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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Rehousing estate units to be sold

The Development Bureau announced that Eminence Terrace I, subsidised sale flats under one of the first two Dedicated Rehousing Estates (DREs) projects constructed by the Housing Society, will be up for sale from February 15 to March 6. Starting today, the Housing Society and the Lands Department will issue letters to the eligible households to inform them of the application details.


A DRE is a designated rehousing option for households affected by government development clearance, the bureau explained. Eligible households may choose to be rehoused to subsidised sale flats or subsidised rental flats of DREs without going through a means test.


The first two DREs projects, namely Hung Shui Kiu/Ha Tsuen (Phase 1) DRE project in Yuen Long and Pak Wo Road DRE project in Fanling, will be completed for intake progressively starting from the fourth quarter of this year. These two projects will provide a total of 996 subsidised sale flats and 885 subsidised rental flats.


For the subsidised sale flats of the Pak Wo Road DRE project, the Housing Society said it plans to put them up for sale in the second quarter of this year.


Separately, for subsidised rental flats of the two DREs projects, flat allocation is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of this year.


The DRE projects under construction in the New Territories, ie various phases of Hung Shui Kiu/Ha Tsuen DRE, Fanling Pak Wo Road DRE and Kwu Tung North Area 24 DRE, will provide a total of around 6,700 flats, comprising 2,300 subsidised rental flats and 4,400 subsidised sales flats.


These DREs are due for completion starting the fourth quarter of 2024 and no later than 2027-28, the bureau added.

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