upgrade for Sheung Shui\r\ndevelopment\r\n11. 36 building plans approved in October\r\n12. Tender for the 18th issue of 3-Year Exchange Fund notes\r\n13. Water storage figure\r\n14. Rates and government rent for first quarter of 1998 due\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of CS's media session at airport\r\n *******************************************\r\n\r\n Following is a transcript (English part) of the Chief\r\nSecretary for Administration, Mrs Anson Chan's media\r\nsession at the airport before visiting Beijing today\r\n(Monday):\r\n\r\n\r\nReporter: Mrs Chan, what will you be doing in Beijing?\r\n\r\nMrs Chan: My visit this time is mainly at the invitation\r\nof Mr Liao Hui, the Head of the Hong Kong and Macau\r\nAffairs Office. And I'm delighted to have this\r\nopportunity to meet Mr Liao Hui and his colleagues to\r\ndiscuss the matter of mutual interest. The Hong Kong and\r\nMacau Affairs Office has also very kindly arranged for me\r\nto pay a courtesy call on the Deputy Head of the Ministry\r\nof Foreign Affairs, the head of the security department\r\nand also the NPC Secretary, Mr Cao Zhi. In addition, of\r\ncourse, I'm delighted that the Vice Premier, Mr Qian\r\nQichen, is able to spare some time to see me. And I'll\r\nalso have an opportunity to dine with him and his wife on\r\nTuesday evening. I expect to be back in Hong Kong at noon\r\ntime on Wednesday.\r\n\r\nReporter: Will you be discussing the recent financial\r\ncrisis at Hong Kong...?\r\n\r\nMrs Chan: Of course the Vice Premier is very intere… [] [] [] 1998-01-05T00:00:00
0106 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0106.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:11.240632   ["Tuesday, January 6, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of Chief Executive's media session\r\n2. Transcript of CS's media session\r\n3. Second day of CS's Beijing visit\r\n4. ExCo approves rent adjustments in public housing\r\n5. SHA's response to Code on Access to Information\r\n6. Response to enquiries on Ombudsman's remarks\r\n7. Acting CS to co-ordinate follow-up action\r\n8. Health chiefs brief consuls general on H5N1\r\n9. Update on avian flu\r\n10. Additional member to Appeals Committee on MOI Guidance\r\n11. ExCo approves cancellation of three HYF routes\r\n12. Ex-gratia payments for Yaohan employees completed\r\n13. Environmental Protection Liaison Group to meet in Guangzhou\r\n14. HK Mortgage Corporation HK$20 Billion Note Issuance Programme\r\n15. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of Chief Executive's media session\r\n *********************************************\r\n\r\n Following is a transcript of the Chief Executive,\r\nMr Tung Chee Hwa's media session after visiting some fire\r\nvictims at Ruttonjee Hospital this (Tuesday) evening:\r\n\r\nReporter: Mr Tung, you have visited the patients in the\r\nhospital ... what would ...?\r\n\r\nMr Tung: I think there were a number of things you can see\r\nright away. First is that obviously the shock. Secondly,\r\nmany of them are suffering from very dense smoke\r\ninhalation but they all look all right and they will\r\neventually be all right.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Transcript of CS's media session\r\n ********************************\r\n\r\n Following is a transcript of the Chief Secretary for\r\nAdministration, Mrs Anson Chan's media session in Beijing\r\nthis (Tuesday) evening:\r\n\r\nReporter: (about the SAR Office in Beijing)\r\n\r\nCS: We are currently considering within the administration\r\nthe size of Beijing office, the responsibilities of this\r\noffice and of course, the question of personnel. When I\r\nmet Mr Liao Hui, the Director, he stressed to me that… [] [] [] 1998-01-06T00:00:00
0107 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0107.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:11.861947   ["Wednesday, January 7, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of CS's media session at airport\r\n2. Acting CS's transcript\r\n3. Compensation for the slaughter of poultry\r\n4. Task force formed to implement recommendations\r\n5. Findings of contaminated medicine investigation released\r\n6. ICAC Complaints Committee Chairman appointed\r\n7. Update on avian flu\r\n8. HK-Guangdong Environmental Protection Liaison Group meets\r\n9. Review on Glass Panel Balustrade to be carried out\r\n10. Plastic scrap to be examined\r\n11. Hong Kong committed to quality education\r\n12. Emergency relief given to fire victim family\r\n13. HAB seeks public cooperation to telephone survey\r\n14. New Year 'lai-see' for 14,000 people\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of CS's media session at airport\r\n *******************************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English part) of the\r\nChief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Anson Chan, at the\r\nairport this (Wednesday) afternoon after the visit to\r\nBeijing:\r\n\r\nReporter: Mrs Chan, can you tell us who is actually in\r\ncharge of the task force for the bird flu. Yesterday GIS\r\npress release said that it was the Acting Chief Secretary\r\nand then Mr Suen said today he was the ...\r\n\r\nMrs Chan: Clearly whilst I am away is the Acting Chief\r\nSecretary. I'm back for barely three days before I'm off\r\nfor my American and Canadian trip. So during my absence,\r\nMr Michael Suen as the acting Chief Secretary will be co-\r\nordinating the necessary work. The task force is in fact\r\nnothing new. The Chief Executive and myself have been\r\ntaking a very close interest in this whole avian flu\r\naffair. We've kept very very close touch with all the\r\ngovernment departments. We've been looking at various\r\naspects but there are tasks that have to be dealt with in\r\norder. Our first task was clearly to make sure that\r\npoultry that may have the virus do not enter Hong Kong\r\nuntil we're satisfied that there is a full-proof o… [] [] [] 1998-01-07T00:00:00
0108 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0108.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:12.165277   ["Thursday, January 8, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of CS's media session\r\n2. Port of First Asylum Policy to be scrapped\r\n3. Proposal to modify the Junior Police Officers' pay scales\r\n4. CS to promote Hong Kong in North American tour\r\n5. Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee holds first meeting\r\n6. Update on avian flu\r\n7. LDC Chairman and Managing Board members re-appointed\r\n8. EC appeals regulation to be gazetted\r\n9. Non-permanent judges of CFA totals 17\r\n10. Volume and price statistics of external trade in October\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of CS's media session\r\n ********************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English part) of a media\r\nsession by the Chief Secretary for Administration,\r\nMrs Anson Chan, after attending the Basic Law Promotion\r\nSteering Committee meeting this (Thursday) afternoon:\r\n\r\nQuestion: What did you discuss in the first meeting and\r\nany strategies mapped out?\r\n\r\nMrs Chan: We had a preliminary discussion of the overall\r\nstratagem. We believe that, of course, the question of\r\npromoting the Basic Law is not a new matter. It is an\r\nissue that we have been dealing with for many years, both\r\nthrough government efforts and in particular through the\r\nsustained effort of people like Miss Ko Siu Wah and other\r\nmembers of this Steering Committee, through other\r\nvoluntary agencies and other organisations. The main\r\npurpose of the Steering Committee would be to try and take\r\nan overall view and in particular to co-ordinate the\r\neffort of all the different parties who are currently\r\ninvolved in promoting the Basic Law. We believe the Basic\r\nLaw to be an important document because it is the\r\nconstitution of the Special Administrative Region. It\r\nsets out very clearly how the \"One Country, Two Systems \"\r\noperate, what are the systems that will continue to\r\noperate within the Special Administrative Region, the\r\nrights and obligations of each citizen and we believe… [] [] [] 1998-01-08T00:00:00
0109 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0109.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:12.175789   ["Friday, January 9, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CDC press statement\r\n2. Update on avian flu\r\n3. Poultry trade employers reminded of legal obligations\r\n4. ACI's recommendations on Hepatitis A prevention\r\n5. Employment and vacancy statistics for September 1997\r\nreleased\r\n6. EC endorses the establishment of QEF Steering Committee\r\n7. Annual surveys point to attractiveness of Hong Kong\r\n8. Chief Executive visits Hong Kong's maximum security prison\r\n9. Public urged to register as voters before January 16\r\n10. Precedence Table of the HKSAR\r\n11. Promotions in the Administrative Service\r\n12. Viewing platform closed for enhancement works\r\n13. List of Environmental Reports released\r\n14. Code for Electricity (Wiring) Regulations revised\r\n15. Traffic to improve in Tai Wai with Road T3\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CDC press statement\r\n *******************\r\n\r\n The following is issued on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and \r\nPrevention, Altanta (CDC) on studies and tests being conducted by CDC:\r\n\r\n \"CDC had been conducting various studies on H5N1.\r\n\r\n Approximately some 400 blood samples had been tested\r\nby CDC in Altanta as part of the cohort studies. These\r\nresults are preliminary and need to be interpreted\r\ntogether with information from field investigations.\r\nResults will not be available until the end of January.\r\n\r\n The CDC had not given any results to the Hong Kong\r\nDepartment of Health at this stage and had not been\r\nconducting any tests on poultry for the Hong Kong\r\nGovernment as reported in a newspaper in Hong Kong.\"\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Update on avian flu\r\n *******************\r\n\r\n The Department of Health (DH) announced today\r\n(Friday) that there was no new case of influenza A (H5N1)\r\ntoday.\r\n\r\n Moreover, Case No. 2 on yesterday's suspected case\r\nlist, involving a six-year-old boy, has been deleted from\r\nthe list.\r\n\r\n This brings the total number of cases to 16 conf… [] [] [] 1998-01-09T00:00:00
0110 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0110.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:12.322009   ["Saturday, January 10, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of CS's media session\r\n2. Update on avian flu\r\n3. Inspection of safety barrier installations urged\r\n4. Year-end clean-up campaign launched in Wan Chai\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of CS's media session\r\n ********************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English part) of the\r\nmedia session by the Chief Secretary for Administration,\r\nMrs Anson Chan, at CGO Press Room this (Saturday)\r\nafternoon before leaving for the US tonight:\r\n\r\nMrs Chan: Sorry to keep you waiting. Good afternoon\r\neveryone. This evening I shall be leaving for a\r\npromotional tour of the United States and Canada. I\r\nshould be visiting Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and\r\nToronto and Ottawa in Canada. This is the first\r\npromotional visit I have undertaken since the transition.\r\nThe main purpose is, first of all, to give an account of\r\nhow the Hong Kong SAR has fared in the six months since\r\nthe transition, in particular to talk about some of the\r\nmajor problems that we have to deal with. And I am sure\r\nthere will be a good deal of interest in and questions on\r\nhow we handle the financial turmoil. In this context, I\r\nwant to make it quite clear that one of the messages I\r\nwill be giving loud and clear to my American and Canadian\r\naudiences is that the Government is absolutely determined\r\nto defend the linked exchange rate. I have heard rumours\r\nto the contrary, I have heard rumours that the SAR\r\nGovernment is reviewing the link. I want to stop this\r\nrumour quite firmly that there is absolutely no foundation\r\nto this. I realise of course that given the current\r\nvolatility in the stock market and the financial market\r\nthat this is a difficult time for many. But what we need\r\nnow is - steady nerves, a cool head and prudence. The\r\nlinked exchange rate, the reasons that we have explained\r\nexhaustively in the past has served Hong Kong extremely\r\nwell. We are determined… [] [] [] 1998-01-10T00:00:00
0111 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0111.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:12.332265   ["Sunday, January 11, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Response to enquiries on Hebei's earthquake\r\n2. Update on avian flu\r\n3. Nursing homes for elderly invite applications\r\n4. District Office organises fire drill\r\n5. More young people join volunteer work\r\n6. VISA card to promote HK's heritage\r\n7. EPD to enhance 'one-stop shop' service\r\n8. Tapping water from fire service installations illegal\r\n9. Heavy fine for second non-compliance with statutory order\r\n10. Water cut in Kowloon City\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Response to enquiries on Hebei's earthquake\r\n *******************************************\r\n\r\n In response to media enquiries concerning the\r\nearthquake in Hebei, a government spokesman today (Sunday)\r\nsaid: \"The Government is sorry to hear about the\r\nearthquake and the number of casualties. We are waiting\r\nfor more information. The matter will be discussed at a\r\nregular senior government officials meeting tomorrow.\"\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Update on avian flu\r\n *******************\r\n\r\n A spokesman for the Department of Health said that\r\nthere was no new cases of Influenza A (H5N1) today\r\n(Sunday).\r\n\r\n Moreover, the three-year-old boy of confirmed case 15\r\nhas recovered and has been discharged.\r\n\r\n The status and condition of other cases remain the\r\nsame as yesterday.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n3. Nursing homes for elderly invite applications\r\n *********************************************\r\n\r\n The first of six nursing homes for the elderly\r\ndeveloped by the Department of Health (DH), subvented by\r\nthe Social Welfare Department and operated by non-\r\ngovernment organisations will commence operation next\r\nmonth (February).\r\n\r\n Located in Sheung Shui, this nursing home will\r\nprovide 200 beds. Together with the other five which will\r\nbe completed by the end of this year, the Government will\r\nprovide a total of 1,400 nursing home beds.\r\n\r\n Applications for the Nursing Home Servi… [] [] [] 1998-01-11T00:00:00
0112 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0112.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:12.398099   ["Monday, January 12, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of FS's media session\r\n2. HKMA press statement\r\n3. Update on avian flu\r\n4. Compensation cheques ready for collection\r\n5. Hong Kong SAR Government functioning well, CS tells US audience\r\n6. Speech by the Chief Justice\r\n7. Speech by Secretary for Justice\r\n8. Unwavering commitment to rule of law\r\n9. Aid proposed to earthquake victims in Hebei\r\n10. Government committed to completing SSDS project\r\n11. New funding scheme to promote equal opportunities\r\n12. Exhibition to promote employment of the disabled\r\n13. Seminars on 'Pleasurable and Effective Learning'\r\n14. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n15. Water storage figure\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of FS's media session\r\n ********************************\r\n\r\n Following is a transcript of the media session by the\r\nFinancial Secretary, Mr Donald Tsang, at CGO this (Monday)\r\nafternoon:\r\n\r\nReporter: Are you still discounting the Peregrine factor\r\nin today's fall in the market?\r\n\r\nMr Tsang: Well I think it is quite clearly the market\r\nreacted very rationally, very steadily, and reflecting, I\r\nbelieve, the sophistication and the maturity of Hong Kong\r\ninvestors. The settlements were done very efficiently,\r\nthe transactions were carried through without any sign of\r\npanic. So I think it has done quite as we have expected.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. HKMA press statement\r\n ********************\r\n\r\n The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) wishes to\r\nmake it clear that none of the companies in the Peregrine\r\nGroup is a bank or deposit-taking company authorised under\r\nthe Banking Ordinance.\r\n\r\n On the latest information available to the HKMA,\r\nlocally incorporated banks in Hong Kong are not heavily\r\nexposed to the Peregrine Group.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n3. Update on avian flu\r\n *******************\r\n\r\n The Department of Health (DH) announced today\r\n(Monday) that there was no new … [] [] [] 1998-01-12T00:00:00
0113 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0113.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:12.381803   ["Tuesday, January 13, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of FS's media session\r\n2. New Airport to open in July\r\n3. Chief Secretary receives warm welcome in Los Angeles\r\n4. CS: little change in HK\r\n5. Speech by CS in Los Angeles\r\n6. Update on avian flu\r\n7. Two lots sold for $283 million at land auction\r\n8. Voter registration closes on Friday\r\n9. ExCo approves Lantau taxi fare increase\r\n10. LD to set up new unit to promote effective communication\r\n11. November external trade by country/territory and commodity\r\n12. Business receipts indices for service industries\r\n13. Ad hoc committee to discuss housing for the elderly\r\n14. Weather of December 1997\r\n15. Weather of 1997\r\n16. Company fined for breaching Inland Revenue Ordinance\r\n17. Tender for sixth issue of 10-year Exchange Fund notes\r\n18. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n19. Fresh water cut in Yau Ma Tei\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of FS's media session\r\n ********************************\r\n\r\n Following is a transcript of a media session by the\r\nFinancial Secretary, Mr Donald Tsang, at CGO this\r\n(Tuesday) afternoon:\r\n\r\nMr Tsang: On the advice of the Executive Council, the SAR\r\nGovernment has decided to open the new airport at Chek Lap\r\nKok together with all the other component facilities,\r\nincluding the Airport Railway, air cargo terminal etc., on\r\nJuly 6, which is the first Monday in July. By the time of\r\nits opening, it will be a world class facility, which has\r\nleast rivals in the rest of the world. We have chosen\r\nJuly 6 because it will be the first Monday in July. We\r\nneed to open the airport on a Monday because there will be\r\nthe least air traffic on Monday. And we also need a\r\nSunday, where there would be favourable road conditions\r\nfor the transfer of equipment from Kai Tak to Chek Lap\r\nKok. The new airport will be known as Hong Kong\r\nInternational Airport. The airport terminal itself will\r\nbe completed at the end of April. … [] [] [] 1998-01-13T00:00:00
0114 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0114.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:12.444211   ["Wednesday, January 14, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Acting CS's transcript\r\n2. CS meets the media in LA\r\n3. CS's transcript of Q&A at LA luncheon\r\n4. Measures to deal with ducks considered\r\n5. Update on avian flu\r\n6. Chief Secretary continues hectic programme in Los Angeles\r\n7. HK dollar will not be delinked: CS\r\n8. Speech by CS in Los Angeles\r\n9. CE meets US Deputy Treasury Secretary\r\n10. Water discharged from Shenzhen Reservoir\r\n11. Water discharge from Shenzhen: Hong Kong still on alert\r\n12. Introduction of Compulsory Sale for Redevelopment Bill\r\n13. Voter registration exercise to close on Friday\r\n14. Aid for earthquake victims\r\n15. MOU on environmental collaboration between HK and Canada\r\n16. Time limit for objections to reclamation projects\r\n17. Informal exchange on Code on Access to Information\r\n18. No valid bids for Baguio Villa flats\r\n19. Applications for Industrial Support Fund 1998/99\r\n20. CAL software on traditional Chinese character\r\n21. New footbridge helps pedestrians crossing Lung Poon Street\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Acting CS's transcript\r\n **********************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English part) of the\r\nmedia session by the acting Chief Secretary for\r\nAdministration, Mr Michael Suen, at the Provisional\r\nLegislative Council building this (Wednesday) afternoon:\r\n\r\nReporter: Why not slaughter the ducks and what is the next\r\nstep forward?\r\n\r\nMr Suen: Today, the Co-ordinating Committee held the\r\nmeeting in the morning and among the things that we have\r\ndiscussed is the report that we have received from the\r\nHong Kong University which they have undertaken before the\r\nslaughter of chickens and ducks before the end of last\r\nyear. You will recall that we have collected samples from\r\nmarket places and also samples from the duck farms in Hong\r\nKong. And from the results that we've got, supplied to us\r\nby Hong Kong University, it seems to indicate that all the\r\nsamples collected from d… [] [] [] 1998-01-14T00:00:00
0115 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0115.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:13.005167   ["Thursday, January 15, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE's opening remarks at PLC\r\n2. Residents urged to unite in meeting challenges\r\n3. Update on avian flu\r\n4. Water discharged from Shenzhen Reservoir\r\n5. Water discharge from Shenzhen has no adverse impact\r\n6. ECC members reappointed\r\n7. BOE briefed on Manchester education conference\r\n8. Latest Company Registry figures released\r\n9. Legislative amendments and financial assistance to improve fire safety\r\n10. Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill endorsed by ExCo\r\n11. Labour Department Performance Pledge for 1998\r\n12. Subsidiary legislation on anti-smoking to be amended\r\n13. Eligible electors reminded to beat Friday deadline\r\n14. Another batch of Language Fund projects approved\r\n15. Air quality report for December released\r\n16. Amusement rides fees to be revised\r\n17. Election petition rules to be gazetted\r\n18. Cheung Shang Tsz declared a historical building\r\n19. Six commended for bravery in marine incidents\r\n20. Index of industrial production for third quarter of 1997\r\n21. New traffic management scheme in Kennedy Town\r\n22. New Tsz Wan Shan Post Office to open on Monday\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE's opening remarks at PLC\r\n ***************************\r\n\r\n Following is a translation of the opening remarks\r\nmade by the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, at the\r\nquestion-and-answer session in the Provisional Legislative\r\nCouncil today (Thursday):\r\n\r\nMadam President, Honourable Members,\r\n\r\n It is a great pleasure for me to be here at this\r\nProvisional Legislative Council meeting at the start of a\r\nnew year to speak to you on matters which cause us much\r\nconcern. Recently, we have witnessed a string of events,\r\nin particular the tension which has once again mounted in\r\nthe Asian financial markets, leading to negative\r\nrepercussions on Hong Kong. I would like to take this\r\nopportunity to share my views with you specifically on\r\nHong Kong's economic and financial si… [] [] [] 1998-01-15T00:00:00
0116 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0116.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:13.342641   ["Friday, January 16, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CS continues North American tour in Florida\r\n2. Speech by CS in Miami\r\n3. Withdrawal of the Tamar Basin Reclamation site\r\n4. Commission on Strategic Development appointed\r\n5. Bill to dispel uncertainties and confusion\r\n6. Voter registration exercise to conclude\r\n7. Committees to give advice to election candidates\r\n8. Electoral procedure regulation gazetted\r\n9. Changes to satellite TV broadcasting licensing endorsed\r\n10. Social Worker Registration Board membership announced\r\n11. ICAC advisory committees' members appointed\r\n12. Appointments to Quality Education Fund Steering Committee\r\n13. Bylaws for managing new airport come into effect\r\n14. Prevention of Copyright Piracy Bill gazetted\r\n15. Pilot credit guarantee scheme announced\r\n16. Rate of transaction levy for securities trading to reduce\r\n17. Revision of gas safety fees proposed\r\n18. Electrical fees increase proposed\r\n19. Statutory time limit for road works objections\r\n20. Transport-related fees to be revised\r\n21. Update on avian flu\r\n22. 1997 figures on court insolvency cases released\r\n23. Payroll and wage statistics for 3rd quarter 1997\r\n24. Child Abduction & Custody Order published\r\n25. Tender prequalification for Tuen Mun Road improvements\r\n26. Producer price indices for manufacturing industries\r\n27. Four pre-sale consents issued in December last year\r\n28. Upgrading works for 116 slopes to begin soon\r\n29. IT project to enhance teaching and learning\r\n30. Green managers learn of sustainable development objective\r\n31. Blankets for street sleepers\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CS continues North American tour in Florida\r\n *******************************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Anson\r\nChan, said that in its first promotion in Miami, Hong Kong\r\nhoped to make more new friends, and coming as it did so\r\nsoon after the handover, it reinforced the special bond\r\nwhich already existed bet… [] [] [] 1998-01-16T00:00:00
