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  1. Private property safer, but public ownership upheld

    Posted Oct 15th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... system. Analysts do not expect this in the near future. Better laws for private property may also strengthen the hand of the central government. That is because these laws will reduce ... The importance of private property may be one of the most significant legacies of a meeting of the Communist Party's senior leadership that ended yesterday. 'We should protect ...

  2. A limited number of HOS flats will not hurt property tycoons

    Posted Mar 31st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... worked for some years, my guess is for a minimum of five years. I would assume he has some savings but, given the present level of property prices, it will be impossible for him and his future ... Ownership Scheme (HOS). He has sensibly suggested changing some of the rules regarding HOS to make it fairer. This would also prevent people occupying HOS flats from becoming rich property ...

  3. No columbarium deals, group says

    Posted Apr 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The group made the call in response to the Lands Department's announcement that it was ready to consider allowing some operators to formalise their use of properties for columbariums on a case ... to be enforced rather than negotiating with operators who have broken the law. 'If these columbarium operators have so flagrantly ignored the provisions of the government lease and established town ...

  4. Plan buried on website

    Posted Feb 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kevin Sinclair The Lands Department has posted a notice on an obscure government website asking for people with 'an interest, right or easement in or over the foreshore or seabed' to object to the proposal. Anyone who objects has to state their ...

  5. Xian lays on homecoming bash fit for a rock star

    Posted May 01st 2005, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Ray Cheung in Xian Xian gave Lien Chan an enthusiastic and elaborate homecoming yesterday as he returned to the place of his birth after a 60-year absence. Onlookers went into a frenzy when they caught sight of the 69-year-old politician and his 70-strong ...

  6. Property and tax laws pass with few dissenters

    Posted Mar 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for private and state-owned property, and approved amendments to the tax law unifying the corporate tax rate at 25 per cent. The Property Law sailed through the national legislature with only 52 ... draft laws. For example, the Property Law now states that property owners will be able to request restoration of, and not just reparation for, damaged property, and owners of contaminated ...

  7. Taming the demolition cowboys a welcome step

    Posted Jan 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that is trying to make progress towards the rule of law and which plans to enshrine private property rights in its constitution. Moreover, anger over these very issues is one of the main sources ... In China's fast-growing private property market, demolition firms play a crucial role that they do not have elsewhere in the world. They are often tasked with clearing land ...

  8. Policy fine-tuning seen to cool property sector

    Posted Nov 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fulton Mak Slowing the strong growth in mainland property prices is a government priority, with more fine-tuning of existing policies and adjustments of market supply more likely than ... whether a property tax would be imposed soon. 'Hong Kong took 20 years of preparations before imposing the tax... there are 100 million units of flats in the mainland; it would be very ...

  9. Writ seeks repayment from jailed official

    Posted Sep 17th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A government official who was jailed for fraudulently claiming extra rent allowances has been hit with a writ seeking repayment of more than $600,000 in overcharged rent and unpaid housing loans. The secretary for justice has filed the writ against former ...

  10. Indigenous villagers owe $51m in unpaid rent

    Posted Mar 10th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani The government is owed $51 million in unpaid rent and rates from indigenous villagers in the New Territories who either don't understand the law or claim they cannot ... Rent (Assessment and Collection) Ordinance, enacted in 1997, provides for the assessment and collection of government rent, after the handover, for indigenous villagers. The law says ...




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