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New regulation sees ban on skipping unlucky numbers on buildings

Developers will not be able to skip "unlucky" numbers such as four, 13 and 14 in the registration of Beijing addresses after a new regulation comes into effect on Saturday.

Tuesday, 21 August, 2012, 3:23am

Sham car factories still busy in Hubei

The black market for illegally pieced-together vehicles in Hubei province thrives, despite repeated crackdown orders, due to the support of local manufacturers and oversight agencies, state media said.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Data security paramount

Companies can face serious problems if confidential papers go missing and end up in the public domain due to the unsafe disposal of classified waste.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Car park firm breached drivers' privacy

The privacy watchdog yesterday said one of the city's leading car park management firms had obtained drivers' information from the government's vehicle registry to promote its services.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Blaze kills elderly man, burns teen girl helping

An elderly man died, and a teenage girl helping was severely burned, in a blaze that swept an old tenement building in Jordan.

The 18-year-old girl, Tang Ho-hei, helped the man, 64, and his wife, 58, escape, but he was certified dead after about 20 hours. The wife and Tang were in critical condition.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Domains of our own

For websites, popularity and hit rates are an important measure of success. And some of that has to do with the domain name. Just ask Edmon Chung Wang-on, a Hongkonger who is developing domain names in Asian languages.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

4 die in suspicious blaze at tenement

A pregnant woman, her two sons aged one and six, and a teenage girl were killed yesterday as a suspicious fire ripped through their 54-year-old tenement building.

16 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

'16' licence plate goes for sweet HK$8.5m

A garment factory owner bid HK$8.5 million for the licence plate '16' at the Transport Department's vehicle registration auction at the Convention and Exhibition Centre yesterday. It was the highest bid of the day, although the businessman said he was prepared to go to HK$10 million. Some 45 plates were sold for a total of HK$18.6 million.

21 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

'Dark age' hits flats as 34-storey hotel looms next door

The dark age has arrived for homeowners in a Sheung Wan building - literally.

A three-storey building next to it is turning into a 34-floor hotel that will completely block some of their windows.

21 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing to launch car plate lottery website

The official website for the Beijing car licence plate lottery will be launched after midnight tomorrow, Meng Qiao, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Transport Committee, was quoted by The Beijing News as saying yesterday.

30 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Lawyer questions legality of Shanghai licence plate auctions

A Shanghai-based lawyer has questioned the legality of the municipal government's controversial car licence plate auctions, which rake in 4 billion yuan (HK$4.69 billion) a year but for which financial results have never been published.

30 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Floor size estimates to go after tender row

Stung by criticism that it failed to account for 1,310 square metres of space when it sold the former Marine Police headquarters to developer Cheung Kong (Holdings), the government announced how it plans to avoid such problems in future.

It simply will not provide any more estimates of gross floor area.

9 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

LV licence plate sells for HK$340,000

Personalised vehicle licence plate LV, the abbreviation of the Louis Vutton brand, sold at a Transport Department auction for HK$340,000, the highest among all 238 sold. The plate DR sold for HK$270,000, the second highest of the day. BE1J1NG fetched HK$220,000 while MACAU sold for HK$45,000. 0MYGOD fetched HK$15,000, PLAYBOY HK$75,000 and SUNDAY HK$45,000.

15 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Developers factor in bonus area when bidding, 'so it's not free'

Developers factored in bonus floor area - given by the government in return for their providing 'green features' - when deciding what price to bid for a site, the Real Estate Developers Association said. Therefore it was unfair to say they got the bonus areas at no cost, it said.

30 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Owner asks what to do with historic shophouse

The owner of a 79-year-old shophouse in Happy Valley, one of the earliest buildings in the area and once part of a cluster of European-style structures, is asking the public to help decide what to do with it.

1 Oct 2010 - 12:00am