0117 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0117.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:13.297632   ["Saturday, January 17, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. HK plays active role in protecting intellectual property rights\r\n2. HK disappointed at remaining on copyright watch list\r\n3. Public advised to be cautious of big coral reef fish\r\n4. Progress of compensation distribution\r\n5. Grants from the Disaster Relief Fund\r\n6. Influenza vaccination for residents of elderly homes\r\n7. Update on avian flu\r\n8. Update on voter registration figures\r\n9. Adoption service gains volunteer support\r\n10. Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau seminar on hazardous weather\r\n11. Yuen Long District Arts Festival caters for all\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. HK plays active role in protecting intellectual property rights\r\n *********************************************************\r\n\r\n As an important financial and trading centre in the\r\nworld, Hong Kong has been playing an active role in the\r\nprotection of intellectual property.\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr TUNG Chee Hwa, said this\r\ntoday (Saturday) at the passing-out parade of the Customs\r\nand Excise Training School.\r\n\r\n Mr Tung noted that after the establishment of the\r\nSpecial Administrative Region, Hong Kong continued to\r\nfunction effectively as a separate customs territory under\r\nthe existing trading systems and committed itself to the\r\nsuccessful implementation of the \"one country, two\r\nsystems\" concept.\r\n\r\n \"The Customs and Excise Department undertakes a wide\r\nrange of responsibilities, including revenue collection,\r\nanti-narcotics and anti-smuggling work, protection of\r\nintellectual property rights and consumer interests, trade\r\nfacilitation as well as trade controls,\" he said.\r\n\r\n The Department, which is also responsible for all\r\noperation for the detection of pirated and counterfeit\r\ngoods, works closely with overseas law-enforcers as well\r\nas trademark and copyright owners in its fight against\r\nacts of infringement.\r\n\r\n \"The service of the Department in recent years has… [] [] [] 1998-01-17T00:00:00
0118 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0118.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:13.467560   ["Sunday, January 18, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. People seek refuge from the cold\r\n2. Update on avian flu\r\n3. Crackdown on alteration of facilities for disabled\r\n4. First register of Recognised Certification Bodies published\r\n5. 16 consent applications approved in fourth quarter of 1997\r\n6. Heritage Commemorative Cover to be issued\r\n7. Water cut in Ap Lei Chau\r\n8. Fresh water cut in Mong Kok\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. People seek refuge from the cold\r\n ********************************\r\n\r\n The Deputy Director of Home Affairs, Mr Augustine\r\nCheng, tonight (Sunday) advised people requiring a refuge\r\nfrom the cold to stay at the temporary cold shelters\r\noperated by the Home Affairs Department (HAD).\r\n\r\n Speaking during a visit to people accommodated at one\r\nof the shelters in Henry G Leong Community Centre in Yau\r\nMa Tei, Mr Cheng said HAD had opened 14 temporary cold\r\nshelters throughout Hong Kong during the current cold\r\nspell.\r\n\r\n He said more temporary shelters would be activated in\r\nvarious districts if necessary.\r\n\r\n Mr Cheng said:\" All people admitted into these\r\nshelters will be supplied with blankets, mattresses, hot\r\nwater and cup noodles.\"\r\n\r\n So far, a total of 36 people has been admitted with 4\r\nof them staying in shelters on Hong Kong Island, 29 in\r\nKowloon and 3 in the New Territories.\r\n\r\n He said HAD's Emergency Co-ordination Centre Hotline\r\n2835 1473 was activated to answer public enquiries\r\nregarding the operation of these shelters. It is ready to\r\nassist anyone in need.\r\n\r\n Mr Cheng was accompanied by the Yau Tsim Mong\r\nDistrict Officer, Ms Rebecca Pun.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Update on avian flu\r\n *******************\r\n\r\n The Department of Health (DH) announced today\r\n(Sunday) that there was no new case of influenza A (H5N1)\r\ntoday.\r\n\r\n The total number of cases remains 18 confirmed and\r\none suspected cases.\r\n\r\n The status and condition of other … [] [] [] 1998-01-18T00:00:00
0119 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0119.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:13.545816   ["Monday, January 19, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE meets Jim Leach\r\n2. Fresh impetus on 'Clean Hong Kong Campaign'\r\n3. Travel Pass Pilot Scheme to be implemented\r\n4. Multiple Taiwan visit permits\r\n5. Unemployment and underemployment statistics\r\n6. Update on avian flu\r\n7. Provisional voter registers being compiled\r\n8. Takarazuka Revue pays courtesy visit to SES\r\n9. Consultancy study on planning and development in NE NT\r\n10. EIA Study Report for Tsing Yi North Coastal Road\r\n11. Anti-cigarette smuggling award scheme to continue in 1998\r\n12. Lunar New Year holiday reminder\r\n13. Value of manufacturers' orders-on-hand in November 1997\r\n14. Central Register of Establishments\r\n15. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n16. Water storage figure\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE meets Jim Leach\r\n ******************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, met a US\r\nCongressional Delegation led by Representative Jim Leach\r\ntoday (Monday) to exchange views on the regional economic\r\noutlook.\r\n\r\n At the meeting Mr Tung briefed the delegation on the\r\nlatest economic situation in Hong Kong and highlighted\r\nthe strong economic fundamentals that underlined our\r\nconfidence for an early recovery.\r\n\r\n \"We have huge foreign exchange reserve and fiscal\r\nsurplus; clear market rules and regulations; and an\r\nefficient open market that responds quickly to external\r\nmarket changes,\" he said.\r\n\r\n \"The linked exchange rate system provides us with\r\nthe certainty and stability that are necessary for our\r\neconomic development amidst the regional financial\r\nturmoil,\" he said. \"We are confident and able to\r\nmaintain the system and see no reason for changing it.\"\r\n\r\n Mr Tung told the delegation that there was no need\r\nfor competitive devaluation of the Hong Kong dollar as 84\r\nper cent of our GDP was composed of the services sector\r\nwhich was not in direct competition with other regional\r\neconomies affected by… [] [] [] 1998-01-19T00:00:00
0120 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0120.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:13.598535   ["Tuesday, January 20, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of CS's Q&A session in Ottawa\r\n2. CS's speech at HK-Canada Business Association (Ottawa)\r\n3. Hong Kong's system built on firm foundations:CS\r\n4. CS visits Ottawa\r\n5. FS's transcript\r\n6. Early surrender of HK Telecom Int exclusive licence\r\n7. ExCo endorses draft Project Agreement on West Rail\r\n8. Update on avian flu\r\n9. 81 convicted pollution cases in December\r\n10. AFD staff awarded for innovative suggestions\r\n11. Commendation on Immigration staff\r\n12. Special mail delivery on January 30\r\n13. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n14. Codes of Practice Committee Meeting open to the public\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of CS's Q&A session in Ottawa\r\n ****************************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of a question-and-answer\r\nsession by the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs\r\nAnson Chan, during a luncheon in Ottawa today (Canada\r\ntime, January 19) organised by the Hong Kong - Canada\r\nBusiness Association, Ottawa Section.\r\n\r\nQ: I am from Hong Kong. I would like to know what are\r\nyour feelings about .... How do things stand now?\r\n\r\nA: Over the years, because of people exercising their free\r\nchoice - and they are always able to do so, both before\r\nand after the transition on July 1, 1997 - many people\r\nhave moved to Canada from Hong Kong and vice-versa. We\r\nhave lost some of our best and most talented people. Our\r\nloss is Canada's gain. However, Hong Kong continues to do\r\nwell. Before the transition of government, there was much\r\nuncertainty. Now, with that uncertainty removed, we have\r\nseen increasing numbers of people coming back from Canada,\r\nthe US, Australia and other parts of the world. We\r\nwelcome them back, those who left Hong Kong as well as\r\nnon-indigenous Chinese. Hong Kong has a great deal of\r\ndynamism because we have a truly cosmopolitan community.\r\nUnder the Basic Law there is no impediment to you… [] [] [] 1998-01-20T00:00:00
0121 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0121.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:13.615551   ["Wednesday, January 21, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE meets British Foreign Secretary\r\n2. Chief Secretary attends gala dinner in Toronto\r\n3. Stringent rules against irresponsible motorists\r\n4. Update on avian flu\r\n5. Task Force committed to cleaning black spots goal\r\n6. Plastic waste shipped out of Hong Kong\r\n7. Secondary six admission procedures revised\r\n8. CSD sets up Rehabilitation Division\r\n9. Smithfield Extension opens to traffic\r\n10. Artificial reefs project commences\r\n11. Special clinic services during Lunar New Year holiday\r\n12. Fire safety message for marine population\r\n13. Healthy lifestyle promoted at Lunar New Year Fair\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE meets British Foreign Secretary\r\n **********************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, today\r\n(Wednesday) met the visiting British Secretary of State\r\nfor Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr Robin Cook.\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive exchanged views with Mr Cook on a\r\nwide range of issues which were of interest to both Hong\r\nKong and the United Kingdom, including the regional\r\nfinancial turmoil and latest developments in Hong Kong.\r\n\r\n On regional financial turmoil, the Chief Executive\r\ntold Mr Cook that Hong Kong was fully committed to\r\nmaintaining the linked exchange rate.\r\n\r\n \"The linked exchange rate system provides the\r\nnecessary certainty and stability for our economic\r\nactivities. We have the confidence and ability to\r\nmaintain this system. Market players who doubt our\r\ndetermination in adhering to the link will no doubt be\r\ndisappointed,\" Mr Tung said.\r\n\r\n \"It is a difficult time for people in Hong Kong but\r\nwe will plough ahead resolutely. We are going to invest\r\n$235 billion in infrastructure projects in the next five\r\nyears to prepare Hong Kong for future challenges,\" he\r\nsaid.\r\n\r\n \"With our strong economic fundamentals, prudent\r\nfinancial management, efficient market systems and\r\nopportuni… [] [] [] 1998-01-21T00:00:00
0122 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0122.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:13.559842   ["Thursday, Januray 22, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE's transcript\r\n2. No speculations on Budget\r\n3. Statement of SPEL on Sun Hung Kai\r\n4. Govt officials meet CA Pacific investors' representatives\r\n5. Govt to invest over $100 billion in transport\r\ninfrastructure\r\n6. New building of HKETO in San Francisco officially opened\r\n7. CE visits Central and Western District\r\n8. Director of Lands' annual meet-the-media session\r\n9. Advisory Committee to SFC appointment\r\n10. CLEIC Chairman reappointed\r\n11. Guidelines to avoid fish poisoning\r\n12. Update on avian flu\r\n13. Consumer Price Indices for December 1997\r\n14. HK's latest foreign currency assets figures released\r\n15. Energy Advisory Committee meeting\r\n16. Second meeting of the Estate Agents Authority\r\n17. Awards for Industries in its tenth year\r\n18. Flooding risks to reduce in Sha Tin and Tai Po\r\n19. Viewing platform reopens tomorrow\r\n20. Arrangement for Lok Ma Chau Crossing during Lunar New Year\r\n21. Public reminded to plan cross-boundary journeys earlier\r\n22. Closure of Civic Centres during Lunar New Year\r\n23. Care for the elderly\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English part) of the\r\nmedia session by the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa,\r\nafter visiting the Central and Western District this\r\n(Thursday) afternoon:\r\n\r\nReporter: There is a survey suggesting that satisfaction\r\nwith the Hong Kong Government ... There might be some\r\ncomplaints ..., apart from laissez-faire and hands-off,\r\nwhen is the Government going to ... some sort of effort\r\ninto improving ...?\r\n\r\nMr Tung: The way you were listening I thought you\r\nunderstood every word I said.\r\n\r\nReporter: Fifty per cent.\r\n\r\nMr Tung: Well, I think you know the Government is really\r\nvery concerned about what's happening today, about what's\r\nthe adverse effect on ordinary citizens of Hong Kong. We\r\ncare very much what has happened. As you know, we… [] [] [] 1998-01-22T00:00:00
0123 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0123.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:14.148486   ["Friday, January 23, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Speech by CS at luncheon meeting in San Francisco\r\n2. Comprehensive plan to combat avian flu\r\n3. Update on avian flu\r\n4. Imported birds to be certified free of avian flu\r\n5. CE meets employee representatives\r\n6. LD to offer assistance to retrenched workers\r\n7. Government to introduce Senior Citizen Residence Scheme\r\n8. Thomson BankWatch's ratings recognised\r\n9. Science Park Planning Committee's recommendations accepted\r\n10. HKSAR/UK agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters\r\n11. Time limit for objections to draft plans\r\n12. Revolving credit facility for HKMC\r\n13. A busy final Chinese New Year for Kai Tak\r\n14. Provisional statistics of retail sales for November 1997\r\n15. Marine traffic arrangements for fireworks display\r\n16. Kerb-markings for no-stopping zones\r\n17. Logo design competition deadline extended\r\n18. Ocean vessels and seaborne cargo statistics\r\n19. Appointments to Advisory Committee on Travel Agents\r\n20. Road traffic legislation gazetted\r\n21. Board amends South West Kowloon OZP\r\n22. TPB to review two OZPs for areas in Southern District\r\n23. Works to improve fresh water supply systems\r\n24. Red packets distributed to elderly singletons in Wan Chai\r\n25. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tenders\r\n26. January issue of HK Monthly Digest of Statistics on sale\r\n27. Two post offices open on January 30\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Speech by CS at luncheon meeting in San Francisco\r\n *************************************************\r\n\r\n Following is a speech by the Chief Secretary for\r\nAdministration, Mrs Anson Chan, at the luncheon co-hosted\r\nby the Commonwealth Club, World Affairs Council of\r\nNorthern California, Hong Kong Association of Northern\r\nCalifornia and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in\r\nSan Francisco, on Thursday (January 22, US time):\r\n\r\nMr Chairman, ladies and gentlemen,\r\n\r\n Thank you very much for that kind introduction. I\r\nmust … [] [] [] 1998-01-23T00:00:00
0124 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0124.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:14.419678   ["Saturday, January 24, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Statement by Department of Justice\r\n2. CE visits Stanley Barracks\r\n3. Hong Kong set to rebound\r\n4. HKMC's revolving credit facility welcomed\r\n5. Update on avian flu\r\n6. AIDS situation in 1997\r\n7. Contravention of Employment Ordinance may incur heavy fine\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Statement by Department of Justice\r\n **********************************\r\n\r\n In response to media enquiries, a spokesman for the\r\nDepartment of Justice issued the following statement today\r\n(Saturday):\r\n\r\n \"This morning, having considered the advice of\r\nLeading Counsel, the Secretary for Justice decided that\r\nshe would apply to the Court of First Instance for leave\r\nto initiate proceedings for contempt of court against the\r\nEditor and Publisher of the Oriental Daily newspaper and\r\nagainst the Chairman of the Oriental Press Group, in\r\nrespect of a number of recent articles in the newspaper.\r\n\r\n \"The application for leave, which will particularise\r\nthe alleged contempts, will be filed with the Court early\r\nnext week.\r\n\r\n \"In view of the public importance of the issues\r\nraised, a request will be made, in accordance with the\r\nRules of the Supreme Court, for the hearing of the leave\r\napplication to be in open court.\"\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. CE visits Stanley Barracks\r\n **************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, today\r\n(Saturday) visited the Stanley Barracks and took the\r\nopportunity to deliver his New Year's greetings to the\r\nPeople's Liberation Army Garrison stationed in Hong Kong.\r\n\r\n He was received on arrival by the PLA Commander Liu\r\nZhenwu and the Political Commissar Xiong Ziren.\r\n\r\n Mr Tung then toured the quarters and a cultural\r\nactivities centre for the soldiers. There are a history\r\nroom, and areas for the enjoyment of music, reading and\r\nsports in the centre. On display in the centre are\r\ncalligraphy and paintings, as well as li… [] [] [] 1998-01-24T00:00:00
0125 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0125.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:14.455922   ["Sunday, January 25, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Compensation Fund rules and upper limit relaxed\r\n2. Update on avian flu\r\n3. Code of practice to promote diving work safety and health\r\n4. Welfare payments during Lunar New Year holiday\r\n5. Festive lights to greet New Year\r\n6. Opening of marine offices during Lunar New Year holiday\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Compensation Fund rules and upper limit relaxed\r\n ***********************************************\r\n\r\n In the light of the C A Pacific Securities\r\nliquidation incident, the Government has agreed to relax\r\nthe current compensation rules and the upper limit of\r\ncompensation of the Compensation Fund. Meanwhile, a\r\nspecial task force will be established under the\r\nSecurities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the Hong Kong\r\nStock Exchange (SEHK) to receive claims.\r\n\r\n This was announced today (Sunday) by the Secretary\r\nfor Financial Services, Mr Rafael Hui; the SFC Chairman,\r\nMr Anthony Neoh; and the SEHK Chairman, Mr H C Lee.\r\n\r\n As there might be cases where clients of C A Pacific\r\nhad been led to open margin account without their consent\r\nor under misrepresentation, the authorities considered\r\nthat a more flexible approach should be adopted in\r\nassessing their claims against the Compensation Fund. The\r\nprinciple was that so far as their trading record and\r\naccount statements had not indicated the use of the margin\r\nfacility, they would be regarded as cash clients and would\r\nbe entitled to claim compensation under the Compensation\r\nFund.\r\n\r\n Under the current compensation rules, the maximum\r\ncompensation payable to claimants against any single\r\nregistered broker was $8 million. If this rule was to be\r\nobserved, even if a flexible approach was adopted in\r\nassessing claims as outlined above, the compensation that\r\neach claimant may receive from the Compensation Fund would\r\nlikely be very limited.\r\n\r\n In view of this, the Government agreed that the upper\r\nlimit o… [] [] [] 1998-01-25T00:00:00
0126 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0126.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:14.618852   ["Monday, January 26, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n=========\r\n1. Transcript of CS's media session at airport\r\n2. Govt to appeal against Court of First Instance's decision\r\n3. Update on avian flu\r\n4. CDC's flu A H5N1 HK field investigation wraps up results anticipated in six weeks\r\n5. Honours and awards system of HKSAR\r\n6. Broadcasting time for CE's Lunar New Year's message\r\n7. Adaptation of laws bills to be gazetted\r\n8. Customs and Excise celebrates International Customs Day\r\n9. New training programme for Court Prosecutors launched\r\n10. Residential mortgage survey results for December 1997\r\n11. Monetary statistics for December 1997\r\n12. Two HYF routes off the waves\r\n13. Taxi service during Lunar New Year holiday\r\n14. Tunnels to remain fully open during forthcoming holidays\r\n15. Year-end clean-up campaign launched in North District\r\n16. Public reminded to plan cross-boundary journeys earlier\r\n17. Value-added CD-ROM on 1996 Population By-census results\r\n18. Water storage figure\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of CS's media session at airport\r\n *******************************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English part) of the\r\nmedia session given by the Chief Secretary for\r\nAdministration, Mrs Anson Chan, at the airport this\r\n(Monday) morning after returning from the United States\r\nand Canada:\r\n\r\nMrs Chan: This trip has been a somewhat longer one than\r\nusual and I have been to three states in America and\r\nToronto and Ottawa in Canada. All the activities that we\r\norganised were extremely well supported and I think that\r\nreflects a continuing interest in and concern over\r\neverything that goes on in Hong Kong. I felt that this\r\ntrip was well worthwhile because as you will appreciate\r\nthe most talked about issue was the Asian financial\r\nturmoil and how this has affected or not affected Hong\r\nKong. Of course, all the political leaders and the\r\nbusiness chief executive officers whom I met were first of\r\nall greatly en… [] [] [] 1998-01-26T00:00:00
0127 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0127.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:14.687365   ["Tuesday, January 27, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE's Lunar New Year message\r\n2. Extension of visa free access period welcomed\r\n3. Air Navigation (Fees) (Amendment) Regulation revised\r\n4. Legislative framework for local appointment of notaries\r\n5. Bill to amend Building Management Ordinance gazetted\r\n6. CE's greeting card on Internet\r\n7. Update on avian flu\r\n8. External trade figures for December 1997\r\n9. Tender invites for ferry service licences\r\n10. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE's Lunar New Year message\r\n ***************************\r\n\r\n Following is the full text of the Lunar New Year\r\nmessage delivered by the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee\r\nHwa, today (Tuesday):\r\n\r\n \"As we celebrate the Year of the Tiger, I would like\r\nto take this opportunity to extend my warmest wishes to\r\nyou all.\r\n\r\n \"This is the first Lunar New Year after the\r\nestablishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative\r\nRegion in July 1997. The successful implementation of the\r\nprinciples of 'one country, two systems' and 'Hong Kong\r\npeople running Hong Kong' have been welcomed by the whole\r\ncommunity. With the support of the Central People's\r\nGovernment and the hard work of the Hong Kong people, the\r\nSAR has made a good start. We have drawn up long term\r\ngoals for the future development of Hong Kong, and we are\r\nnow turning them into reality.\r\n\r\n \"Our optimistic mood after reunification with China\r\nhas been affected by the recent Asian financial turmoil.\r\nWe all agree that defending the linked exchange rate has\r\nhelped to stabilise the economy, but the resulting high\r\ninterest rates have brought hardship to some. The present\r\nsituation will, I am afraid, continue for some time.\r\nHowever, the Government will take all possible steps to\r\nprovide a helping hand. While, I realise, the measures\r\nnow under consideration may not meet the needs and\r\naspirations of everyone, we are do… [] [] [] 1998-01-27T00:00:00
0128 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0128.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:14.716846   ["Wednesday, January 28, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE sends Lunar New Year greetings\r\n2. CS's speech gist at parade\r\n3. Update on avian flu\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE sends Lunar New Year greetings\r\n *********************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, and Mrs Tung,\r\ncelebrate Lunar New Year's Day today (Wednesday) with two\r\nfamilies living in Heng On Estate, Ma On Shan and some 400\r\nelderly people in Tai Po.\r\n\r\n Mr and Mrs Tung first visited the families of Mr Chan\r\nand Mr Lam in Heng On Estate and had a nice chat with\r\nthem.\r\n\r\n Both the Chan and the Lam family comprise four\r\nmembers -- a couple and their daughters. They have been\r\nliving in their present premises for more than 10 years\r\nand have indicated an interest in buying the units under\r\nthe Tenants Purchase Scheme. Mr Tung noted that the\r\nScheme helped maximise opportunities for families to buy\r\ntheir own homes in the public sector.\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive and Mrs Tung then proceeded to\r\nthe Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Pao Siu Loong and Wu York\r\nYu Care and Attention Homes in Tai Po. They called on\r\nsome elderly in their dormitories and the common rooms and\r\nchatted with a gathering of more than 100 elderly people\r\nin a hall.\r\n\r\n They also distributed fruits to the elderly as a\r\ntoken to wish them health and happiness in the Year of the\r\nTiger.\r\n\r\n In his Lunar New Year message, Mr Tung highlighted\r\nthe Government's commitment to take care of the senior\r\ncitizens.\r\n\r\n \"The Government must ensure that the elderly, the\r\npoor and the underprivileged are well cared for and are\r\nprovided with a sense of security,\" he said.\r\n\r\n In relation to this, the Government is pressing ahead\r\nwith the introduction of the Senior Citizen Residence\r\nScheme to provide housing for elderly people in the middle\r\nincome group. Implementation of the pilot housing scheme\r\nis at hand and targetted for completion by … [] [] [] 1998-01-28T00:00:00
