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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

iBond allocation announced

Subscription and allocation results for the eighth inflation-linked iBond were released today, with each valid application to be allocated up to three units.   A total of 709,198 valid applications were received for more than $53.9 billion in principal amount of bonds. The final issue amount is $20 billion.   Financial Secretary Paul Chan said the latest issuance of the iBond has been warmly received by the public, with both the volume of applications and the total application amount achieving record highs since the iBond's inaugural issuance in 2011.   He noted that the issuance of the iBond provided the public with a safe investment choice of steady return under the current low interest rate and uncertain investment environment.   It also further enhanced the investing public's interest in and awareness of bond investments, thereby promoting the development of the retail bond market in Hong Kong, he added.   The 55,381 applications for two units or less will be allocated the full amount.   The other 653,817 applications for more than two units will be allocated two units each, while 605,727 will be allocated one additional unit after a ballot.   The iBond will be issued on June 23 and listed on the Stock Exchange on June 24.  
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