In Brief

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 May, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 May, 2005, 12:00am

Democrats win approval for journey to mainland

Two Democratic Party members banned from the mainland are to be given one-off home-return permits today to join an official visit to Beijing on Friday with fellow district councillors.

Chan Ka-wai, a member of the party's executive committee and vice-chairman of Kowloon City District Council, and John Tse Wing-ling, vice-chairman of Wan Chai District Council, were told of the decision yesterday by the Home Affairs Department.

Companies unclear on property registration

Business awareness of piracy and intellectual property rights remains relatively high in Hong Kong, a government survey found.

The main concern is the fact that 53.1 per cent of the 606 companies surveyed believe that obtaining a company or business registration in Hong Kong stops others using the same company name as a trademark in the city, which is not the case.

Forty-five per cent incorrectly assumed that registering a trademark or patent with the mainland's National Trademark or Patent Registry protects the design in Hong Kong as well.

Scores of public servants guilty of corruption

Nearly 150 civil servants have been convicted of corruption in the past four years, with three at directorate level. Independent Commission Against Corruption figures show 16 non-directorate officers were found guilty of corruption last year, down from 30 in 2003. The number convicted of corruption in 2000, 2001 and 2002 was 33, 43 and 25 respectively.

More talks needed on singles housing ban

The plan to ban single people aged under 35 from applying for public housing was just an initial idea that needed to be further discussed, Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands Michael Suen Ming-yeung said.

A meeting with Housing Authority members would be held soon before a decision was made.