0129 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0129.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:14.783316   ["Thursday, January 29, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Update on avian flu\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Update on avian flu\r\n *******************\r\n\r\n The Department of Health (DH) announced today\r\n(Thursday) that there was no new case of influenza A\r\n(H5N1) today.\r\n\r\n The total number of cases stands at 18 confirmed\r\ncases.\r\n\r\n The conditions of these cases remain the same as of\r\nJanuary 16.\r\n\r\nEnd"] [] [] [] 1998-01-29T00:00:00
0130 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0130.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:14.771929   ["Friday, January 30, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Bus accident regretted\r\n2. Psychological service for traffic accident victims\r\n3. Update on avian flu\r\n4. Government Homepage gaining popularity\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Bus accident regretted\r\n **********************\r\n\r\n A spokesman for the Transport Department expressed\r\ndeep concern for the victims of this (Friday) morning's\r\nbus accident in Wan Chai and regret about the occurrence\r\nof the accident.\r\n\r\n He said, \"Our staff concerned had touched base with\r\nCitybus and the Police immediately after the accident for\r\nfurther information. Also, our engineer from the Motor\r\nVehicle Examination Section will try to obtain more\r\ninformation from Citybus engineering staff and the Police\r\nto obtain further information on the structure of the bus\r\ninvolved in the accident and possible factors for the\r\naccident.\"\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Psychological service for traffic accident victims\r\n **************************************************\r\n\r\n The Social Welfare Department has set up a hotline\r\nto render psychological service to those who are affected\r\nby the traffic accident in Wan Chai this morning\r\n(Friday).\r\n\r\n Clinical psychologist can be reached on 9038 6541\r\nfrom 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday (January 31) and Sunday\r\n(February 1). Follow-up counselling services will be\r\narranged for those in need.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n3. Update on avian flu\r\n *******************\r\n\r\n The Department of Health (DH) announced today\r\n(Friday) that there was no new case of influenza A (H5N1)\r\ntoday.\r\n\r\n The total number of cases stands at 18 confirmed\r\ncases.\r\n\r\n The conditions of these cases remain the same as of\r\nJanuary 16.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n4. Government Homepage gaining popularity\r\n **************************************\r\n\r\n The government Internet home page stepped into the\r\nYear of the Tiger with the fruitful record of a nine-fold\r\nincreas… [] [] [] 1998-01-30T00:00:00
0131 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0131.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:15.264014   ["Saturday, January 31, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of CS\r\n2. Re-appointments to civil service salaries commission\r\n3. Safety standard of obstruction guards upgraded\r\n4. Update on avian flu\r\n5. Due care for the use of water purifier and heater\r\n6. Eight groups to raise funds\r\n7. Sai Kung District Festival launched\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of CS\r\n ****************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of a media session given\r\nby the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Anson Chan,\r\nat the Queen Mary Hospital this (Saturday) morning after\r\nvisiting the passengers who were injured in yesterday's\r\n(Friday) bus accident at Wan Chai:\r\n\r\nMrs Chan: I have visited all those who were injured in the\r\nvery serious bus accident at Queen Mary Hospital and was\r\nvery very saddened by this tragic accident. I want\r\nparticularly to express sympathy for the relatives of\r\nthose who died during this accident. I understand that\r\ncurrently there are 34 people who are hospitalised and\r\napart from eight who are more seriously injured, two can\r\nbe discharged from hospital today and the others who have\r\nsuffered minor injuries will over the next few days also\r\nbe discharged from hospital as and when the Hospital\r\nAuthority considers them suitable for discharge. We are\r\nof course very concerned at the reasons for this serious\r\naccident and as you know the Police and the Transport\r\nDepartment will be carrying out separate investigations.\r\nThe Transport Department will also be following up with\r\nthe Citybus management to establish the causes for this\r\naccident and to see what lessons can be learnt so that we\r\ncan avoid such accidents in future. I have to\r\nparticularly praise all the government departments, the\r\nQueen Mary Hospital and the Hospital Authority for the way\r\nin which they responded to this accident. They were very\r\nvery quickly out on the scene and I am reassured to see\r\nthat all the injured will receive appropriate … [] [] [] 1998-01-31T00:00:00
0201 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0201.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:15.545298   ["Sunday, February 1, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Update on avian flu\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Update on avian flu\r\n *******************\r\n\r\n The Department of Health (DH) announced today\r\n(Sunday) that there was no new case of influenza A (H5N1)\r\ntoday.\r\n\r\n The total number of cases stands at 18 confirmed\r\ncases.\r\n\r\n The conditions of these cases remain the same as of\r\nJanuary 16.\r\n\r\nEnd"] [] [] [] 1998-02-01T00:00:00
0202 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0202.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:15.601369   ["Monday, February 2, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. HAB's bimonthly public opinion poll results\r\n2. CE hosts spring reception\r\n3. SWD counselling hotline service extended\r\n4. Update on avian flu\r\n5. Gross Domestic Product for the third quarter of 1997\r\n6. Tender for the 20th issue of 2-year Exchange Fund Notes\r\n7. Brazil revokes quantitative restriction on textiles\r\n8. Draft Tai Po Outline Zoning Plan amended\r\n9. Yau Tsim Mong District Chinese New Year Carnival\r\n10. Water storage figure\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. HAB's bimonthly public opinion poll results\r\n *******************************************\r\n\r\n A number of significant shifts in the public\r\nperception of problems, particularly those relating to the\r\neconomy and housing, were detected in the latest bimonthly\r\ntelephone opinion poll released by the Home Affairs Bureau\r\n(HAB) today (Monday).\r\n\r\n The poll, conducted by HAB from January 12 to 16, has\r\nrevealed that economy-related problems topped the list of\r\nmost-mentioned problems among the 1,605 survey respondents\r\nsuccessfully interviewed. It was the most pressing\r\nconcern among 52 per cent of the respondents, representing\r\na substantial increase compared with only 29 per cent in\r\nthe November survey. The last time it was ranked first on\r\nthe list was in January 1992.\r\n\r\n The second most-mentioned problem was housing. At 44\r\nper cent, it was substantially lower than that recorded in\r\nthe last survey (62 per cent).\r\n\r\n Labour issues, at 33 per cent, took third place on\r\nthe list. It has gone up from 24 per cent.\r\n\r\n An HAB spokesman attributed the sudden surge in\r\nconcern over the economy to the Asian currency turmoil and\r\nthe domino effect it caused among economies in the region,\r\nalbeit Hong Kong appeared to have fared much better than\r\nits neighbouring countries.\r\n\r\n \"In the period of the survey, the media had\r\nprominently reported that Asian currencies hit record lows\r\n… [] [] [] 1998-02-02T00:00:00
0203 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0203.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:15.769306   ["Tuesday, February 3, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Concerted effort to enhance bus safety on road\r\n2. Number of casualties involved in bus accidents in 1997\r\n3. Wage for foreign domestic helpers remains at present level\r\n4. Update on avian flu\r\n5. Grants from Disaster Relief Fund\r\n6. Land Registry statistics for January released\r\n7. 37 building plans approved in November\r\n8. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n9. HKMC tender notice for mortgage purchase\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Concerted effort to enhance bus safety on road\r\n **********************************************\r\n\r\n Officials of the Transport Department (TD), the\r\nPolice and representatives of Citybus today (Tuesday) met\r\nto discuss possible measures to enhance the safety of bus\r\noperations.\r\n\r\n Speaking after the meeting, the Commissioner for\r\nTransport, Mrs Fanny Law, said: \"The Administration takes\r\na serious view of road safety, in particular, regarding\r\nbuses which carry the largest number of passengers each\r\nday.\r\n\r\n \"We see a need to promote good driving habits and\r\nattitudes as well as to enhance safety awareness among bus\r\ndrivers. They must behave responsibly toward passengers\r\nwhose safety and well-being are in their hands.\"\r\n\r\n In reviewing accident statistics involving buses, the\r\nmeeting noted that only 11 cases of the 1,660 bus\r\naccidents involving injuries in 1997 were attributable to\r\n\"driving too fast\". More common causes related to driving\r\nbehaviour are \"driving too close to vehicles in front\" (88\r\ncases), \"stopping suddenly\" (56 cases), and \"starting\r\nnegligently\" (47 cases).\r\n\r\n The meeting agreed on four areas of activities to\r\nenhance the standard of bus operation, namely, to arouse\r\nsafety awareness of drivers, to step up enforcement of\r\nroad code, to install more warning road signs and to\r\nexamine other preventive measures.\r\n\r\n To increase the safety awareness of bus drivers, the\r\nTrans… [] [] [] 1998-02-03T00:00:00
0204 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0204.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:15.788465   ["Wednesday, February 4, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE meets two political parties\r\n2. CE expresses deep concern over fire\r\n3. Assistance to fire victims\r\n4. Wan Chai bus crash victims awarded $269,177\r\n5. Health advice as cholera cases reported\r\n6. London Office holds spring reception\r\n7. Update on avian flu\r\n8. Blanket distribution for street sleepers\r\n9. Speedpost acceptance network to be extended\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE meets two political parties\r\n ******************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, met\r\nrepresentatives of the Citizens Party and the Hong Kong\r\nAssociation for Democracy and People's Livelihood\r\nrespectively today (Wednesday) to listen to their views on\r\na wide range of subjects, from budgetary and monetary\r\nissues to housing and land policies.\r\n\r\n Mr Tung said that the Government fully understood the\r\npeople's feelings towards the changing economic conditions\r\nas a result of the Asian financial turmoil.\r\n\r\n \"We will carefully take into account the views\r\nreceived from political parties, professional and\r\ncommunity organisations in finalising the 1998-99 Budget\r\nproposals,\" he said.\r\n\r\n \"There are two major considerations when drawing up\r\nthe Budget proposals,\" Mr Tung said. \"First, we will\r\ncontinue to adopt a prudent fiscal policy which has served\r\nus well. The 1998-99 Budget is the first Budget after the\r\nreunification and it is vital that we would not give\r\npeople a wrong impression that we have strayed from our\r\nprudent fiscal policy.\"\r\n\r\n \"Secondly, the Government will invest in a series of\r\ninfrastructural development projects which will sustain\r\nand sharpen Hong Kong's competitiveness and stimulate our\r\neconomy,\" he added.\r\n\r\n While noting that the Citizens Party was supportive\r\nof the linked exchange rate system, Mr Tung reiterated\r\nthat the Government was confident and able to maintain the\r\nlinked rate system and saw no reaso… [] [] [] 1998-02-04T00:00:00
0205 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0205.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:15.829133   ["Thursday, February 5, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Govt calls for public support to remove fire hazards\r\n2. Confidence in reaching housing target\r\n3. HK welcomes Canada's textiles liberalisation initiatives\r\n4. NPC Chairman to visit local deputies\r\n5. Hong Kong as a Virtual Financial City\r\n6. 92 summonses issued for not inspecting electrical installation\r\n7. Update on avian flu\r\n8. CLEIC member appointed\r\n9. Blankets for street sleepers\r\n10. Study on urban design guidelines for Hong Kong\r\n11. Funding scheme for study tours to China\r\n12. Volume and price statistics of external trade in Nov 97\r\n13. Statistics on trade involving outward processing in the Mainland\r\n14. Tender results for second block of mortgage purchase\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Govt calls for public support to remove fire hazards\r\n ****************************************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, called a\r\nspecial meeting this morning (Thursday) with the Chief\r\nSecretary for Administration and other senior officials to\r\nmap out short term and long term measures to remove fire\r\nhazards in residential buildings.\r\n\r\n At the meeting, Mr Tung said: \"We care for the safety\r\nof the people. As a caring and modern society, fire\r\nhazards which can be prevented must not be tolerated. But\r\nthis must be a joint responsibility between building\r\noccupants and owners on one hand, and Government on the\r\nother.\r\n\r\n \"We must instill a strong sense of responsibility\r\namong the general public in keeping their homes free from\r\nfire hazards. To do so, we need the cooperation from each\r\nand every owner and occupier of our private buildings for\r\nthe full implementation of fire safety measures.\r\n\r\n \"In the interest of the community, I call upon each\r\nand every citizen to lend your full support in removing\r\nfire hazards.\r\n\r\n \"We are studying the proposal of mandating the\r\nestablishment of a building management body … [] [] [] 1998-02-05T00:00:00
0206 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0206.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:15.963258   ["Friday, February 6, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE meets labour representatives\r\n2. No speculations on the 1998-99 Budget\r\n3. Declaration of some infected places cancelled\r\n4. Advice on illegal slimming product containing Fenfluramine\r\n5. Importance of fire safety in buildings stressed\r\n6. Government's response on CMB franchise\r\n7. Statement on blood product collected from a CJD patient\r\n8. Update on avian flu\r\n9. Report on development of financial infrastructure welcomed\r\n10. Shenzhen River training enters its third stage\r\n11. Land resumption in Northern NT to reduce flooding\r\n12. More remote villages get tap water supply\r\n13. Approved Northeast Lantau Port OZP amended\r\n14. New York Office holds spring reception\r\n15. Lifts and Escalators (Safety) (Fees) (Amendment)\r\nRegulation\r\n16. Investigation report of aircraft incident released\r\n17. Teacher recruitment information service activated\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE meets labour representatives\r\n *******************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, met\r\nrepresentatives of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade\r\nUnions this (Friday) afternoon to listen to their views on\r\nlivelihood issues and the major concerns of local workers.\r\n\r\n Mr Tung assured the representatives that the\r\nGovernment would take full and careful account of public\r\nviews, present economic climate and prevailing labour\r\nmarket conditions before making decisions on proposals for\r\nlabour importation.\r\n\r\n \"We care for our workers. They are our key partners\r\nin enhancing economic vitality and sustaining economic\r\ngrowth for Hong Kong. Our primary consideration must be\r\ntheir employment interests. We will make sure that job\r\nopportunities go to our workers first,\" he stressed.\r\n\r\n On assistance for the unemployed, Mr Tung said that\r\nthe Government would make all efforts to help the\r\nunemployed workers to rejoin the labour market, mainly\r\nthrough job placement services … [] [] [] 1998-02-06T00:00:00
0207 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0207.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:15.916808   ["Saturday, February 7, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Resumption of import of chickens from Mainland\r\n2. New import control system for live chickens\r\n3. Update on avian flu\r\n4. Challenges relating to the Basic Law are healthy\r\n5. Government and CLP signs demand side management agreement\r\n6. TV programmes to promote IT in education\r\n7. Endangered species control to be extended\r\n8. Inmates to benefit from HKJC Charities Trust\r\n9. Flushing water cut on Hong Kong Island\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Resumption of import of chickens from Mainland\r\n **********************************************\r\n\r\n Hong Kong resumes importation of live chickens from\r\nthe Mainland today (Saturday) with a new control system to\r\nsafeguard public health and to prevent people getting\r\ninfluenza A H5N1 through contact with infected poultry.\r\n\r\n The export of live poultry from the Mainland had been\r\nsuspended voluntarily by the Mainland authorities from\r\nDecember 24 last year to enable both the Mainland and the\r\nHong Kong authorities to put in place a stringent control\r\nsystem which ensures that live poultry imported into Hong\r\nKong are free from H5 infection.\r\n\r\n The new system implemented as of today included\r\nmeasures taken at both sides of the border.\r\n\r\n In the Mainland, only chickens from farms licensed\r\nand monitored by the Mainland animal and plant quarantine\r\nservices are allowed for export to Hong Kong. Staff of HK\r\nAgriculture and Fisheries Department (AFD) will visit\r\nthese farms from time to time to monitor their hygiene\r\nstandards.\r\n\r\n Chickens for export to Hong Kong will be segregated\r\nfrom other birds in the farm five days prior to export and\r\ntested negative for H5 virus. Export chickens will\r\nrequired health certificates signed by a competent\r\nveterinary authority.\r\n\r\n At the Man Kam To Animal Inspection Station, AFD\r\nofficers will check and retain the health certificates\r\nwhich contains the identity of the fa… [] [] [] 1998-02-07T00:00:00
0208 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0208.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:16.387116   ["Sunday, February 8, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Health chief pledges increased surveillance of influenza virus\r\n2. Govt committed to implementation of information code\r\n3. Update on avian flu\r\n4. Performance Pledge Programme extended\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Health chief pledges increased surveillance of influenza virus\r\n **************************************************************\r\n\r\n The Secretary for Health and Welfare, Mrs Katherine\r\nFok, pledged that to protect public health, the Government\r\nwill increase its surveillance of influenza virus.\r\n\r\n Speaking after visiting the Yeung Uk Road Market this\r\n(Sunday) morning, Mrs Fok said: \"We will continue to work\r\nwith the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in\r\nAtlanta to monitor for signs of changes in the composition\r\nof the prevailing influenza virus. This will give us\r\nearly alert of new public health threats from the\r\ninfluenza virus.\r\n\r\n \"We will also enhance our surveillance on the health\r\nof birds and animals as this will help identify H5N1\r\ninfection, thereby confining any possible avian influenza\r\nH5N1 outbreak to the poultry/animal population,\" she\r\nadded.\r\n\r\n She paid tribute to the relevant mainland authorities\r\nfor their full co-operation with the HKSAR in working out\r\na comprehensive and stringent quarantine system for\r\nchickens to be imported into Hong Kong.\r\n\r\n Despite these efforts, the Secretary emphasized that\r\nit was necessary to remain vigilant and maintain a clean\r\nenvironment at all levels, from chicken farms to markets,\r\nin order to ensure that chickens imported into Hong Kong\r\nare healthy and free from H5 virus. She called on chicken\r\ntraders to co-operate with the Government to sustain a\r\nhigh level of cleanliness.\r\n\r\n Mrs Fok also appealed to the general public to\r\nobserve personal hygiene including cooking their food\r\nthoroughly and washing their hands before and after\r\nhandling food.\r\n\r\n The Sec… [] [] [] 1998-02-08T00:00:00
0209 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0209.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:16.670481   ["Monday, February 9, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE: economy will thrive through adversities\r\n2. SPEL sets out targets for 1998\r\n3. Survey of 60,000 buildings for fire safety starts\r\n4. Media arrangements for visits by NPC Chairman\r\n5. New water treatment technologies to be adopted\r\n6. ExCo members visit Labour Department\r\n7. Update on avian flu\r\n8. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n9. Water storage figure\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE: economy will thrive through adversities\r\n *******************************************\r\n\r\n With the joint efforts of the government and the\r\nwhole community, Hong Kong's economy will be able to\r\nthrive through adversities and scale new heights, the\r\nChief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, said at the spring\r\nreception held by Xinhua News Agency, Hong Kong Branch\r\ntoday (Monday).\r\n\r\n \"Hong Kong has now entered a period of economic\r\nreadjustment. This readjustment would have come sooner or\r\nlater anyhow, because for years we have been troubled by\r\nhigh land prices, soaring inflation and negative interest\r\nrates, with the result that our competitiveness has\r\ngradually lagged behind that of our competitors,\" he said.\r\n\r\n \"Should this prevail, the continuous growth of our\r\neconomy will be impeded. It is therefore inevitable that\r\nHong Kong's economy should undergo structural\r\nreadjustment. While the recent financial turmoil in Asia\r\nhas inflicted a lot of pain on us, it has also catalysed\r\nthe necessary readjustments of our economy.\r\n\r\n \"I hope the storm will soon calm down, and that Hong\r\nKong's economy will complete its readjustment before\r\nlong.\"\r\n\r\n He said he was full of confidence that the SAR\r\nGovernment will join hands with the whole community in\r\ntimes of trouble to solidify Hong Kong's economic\r\nfoundation, properly utilise the resources and work for\r\nthe well-being of the community.\r\n\r\n \"One of the reasons that we are able to look beyond\r\nthe h… [] [] [] 1998-02-09T00:00:00
0210 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0210.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:16.737767   ["Tuesday, February 10, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE listens to public views\r\n2. CE urges voters to turn up at polls\r\n3. No decision yet on labour importation scheme\r\n4. ExCo approves urban taxi fare increase\r\n5. Cannot say traffic accident sentence was wrong or inadequate\r\n6. Update on avian flu\r\n7. Appointment of new Government Printer\r\n8. Regulation to govern airport automated people mover\r\n9. AIDS Trust Fund invites applications for grants\r\n10. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE listens to public views\r\n **************************\r\n\r\n In response to media enquiries concerning requests\r\nmade by certain petitioners this (Tuesday) morning at the\r\nmain entrance of the Central Government Offices for the\r\nChief Executive to receive their petition letters in\r\nperson, a spokesman for the Chief Executive's Office said\r\nthe following:\r\n\r\n \"The Chief Executive listens to the views expressed\r\nby the public on issues which are of concern to people's\r\nlivelihood. He often chats with the petitioners and\r\nreceives petition letters himself on his arrival at or\r\ndeparture from the office.\r\n\r\n \"However, much as the Chief Executive wishes to\r\nlisten to the petitioners himself, his tight schedule\r\nsometimes does not permit him to do so,\" he added. \"He\r\nhas therefore asked his colleagues, usually the policemen\r\nwho station at his office, to receive the petition letters\r\non his behalf.\"\r\n\r\n \"This system has worked well and is accepted\r\ngenerally by petitioners,\" the spokesman said.\r\n\r\n \"The Chief Executive's Office follows up all petition\r\nletters, usually in conjunction with relevant policy\r\nbureaux and departments,\" he said.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. CE urges voters to turn up at polls\r\n ***********************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, today\r\n(Tuesday) called on voters to exercise their rights and\r\nobligations as a ci… [] [] [] 1998-02-10T00:00:00
