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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

3.1m register for voucher scheme

The Government said more than 3.1 million people have submitted electronic registrations for the Consumption Voucher Scheme via its online registration portal as of 11pm today and the portal's operation has remained smooth.   In view of the relatively long waiting time for people who choose to authenticate their identity via iAM Smart, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer will make adjustments.   From 3am tomorrow, those who wish to use iAM Smart to register for the scheme should use the mobile app in their mobile device for authenticating their identity and register for the scheme directly. This can help ensure that only existing iAM Smart users can choose to register using this method.   The office noted that many people who chose to register for the scheme through iAM Smart in the past two days did not have an account and hence they needed to create one at the same time.   This caused a backlog of registration requests and registration webpages left idle, thereby significantly consuming internet resources and resulting in a long queue.   The office said the adjustments will help reduce the waiting time significantly as people will need to separately create an iAM Smart account before using it to register for the scheme if they are not existing users.   People can still authenticate their identity by answering security questions related to the Cash Payout Scheme launched last year or by inputting personal information and uploading a copy of their Hong Kong identity card.   Additionally, the Government has also fine-tuned the registration procedure to extend the time limit of electronic registration from 30 minutes to 45 minutes to allow ample time for the public to do the registration.
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