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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

HK, Russia sign prisoner transfer deal

Hong Kong and Russia today signed bilateral agreements on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and the transfer of sentenced persons.   The agreements were signed by Secretary for Security Tang Ping-keung and Russian Minister of Justice Konstantin Chuychenko via video conference.   At the signing ceremony, Mr Tang said both Hong Kong and Russia are committed players in the international efforts to fight crimes and the signing of such agreements represents an important step forward in legal co-operation between the two places.   Under the Basic Law, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government can, with the authorisation of the Central People’s Government, make appropriate arrangements with foreign states for reciprocal juridical assistance.   The mutual legal assistance agreement contains the essential features and safeguards of international agreements of this type.   The assistance covered included identifying and locating people, serving documents, taking evidence, executing requests for search and seizure, providing information and confiscating proceeds of crime.   The agreement on the transfer of sentenced persons embodies the shared conviction of both places that allowing such people to return to their places of origin, where there are no language or cultural barriers and where friends and relatives can pay more visits, is conducive to their rehabilitation.   Hong Kong’s policy is therefore to facilitate such transfers between the city and other jurisdictions as far as possible.
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