0211 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0211.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:16.904916   ["Wednesday, February 11, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Re-organisation of bureaux responsible for IT-related matters\r\n2. Granting of video-on-demand programme service licences\r\n3. Land sale programme for 1998/99 still under consideration\r\n4. Adjustment of Junior Police Officers' pay scale\r\n5. Smoke lobby door in order\r\n6. CE listens to TELA's new initiatives\r\n7. MTR (Transport Interchange) Regulation to be gazetted\r\n8. Tai Lam Tunnel Regulation to be gazetted\r\n9. Quality Education Fund operational programme endorsed\r\n10. Update on avian flu\r\n11. Insider Dealing Tribunal submits report\r\n12. Subvention for adult education courses\r\n13. Nomination for Council on Professional Conduct in Education\r\n14. Site safety urged after Lunar New Year holidays\r\n15. Lantau Link Visitors Centre temporarily closed\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Re-organisation of bureaux responsible for IT-related matters\r\n *************************************************************\r\n\r\n The Administration today (Wednesday) announced the\r\nre-organised institutional framework for information\r\ntechnology-related matters.\r\n\r\n \"In his 1997-98 Policy Address, the Chief Executive\r\nhas committed to re-group the responsibilities now divided\r\namong several bureaux relating to information technology-\r\nrelated matters and commission one bureau secretary to\r\nlead and co-ordinate the government overall effort in\r\nthese areas. The Administration has now decided the re-\r\norganised structure,\" a government spokesman said today.\r\n\r\n \"This is a rationalisation exercise which involves\r\nportfolio adjustment of existing bureaux rather than the\r\nestablishment of an additional bureau,\" the spokesman\r\nadded.\r\n\r\n Under the rationalisation exercise, the Broadcasting,\r\nCulture and Sport Bureau (BCSB) will be restructured as\r\nthe Information Technology and Broadcasting Bureau (ITBB).\r\nWhile retaining the policy on broadcasting matters, the\r\nre-organised bureau wi… [] [] [] 1998-02-11T00:00:00
0212 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0212.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:16.926251   ["Thursday, February 12, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE's transcript\r\n2. Commission on Strategic Development holds first meeting\r\n3. Two lots sold for $101.6 million at land auction\r\n4. LegCo election nomination details announced\r\n5. Provisional elector registers ready for inspection\r\n6. New arrangements for the warning of heavy rain\r\n7. ED response on the resignation of Prof Cheng\r\n8. Update on avian flu\r\n9. HK still the best place for business\r\n10. SHW visits rehabilitation facilities\r\n11. Trade director to attend APEC Senior Officials Meeting\r\n12. Grants from Disaster Relief Fund for snowstorm victims\r\n13. Sufficient support services to the needy essential\r\n14. Mrs Betty Tung visits two maximum security prisons\r\n15. Prosperity of HK port to continue: PDB Chairman\r\n16. Public Records Office to manage Government Film Archive\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English) of the remarks\r\nmade by the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, after\r\nattending the Strategic Development Commission meeting\r\ntoday (Thursday):\r\n\r\n We just had the first meeting of the Strategic\r\nDevelopment Commission. We had a very good meeting, very\r\nuseful exchange of views. The purpose of the Commission\r\nis really to take a long term look at how Hong Kong is to\r\nmove forward, how we are going to be able to maintain our\r\neconomic vitality, how we are going to maintain our\r\ncompetitiveness. We paid particular attention of our\r\nmajor overseas partners as to how they are moving in the\r\nlonger term; what are their trends, mega trends,\r\nparticularly. Additionally, we will be looking closely at\r\nhow to work with our own country, with mainland China, in\r\neconomic, industrial and commercial sectors to enhance\r\neach other's competitiveness and to improve our benefit\r\nfor each other. And we will meet once every six weeks to\r\neight weeks and we had a very good meeting.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r… [] [] [] 1998-02-12T00:00:00
0213 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0213.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:16.940330   ["Friday, February 13, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of Q&A session\r\n2. Government announces 1998-99 spending plans\r\n3. Announcement of senior appointments\r\n4. Proposed increase in school education expenditure welcomed\r\n5. Substantial increase in expenditure on basic education\r\n6. New employment and labour initiatives\r\n7. Retired leaders to visit Hong Kong\r\n8. Selection panel established for appointment of SFC Chairman\r\n9. Setting up of the HKSAR Passports Appeal Board\r\n10. Adaptation of Laws (Interpretative Provisions) Bill gazetted\r\n11. Update on avian flu\r\n12. External trade statistics for December 1997\r\n13. Broadcasting Authority and TELA view future with commitments\r\n14. End-1997 population estimate released\r\n15. Land resumption in Sheung Shui for flood control works\r\n16. Electronic data format for building plans submission\r\n17. Weather of January 1998\r\n18. Air Quality Report for January released\r\n19. Lunar New Year philatelic products\r\n20. Import and export licensing pamphlet published\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of Q&A session\r\n *************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of the questions and\r\nanswers delivered in English at the press conference given\r\nby the Secretary for Treasury, Mr K C Kwong, today\r\n(Friday):\r\n\r\nQuestion: Page three, lower graph, public expenditure\r\nreaching a record high of 19.2% - public expenditure in\r\nterms of GDP. Aren't we overreaching ourselves in fact,\r\nbecause we are facing an economic crisis and we are in\r\nthese hard economic times? And also, in the past when you\r\nwere doing the handover Budget, there were talks,\r\nespecially from China, that the graph should not get that\r\nhigh. Now, has there been a change of heart?\r\n\r\nS for Tsy: Whether or not we would be overreaching\r\nourselves is a question which can only be answered next\r\nWednesday when you have the complete picture of both the\r\nexpenditure and the revenue, as well as our medium rang… [] [] [] 1998-02-13T00:00:00
0214 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0214.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:17.037406   ["Saturday, February 14, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE's letter from Hong Kong\r\n2. White Paper on Long Term Housing Strategy\r\n3. HA strives for early implementation of LTHS proposals\r\n4. Medium-term trend GDP growth rate explained\r\n5. All imported live chickens are tested healthy\r\n6. Increase in Expenditure in security matters\r\n7. Pakistani Prime Minister to visit HK tomorrow\r\n8. Update on avian flu\r\n9. Tuen Mun District Festival launched\r\n10. Hong Kong Mathematics Olympaid\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE's letter from Hong Kong\r\n **************************\r\n\r\n Following is the translation of the full text of the\r\nletter from the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa,\r\nbroadcast on RTHK's Radio 1 this (Saturday) morning:\r\n\r\nDear Mary,\r\n\r\n Thank you for your letter. I really appreciate your\r\ncare and concern for me and Hong Kong.\r\n\r\n As you have mentioned, the Asian financial turmoil\r\nhas dealt a hard blow to Hong Kong's economy recently,\r\nputting Hong Kong to the severest test it has ever\r\nexperienced. Hence, deriving measures to cope with this\r\nunexpected challenge has been a task of utmost priority\r\nfor me and my colleagues over the past few months.\r\n\r\n People tend to become pessimistic and lose confidence\r\nin adverse circumstances. As you know, I always say that\r\nit is important to cast your worries aside and be positive\r\nat times of adversity. Once the storm is over, we will\r\nbecome stronger and more capable. This enterprising\r\nspirit is what Hong Kong needs at the moment. In fact, we\r\nhave upheld this spirit all along. By bringing the\r\nenterprising spirit into play, we will surely be able to\r\nweather the storm and enjoy blue skies.\r\n\r\n Recently, although the development of events in\r\nIndonesia has yet to become clear, the financial\r\nsituations of other Asian countries have gradually\r\nstabilised. I very much hope that the most difficult time\r\nis over. Our economy has a truly solid… [] [] [] 1998-02-14T00:00:00
0215 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0215.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:17.114514   ["Sunday, February 15, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. D of E speaks on resignation of Council members\r\n2. Govt to focus on road projects to ease congestion\r\n3. Lotteries Fund finances welfare programmes\r\n4. Update on avian flu\r\n5. The 8th Education & Careers Expo\r\n6. Public invited to monitor fire services\r\n7. Inter-school contest to promote information technology\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. D of E speaks on resignation of Council members\r\n ***********************************************\r\n\r\n The Director of Education, Mrs Helen C P Lai Yu, is\r\nconcerned about the resignation of a number of members\r\nfrom the Council on Professional Conduct in Education,\r\nparticularly as she had sought meetings with them to\r\nresolve matters.\r\n\r\n She said: \"Last Friday, I had written to the Chairman\r\nand members of the Council, inviting them to meet me early\r\nthis week. The objective is to hear their views and to\r\nenhance mutual understanding. I sincerely hope to see\r\nthem and to suit their convenience, I have reserved three\r\ndifferent time-slots over two days.\r\n\r\n \"If any member cannot join us, I welcome their giving\r\nme or the Council Secretariat their views, by phone or by\r\nfax.\r\n\r\n \"I urge the resigning members to reconsider their\r\ndecision.\r\n\r\n \"In any case, we in the Education Department\r\nappreciate the time and counsel the Chairman and members\r\nhave given during their term on the Council.\"\r\n\r\n Meanwhile, on members' concern about the setting up\r\nof the General Teaching Council, Mrs Yu noted that this is\r\nin the hands of a dedicated preparatory committee and that\r\nthe Education Department is in full support.\r\n\r\n \"The Chief Executive has announced in his Policy\r\nAddress in October 1997 to set up a General Teaching\r\nCouncil within two years. The Government is confident\r\nthat the target date set by the Chief Executive will be\r\nmet.\"\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Govt to focus on road projects to ease conges… [] [] [] 1998-02-15T00:00:00
0216 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0216.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:17.519988   ["Monday, February 16, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE to visit Bonn, Frankfurt and Paris\r\n2. Unemployment & underemployment statistics released\r\n3. Budget Speech on Internet\r\n4. Government advice to travellers\r\n5. IMF fully endorses Hong Kong's fiscal policy\r\n6. Fire safety improvement works at Nathan Road Building\r\n7. Working groups to review academic system\r\n8. More resources on planning, environment and lands commitments\r\n9. TOC Education Resources Centre moves\r\n10. Three pre-sale consents issued in January\r\n11. South China cargo to boost HK port\r\n12. Tender for the 10th issue of 7-year Exchange Fund Notes\r\n13. Domestic exports statistics classified by industrial origin\r\n14. Govt subvention granted to drug treatment agencies\r\n15. Update on avian flu\r\n16. Water cut in Yuen Long and Sheung Shui\r\n17. Water storage figure\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE to visit Bonn, Frankfurt and Paris\r\n *************************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, will visit\r\nBonn, Frankfurt and Paris between March 8 and 14 to\r\nstrengthen Hong Kong's ties with Germany and France and to\r\nupdate political and business leaders in both countries on\r\ndevelopments in Hong Kong.\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive will reassure overseas audiences\r\nof Hong Kong's continued role as a regional business and\r\nfinancial centre, and as the pre-eminent gateway to\r\nMainland China and the East-Asian region. He will\r\nhighlight the active role being played by Hong Kong in the\r\ntripartite business relation involving Hong Kong, Mainland\r\nChina and other trading partners, in welding together the\r\nrelative strengths of the three.\r\n\r\n Mr Tung will discuss with political and business\r\nleaders the recent Asian financial crisis and will\r\nunderline Hong Kong's sound economic fundamentals and the\r\nfact that our financial markets have remained stable.\r\n\r\n Mr Tung will use the opportunity to brief his\r\ninterlocutors on the smooth imple… [] [] [] 1998-02-16T00:00:00
0217 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0217.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:17.820529   ["Tuesday, February 17, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Review of CMB's franchise\r\n2. Tenders invited for 88 franchised bus routes\r\n3. Labour Department sets up enquiry hotlines for CMB staff\r\n4. Launching of Construction Labour Importation Scheme deferred\r\n5. Taiwan air crash\r\n6. HK and Pakistan sign air services agreement\r\n7. ExCo approves tram fare increase\r\n8. New measure adopted for slope safety\r\n9. Live broadcast of Budget on Internet\r\n10. Business prospects for 1998\r\n11. Update on avian flu\r\n12. 78 convicted pollution cases in January\r\n13. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n14. Fresh water cut in Sham Tseng and Tsing Lung Tau\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Review of CMB's franchise\r\n *************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive in Council today (Tuesday)\r\ndirected that the application of China Motor Bus Company\r\nLimited (CMB) for a new franchise or a franchise extension\r\nunder the Public Bus Services Ordinance should not be\r\napproved. The Chief Executive in Council directed that it\r\nwould be in the public interest to widen the trawl for the\r\nbest available bus operator by putting a package of 88 bus\r\nroutes on Hong Kong Island to public tender.\r\n\r\n Announcing the decision of the Chief Executive in\r\nCouncil, Mr Nicholas Ng, Secretary for Transport, stressed\r\nthat in the negotiations with CMB, the Administration's\r\nobjective had been, first and foremost, to ensure\r\ncontinuous provision of bus services, while giving due\r\nregard to maintaining healthy competition and improving\r\nthe overall bus services on Hong Kong Island.\r\n\r\n \"During the past three months, several meetings and\r\nnumerous written exchanges have taken place between the\r\nAdministration and CMB over the terms of a possible new\r\nfranchise for the company, which would include built-in\r\nservice improvement targets and a rationalisation of CMB's\r\nnetwork, so as to improve bus service quality and enhance\r\ncompetition,\" Mr Ng said.\… [] [] [] 1998-02-17T00:00:00
0218 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0218.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:17.986227   ["Wednesday, February 18, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE on Budget Speech\r\n2. Grant from Disaster Relief Fund\r\n3. Update on avian flu\r\n4. Anti-piracy raid by Customs\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE on Budget Speech\r\n *******************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, made the\r\nfollowing statement on the Budget Speech delivered by the\r\nFinancial Secretary today (Wednesday):\r\n\r\n \"While upholding the principles of a prudent fiscal\r\npolicy, the SAR Government has proposed in the Budget a\r\npackage of tax reductions. These measures are aimed at\r\ngiving relief, to varying extents, to members of the\r\npublic and businesses, as well as renewing Hong Kong's\r\nstrengths. I believe they will receive support from all\r\nsectors.\r\n\r\n \"In the coming year, we will continue to make huge\r\ninvestments in infrastructural development, education and\r\nother areas to put in place the programmes announced in my\r\nPolicy Address last year. These programmes will sharpen\r\nHong Kong's competitiveness and sustain our economic\r\ngrowth.\r\n\r\n \"I believe the first Budget of the HKSAR will give\r\nrelief to the public and lay a solid foundation for the\r\ndevelopment of our economy.\"\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Grant from Disaster Relief Fund\r\n *******************************\r\n\r\n The Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee has\r\napproved a grant of $2.5 million to Medecins Sans\r\nFrontieres Hong Kong for emergency relief to the people in\r\nNorth Korea.\r\n\r\n The Committee is concerned about the continuing\r\nhardship brought about by floods and droughts in North\r\nKorea over the past few years and hopes that the grant\r\ncould help to provide some immediate relief.\r\n\r\n Since its establishment in 1994, the Committee has\r\naltogether approved $13 million for relief programmes in\r\nNorth Korea. These include, a grant of $3.2 million to\r\nWorld Vision Hong Kong, a grant of $3 million to Oxfam\r\nHong Kong, a grant of $1.1 million to … [] [] [] 1998-02-18T00:00:00
0219 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0219.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:18.226786   ["Thursday, February 19, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE's transcript\r\n2. CS's transcript\r\n3. FS's transcript\r\n4. CE to attend NPC opening and closing ceremonies\r\n5. Effective building management prevents fire: CE\r\n6. Hard cash back up for housing commitments\r\n7. SJ makes courtesy call on Shenzhen officials\r\n8. FS to visit Beijing\r\n9. Advice on illegal slimming products\r\n10. No discrimination against hotel industry on sewage\r\ncharges\r\n11. Two days left for electors to check registration records\r\n12. Latest education and career information for Expo visitors\r\n13. Huge demand for Budget Speech\r\n14. Update on avian flu\r\n15. PDB to launch home safety campaign\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English part) of the\r\nmedia session by the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa,\r\nafter visiting Kwun Tong District this (Thursday)\r\nafternoon:\r\n\r\nReporter: There have been reports that prices of property\r\nhave already moved up in response to the announcement of\r\nthe allowance for mortgage interest. Is it really\r\nbeneficial to the first time buyers who want to buy a\r\nhouse ...?\r\n\r\nMr Tung: I think as I said just a little bit time ago\r\nthat the purpose of this tax incentive is to encourage\r\nhome buyers and that insofar as the property price itself\r\nis concerned. I have said many times on many occasions\r\nthat we do not want to see the property prices shoot\r\nthrough the roof. Neither do we want to see it fall like\r\na tonne of bricks. What we want to see is a stable\r\nproperty price, affordable property price and that at the\r\nend of the day the Government does have a lot of land on\r\nhand to ensure the stability of the property price.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. CS's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of the media session by\r\nthe Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Anson Chan,\r\nat the Government Secretariat this (Thursday) morning:\r\n\r\n… [] [] [] 1998-02-19T00:00:00
0220 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0220.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:18.236454   ["Friday, February 20, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of FS's media session\r\n2. Government's response to Moody's revised rating\r\n3. Proposals on Profits Tax Review explained\r\n4. More resources to enhance vocational training\r\n5. Chief Justice returns from Beijing\r\n6. Azalea open days at Government House\r\n7. Round up on avian flu (February 20)\r\n8. Attachment of Income Order Rules gazetted\r\n9. Order to specify restricted area at new airport\r\n10. Licence for international calling card service cancelled\r\n11. Rules governing child abduction and custody come into\r\nforce\r\n12. Human organ transplant laws to be effective on April 1\r\n13. New anti-smoking measures to take place in batches\r\n14. Analysis of HK's re-export trade statistics in 1997\r\n15. Value of manufacturers' orders-on-hand in December 1997\r\n16. Tenders for ferry licence invited\r\n17. Enactment of 12 maritime subsidiary legislation gazetted\r\n18. Regulation to tighten diesel vehicles emission standards\r\n19. Tai Po sewerage project approved\r\n20. Town Planning Board to review Shek Kip Mei OZP\r\n21. ED recruits evening part-time lecturers\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of FS's media session\r\n ********************************\r\n\r\n Following is a transcript of the media session by the\r\nFinancial Secretary, Mr Donald Tsang, after briefing\r\nmembers of the Provisional Legislative Council this\r\n(Friday) morning:\r\n\r\nMr Tsang: Well, I have just heard about the credit rating\r\ngiven by Moody's to Hong Kong SAR and to Mainland China.\r\nThis is not the first time that Moody's has given rating\r\nwhich we are not entirely happy with. Particularly on\r\nthis occasion, I can say, I disagree entirely with the\r\nconclusions of Moody's. They seemed to have ignored that\r\nHong Kong SAR is a distinctly different economic setting\r\nas from Mainland China. To link the two together,\r\nconsidering them as one economic entity is unfair, unreal\r\nand is improper. It does not reflect the cons… [] [] [] 1998-02-20T00:00:00
0221 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0221.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:18.231677   ["Saturday, February 21, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. FS's transcript\r\n2. Report of dead chickens\r\n3. Hong Kong's catchwaters are safe\r\n4. SJ acts independently in deciding whether to prosecute\r\n5. Delinking US-HK$ peg will damage regional economy\r\n6. CE meets Sir Leon Brittan\r\n7. Registered contractor fined for unsafe work\r\n8. Fresh water cut in Ngau Tau Kok\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. FS's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of a media session by the\r\nFinancial Secretary, Mr Donald Tsang, after attending a\r\nradio programme at the Metro Broadcast this (Saturday)\r\nmorning:\r\n\r\nReporter: ... property prices drifting up as a result of\r\nthe mortgage interest concession. Are you concerned about\r\nthis?\r\n\r\nMr Tsang: I don't think property prices will drift upwards\r\nas a direct consequence of the mortgage interest rate\r\nconcession, because the two things don't correlate.\r\nWhoever so stupid enough to jack up the prices on the\r\npretext of the mortgage interest rate, I think they will\r\nsuffer in the end of the day because there will be no\r\nbuyers. Well, thank you very much.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Report of dead chickens\r\n ***********************\r\n\r\n In response to press enquiries on the report of dead\r\nchickens found in Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale\r\nPoultry Market last night, an Agriculture and Fisheries\r\nDepartment spokesman today (Saturday) stressed that the\r\nincident was not related to influenza A H5N1.\r\n\r\n The spokesman said: \"A report was received last\r\nevening that there were some dead chickens found in Cheung\r\nSha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry market.\r\n\r\n \"An AFD veterinary officer proceeded to the market to\r\ninvestigate the case immediately and found some 300 dead\r\nchickens in a truck. Subsequent test results confirmed\r\nthat the death was not caused by influenza A H5N1.\"\r\n\r\n The spokesman noted that as the cages were put near\r\nthe top of the truck, it was suspect… [] [] [] 1998-02-21T00:00:00
0222 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0222.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:18.253369   ["Sunday, February 22, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of FS's media session\r\n2. Fire drills held in Wan Chai and Sha Tin\r\n3. TDD moves to new offices in North Point\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of FS's media session\r\n ********************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of a media session by the\r\nFinancial Secretary, Mr Donald Tsang, at the Kai Tak\r\nAirport before departing for Beijing this (Sunday)\r\nafternoon:\r\n\r\nMr Tsang: I have been invited by the Hong Kong and Macau\r\nAffairs Office to visit Beijing. In addition to seeing\r\nthe Head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office,\r\nMr Liao Hui, I'll be meeting the Minister of Finance,\r\nMr Liu Zongli, and also the Governor of People's Bank of\r\nChina, Mr Dai. I understand the Vice-Premier, Mr Qian\r\nQichen, has agreed to meet me too. I will take this\r\nopportunity of discussing Hong Kong's economic situation,\r\nparticularly since the Handover, and also the economic\r\nprospect in the region. I hope to be able to exchange\r\nviews with Mr Dai and Mr Liu. This will be the first\r\nvisit since the Handover. I am going to Beijing. I'll be\r\nthere for two days. I'll come back very early on\r\nWednesday and I hope that there will be more opportunities\r\nin the future for me to go up, and I hope to see Mr Dai\r\nand Mr Liu coming to Hong Kong as well to exchange views\r\non matters of common interest. This is my whole programme\r\nso far.\r\n\r\nReporter: What's the topic of the agenda in this trip, and\r\nis the Budget included?\r\n\r\nMr Tsang: I do not have a firm agenda. The main purpose\r\nof my going up is to make friends, to familiarise with the\r\nmain officials dealing with the economic and financial\r\nmatters. Naturally we will be discussing the Asian\r\nregional financial matters, and if any of my contacts wish\r\nto raise questions or to talk about the Budget, I will be\r\nhappy to discuss as well.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Fire drills held in Wan Chai and Sha Tin\r\n ********… [] [] [] 1998-02-22T00:00:00
