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Rhonda Lam Wan

Dry air to blame for fire rise

The number of hillfires nearly doubled during the Ching Ming Festival because of dry weather, legislators were told.

Thursday, 6 May, 1999, 12:00am

Dry air to blame for fire rise

The number of hillfires nearly doubled during the Ching Ming Festival because of dry weather, legislators were told.

Secretary for Security Regina Ip Lau Shuk-yee said in a written reply that 433 hillfires broke out between April 4 and 6, a 96 per cent rise on the same period last year. The blazes had destroyed more than 800 hectares of vegetation.

6 May 1999 - 12:00am

Check on services by doctors proposed

The medical profession should set up its own monitoring mechanism to ensure the quality of health care services, a legislator said yesterday.

Dr Leong Che-hung, representing the medical constituency, said the profession should play a role in quality control.

5 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Debate 'healthy'

Debate over the Court of Final Appeal ruling was a healthy sign of the importance attached by the community to the rule of law, Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang said yesterday.

She said a court clarification was the best way to answer concerns 'raised here and in the mainland' and 'to defuse a potential constitutional crisis'.

18 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Legislators seek details before discussing councils' fate

Lawmakers vowed yesterday to refuse to discuss proposals for the abolition of the two municipal councils unless the Government provided details of how services would be improved.

They accused the administration of rushing through the plan to scrap the bodies, without being genuinely determined to reform food safety and environmental hygiene services.

13 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Building projects to mark 2000

Some infrastructure works would be designated 'millennium projects' to mark the new era, the Home Affairs Bureau chief said yesterday.

David Lan Hong-tsung said the occasion belonged to 'everybody in the SAR'.

'We have a framework on how to run the countdown that night. We also have long-term projects designated for the millennium,' he said.

26 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Budget deficit up to $50b

The budget deficit for this financial year has now reached $50.1 billion, new government statistics indicate.

Figures released yesterday show spending totalled $131.8 billion against revenue of $81.6 billion up to October 31.

The financial year started on April 1.

The deficit at the end of September was $42.6 billion.

1 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Grandfather feared worst

Grandfather Leung Mei thought his life was over when he found himself unable to move after breathing in too much smoke.

Gasping for breath, the 86-year-old told his 80-year-old wife and grandson to save themselves after they were woken at 5 am by screams warning of the fire below.

5 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Extortion claim as firm charges for use of free coops

Poultry wholesalers who yesterday claimed they were being charged extra for using new coops in the government-managed Cheung Sha Wan market, said about $20 million in 'service fees' had already been paid over the past eight years.

The money was paid to a firm which had been set up in the market with the wholesalers' consent.

4 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

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