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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

$150m in scholarships awarded

The Government Scholarship Fund (GSF) and the Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund (SPEF) have handed out scholarships and awards to some 5,500 students in the 2020-21 academic year, totalling about $150 million.   About 460 students with special educational needs were given the Endeavour Merit Award and the Endeavour Scholarship under the two funds. In addition, the GSF has reserved about $40 million for the Talent Development Scholarship and the Reaching Out Award.   Congratulating the awardees, Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung encouraged them to pursue a diversified development and hoped that the scholarships and awards give them recognition for their outstanding performances.   Mr Yeung noted that while the pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges worldwide, it is exceptionally commendable many students have overcome the obstacles with significant achievements in various areas.   About 1,300 local students and 600 non-locals were presented scholarships and awards under the GSF. In terms of the SPEF, about 3,400 local and about 200 non-local students were scholarship and award recipients.
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