0223 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0223.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:18.328885   ["Monday, February 23, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of FS's media session\r\n2. FS's transcript\r\n3. Regular checks on bus maintenance continues\r\n4. New Territories accident rescue operation effective\r\n5. New measures to tackle unemployment\r\n6. Studies on avian flu\r\n7. Consumer Price Indices for January 1998\r\n8. ExCo members visit the Ombudsman\r\n9. Reports on projections of population go for sale\r\n10. Lantau taxi fare conversion tables ready for collection\r\n11. HK external trade statistics by mode of transport in 1997\r\n12. Workshop on number portability for mobile services in HK\r\n13. Monthly Digest of Statistics carries two feature articles\r\n14. Demonstration of 96 population by-census CD-ROM products\r\n15. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n16. Water storage figure\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of FS's media session\r\n ********************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of a media session by the\r\nFinancial Secretary, Mr Donald Tsang, after meeting with\r\nthe Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory\r\nCommission, Mr Zhou Zhengqing, in Beijing this (Monday)\r\nmorning:\r\n\r\nReporter: What's the specific area about the Asian\r\nfinancial turmoil, Mr Tsang?\r\n\r\nMr Tsang: We of course touched largely, we discussed\r\naround the question of the securities development in the\r\narea, and to what extent complacent of the listing of H-\r\nshares and the various Red Chips in Hong Kong which could\r\nbe affected by the turmoil. But we only discussed this\r\ngenerally and we concentrated more on policy, and Mr Zhou\r\nemphasised on the question of fairness, justice and\r\ntransparency. We think this is very important. He also\r\nemphasised the importance of corporation coming to do\r\nbusiness in Hong Kong, comply with Hong Kong regulation,\r\nin the same way they comply with the domestic regulation\r\nin Mainland China. We have a very good exchange and we\r\nundertook to further this channel of discussion, knowing\r\n… [] [] [] 1998-02-23T00:00:00
0224 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0224.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:18.636262   ["Tuesday, February 24, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. FS's transcript\r\n2. Vice-Premier Qian Qichen meets Financial Secretary\r\n3. TAC discusses Airport Railway fares\r\n4. Secretary for Constitutional Affairs to visit Beijing\r\n5. Appointment of new Director of Marine\r\n6. TAC endorses bus fare increase\r\n7. Transport Complaints Unit receives fewer complaints\r\n8. Staffing proposals for reorganisation of bureaux\r\n9. Electoral arrangements on schedule\r\n10. Codes of Practice Committee meeting open to the public\r\n11. 58 building plans approved in December\r\n12. Sand Barge Route Approval Permit in HK waters required\r\n13. Annual report on Consumer Price Index for 1997 on sale\r\n14. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n\r\n\r\n1. FS's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of a meet-the-media\r\nsession by the Financial Secretary, Mr Donald Tsang,\r\nin Beijing this (Tuesday) afternoon:\r\n\r\nQuestion: Mr Tsang, can you sum up your meeting with Mr\r\nQian this morning?\r\n\r\nMr Tsang: Well, we've discussed a whole variety of things\r\nand particularly, we reviewed what we've seen as the Asian\r\nFinancial Crisis. I told him that we are conducting a\r\nvery formal review and I'll be completing a report which I\r\nwould be quite happy to share with the Central Government\r\nwhen it is completed in March. He also emphasised the\r\nstability of Renminbi. He thought that it was very\r\nimportant to maintain the present exchange rate of the\r\nRenminbi, not only in the interest of Hong Kong but also\r\nin the interest of the regional stability. He also made\r\nsome complimentary remarks on the way Hong Kong had dealt\r\nwith the financial crisis and the way we'd prepared the\r\n1998/99 draft Estimates (and the Budget). On the whole, I\r\nfound it exceedingly useful.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Vice-Premier Qian Qichen meets Financial Secretary\r\n **************************************************\r\n\r\n The Vice-Premier and Min… [] [] [] 1998-02-24T00:00:00
0225 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0225.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:19.001240   ["Wednesday, February 25, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. FS's transcript\r\n2. Provident Fund Schemes Legislation (Amendment) Bill passed\r\n3. No threatening call to S for S\r\n4. Water birds segregation and central slaughter arrangements\r\n5. Police's Role in Management of Public Processions and Meetings\r\n6. Hong Kong SAR Autonomy Intact\r\n7. Sea cadets bid farewell to retiring Marine chief\r\n8. Survey on residential mortgages in Hong Kong\r\n9. Three firemen commended\r\n10. Joint operation to flush out illegal immigrants\r\n11. Refuse transfer service extended to private sector\r\n12. Customer service training for Hongkong Post staff\r\n13. Manufacturer fined for malpractice\r\n14. Prize-giving ceremony of CAL Module Design Contest\r\n15. Improvement works on Shek Wu Hui Treatment Plant\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. FS's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of a media session by the\r\nFinancial Secretary, Mr Donald Tsang, at the airport upon\r\nhis return from Beijing today (Wednesday):\r\n\r\nReporter: Would you say something about HKMA's 70 per cent\r\nmortgage lending ceiling to be maintained announced this\r\nmorning and the fixed mortgage interest rate?\r\n\r\nMr Tsang: Two things. The question of loan to valuation\r\nratio has been established for a long time. That ratio\r\nhas been working reasonably well, and that would maintain\r\nthe bank in a reasonable state as regards real estate\r\nlending. Whether or not that ratio should be increased is\r\nessentially at the end of the day a matter for the banks,\r\nof course, which are working under the guidance of the\r\nHKMA. I think if they believe it is the right thing to\r\ndo, to continue with the guidelines, I think it is\r\nperfectly all right. As regards fixed rate lending, it is\r\nan idea of us, which we believe, will be quite useful for\r\nthe current market. In a sense it is not a compulsory\r\nmeasure. It is a new product which I hope consumer,\r\nparticularly those taking out mortgages… [] [] [] 1998-02-25T00:00:00
0226 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0226.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:19.110045   ["Thursday, February 26, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Government injects resources to upgrade education\r\n2. Government welcomes visa-free arrangement\r\n3. HK's latest foreign currency assets figures released\r\n4. Promotion of fixed rate mortgages\r\n5. Residential mortgage survey results for January 1998\r\n6. Budget's revenue proposals legislation to be introduced\r\n7. Government attaches importance to Area Committees\r\n8. LRC proposes stricter liability for product defects\r\n9. Toronto ETO hosts Chinese New Year reception in Calgary\r\n10. Booklet on recommended guidelines for Chinese medicines trade\r\n11. Azalea open days at Government House\r\n12. Provisional retail sales statistics for December and 1997\r\n13. Places available at government primary schools\r\n14. Seminar on fire prevention in Sha Tin\r\n15. BoE members visit Buddhist Wong Cho Sum School\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Government injects resources to upgrade education\r\n *************************************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, today\r\n(Thursday) stressed that education is the key of Hong\r\nKong's future and that the Government will further upgrade\r\neducation and train up local teachers through injection of\r\nlarge resources.\r\n\r\n Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Tai Po campus\r\nof the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIE), Mr Tung\r\nsaid that the total expenditure on education for the year\r\n1998/99 would be increased to $53.2 billion, which was\r\n18.4 per cent of the total public expenditure, and\r\nconstituted the greatest share of our public spending.\r\n\r\n \"The real growth in expenditure, excluding the\r\nallocation of $5 billion for the setting up of the Quality\r\nEducation Development Fund, amounts to 12.7 per cent. On\r\nthe basis of basic education, the real growth is as high\r\nas 16.4 per cent,\" he said.\r\n\r\n The new campus of the HKIE was built at the cost of\r\nover $2.5 billion and its teaching facilities are of\r\n… [] [] [] 1998-02-26T00:00:00
0227 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0227.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:19.171254   ["Friday, February 27, 1998\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. No decision on issue of new ID cards yet\r\n2. Caution against marketing of MPF schemes\r\n3. CE meets visiting religious leaders\r\n4. SHA meets US religious delegation\r\n5. LegCo election guidelines published\r\n6. Appointment of High Court Judges\r\n7. New district committees to promote fire safety\r\n8. Provision of quality welfare services pledged\r\n9. Appointments to the Public Service Commission\r\n10. HK joined force with Singapore in the fight against drugs\r\n11. Hong Kong to ride out the economic storm\r\n12. Hong Kong SAR -- An Asian city with a difference\r\n13. Sale of 157 surplus government quarters\r\n14. New fare for Lantau taxis comes into effect next Monday\r\n15. MTR Tseung Kwan O Extension (Phase II) gazetted\r\n16. External trade figures for January 1998 released\r\n17. Village sewerage for Sha Chau Lei Tsuen\r\n18. Amendments to two approved OZPs for areas in Southern District\r\n19. Draft Fanling/Sheung Shui OZP amended\r\n20. Stringent penalty for illegal parking on private roads\r\n21. Review underway on HK's AIDS situation and programme\r\n22. Guide to conveyance of corrosive & poisonous substances issued\r\n23. PD moves to new offices in North Point\r\n24. Education Department recruits evening part-time lecturers\r\n25. Forty-eight government apprentices graduated\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. No decision on issue of new ID cards yet\r\n ****************************************\r\n\r\n In response to media enquiries about possible new\r\nidentity cards for Hong Kong people, a government\r\nspokesman said today (Friday) that the idea was still in\r\nan embryonic stage and no decision has been taken yet.\r\n\r\n It was reported in some papers that the Government\r\nwas planning for the issue of new identity cards for all\r\nHong Kong residents.\r\n\r\n \"Before any decision could be taken, extensive study\r\nwould have to be undertaken and resource implications\r\nassessed,\" the spokesman said. \"None has take… [] [] [] 1998-02-27T00:00:00
0228 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0228.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:19.199372   ["Saturday, February 28, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Segregation of chickens and water birds\r\n2. Monetary statistics for January 1998\r\n3. Buildings Department achieves performance pledge\r\n4. Best Project Awards on \"Youth Action on AIDS\"\r\n5. Campaign to promote safe use of heavy equipment\r\n6. Exhibition to spread public health messages\r\n7. Eight groups to raise funds\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Segregation of chickens and water birds\r\n ***************************************\r\n\r\n Birds brought into Hong Kong to be slaughtered for\r\nfood have to be imported through certain points and\r\ntransported to designated markets under new controls.\r\n\r\n The new controls are contained in the Public Health\r\n(Animals and Birds) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulation 1998\r\nwhich was published in Government Gazette yesterday\r\n(Friday).\r\n\r\n Under the new regulation, all birds imported to be\r\nslaughtered for food may be imported only through Man Kam\r\nTo Control Point, the pier at Western Wholesale Food\r\nMarket (water birds only), the pier at Cheung Sha Wan\r\nWholesale Food Market (birds other than water birds), or\r\nthe airport.\r\n\r\n Imported water birds, such as ducks and geese, have\r\nto be carried separately from other birds and be taken\r\nfrom the point of entry to the Western Wholesale Poultry\r\nMarket by the most direct route.\r\n\r\n The Government has previously announced that\r\nimportation of ducks and geese for food will resume on\r\nMarch 31 and that slaughtering of water birds will be\r\ncentralised in Western Wholesale Poultry Market.\r\n\r\n Similarly, birds imported to be slaughtered for food\r\nwhich are not water birds, such as chickens and pigeons,\r\nhave to be taken directly to the Cheung Sha Wan Temporary\r\nWholesale Poultry Market.\r\n\r\n Any person who contravenes the above segregation\r\nrequirements will be liable on summary conviction to a\r\nmaximum fine of $25,000. The birds concerned may also be\r\nforfeited.\r\n\r\n … [] [] [] 1998-02-28T00:00:00
0301 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0301.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:19.212366   ["Sunday, March 1, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Interest rate on Tax Reserve Certificates changed\r\n2. LD warns applicants to PWIF not to give false information\r\n3. Study on development growth of Island South and Lamma\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Interest rate on Tax Reserve Certificates changed\r\n *************************************************\r\n\r\n As from tomorrow (Monday, March 2), the new annual\r\nrate of interest payable on Tax Reserve Certificates will\r\nbe 7.68 per cent as against the current rate of 6.24 per\r\ncent. The new rate will be $0.64 per month per $100.\r\n\r\n The Government Gazette published on February 27, 1998\r\ncontained a Legal Notice to the effect that the Secretary\r\nfor the Treasury has authorised a change in the rate of\r\ninterest payable on Tax Reserve Certificates.\r\n\r\n Tax Reserve Certificates bear simple interest and\r\ninterest is calculated monthly (including part of a month)\r\nfrom the date of purchase to the date on which the\r\ncertificate is accepted for payment of tax.\r\n\r\n Interest is only credited when certificates are used\r\nto pay tax and no interest is due where the principal\r\nvalue of a certificate is repaid to the holders of such\r\ncertificates.\r\n\r\n The new rate will apply to all certificates issued on\r\nor after March 2, 1998. Certificates which were issued\r\nbefore that date will continue to earn interest at the\r\nrates prevailing on their respective issue dates as\r\nfollows:-\r\n\r\nfor certificates issued on or after 5.28% per annum\r\n4 March 1996 and before 1 June 1996;\r\n\r\nfor certificates issued on or after 4.92% per annum\r\n1 June 1996 and before 2 September 1996;\r\n\r\nfor certificates issued on or after 4.68% per annum\r\n2 September 1996 and before 2 December 1996;\r\n\r\nfor certificates issued on or after 4.80% per annum\r\n2 December 1996 and before 2 June 1997;\r\n\r\nfor certificates issued on or after 4.92% per annum\r\n2 June 1997 and before 1 September… [] [] [] 1998-03-01T00:00:00
0302 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0302.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:19.437977   ["Monday, March 2, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Secretary for Housing recovering after operation\r\n2. Quality Education Fund launching ceremony announced\r\n3. TAC members visit cross boundary facilities\r\n4. First SAR Government charity walk\r\n5. Water storage figure\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Secretary for Housing recovering after operation\r\n ************************************************\r\n\r\n In response to press enquiries, a government\r\nspokesman said today (Monday) that the Secretary for\r\nHousing, Mr Dominic Wong Shing-wah, has been admitted to\r\nhospital for an operation of the vocal chord.\r\n\r\n According to the doctor, the operation is successful\r\nand Mr Wong is recovering. Mr Wong thanks everyone for\r\ntheir concern and good wishes. He will be discharged from\r\nthe hospital shortly and will resume duty on March 9\r\n(Monday).\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Quality Education Fund launching ceremony announced\r\n ***************************************************\r\n\r\n The Quality Education Fund (QEF)Steering Committee\r\nwill launch the first call for applications on March 5 at\r\na ceremony to be officiated by the Chief Secretary for\r\nAdministration.\r\n\r\n The Chairman of the QEF Steering Committee, Mr Irving\r\nKoo Yee-yin, said after a meeting today (Monday): \"Heads\r\nof nurseries, kindergartens, primary, secondary and\r\nspecial schools have been invited to attend the launching\r\nceremony.\"\r\n\r\n \"We also expect academics in tertiary institutions,\r\nand representatives of school sponsoring bodies and\r\nteachers unions to join us at the ceremony,\" said Mr Koo.\r\n\r\n Immediately following the launching ceremony, there\r\nwill be seminars on quality education at different levels\r\nof basic education. Guest speakers for these seminars are\r\nProfessor Cheng Kai-ming, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the\r\nUniversity of Hong Kong; Professor Chung Yu-ping, Dean of\r\nEducation, Chinese University of Hong Kong; and Professor\r\nCheng Yin-cheong, Direc… [] [] [] 1998-03-02T00:00:00
0303 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0303.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:19.501989   ["Tuesday, March 3, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of media session by the Chief Secretary\r\n2. SCA's opening remarks at Finance Committee\r\n3. Presentation by Secretary for the Treasury\r\n4. Joseph W P Wong accepts ATV's apology\r\n5. Mutual Legal Assistance Unit soon comes into operation\r\n6. National Day fireworks displays\r\n7. Hong Kong signs air services agreement with Bahrain\r\n8. Central allocation of primary one places\r\n9. Early application for travel documents\r\n10. Land Registry statistics for February released\r\n11. Hong Kong Monetary Authority Tender Results\r\n12. Temporary closure of visitor centre\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of media session by the Chief Secretary\r\n **************************************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of a media session given\r\nby the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Anson Chan,\r\nafter attending the Executive Council meeting today\r\n(Tuesday):\r\n\r\nMrs Chan: I want to comment on yesterday's bomb incident.\r\nSeveral points I wish to stress. First of all, this is a\r\ncivil society and law and order is extremely important\r\nboth from the Government's point of view and from the\r\npoint of view of the community. And we cannot tolerate\r\nsuch incidents. The Police will carry out a thorough\r\ninvestigation. It is our hope that we can soon get to the\r\nbottom of this and ensure the culprits are brought to\r\ncourt. I also wish to stress that the Police have\r\nadequate resources, both manpower and other resources, to\r\nget to the bottom of this incident and to ensure the\r\nsafety of the entire community.\r\n\r\nReporter: Are you worried that this is the start of a\r\ntrend? We've had the firebombs...?\r\n\r\nMrs Chan: No, I think this is an isolated incident but it\r\nis important for us to send a clear message to the\r\nculprits that this sort of incident will not be tolerated\r\nby the Government and we will do everything we possibly\r\ncan to get to the bottom of this incident.… [] [] [] 1998-03-03T00:00:00
0304 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0304.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:19.785308   ["Wednesday, March 4, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE's transcript\r\n2. CE arrives in Beijing\r\n3. Secretary for Housing discharged from hospital\r\n4. S for S's speech at special Finance Committee meeting\r\n5. Secretary for the Civil Service meets legislators\r\n6. Inter-district Bus-only Lanes Stage II put on trial\r\n7. Stanley traffic accident victims initially awarded $15,600\r\n8. Health advice as influenza cases rise\r\n9. EIA report on Fo Tan Road widening works released\r\n10. Grants from Disaster Relief Fund\r\n11. Telephone poll to gauge public opinion\r\n12. Sok Kwu Wan Pier No.2 - a new Landmark on Lamma\r\n13. 1998 special stamps issuing programme adjusted\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English part) of the\r\nmedia session given by the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee\r\nHwa, in Beijing this (Wednesday) evening:\r\n\r\nReporter: ... how would these affect the morale of RTHK?\r\n\r\nMr Tung: I shouldn't think that it will affect the morale\r\nabout RTHK at all, not at all. There are different voices\r\nin the community. That's what we are in Hong Kong.\r\nDifferent people say different things about different\r\nissues and this is how we are. Thank you very much.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. CE arrives in Beijing\r\n *********************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, arrives in\r\nBeijing today (Wednesday). He will attend the opening\r\nceremony of the first session of the Ninth National\r\nPeople's Congress tomorrow.\r\n\r\n Mr Tung said: \"I am honoured to be invited to attend\r\nthe ceremony by the Standing Committee of the National\r\nPeople's Congress. This is my first time to attend the\r\nNPC session in the capacity of the Chief Executive of the\r\nHKSAR. The invitation bears significance to the SAR as it\r\nreflects that the Central Government attaches great\r\nimportance to Hong Kong.\r\n\r\n \"The first session of the Ninth NPC is held at a time\r\nwhen our country … [] [] [] 1998-03-04T00:00:00
0305 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0305.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:20.116420   ["Thursday, March 5, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of CE's media session in Beijing\r\n2. CE attends opening ceremony of NPC session\r\n3. Transcript of remarks by Acting Chief Executive\r\n4. Quality Education Fund starts operation\r\n5. Tender for the inaugural issue of HKMC Notes\r\n6. Reminder on education council nominations\r\n7. EIA for Route 16 completed\r\n8. Water cut in Southern District\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of CE's media session in Beijing\r\n *******************************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of a media session by the\r\nChief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, in Beijing this\r\n(Thursday) afternoon:\r\n\r\nReporter: How do you feel about Li Peng's speech,\r\nparticularly about Hong Kong?\r\n\r\nMr Tung: Well, as I said earlier on that of course I am\r\nvery happy to note the progress and the success the\r\ncountry has attained over the last five years, especially\r\nin area of economy. It's been a period of high growth and\r\nlow inflation, foreign exchange reserve as well as reserve\r\nof growing product is at historic high level and these all\r\nmade a very good foundation for our country's development\r\nin the 21st century. I was also delighted particularly to\r\nnote about the positive comments the report made about the\r\nHKSAR's function since July 1, 1997 demonstrates the\r\nCentral Government's tremendous confidence in Hong Kong\r\npeople's ability to look after Hong Kong affairs. So, on\r\nthe whole I am very pleased, additionally I might add that\r\nbeing able to know first hand the plans for the next five\r\nyears and beyond is a very great help to us in Hong Kong\r\nbecause Hong Kong and the economy of mainland China is\r\nvery closely related.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. CE attends opening ceremony of NPC session\r\n ******************************************\r\n\r\n At the invitation of the Standing Committee of the\r\nNational People's Congress, the Chief Executive, Mr Tung\r\nChee Hwa, today (Thursday) attended the … [] [] [] 1998-03-05T00:00:00
0306 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0306.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:20.245557   ["Friday, March 6, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Chief Executive's transcript\r\n2. Restaurant ordered to be disinfected over cholera case\r\n3. Statement by CSD\r\n4. Employers asked not to resort to retrenchment lightly\r\n5. Care over slimming products urged\r\n6. Polling stations for April elections gazetted\r\n7. Number of reported drug abusers dropped in 1997\r\n8. Volume and price statistics of external trade in December 97\r\n9. Disoposal of surplus government quarters in Baguio Villas\r\n10. Rules to raise fees and charges of SFC endorsed\r\n11. Revised plan for land access to Container Terminal No. 9\r\n12. Tuen Mun Road improvement works to start soon\r\n13. Draft Tsuen Wan Outline Zoning Plan amended\r\n14. 47 building plans approved in January\r\n15. Bookkeeper convicted of assisting employer to evade tax\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Chief Executive's transcript\r\n ****************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of the remarks by the\r\nChief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, at Kai Tak airport this\r\n(Friday) evening:\r\n\r\nReporter: (on RTHK)\r\n\r\nMr Tung: Do I have to say that all again?\r\n\r\nReporter: Yes, please.\r\n\r\nMr Tung: I do want to take this opportunity to clarify the\r\nissue about RTHK. Let me first of all state very\r\nemphatically that freedom of speech, freedom of\r\ninformation, are something we treasure and we regard very\r\nmuch. Nobody, can I insist that nobody should doubt my\r\nor our entire government's determination in this respect.\r\nThere has been discussion recently about the role of RTHK\r\nbut this discussion is not new. It was here a few months\r\nago. It was here before the return of Hong Kong. It's been\r\nhere for a number of years already. We all know that and\r\nI am sure that this discussion will continue. I have\r\nheard many different opinions stated on this particular\r\nissue and I'll continue to listen to these opinions.\r\nThere were opinions expressed in Beijing, personal views\r\nas to the future of RTHK. I thin… [] [] [] 1998-03-06T00:00:00
