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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

Kowloon DC members to take oaths

The Government today announced that it will hold the second oath-taking ceremony for district councillors on Friday.   Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui, the oath administrator, has issued invitations to all serving Kowloon district council members to attend the ceremony at North Point Community Hall.   The upcoming oath-taking will cover members of the Yau Tsim Mong, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon City, Wong Tai Sin, Kwun Tong and Kwun Tong district councils.   Under the Public Offices (Candidacy & Taking Up Offices) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Ordinance 2021, district councillors have to take oaths to uphold the Basic Law and bear allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.   According to the Interpretation of Article 104 of the Basic Law by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the person administering the oath has the duty to ensure that it is taken in a lawful manner.   The administrator shall determine that an oath taken in compliance with the interpretation and requirements under the laws of Hong Kong is valid, while an oath not taken in compliance with the interpretation and the law requirements is invalid.   If the oath taken is determined as invalid, no arrangement shall be made for retaking it.   The Government will publish the list of district council members whose oaths are determined as valid after the ceremony is held. As for members whose oath validity is questioned, the oath administrator will follow up in accordance with the relevant legislation.
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