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The president of the Law Society on Tuesday said members will continue to explore opportunities for the legal sector, as a delegation started a four-day visit to Beijing. Speaking to reporters in the capital, Chan Chak-ming said they met the deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Nong Rong. Chan said they discussed Hong Kong's s…
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The vice-chairman of the Basic Law Committee, Zhang Yong, on Monday said the SAR must implement national security "tasks and measures" set out by the central authorities. He also told a panel discussion on National Security Education Day that safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests is the highest principle of the "One …
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Chief Executive John Lee on Tuesday said his administration would strive to focus on high-quality development, while calling on Hongkongers to stay flexible and chart their own paths in face of changes. His comments came a day after Beijing's top man on Hong Kong, Xia Baolong, told the opening ceremony of the National Security Education Day that th…
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Penalties for failing to follow fire safety orders will be increased and the authorities will carry out work in private buildings themselves if owners don't rectify problems, Chief Executive John Lee said on Tuesday. His comments follow a fire in Jordan last week that left five people dead, with officials saying the residential building involved ha…
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The Chef de Mission for the Hong Kong, China delegation, Brian Stevenson, said he hopes to see Hong Kong athletes perform to the best of their abilities at the Olympic Games this year, adding he doesn't want to set specific expectations for the games. Leading the delegation to Paris in July, Stevenson said the size of the team would be similar to t…
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Chief Executive John Lee on Monday said the enactment of legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law gave Hong Kong strong protection against threats to national security. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the National Security Education Day, Lee warned the SAR must remain vigilant. "The threat of an attack from hostile forces will continue. Li…
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The Deputy Consul General at the French Consulate in Hong Kong and Macau, Marc Lamy, said preparations for the Paris Olympics are in full swing, with enhanced security measures and efficient transportation arrangements in place for the international sporting event. With the opening ceremony set for July 26, Lamy said France is dedicated to ensuring…
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The director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Xia Baolong, on Monday hailed the SAR government for completing a "historic mission" last month when it passed the territory’s homegrown national security law, adding the city had a bright future ahead of it. Beijing's top man overseeing SAR affairs also said the country's support for the Hong…
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The Consumer Council on Monday urged elderly care homes to be more transparent after most refused to take part in a survey it conducted. The council said it contacted nearly 300 nursing homes for information, but many failed to respond, saying they were too busy or wanted to keep the information confidential. Gilly Wong, the council's chief executi…
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Grocery prices in Hong Kong supermarkets increased by about two percent overall between July 2022 and June last year, with sweets, biscuits and eggs seeing the biggest jumps, the Consumer Council said on Monday. The watchdog said it checked the prices of 300 items sold in ParknShop, Wellcome and Aeon stores. Chocolate and sweets saw the biggest inc…
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Several government disciplinary forces held public engagement activities in the run-up to the National Security Education Day, which will take place on Monday. The Civil Aid Service (CAS), for example, said more than a thousand people attended its open day at its Yau Ma Tei headquarters on Sunday morning. Visitors were able to see exhibitions and l…
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Iran launched a swarm of explosive drones and fired missiles at Israel late on Saturday in its first ever direct attack on Israeli territory, risking a major escalation as the United States pledged "ironclad" backing for Israel. Sirens wailed and journalists in Israel said they heard distant heavy thuds and bangs from what local media called aerial…
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Moving the Songkran Festival's water-splashing element from a traditional site to nearby basketball courts in Kowloon City is part of a bid to expand of the scale of the Thai New Year celebrations, home and youth affairs minister Alice Mak said on Saturday. Celebrations marking the Thai New Year are taking place from Friday to Sunday in Hong Kong's…
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Hong Kong now has a strong defensive wall to safeguard national security following the enactment of legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law, the SAR's liaison office chief said on Saturday. At a police open day marking the 180th anniversary of the force, director of the Liaison Office Zheng Yanxiong said the city could focus on the economy. "…
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The glitches in an app, designed to check the attendance records of students sitting the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exams, have not affected the candidates, education minister Christine Choi said on Saturday. Her comments came a day after exam officials decided to drop the "i-Invigilation" app after it failed to work properly on Thursday …
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Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs Alice Mak on Saturday said laws covering guest houses could be changed, even though strict rules are already in place for the issuance of licenses. Her comment came after five people died in a fire on Wednesday at New Lucky House in Jordan. The building is home to hundreds of residents as well as 35 registered g…
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Education Secretary Christine Choi on Saturday said good governance is crucial to academic institutions, after the governing council of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) found misconduct allegations against its president unsubstantiated. Zhang Xiang, the HKU president and vice-chancellor, was recently embroiled in a controversy, leading to a five-m…
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