0307 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0307.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:20.279404   ["Saturday, March 7, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Three more persons' infection linked with food premises\r\n2. Mini-TV series to promote Basic Law\r\n3. Over $130 million paid to traffic accident victims\r\n4. Code of Practice for demolition works\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Three more persons' infection linked with food premises\r\n *******************************************************\r\n\r\n Three more persons were confirmed today (Saturday) to\r\nbe infected with cholera. They were also found to be\r\nassociated with the licensed food premises in Causeway Bay\r\nwhich the Department of Health ordered disinfection,\r\ndisinsecting and deratting yesterday over the cholera case\r\ninvolving a 27-year-old female.\r\n\r\n Of the three, two were symptomatic while the third\r\nwas asymptomatic.\r\n\r\n These have brought the number of persons infected\r\nwith cholera after a meal in this particular restaurant in\r\nCauseway Bay to four.\r\n\r\n The total number of confirmed symptomatic cholera\r\ncases in Hong Kong so far this year is now twelve.\r\n\r\n Announcing this, a department spokesman said the two\r\nsymptomatic cases involved two females aged 30 and 28,\r\nliving in Sha Tin and Eastern District respectively. They\r\nwere among eight people who shared a meal at the\r\nrestaurant on February 25.\r\n\r\n \"They developed diarrhoea on February 27 and March 2\r\nrespectively. The former was admitted into Princess\r\nMargaret Hospital on March 5 for treatment. Her condition\r\nis satisfactory,\" the spokesman said.\r\n\r\n \"The symptoms of the latter had subsided but on the\r\nDepartment's advice, she was admitted into Princess\r\nMargaret Hospital this morning for observation and\r\ntreatment when necessary.\"\r\n\r\n The spokesman also said the person infected with\r\ncholera but was asymptomatic is a 33-year-old male living\r\nin Eastern District.\r\n\r\n \"On the Department's advice, he was also admitted\r\ninto Princess Margaret Hospital this morning for… [] [] [] 1998-03-07T00:00:00
0308 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0308.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:20.348264   ["Sunday, March 8, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Chief Executive's transcript\r\n2. Trade Director visits Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Chief Executive's transcript\r\n ****************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English part) of the\r\nmedia session given by the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee\r\nHwa, at the airport before departing for Europe this\r\n(Sunday) afternoon:\r\n\r\nReporter: What messages are you bringing to Germany and\r\nFrance? How are you going to tell them that everything is\r\nall right in Hong Kong when there has been this recent\r\nattack on press freedom and there has been a spate of\r\nbombings, etc.? How are you going to tell them that\r\neverything is okay?\r\n\r\nMr Tung: Well, I am going to tell them that since the\r\nreturn of Hong Kong, everything is really going well, that\r\n\"one country, two systems\" is now solidly embedded, that\r\nthe pride and confidence level is high. Only very\r\nrecently, the German Chamber of Commerce did a survey\r\nwhich showed close to 85 per cent of the Germans here,\r\ncommerce and industry here, have a great deal of\r\nconfidence in Hong Kong as we move forward. So obviously,\r\nof course, there are these pains and challenges brought\r\nabout by the currency turmoil around us but you know we\r\nhave been doing very well in containing these challenges\r\nand I am sure we will come out even better than before.\r\nThat will be the message I will be giving to our friends\r\nin Germany and France.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Trade Director visits Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou\r\n **************************************************\r\n\r\n The Director-General of Trade, Mr Alan Lai, today\r\n(Sunday) led a Trade Department delegation on a five-day\r\nvisit to Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou.\r\n\r\n \"I hope the visit will further enhance trade\r\nrelations between Hong Kong and the Mainland and promote\r\nfurther exchange of views and information on economic and\r\ntrade co-operation,\" Mr… [] [] [] 1998-03-08T00:00:00
0309 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0309.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:20.370699   ["Monday, March 9, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of the Chief Executive\r\n2. TD's response on bus franchise\r\n3. FS's vision: faith in free markets\r\n4. Two new cholera cases confirmed\r\n5. CE arrives for six-day visit to Germany and France\r\n6. Nominations for subsector elections to start on Friday\r\n7. Participation by all AIs in Credit Reference Agency\r\n8. Exco members briefed on developments in education\r\n9. SCOLAR invites applications to the Language Fund\r\n10. Red Cross, Germany, hosts Mrs Tung\r\n11. Tender for 15th issue of 5-Year Exchange Fund notes\r\n12. Water storage figure\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of the Chief Executive\r\n *********************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of remarks by the Chief\r\nExecutive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, after a meeting with the\r\nGerman Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Bonn today (Monday, HK\r\ntime).\r\n\r\n I spent a very useful morning in Bonn. I just had a\r\nvery engaging and interesting discussion with Chancellor\r\nKohl.\r\n\r\n We talked about how the 21st Century world would be\r\nlike. The Chancellor emphasised the importance of a\r\nstrong relationship between China and Germany and also\r\nemphasised the importance of the relationship, a good\r\nrelationship, between Hong Kong and Germany.\r\n\r\n We also discussed the current financial turmoil in\r\nAsia, how it has impacted on Hong Kong. I have explained\r\nto him my confidence, first that the linked exchange rate\r\nwill stay and that we continue to march forward into the\r\nfuture with a great deal of confidence.\r\n\r\n We have also discussed a number of issues as to how\r\nto strengthen further the commercial relationship between\r\nHong Kong and Germany. Both of us were particularly\r\npleased to note a very high degree of confidence of the\r\nGerman businesses in Hong Kong after July 1st.\r\n\r\n We also took the opportunity to discuss the issue of\r\nvisa-free entry, and the Chancellor said he would look\r\ninto it fu… [] [] [] 1998-03-09T00:00:00
0310 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0310.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:20.673928   ["Tuesday, March 10, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. FS's transcript\r\n2. SARG has good record on human rights\r\n3. Renewal of Star Ferry's franchise\r\n4. CE reassures German business on HK economy\r\n5. CE buoyed by German interest in Hong Kong\r\n6. FS: High productivity is our competitive edge\r\n7. Public consultations on implementation of two human rights covenants\r\n8. SAR joins Chinese delegation in UN commission on drugs\r\n9. Health order on restaurant complied\r\n10. Hong Kong means business\r\n11. Results of sale of government quarters\r\n12. VMs and VIIs depart on orderly repatriation flights\r\n13. Monitors' report submitted to CS\r\n14. Ad Hoc Committee to discuss housing for the elderly\r\n15. Marine life centre to be built at Hoi Ha Wan\r\n16. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. FS's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is a transcript of the Financial Secretary,\r\nMr Donald Tsang, with the media before attending the\r\nFederation of Hong Kong Industries' dinner tonight\r\n(Tuesday):\r\n\r\nFinancial Secretary: I have heard earlier today that a\r\nnumber of Legislative Councillors had expressed strong\r\nreservation about my proposals on some adjustments to\r\ndutiable commodities.\r\n\r\n In proposing this adjustment which after all is a\r\nvery minor adjustment of six per cent, which my colleague\r\nand I had thought very carefully about it. There are only\r\na few items involved, the adjustment is only six per cent\r\nwhich is consistent with the inflation of one year. In\r\nthe case of diesel oil, for instance, there has been no\r\nadjustment for two years. The adjustment to fuel is\r\nimportant, not only for revenue protection purposes but it\r\nis also important for transport regulatory purposes and it\r\nis also a very important environmental protection measure.\r\n\r\n So I hope very much that Provisional Legislative\r\nCouncillors would consider very carefully before they take\r\nany measure to stop thes… [] [] [] 1998-03-10T00:00:00
0311 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0311.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:20.707743   ["Wednesday, March 11, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE's transcript of press conference in Frankfurt\r\n2. CE's transcript at TDC lunch in Paris\r\n3. Statement on drafting legislation on Article 23 of Basic \r\nLaw\r\n4. Response to election survey\r\n5. No change to Government's medium of instruction policy\r\n6. CE seeks greater role by German business and banks in HK\r\n7. CE's speech in Paris\r\n8. CE's speech in Frankfurt\r\n9. High-powered committee to promote fire safety\r\n10. Results of avian flu case-control study\r\n11. 28 to run for conduct council seats\r\n12. Inaugural issue of HKMC Notes well received\r\n13. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n14. The weather of February 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE's transcript of press conference in Frankfurt\r\n ************************************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of press conference by\r\nthe Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, at the Hotel\r\nIntercontinental Frankfurt after a Hong Kong Trade\r\nDevelopment Council luncheon at the hotel yesterday\r\n(Tuesday, Hong Kong time).\r\n\r\nMr Tung: Good afternoon. I arrived on German soil late\r\nSunday evening with my colleagues and we are set to leave\r\nsome time tomorrow for Paris. We are deeply touched by\r\nthe warmth of our reception here by the German government,\r\nby the German people. It's been a very important and\r\nuseful visit for us. It is the first time I have visited\r\nGermany, first time in an official capacity I have visited\r\nGermany but of course I have been to Germany many times\r\nbefore for my life as a businessman.\r\n\r\n We had very long and interesting discussions with\r\nChancellor Kohl, Finance Minister Mr Waigel, Foreign\r\nMinister Dr Kinkel and with other ministers, leaders in\r\nthe industrial, commercial and banking sectors.\r\n\r\n I took the opportunity to explain to them about how\r\nwell Hong Kong has been doing since the return of Hong\r\nKong to China, that 'one country, two systems' is movin… [] [] [] 1998-03-11T00:00:00
0312 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0312.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:20.937498   ["Thursday, March 12, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE's press conference in Paris\r\n2. Incident of additive in cough medicine investigated\r\n3. CE keen to cement stronger ties with France\r\n4. Fast track trip to Lyon impresses CE\r\n5. 683 Election Committee members to be elected in April\r\n6. Freedom of speech and civil liberties prevail in HK\r\n7. Busy programme for EPD in 1998\r\n8. Career package for new arrivals\r\n9. Prohibited activities in marine parks may face punishment\r\n10. Three pre-sale consents issued in February\r\n11. BA accepts Codes of Practice Committee's suggestions\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE's press conference in Paris\r\n ******************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of a press conference by\r\nthe Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, at the Crillon\r\nHotel, Paris, yesterday (Wednesday, HK time).\r\n\r\nMr Tung: My colleagues and I arrived in Paris this morning\r\nfor the first official visit and we were very warmly\r\nreceived by the President of the Senate, by Prime Minister\r\nJospin and I also gave a lunch time talk at the gathering\r\norganised by the TDC and Employers' Association to a group\r\nof about 400 businessmen, industrialists. It's a good\r\nbeginning, we have had some very useful discussions.\r\n\r\n I took the opportunity of my visit to particularly\r\nemphasise the importance of the Hong Kong-French\r\nrelationship, how this relationship, with the return of\r\nHong Kong, should be further advanced. France is our 10th\r\nlargest trading partner. The economies in Asia are\r\npresently having some difficulties but I have no doubts\r\nthat they will recover. China is moving ahead very well\r\neconomically. A lot of opportunities will still be there\r\nin Asia and I hope French business people will continue to\r\nseize on this opportunity and certainly use Hong Kong as a\r\nbase for their activities in Asia.\r\n\r\n With the Prime Minister we also discussed the Asian\r\ncurrency turmoil, its impact on Hong Kong, th… [] [] [] 1998-03-12T00:00:00
0313 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0313.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:21.256687   ["Friday, March 13, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE's transcript in Paris\r\n2. CE wraps up 'fruitful' visit to France\r\n3. CE gives top French bankers insight into Asian turmoil\r\n4. Biliteracy and trilingualism a policy commitment\r\n5. Canton Road site awarded at $2.893 billion\r\n6. Six bids for franchised bus package\r\n7. Appeal cases on provisional registers\r\n8. 74 nominations received for subsector elections\r\n9. Final registers of electors published\r\n10. Flushing water should not be used for other purposes\r\n11. Fight Crime Committee members appointed\r\n12. Suggestions invited for temporary use of Tamar site\r\n13. Closure of New Horizons Vietnamese Refugee Departure Centre\r\n14. Revised guidelines on bathhouses and massage establishments\r\n15. External trade statistics for January 1998\r\n16. Amendments to Approved Shek Kip Mei OZP\r\n17. Draft Ngau Tau Kok and Kowloon Bay OZP amended\r\n18. More Fire Officers for Tung Chung\r\n19. Mrs Tung calls on Medicins Sans Frontieres\r\n20. Amendment to Tai Lam Tunnel Section of West Rail Phase I\r\n21. Labour Department to strengthen promotional activities\r\n22. Hong Kong Mathematics Olympiad 1997/98\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE's transcript in Paris\r\n ************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of remarks by the Chief\r\nExecutive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, after a meeting with French\r\nPresident, Mr Jacques Chirac, in Paris today (Friday).\r\n\r\n I arrived in France with my colleagues two days ago,\r\nwe've had a very fruitful visit here. We have been very\r\nwarmly received by the French Government authorities, by\r\nthe private sector of France because both attach, both\r\nourselves and France, attach great importance to this\r\nrelationship.\r\n\r\n I explained in my meeting with President Chirac, I\r\nexplained to President Chirac, how well Hong Kong is\r\nmoving. One country, two systems is really now being\r\nfully implemented. President Chirac congratulated us on\r\nthis and he thought we really… [] [] [] 1998-03-13T00:00:00
0314 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0314.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:21.378332   ["Saturday, March 14, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE's transcript\r\n2. Prompt actions taken on imported cholera cases\r\n3. 100 nominations received for subsector elections\r\n4. Public urged to plant trees under annual scheme\r\n5. First Building Management Resource Centre to open soon\r\n6. Over 800 students benefit from Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund\r\n7. Ching Ming Festival holiday reminder\r\n8. Firing practice in late March\r\n9. Air mail for Shantou slightly delayed\r\n10. Fresh water cut in Sai Kung\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English part) of the\r\nmedia session given by the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee\r\nHwa, at the airport after visiting Europe this (Saturday)\r\nmorning:\r\n\r\nMr Tung: We just flew back from Paris this morning. I\r\nthought we had a very successful visit. While we were\r\nthere I had the opportunity to meet the leadership of both\r\ngovernments and leading personalities in the industrial,\r\ncommercial and financial sectors, in both Germany and\r\nFrance. I had the opportunity to explain to Chancellor\r\nKohl, as well as President Chirac and Prime Minister\r\nJospin how well Hong Kong has been going since the return\r\nof Hong Kong, and these leaders all congratulated us on\r\nthe smooth return of Hong Kong. We also had the\r\nopportunity to discuss about the Asian currency turmoil\r\nand I stated our determination to maintain the currency\r\nlinkage. Both countries expressed the importance of the\r\nstability of the Hong Kong Dollar as well as the Renminbi\r\nbecause in a very unstable environment in Asia our two\r\ncurrencies are a symbol of stability. I think it is\r\nimportant to mention here we want to maintain the currency\r\nstability not just because of international considerations\r\nbut basically it is in the interests of Hong Kong to do\r\nso. I also take the opportunity to emphasise our\r\nconfidence in the continued vitality of our economy in the\r\nlonger term. Th… [] [] [] 1998-03-14T00:00:00
0315 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0315.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:21.420345   ["Sunday, March 15, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Update on cholera\r\n2. 12,000 civil servants walk for charity\r\n3. New products safety regulations effective from April\r\n4. Winners performances of Schools Dance Festival\r\n5. Employees must be insured\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Update on cholera\r\n *****************\r\n\r\n The Department of Health today (Sunday) announced\r\nseven more suspected cholera cases - five imported and two\r\nlocal.\r\n\r\n Of the five suspected imported cases, three are\r\nrelated to the two tour groups to Thailand known to be\r\ninvolved in the recent cholera outbreak.\r\n\r\n The other two are from a third tour group from the\r\nsame travel agency, which went to Thailand between March 4\r\nand March 10. This tour group has 30 members. Other\r\nmembers of the tour group are being followed up.\r\n\r\n The two local suspected case involve a 26-year-old\r\nfemale and a 63-year-old male who presented with diarrhoea\r\non March 12 and February 25 respectively. Information\r\ngathered so far revealed that both cases had no travel\r\nhistory. Investigations into these two suspected cases\r\nare continuing.\r\n\r\n The total number of confirmed cholera cases so far\r\nthis year remains at 18 including five imported cases and\r\n13 local cases. The total number of suspected cases is\r\n23, with 21 imported and 2 local cases.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. 12,000 civil servants walk for charity\r\n **************************************\r\n\r\n About 12,000 community-spirited civil servants from\r\n90 government bureaux and departments took part in a\r\nwalks-for-a-million in Sha Tin today (Sunday) to raise\r\nfunds for the Hong Kong Community Chest.\r\n\r\n The Civil Service Walk for Charity, which\r\ncommemorates the 30th Anniversary of the Chest, is the\r\nfirst of its kind since the establishment of the Hong Kong\r\nSpecial Administrative Region.\r\n\r\n About $10 million was raised in a similar walk which\r\nwas held in October 1995.\r\n\r\n … [] [] [] 1998-03-15T00:00:00
0316 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0316.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:21.511693   ["Monday, March 16, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Update on cholera\r\n2. Enhanced measures to contain spread of cholera\r\n3. Unemployment and underemployment statistics\r\n4. 218 nominations received for subsector elections\r\n5. Air quality report for February released\r\n6. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n7. Water storage figure\r\n8. Water cut on Ap Lei Chau\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Update on cholera\r\n *****************\r\n\r\n The Department of Health today (Monday) announced 25\r\nnew confirmed cases and eight new suspected cases, all of\r\nwhich are imported.\r\n\r\n The 25 new confirmed cases are related to the three\r\ntour groups to Thailand known to be involved in the recent\r\ncholera outbreak.\r\n\r\n The eight new suspected cases are also related to the\r\nthree tour groups. The number of local suspected cases\r\nremains at two, the same as yesterday.\r\n\r\n As of today, the total number of confirmed cholera\r\ncases so far this year is 43, including 30 imported cases\r\nand 13 local cases. The total number of suspected cases\r\nis 10 with eight imported and two local cases.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Enhanced measures to contain spread of cholera\r\n **********************************************\r\n\r\n The Inter-departmental Co-ordinating Committee on the\r\nPrevention and Control of Cholera met today (Monday) and\r\nagreed on a package of enhanced measures to effectively\r\ncontrol the spread of cholera in Hong Kong.\r\n\r\n A spokesman for the Committee said members noted the\r\ncurrent spate of cholera cases and were determined to do\r\ntheir utmost to prevent the spread of cholera with\r\nimmediate enforcement action and the introduction of short\r\nterm and longer-term measures.\r\n\r\n \"However, these enhanced actions could not yield the\r\ndesired effect without the support and co-operation of the\r\ncommunity,\" the spokesman said.\r\n\r\n \"Members of the public and travellers are strongly\r\nurged to observe and practise … [] [] [] 1998-03-16T00:00:00
0317 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0317.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:21.500031   ["Tuesday, March 17, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Update on cholera\r\n2. Import control on bivalve seafood explained\r\n3. CE meets National Democratic Institute delegation\r\n4. Govt approves new franchise for Star Ferry\r\n5. Greater support for teaching English in Chinese schools\r\n6. 376 nominations received for subsector elections\r\n7. Executive Council approves bus fare increase\r\n8. Applications for Services Support Fund invited\r\n9. Enhanced co-operation with mainland Customs essential\r\n10. MPF subsidiary legislation to go to PLC on April 1\r\n11. Study on planning for cultural facilities\r\n12. 118 convicted pollution cases in February\r\n13. Free publication to promote Charter for Youth\r\n14. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n15. Flushing water cut on Tsing Yi\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Update on cholera\r\n *****************\r\n\r\n The Department of Health announced today (Tuesday)\r\nthat a new local case was confirmed today.\r\n\r\n The new confirmed case involves the 63-year-old male\r\nwho was reported on March 15 as a suspected local case.\r\nThe onset of his illness was on February 25.\r\n\r\n The eight suspected imported cases reported yesterday\r\nwere confirmed negative. As no new suspected case is\r\nreceived today, the total number of suspected cases is\r\nleft to one only.\r\n\r\n As of today, the total number of confirmed cholera\r\ncases so far this year is 44, including 30 imported cases\r\nand 14 local cases. The total number of suspected cases\r\nis one which is a local case.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Import control on bivalve seafood explained\r\n *******************************************\r\n\r\n As an integral part of the enhanced measures to\r\ncontain the spread of cholera, the Department of Health is\r\ntightening the control of bivalve seafood imported into\r\nHong Kong, particularly from sources where bivalve imports\r\nwere previously found to be associated with cholera.\r\n\r\n The bivalve seafood, such… [] [] [] 1998-03-17T00:00:00
0318 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0318.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:21.861991   ["Wednesday, March 18, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of Chief Executive's media session\r\n2. Transcript of Chief Secretary's media session\r\n3. Transcript of Financial Secretary's media session at signing ceremony\r\n4. Transcript of Financial Secretary's media session after Provisional LegCo meeting\r\n5. Statement by Department of Justice\r\n6. Update on cholera\r\n7. Nomination for subsector elections to close on Friday\r\n8. 611 nominations received for subsector elections\r\n9. Class suspension arrangements for revised rainstorm warnings\r\n10. Signing ceremony of the Fixed Rate Mortgage Pilot Scheme\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of Chief Executive's media session\r\n *********************************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English part) of the\r\nmedia session given by the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee\r\nHwa, at the airport before departing for Beijing this\r\n(Wednesday) afternoon:\r\n\r\nReporter: What's the future of the Chief Secretary? Is she\r\ngoing to step down when her contract expires?\r\n\r\nMr Tung: No, this is not the subject at all of discussion.\r\nWe are working very well together as a team. In fact, the\r\nentire civil service, we are all working very very hard\r\nfor better future for Hong Kong.\r\n\r\nReporter: Mr Tung, there have been reports that the ICAC\r\ndid not press charges against Sally Aw because of her\r\nrelationship with your family. What's your response to\r\nthese reports?\r\n\r\nMr Tung: Well, I have just explained that a few moments\r\nago that, first of all, the decision to prosecute or not\r\nrests entirely with the Secretary for Justice. This is a\r\nvery fine tradition in Hong Kong. It is also very much\r\nprovided for by the Basic Law. It is entirely the\r\nSecretary for Justice's decision and responsibility in\r\nthese matters.\r\n\r\nReporter: ... Zhu Rongji being elected as the new Premier.\r\nDo you have any particular expectations from him?\r\n\r\nMr Tung: Well, again as I said earlier… [] [] [] 1998-03-18T00:00:00
0319 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0319.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:21.843622   ["Thursday, March 19, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of Chief Executive's media session\r\n2. Statement by Department of Justice\r\n3. 859 nominations received for subsector elections\r\n4. Update on cholera\r\n5. Manpower consultancy for travel and tourism industry\r\n6. HK signs air services agreement with Israel\r\n7. Partnership further strengthens postal services\r\n8. Promoting HK's reinsurance & captive insurance business\r\n9. Passengers reminded of new tram fares\r\n10. Public understanding of control on optometrists enhanced\r\n11. Value of manufacturers' orders-on-hand in January 1998\r\n12. Three more slimming products found adulterated\r\n13. Results of independent investigations on landslides announced\r\n14. Trader fined for malpractice\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of Chief Executive's media session\r\n *********************************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English part) of the\r\nmedia session given by the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee\r\nHwa, at the airport tonight (Thursday):\r\n\r\nReporter: Zhu Rongji said that he saw no need to make\r\nreassessment to what had happened in Tiananmen. Do you\r\nthink there is a need to reassess that?\r\n\r\nMr Tung: Well, I think I have said this many times before\r\nthat this is something that nobody wished that it had\r\nhappened. But let us look at the fact that how much the\r\ncountry has progressed in the last few years in almost\r\nevery aspect. So the important thing is to look forward\r\nas to how well we are doing as a country. And as a\r\nChinese, I am certainly very proud of it and I know that\r\nall Chinese people share this pride.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Statement by Department of Justice\r\n **********************************\r\n\r\n A spokesman for the Secretary for Justice issued the\r\nfollowing statement today (Thursday):\r\n\r\n \"As we have stated since the prosecution of the three\r\nindividuals in the Hong Kong Standard case was initiated,\r\nour decis… [] [] [] 1998-03-19T00:00:00
0320 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0320.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:22.068017   ["Friday, March 20, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. 1,107 nominations received for subsector elections\r\n2. Nominations for Election Committee Subsector Elections\r\n3. CE appoints Commission on Innovation and Technology\r\n4. New airport VIP suite\r\n5. CE meets European Parliament's Vice President\r\n6. Update on cholera\r\n7. Preliminary findings on local property market released\r\n8. Mr Lo Yuk-sui re-appointed as Chairman of HKTA\r\n9. Membership of the Committee on Bilingual Legal System\r\n10. CS supports Hongkong Post customer-focus programmes\r\n11. Fewer young abusers reported in 1997\r\n12. Fire safety talk well received\r\n13. Interception of telecommunications\r\n14. More ambulance depots open\r\n15. More endangered species added to protection list\r\n16. Electronic stamp vending machines installed at two\r\npost offices\r\n17. Basic Law booklets to strengthen civic education\r\n18. TA approves acquisition of P Plus by SmarTone\r\n19. Firing practices from April to June\r\n20. Code of practice to promote the safe use of cranes\r\n21. New reservoir in Tin Shui Wai to meet rising demand\r\n22. Town Planning Board to review two OZPs\r\n23. Upgrading works for 31 slopes\r\n24. Tenderer prequalification for construction works on Tsing Yi\r\n25. Tenders invited for road works in Wong Chuk Hang\r\n26. Water cut in Wan Chai\r\n\r\n\r\n1. 1,107 nominations received for subsector elections\r\n **************************************************\r\n\r\n A total of 1,107 nominations for the Election\r\nCommittee subsector elections have been received when the\r\neight-day nomination period closes today (Friday).\r\n\r\n On today alone, 253 nominations have been received.\r\n\r\n The breakdown of nominations by subsector is:\r\n\r\nSubsector Number of nominations Cumulated total\r\n--------- received today ---------------\r\n ---------------------\r\n\r\nCatering 2 20\r\n\r\nCommercial(first… [] [] [] 1998-03-20T00:00:00
0321 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0321.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:22.364098   ["Saturday, March 21, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Wang Bingzhang refused entry\r\n2. 'Letter from Hong Kong' by Secretary for Housing\r\n3. Distinguished scientist joins commission\r\n4. Update on cholera\r\n5. Employment of children is an offence\r\n6. New Child Abuse Publicity Campaign launched\r\n7. Blanket distribution for street sleepers\r\n8. Water cut in Yuen Long\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Wang Bingzhang refused entry\r\n ****************************\r\n\r\n In response to media enquiries, a Security Bureau\r\nspokesman today (Saturday) said that Mr Wang Bingzhang is\r\ncurrently not under custody in Hong Kong.\r\n\r\n The spokesman confirmed that Mr Wang had been\r\ntemporarily detained for inquiries upon arrival from Macau\r\nyesterday (Friday) evening and was refused entry for\r\nholding a suspected forged travel document.\r\n\r\n Under the Immigration Ordinance (Cap. 115), the\r\nDirector of Immigration has the power to refuse entry of\r\nany person other than a person with a right of abode or\r\nright to land in Hong Kong.\r\n\r\n \"The decision to refuse entry was taken by the\r\nImmigration Department having regard to the fact that\r\nMr Wang arrived with a suspected forged travel document,\"\r\nthe spokesman said.\r\n\r\n \"Under Article 154 of the Basic Law, the HKSAR\r\nGovernment may apply immigration controls on entry into,\r\nstay in and departure from Hong Kong by persons from\r\nforeign states and regions.\r\n\r\n \"The Central People's Government has not been\r\nconsulted,\" he stressed.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. 'Letter from Hong Kong' by Secretary for Housing\r\n ************************************************\r\n\r\n Following is an English translation of the \"Letter\r\nfrom Hong Kong\" delivered by the Secretary for Housing,\r\nMr Dominic Wong, on Radio Television Hong Kong this\r\n(Saturday) morning:\r\n\r\nMy child,\r\n\r\n My vocal cord operation has been successful, and I am\r\nconfident that I will fully recover. The support of\r\nfr… [] [] [] 1998-03-21T00:00:00
0322 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0322.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:22.497177   ["Sunday, March 22, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Update on cholera\r\n2. Works Bureau organises large scale seminar in the Mainland\r\n3. Lands Department moves to North Point Offices\r\n4. ACP Exhibition Centre temporarily closed\r\n5. Collection frequency of NT street posting boxes increased\r\n6. Public urged to save water\r\n7. Blankets for street sleepers\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Update on cholera\r\n *****************\r\n\r\n The Department of Health has not received any\r\nsuspected cases of cholera today (Sunday).\r\n\r\n The updated cholera situation is the same as\r\nyesterday. The total number of confirmed cholera cases so\r\nfar this year remains at 48, including 32 imported cases\r\nand 16 local cases. There is no suspected case.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Works Bureau organises large scale seminar in the Mainland\r\n **********************************************************\r\n\r\n The Works Bureau of the Hong Kong Special\r\nAdministrative Region and the Design Administration Bureau\r\nof the Ministry of Construction will jointly organise a\r\nlarge scale seminar on Construction, Architectural and\r\nEngineering Design and Management and Enterprise Co-\r\noperation Exchange in Qingdao between March 25 and 27,\r\n1998.\r\n\r\n The aim of the three-day seminar is to facilitate the\r\nHong Kong and Mainland professional bodies and trade\r\nassociations to exchange views on their practising\r\nstandards so as to enhance co-operations between the two\r\nplaces.\r\n\r\n The Secretary for Works, Mr Kwong Hon-sang, will lead\r\na delegation consisting of professionals, consultants and\r\ncontractors to take part in the seminar which will be\r\nattended by officials of the Ministry of Construction as\r\nwell as senior representatives from major provinces and\r\ncities in the Mainland.\r\n\r\n A Works Bureau spokesman said: \"A similar seminar on\r\nengineering standards was held for the first time in\r\nBeijing last April. The local professional bodies are\r\nkeen to… [] [] [] 1998-03-22T00:00:00
0323 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0323.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:22.554631   ["Monday, March 23, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Opening statement by SJ at PLC special panel meeting\r\n2. 1,098 valid nominations for Election Committee\r\n3. Government departments ready for the rain season\r\n4. Secretary for Justice to visit Beijing\r\n5. Consumer price indices for February 1998\r\n6. EC discusses the academic structure's review framework\r\n7. Update on cholera\r\n8. Consultancy study on future development of HK banking sector\r\n9. More sites joined Considerate Contractors Site Award Scheme\r\n10. Footpath adjacent to Tempo Court reopens\r\n11. Provisional statistics of retail sales for January 1998\r\n12. March issue of HK Monthly Digest of Statistics\r\n13. Mail services to Burundi back to normal\r\n14. Water storage figure\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Opening statement by SJ at PLC special panel meeting\r\n ****************************************************\r\n\r\n Following is the opening statement by the Secretary\r\nfor Justice, Ms Elsie Leung, at a special meeting held by\r\nthe Provisional Legislative Council Panel on\r\nAdministration of Justice and Legal Services today\r\n(Monday):\r\n\r\nMr Chairman,\r\n\r\n I welcome this opportunity to explain in public the\r\nprosecution policy of my department. I propose to explain\r\nthe role of the Secretary for Justice as the public\r\nprosecutor in Hong Kong and how that role is discharged in\r\nthe public interest. I will also discuss the extent to\r\nwhich I am accountable for prosecution decisions.\r\n\r\nI. Decision-making\r\n\r\n I have working under me, as head of the Prosecutions\r\nDivision, the Director of Public Prosecutions. It is the\r\nuse of the word \"public\" that underscores a fundamental\r\ntruth and it is this - that the prosecutor serves the\r\ninterests of the general public of Hong Kong.\r\n\r\nIndependence\r\n\r\n This principle is of paramount importance to the rule\r\nof law and the criminal justice system in Hong Kong.\r\nFirst of all, the Secretary for Justice, as publi… [] [] [] 1998-03-23T00:00:00
0324 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0324.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:22.680931   ["Tuesday, March 24, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. High-level meeting in Guangzhou\r\n2. UIH v Wharf: Litigation in the US\r\n3. TAC expresses concern over road safety\r\n4. Policing Hong Kong remains unchanged after Handover\r\n5. Two lots sold for $1,210 million at land auction\r\n6. Draft Project Agreement on MTR Tseung Kwan O Extension\r\n7. WTO rules need to be updated to meet changing needs\r\n8. Changes to bankruptcy law effective on April 1\r\n9. Quarterly survey of employment and vacancies\r\n10. Fire Services concludes first development course\r\n11. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. High-level meeting in Guangzhou\r\n *******************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive put forward in his 1997 Policy\r\nAddress the idea of establishing a high level liaison\r\navenue comprising the Hong Kong Special Administrative\r\nRegion (HKSAR), the Guangdong Provincial Government and\r\nthe relevant central authorities. The first meeting in\r\nconnection with it will take place in Guangzhou on March\r\n30, 1998.\r\n\r\n The HKSAR delegation for the first meeting will be\r\nled by the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Anson\r\nChan. The Guangdong delegation will be led by the Vice-\r\nGovernor of Guangdong Province, Mr Wang Qishan.\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa; the Governor\r\nof Guangdong Province, Mr Lu Rui-hua; and the Director of\r\nHong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council,\r\nMr Liao Hui, will kick off the meeting.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. UIH v Wharf: Litigation in the US\r\n *********************************\r\n\r\n In response to press enquiries concerning the\r\nlitigation between UIH and Wharf in the US, a government\r\nspokesman said today (Tuesday) that the Government's\r\ndecision not to submit an amicus brief in this litigation\r\nhas been reached on consideration of whether the case will\r\ngive rise to any systemic implications for Hong Kong.\r\nThis is in line with the Governm… [] [] [] 1998-03-24T00:00:00
0325 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0325.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:22.698060   ["Wednesday, March 25, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. CE's transcript\r\n2. CE expresses concern on livelihood matters\r\n3. FS's transcript\r\n4. High level leadership enhancement programme\r\n5. Milestone reached for works on new water supply facilities\r\n6. Elderly Commission to discuss residential care\r\n7. Residential mortgage survey results for February 1998\r\n8. Quarterly Report on General Household Survey on sale\r\n9. Landmark criminal conviction lands fish-bomber in jail\r\n10. Yuen Long's Project Polar Star follows the success of\r\n its Youth Enhancement Scheme\r\n11. Kwun Tong car wash helps bring workers out of their shells\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. CE's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English part) of the\r\nmedia session given by the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee\r\nHwa, after visiting Tsuen Wan District this (Wednesday)\r\nafternoon:\r\n\r\nReporter: Mr Tung. Would you elaborate on what you would\r\nexpress at the meeting next week in Guangzhou?\r\n\r\nMr Tung: It is a very important meeting. It's a beginning\r\nof a very important formal relationship. Guangdong\r\nProvince and Hong Kong on many areas have a very special\r\nrelationship and what we are going to do is to through\r\nthis particular higher level liaison committee to look at,\r\non the one hand, what we have done already; where we are\r\nalready collaborating; can we do a better job in terms of\r\nefficiency cost and quality of co-operations, and also to\r\nlook at what other areas we can co-operate to our mutual\r\nbenefit. So it's going to be very important that this\r\ncommittee which would be looking after these things.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. CE expresses concern on livelihood matters\r\n ******************************************\r\n\r\n Effective measures have been initiated by the three\r\nrecently established District Fire Safety Committees\r\n(DFSC) to improve building management and fire safety in\r\nYau Tsim Mong, Eastern and Tsuen Wan, the Chief Exe… [] [] [] 1998-03-25T00:00:00
0326 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0326.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:23.008579   ["Thursday, March 26, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Territorial Development Strategy Review final recommendations\r\n2. Non-official mainland residents entry arrangements announced\r\n3. Site for film studio in Tseung Kwan O out for tender\r\n4. Tender for 2nd issue of Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation notes\r\n5. DPP to lead legal study visit to the mainland\r\n6. CS takes salute at CSD's passing-out parade\r\n7. Hong Kong's latest foreign currency assets figures released\r\n8. Contract for maintenance of high-speed roads signed\r\n9. Provisional statistics of restaurant receipts and purchases\r\n10. Statistics on ocean vessels and seaborne cargo\r\n11. Results of Proficiency Test in Medical English of Licensing Examination\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Territorial Development Strategy Review final recommendations\r\n **************************************************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive in Council has endorsed the final\r\nrecommendations of the Territorial Development Strategy\r\nReview (TDSR) as the strategic framework to guide the\r\nfuture development of Hong Kong with respect to land use,\r\ntransport and environmental protection and the publication\r\nof the Final Executive Report for public information.\r\n\r\n Speaking at a press conference today (Thursday), the\r\nSecretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Mr Bowen\r\nLeung, said that the main aim of the TDSR, which was\r\nlaunched in 1990, is to provide an integrated land-use-\r\ntransport-environment planning framework to enable Hong\r\nKong to continue to grow as a regional and international\r\n\"City of Vision\".\r\n\r\n Mr Leung said that it had taken the Government over\r\nseven years of work, including two rounds of public\r\nconsultation to produce the Final Executive Report.\r\n\r\n He said that the need to constantly revise and fine\r\ntune our planning assumptions and scenarios, to a certain\r\nextent, reflect the rapid pace of development and changes\r\nHong Kong has undergone in the in… [] [] [] 1998-03-26T00:00:00
0327 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0327.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:22.997105   ["Friday, March 27, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of Financial Secretary's media session\r\n2. Financial Secretary speaks on the effect of Asian contagion\r\n3. 84 surplus government quarters on sale\r\n4. Government statement on ATV\r\n5. Hong Kong to host Lions Clubs International Convention 2005\r\n6. Two Senior Counsels appointed\r\n7. Commissioner in US updates Texas businessmen on HK\r\n8. Board established for compensation appeal\r\n9. New regulation to tighten emission standards for diesel vehicles\r\n10. Appointments to the Hong Kong Sports Development Board\r\n11. Alteration of Valuation List and Government Rent Roll\r\n12. Company owner fined $200,000 for involvement of illegal transfer of imported workers\r\n13. Tender for new GMB routes invited\r\n14. Draft Cha Kwo Ling, Yau Tong and Lei Yue Mun OZP amended\r\n15. Draft Pak Shek Kok (East) OZP published\r\n16. Land resumption for new secondary school in Fanling\r\n17. External trade figures for February 1998\r\n18. Registration examinations for pharmacists results announced\r\n19. Water cut in Quarry Bay\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of Financial Secretary's media session\r\n *************************************************\r\n\r\n Following is a transcript of the media session by the\r\nFinancial Secretary, Mr Donald Tsang, at the Central\r\nGovernment Office this (Friday) afternoon:\r\n\r\nReporter: (comment on bank interest rate cut)?\r\n\r\nMr Tsang: Well this is entirely a matter for the decision\r\nof the Association of Banks. It is of course a welcome\r\nmove, at least, they have now lowered the interest rate by\r\na quarter of a percentage point. And it could be welcome,\r\nindicating they are now more confident about the market\r\nsituation. They had a rather rough hatch at the end of\r\nlast year. It seems that they believe that the market is\r\nnow stabilising and this is welcome.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Financial Secretary speaks on the effect of Asian contagion\r\n *******************… [] [] [] 1998-03-27T00:00:00
0328 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0328.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:23.211158   ["Saturday, March 28, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. \"Letter from Hong Kong\" by Secretary for Home Affairs\r\n2. Majority thumbs-up for Police Force\r\n3. Rehabilitation programmes for young offenders\r\n4. Transport Department to launch electronic parking devices\r\n5. Government committed to improving rural environment\r\n6. New registration system for specialist contractors\r\n7. Employees are entitled to statutory leave\r\n8. Fresh water cut in Sheung Wan\r\n9. Water cut in Yuen Long\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. \"Letter from Hong Kong\" by Secretary for Home Affairs\r\n *****************************************************\r\n\r\n Following is the \"Letter from Hong Kong\" delivered by\r\nthe Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr David Lan, on Radio\r\nTelevision Hong Kong this (Saturday) morning:\r\n\r\nDear Kenneth,\r\n\r\n This letter may come as a bit of a surprise to you as\r\nyou are so used to my habit of simply picking up the phone\r\nwhenever I have anything to say to you. The difference\r\nthis time is that since my appointment as Secretary for\r\nHome Affairs last September, so much momentous events have\r\nhappened which may impact on your generation that I\r\ndecided I should put pen to paper some of the thoughts I\r\nwould like to share with you.\r\n\r\n But a word of warning first in case you're thinking\r\nabout following your dad's footsteps in your career choice\r\n- Hong Kong's notorious fast pace of life certainly\r\ncarries over to the civil service! The stream of hot and\r\ncontroversial issues that I found myself embroiled in\r\ncertainly allowed me to appreciate firsthand what it\r\nreally meant to be in the hot seat! But don't worry, I'm\r\nup to the challenge and enjoying every bit of it, though I\r\ncan hear your mom grumbling occasionally about not having\r\nany time for ourselves since we returned from Japan.\r\n\r\n While I wished there are 48 hours in a day, I cannot\r\nhelp feeling that it is an honour and privilege to be\r\ngiven an opportunity to help ensure … [] [] [] 1998-03-28T00:00:00
0329 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0329.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:23.474716   ["Sunday, March 29, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Business licence information available on Internet\r\n2. Heavy fine for unauthorised building works\r\n3. Postal service during Ching Ming & Easter holidays\r\n4. Welfare payments during Ching Ming Festival and Easter holidays\r\n5. Veterinary Surgeons Board meeting\r\n6. Some 60 study rooms will be opened in April\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Business licence information available on Internet\r\n **************************************************\r\n\r\n Prospective business operators can now access to\r\nlicensing information at their fingertips, no matter in\r\ntheir offices or at home.\r\n\r\n The Business Licence Information Centre, set up under\r\nthe Industry Department, will extend its service to the\r\nInternet from tomorrow (Monday).\r\n\r\n Just visiting the web site of the Centre -\r\nhttp://www.info.gov.hk/licence, members of the public can\r\nimmediately get comprehensive and up-to-date information\r\nabout government licences, permits, certificates and\r\napprovals that the businesses are required to have in\r\norder to operate.\r\n\r\n The service is free of charge and round-the-clock.\r\nThe Centre's database holds 10,000 pages of information on\r\n460 business licences administered by 36 licence issuing\r\ndepartments and bureaux.\r\n\r\n Operating from last September, the Business Licence\r\nInformation Centre is one of the major initiatives of the\r\nGovernment to help investors and small and medium\r\nenterprises to have a good start of their business.\r\n\r\n The Centre has handled more than 3,200 enquiries\r\nsince its opening, mostly from businessmen who want to\r\nstart a small or medium enterprise, and their favourite\r\nchoice is the catering business.\r\n\r\n Users can visit the Centre at Room 501, Ocean Centre,\r\n5 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon or contact it on\r\ntel. 2737 2388.\r\n\r\n The Centre will provide free information on the\r\nfollowing aspects:\r\n\r\n - the name, address and … [] [] [] 1998-03-29T00:00:00
0330 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0330.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:23.677595   ["Monday, March 30, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Chief Secretary for Administration's media session\r\n2. Misconceptions on law adaptation exercise clarified\r\n3. Co-operation joint conference inaugural meeting\r\n4. Consultancy study on sustainable development\r\n5. Role of Independent Police Complaints Council essential\r\n6. Housing-related issues top concern in March\r\n7. Project to improve water supply to Hong Kong\r\n8. Campaign to crack down pornographic materials\r\n9. Poll cards sent to voters\r\n10. Preliminary estimates of HK's GNP for 1996\r\n11. Appointment of new-term membership of HKCPEC\r\n12. NLB new fares to take effect from April\r\n13. 'Speedy News' on Internet\r\n14. Construction output for the 4th quarter & whole year of 1997\r\n15. New operator for Central-Pak Kok Tsuen ferry service\r\n16. Holistic review of mathematics curriculum\r\n17. Water storage figure\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Chief Secretary for Administration's media session\r\n **************************************************\r\n\r\n Following is a transcript of the question-and-answer\r\nsession by the Chief Secretary for Administration,\r\nMrs Anson Chan, after the first meeting of the Hong\r\nKong/Guangdong Co-operation Joint Conference in Guangzhou\r\ntoday (Monday):\r\n\r\nMrs Chan: We are delighted to be able to come today for\r\nthe first meeting of the Guangdong/Hong Kong Joint Co-\r\noperation Committee. As you know, we have established\r\nthis committee in order to strengthen communication and\r\nlinks between Guangdong and Hong Kong. Already, our\r\neconomic links are very very close and because of these\r\nlinks, there is a host of problems particularly as regard\r\npeople coming backward and forward, vehicles and also\r\ngoods travelling between the two places. We wish to see\r\nin what way we can better co-ordinate and facilitate the\r\nmovement of people and goods. We had an extremely useful\r\ndiscussion this afternoon on a range of problems. We've\r\nheard an introduction of Gu… [] [] [] 1998-03-30T00:00:00
0331 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0331.htm 2021-05-14T12:53:23.690334   ["Tuesday, March 31, 1998\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Grant of a new bus franchise to New World\r\n2. Five-Year Land Disposal Programme announced\r\n3. Land Sales Programme (April 1998 - March 2000) announced\r\n4. Adaptation of Laws (Interpretative Provisions) Bill\r\n5. Future railway development being studied\r\n6. Hong Kong's telecommunications industry enters a new era\r\n7. Exchange Fund reports satisfactory results in a historic year\r\n8. Environmental Impact Assessment more transparent\r\n9. Improved services for disabled passengers\r\n10. Trial placement scheme for mentally handicapped\r\n11. HK will not delay ISM Code implementation\r\n12. Appointment of Directors of Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Ltd\r\n13. Schooling for returned emigrants explained\r\n14. Property owners fined for tax evasion\r\n15. Monetary statistics for February 1998\r\n16. Noisy piling hammers to be phased out\r\n17. VIIs and a VM depart on orderly repatriation flights\r\n18. New strategic road project takes shape\r\n19. Sewerage works in Central adopts new contract management\r\n20. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n21. Seven groups to raise funds next month\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Grant of a new bus franchise to New World\r\n *****************************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive in Council today (Tuesday)\r\napproved the grant of a new bus franchise to New World\r\nFirst Bus Services Limited (New World) to operate a public\r\nbus service of 59 Hong Kong Island and 29 cross harbour\r\nroutes from September 1, 1998 to July 31, 2003.\r\n\r\n \"A gazette notice to invite tenders was issued on\r\nFebruary 17, 1998. At the close of the tender on March\r\n13, Government received a total of six bids, including\r\nsubmissions from four tendering groups comprising existing\r\nfranchised bus companies or their associate companies,\" a\r\ngovernment spokesman said.\r\n\r\n \"The competitive tender has attracted a good turnout\r\nand served to widen the trawl for the most suitab… [] [] [] 1998-03-31T00:00:00
0701 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0701.htm 2021-05-14T12:52:44.078120   ["Tuesday, July 1, 1997\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Solemn ceremony marks Handover\r\n2. Speech by President Jiang Zemin at Handover Ceremony\r\n3. HKSAR established, officials sworn in\r\n4. Oaths for SAR officials\r\n5. Speech by Chinese Premier at Inauguration Ceremony\r\n6. Inaugural speech by HKSAR Chief Executive\r\n7. 4,000 guests join celebration ceremony\r\n8. Speech by Chinese President\r\n9. Speech by the Chief Executive\r\n10. Land Fund boosts SAR fiscal reserves\r\n11. FS announced composition of Land Fund Advisory Committee\r\n12. 'Golden' bauhinia, gifts presented to HKSAR\r\n13. Symphony and song celebration for HKSAR\r\n14. Thousands pray for Buddha's blessing\r\n15. Harbour spectacular ushers in Hong Kong's New Era\r\n16. Transport arrangements for Tai Po float parade on July 2\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Solemn ceremony marks Handover\r\n ******************************\r\n\r\n A solemn, historic ceremony has marked the resumption\r\nof the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong by the\r\nPeople's Republic of China.\r\n\r\n His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and the\r\nPresident of the People's Republic of China (PRC) HE Mr\r\nJiang Zemin both spoke at the ceremony, which straddled\r\nmidnight of June 30 and July 1.\r\n\r\n The ceremony was telecast live around the world.\r\n\r\n The ceremony took place in the Grand Hall of the Hong\r\nKong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) Extension and\r\nwas attended by some 4,000 guests, including foreign\r\nministers and dignitaries from more than 40 countries and\r\ninternational organisations, and about 400 of the world's\r\nmedia.\r\n\r\n Principal representatives of both countries were seated\r\non the central dais.\r\n\r\n Representing China were Mr Jiang; HE Mr Li Peng,\r\nPremier of the State Council of the PRC; HE Mr Qian Qichen,\r\nVice Premier of the State Council of the PRC; General Zhang\r\nWannian, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of\r\nthe PRC; and HE Mr Tung Chee Hwa, the Chief E… [] [] [] 1997-07-01T00:00:00
0702 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0702.htm 2021-05-14T12:52:44.109883   ["Wednesday, July 2, 1997\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. SARCE's press conference\r\n2. CE makes declaration of interests to CJ\r\n3. CE presents medals of honour\r\n4. Visa agreement with Thailand\r\n5. CE's speech at International HK Celebrates Gala Dinner\r\n6. Television news is not correct\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. SARCE's press conference\r\n ************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript (English part, please also \r\nrefer to the Chinese part) of the press conference by the Hong\r\nKong Special Administrative Region Chief Executive, Mr Tung \r\nChee Hwa, today (Wednesday):\r\n\r\nMr Tung: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen. I am pleased to have\r\nthis opportunity to be standing in front of you. I'm glad to\r\nsee you all here this second day of the Hong Kong SAR. It's\r\nbeen a very successful, very happy day for myself personally,\r\nfor the 6.5 million people of Hong Kong, and for Chinese\r\npeople all around the world. I hope you have also enjoyed\r\nyourself in Hong Kong, although I know you've all worked very\r\nhard covering the news.\r\n\r\n We have been very fortunate and happy to have the very\r\nsenior Chinese leadership to join us for the celebration in\r\nHong Kong. Our President, Jiang Zemin, reaffirmed again that\r\none country two systems, Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong\r\nwith a high degree of autonomy, will remain unchanged for a\r\nlong, long, long, long time to come. He's also declared that\r\nthe Basic Law will be observed by all departments of the\r\nCentral Government, all the provinces, all the autonomous\r\nregions and municipalities directly under the Central\r\nGovernment.\r\n\r\n Mr Jiang stated time again that no department of local\r\nauthority or no department period, would be allowed to\r\ninterfere in affairs which should be handled by Hong Kong\r\nSpecial Administrative Region on its own. These reassurances,\r\nI have heard before many times, have been very reassuring when\r\nhe spoke yesterday.\r\n\r\n Over the past few days I have h… [] [] [] 1997-07-02T00:00:00
0703 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0703.htm 2021-05-14T12:52:44.328687   ["Thursday, July 3, 1997\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Government's position on immigration claims\r\n2. Informal liaison with Taiwan\r\n3. FS's vision of Hong Kong's economic future\r\n4. Speech by the Financial Secretary\r\n5. SBCS's speech\r\n6. China gifts to HKSAR go on show\r\n7. Govt welcomes announcement on SAR passport: Mauritius\r\n8. Provisional District Board Chairmen elected\r\n9. Construction output for 1st quarter of 1997\r\n10. Commemorative stamp folder on sale\r\n11. Emergency relief by SWD\r\n12. Work arrangements during rainstorms urged\r\n13. Exhibition on Job Matching Services\r\n14. Provisional DB organises building management course\r\n15. Exhibition of primary school pupils' creative work\r\n16. Sir Edward Youde Memorial fellowships and scholarships\r\n17. Mail services to Sierra Leone suspended \r\n18. Gradings of beach water quality announced\r\n19. Water storage figure\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Government's position on immigration claims\r\n *******************************************\r\n\r\n In response to press enquiries on what arrangements\r\nwill be made for a group of children approaching the\r\nImmigration Department to claim Right of Abode (ROA) under\r\nBasic Law 24(2)(3), a government spokesman said today\r\n(Thursday) that the Immigration Department will process\r\nclaims regarding immigration status, including eligibility\r\nto ROA, in the usual manner.\r\n\r\n \"As it will take some time to verify the claims, we\r\nwill let the claimants go home on recognisance,\" the\r\nspokesman said.\r\n\r\n The spokesman stressed that there are no special\r\narrangements or amnesty for illegal immigrants.\r\n\r\n \"All those who cannot establish their legal rights to\r\nstay in Hong Kong will be repatriated,\" he said.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Informal liaison with Taiwan\r\n ****************************\r\n\r\n In response to press enquiries, a spokesman for the\r\nChief Executive's Office said today (Thursday) that Mr Paul\r\nYip has been liai… [] [] [] 1997-07-03T00:00:00
0704 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0704.htm 2021-05-14T12:52:44.505343   ["Friday, July 4, 1997\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. PLA head calls on CE\r\n2. Report on PRH figure incorrect\r\n3. HK's fiscal reserves forecast to reach HK$377 billion by March\r\n4. Ten Provisional District Board Chairmen elected\r\n5. Update on landslip incidents\r\n6. SCOLAR receives encouraging responses to the Language Fund\r\n7. Water storage figure\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. PLA head calls on CE\r\n ********************\r\n\r\n The Commander of the People's Liberation Army Hong Kong\r\nGarrison, Major-General Liu Zhenwu, and his senior officers\r\npaid a courtesy call on the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee\r\nHwa, at Government House today (Friday).\r\n\r\n Major-General Liu briefed Mr Tung on various aspects of\r\nthe Garrison in Hong Kong, and had a long and cordial\r\ndiscussion.\r\n\r\n The PLA Garrison is based in Hong Kong as a symbol of\r\nsovereignty and Mr Tung said Hong Kong was very fortunate to\r\nhave a group of such fine and highly disciplined military\r\npersonnel stationed here.\r\n\r\n He said that Major-General Liu repeated the PLA's\r\npledge to carry out its defence duties to the utmost of its\r\nabilities and to abide strictly by Hong Kong law and the\r\nGarrison Law.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Report on PRH figure incorrect\r\n ******************************\r\n\r\n In response to press enquiries, the Secretary for\r\nHousing, Mr Dominic S W Wong, today (Friday) said, \"In the\r\npast five years, the number of public rental housing flats\r\nconstructed by the Housing Authority (96,369) still exceeded\r\nthe number of public rental flats demolished (75,400),\r\ndespite the heavy demolition programme during this period to\r\nreplace old flats with only basic facilities by modern\r\nquality flats. The figures reported in one newspaper today\r\nare inaccurate.\"\r\n\r\n \"These public rental figures alone do not present the\r\nfull picture of our public housing programme,\" Mr Wong\r\nadded.\r\n\r\n \"In the past five years, the Housing Authority also\r\… [] [] [] 1997-07-04T00:00:00
0705 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0705.htm 2021-05-14T12:52:44.584544   ["Saturday, July 5, 1997\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n\r\n1. Provisional District Board Chairmen Elected\r\n2. Applications for new Green Minibus routes close on Monday\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Provisional District Board Chairmen elected\r\n *******************************************\r\n\r\n The Kwai Tsing and Kowloon City Provisional District\r\nBoards have each elected a chairman at their respective\r\nmeetings today (Saturday).\r\n\r\n They are Mr Sin Chung-kai of the Kwai Tsing\r\nProvisional District Board and Mr Tang Po-hong of the\r\nKowloon City Provisional District Board.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. Applications for new Green Minibus routes close on Monday\r\n *********************************************************\r\n\r\n Applications for tendering the operation of 27 new\r\ngreen minibus (GMB) routes throughout the territory will\r\nclose at noon on Monday (July 7).\r\n\r\n A spokesman for Transport Department today (Saturday)\r\nreminds interested applicants that they should submit their\r\napplications before deadline.\r\n\r\n \"Late submission will not be entertained.\"\r\n\r\n Applications must be made on the appropriate\r\napplication forms entitled \"Application for Passenger\r\nService Licence in Respect of the Packages of Public Light\r\nBus (Scheduled) Routes Gazetted in 1997\".\r\n\r\n Completed forms must be sealed in a plain white\r\nenvelope marked \"Application for Passenger Service Licence\r\nin Respect of the Packages of Public Light Bus (Scheduled)\r\nRoutes Gazetted in 1997\".\r\n\r\n They must be placed in the Transport Department Tender\r\nBox on the 41/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan\r\nChai, Hong Kong by Monday noon.\r\n\r\nEnd"] [] [] [] 1997-07-05T00:00:00
0706 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0706.htm 2021-05-14T12:52:44.577300   ["Sunday, July 6, 1997\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Land Registry statistics released\r\n2. Prisoners won awards in playscript contest\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Land Registry statistics released\r\n *********************************\r\n\r\n The Land Registry (LR) today (Sunday) released land\r\nregistration statistics for the first six months of 1997.\r\n\r\n A total of 115,673 sale and purchase agreements of\r\nbuilding units, which include both residential and non-\r\nresidential properties, were received for registration by\r\nthe LR during the period.\r\n\r\n The figure represented an increase of 44.6 per cent and\r\n71.5 per cent compared with the second half of 1996 and the\r\nfirst half of 1996 respectively.\r\n\r\n The total amount of the considerations involved in\r\nthese agreements was $483.58 billion, which was up by 74.2\r\nper cent and 145.3 per cent compared with the two preceding\r\nhalf-yearly periods.\r\n\r\n During the first six months of 1997, 110,980\r\nassignments of building units were lodged for registration,\r\ncompared with 81,265 and 78,255 respectively recorded during\r\nthe second half of 1996 and the first half of 1996, showing\r\nan increase of 36.6 per cent and 41.8 per cent respectively.\r\n\r\n The total amount of the considerations involved,\r\namounting to $378.04 billion, indicated increases of 66.5\r\nper cent and 103.9 per cent respectively when compared with\r\nthe two preceding half-yearly periods.\r\n\r\n The total amount secured under mortgages (other than\r\nbuilding mortgages) was $43.71 billion, showing an increase\r\nof 28.4 per cent and six per cent compared with the second\r\nhalf of 1996 and the first half of 1996 respectively.\r\n\r\n A table summarising the above figures and other related\r\nstatistics for the first half of 1997, together with the\r\ncorresponding statistics recorded in the second half of 1996\r\nand the first half of 1996, was provided for comparison.\r\n\r\n Searches of land records by members of the … [] [] [] 1997-07-06T00:00:00
0707 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0707.htm 2021-05-14T12:52:44.800124   ["Monday, July 7, 1997\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Department of Justice's response to media enquiries\r\n2. CSD's response to press enquiries\r\n3. October 1 will be statutory holiday\r\n4. Press and Broadcast Centre closes on Wednesday\r\n5. Re-opening of the Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry\r\n6. Tender for the 16th Issue of 3-Year Exchange Fund Notes\r\n7. Water storage figure\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Department of Justice's response to media enquiries\r\n ***************************************************\r\n\r\n In response to media enquiries on a case before\r\nDeputy Judge Lugar-Mawson this (Monday) morning on the\r\nlegality of laws passed by the Provisional Legislature, a\r\nspokesman for the Department of Justice noted that the\r\narguments will be put to the Court of Appeal at the end\r\nof this month. The Secretary for Justice has accepted\r\nthe recommendation of the Director of Public Prosecutions\r\nthat all applications for adjournment pending the outcome\r\nof the appeal be opposed by the prosecution. The\r\nDepartment of Justice is concerned that judicial\r\nproceedings should continue without delay while the issue\r\nis being resolved, the spokesman said.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. CSD's response to press enquiries\r\n *********************************\r\n\r\n In response to press enquiries on the number of\r\ncomplaint cases received by the Ombudsman today (Monday)\r\non the Correctional Services Department (CSD) and about\r\nthe amendments to the Prison Rules under the Prisons\r\nOrdinance (Cap.234), seeking to relax restrictions on\r\nprisoners' incoming and outgoing correspondence, a\r\nspokesman for the CSD gave the following response:\r\n\r\n Against the record of 281 cases published by the\r\nOmbudsman in connection with complaint against\r\nCorrectional Services Department between July 1996 to\r\nJune 1997, only 148 cases have been referred to CSD for\r\nenquires. Among these cases, apart from 44 which are\r\npending conclusion from the Ombudsman, only one compl… [] [] [] 1997-07-07T00:00:00
0708 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0708.htm 2021-05-14T12:52:44.823554   ["Tuesday, July 8, 1997\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Bill provides for Certificate of Entitlement Scheme\r\n2. Measures to meet education needs of eligible children to\r\nbe admitted under the Certificate of Entitlement Scheme\r\n3. HKSAR Passports Bill gazetted\r\n4. Chinese Nationality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill\r\ngazetted\r\n5. Bill to suspend operation of seven Members' Bills\r\n6. Gazettal of United Nations Sanctions Bill\r\n7. Government's position on reduction of rates explained\r\n8. Emergency slope stabilisation progressing at Shatin\r\nmonastery\r\n9. SAR Govt welcomes announcement on SAR passport\r\n10. Work Plan for Small and Medium Enterprises Committee\r\n11. Couriers of forged travel documents jailed 20 months\r\n12. Exhibition and seminars on Target Oriented Curriculum\r\n13. Volume & price statistics of external trade in April 1997\r\n14. Hong Kong Life Tables 1991-2016\r\n15. Shun Hing Reading Award Scheme\r\n16. Hong Kong Monetary Authority tender results\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Bill provides for Certificate of Entitlement Scheme\r\n ***************************************************\r\n\r\n The Executive Council has endorsed the introduction of\r\nthe Immigration (Amendment)(No.5) Bill 1997 to the\r\nProvisional Legislative Council, an SAR Government spokesman\r\nsaid today (Tuesday).\r\n\r\n The Bill provides that those children who claim the\r\nright of abode (ROA) in the Hong Kong Special Administrative\r\nRegion (HKSAR) under Article 24(2)(3) of the Basic Law must\r\nproduce proof of their right by way of a Certificate of\r\nEntitlement affixed to their travel documents or other\r\nacceptable proof of identity.\r\n\r\n \"The Director of Immigration will be empowered to\r\nrefuse the entry of those children who are unable to produce\r\nsuch proof,\" the spokesman said.\r\n\r\n The Scheme seeks to provide an effective channel for\r\nthe orderly arrival of children claiming the ROA under\r\nArticle 24(2)(3) of the Basic Law.\r\n\r\n Under the Scheme,… [] [] [] 1997-07-08T00:00:00
0709 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0709.htm 2021-05-14T12:52:45.220140   ["Wednesday, July 9, 1997\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Transcript of the SAR Chief Executive\r\n2. FS's transcript\r\n3. CE visits Stonecutters Naval Base\r\n4. Speech by the Chief Executive\r\n5. Insider Dealing Tribunal\r\n6. HKMA launches first CD-ROM\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Transcript of the SAR Chief Executive\r\n *************************************\r\n\r\n Following is the transcript of the media session by\r\nthe SAR Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, after visiting\r\nthe Stonecutters Naval Base of the PLA Garrison in the\r\nHKSAR this (Wednesday) morning:\r\n\r\nQuestion: Mr Tung, in the life with the Hong Kong people\r\nin Hong Kong, to what extent are the PLA responsible to\r\nyou and to what extent of their responsibility to the\r\nCentral Government in Beijing?\r\n\r\nMr Tung: Well, the PLA is in Hong Kong to demonstrate the\r\nsovereignty of China over Hong Kong. And PLA is in Hong\r\nKong to carry out defence responsibility if there is any\r\nneed. So far as their responsibility is concerned, they\r\nof course report directly to the authorities in the\r\nCentral in Beijing. If there is any need for me to\r\nrequest assistance from the PLA, for instance, to help in\r\nany storm or landslide, I have to ask the Central\r\nGovernment for such assistance.\r\n\r\nQuestion: And if there is an internal security matter as\r\nwell, if you require them to help in the internal\r\nsecurity ...?\r\n\r\nMr Tung: Yes, absolutely.\r\n\r\nEnd\r\n\r\n\r\n2. FS's transcript\r\n ***************\r\n\r\n Following is the remarks of the Financial Secretary,\r\nMr Donald Tsang at a media session at the Legislative\r\nCouncil Building this (Wednesday) afternoon:\r\n\r\nQuestion: Mr Tsang, you've mentioned that you had already\r\nseen some sort of adverse impact since the passing of the\r\nlabour laws, what sort of impact are that?\r\n\r\nFS: It is a question of perception, from the point of\r\nview of investors, it is certainly a disincentive that we\r\nhave in our labour legislation provisions such as\r… [] [] [] 1997-07-09T00:00:00
0710 https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/dib/0710.htm 2021-05-14T12:52:45.263797   ["Thursday, July 10, 1997\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCONTENTS\r\n========\r\n1. Public Service (Administration) Order 1997\r\n2. HKSAR helps traders against anti-dumping actions\r\n3. New Members appointed to the Law Reform Commission\r\n4. Five consent applications approved last month\r\n5. Tender results for government quarters\r\n6. New government cards issued\r\n7. 77,600 pupils allocated secondary one places\r\n8. Avid readers awarded\r\n9. Appointment discs for measles campaign available next\r\nweek\r\n10. Illicit diesel oil smugglers arrested\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Public Service (Administration) Order 1997\r\n ******************************************\r\n\r\n The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, made an\r\nExecutive Order entitled 'Public Service (Administration)\r\nOrder 1997' [the Order] under Article 48(4) of the Basic\r\nLaw on July 9, 1997. The Order replaces and localises\r\nprovisions in the Letters Patent and Colonial\r\nRegulations, which lapsed on July 1, 1997, relating to\r\nthe administration of the Civil Service.\r\n\r\n He also made the 'Public Service (Disciplinary)\r\nRegulation' [the Regulation] in exercise of his power\r\nunder the Order. The Regulation replaces and localises\r\nsets of disciplinary regulations and directions made\r\nunder the Colonial Regulations.\r\n\r\n Both the Order and Regulation are deemed to have\r\ncome into operation on July 1, 1997 to provide for\r\ncontinuity.\r\n\r\n Commenting on the Order, the Secretary for the Civil\r\nService, Mr W K Lam said: \"Provisions in the Order and\r\nRegulation are largely straightforward adaptation of\r\ncorresponding provisions in the Letters Patent and\r\nColonial Regulations. They relate to the authority of\r\nthe Chief Executive to appoint, dismiss and discipline\r\npublic servants; to act on representations made by public\r\nservants; and to make related disciplinary regulations.\"\r\n\r\n \"Modifications are made only in a few areas to\r\nensure that the final authority for the overall\r\nadministra… [] [] [] 1997-07-10T00:00:00

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