Hong Kong – CE reviews Fire Services passing-out parade (with photos)

CE reviews Fire Services passing-out parade (with photos)


     The Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, reviewed the Fire Services passing-out parade for 13 station officers, 77 firemen and 53 ambulancemen/ambulancewomen at the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy today (April 19).
     Speaking at the parade, Mr Lee commended the Fire Services Department (FSD) personnel for their excellent training and equipment, and the active development of their specialised teams, which have been demonstrating exceptional rescue techniques and efficiency in disasters and incidents.
     Mr Lee said that the FSD’s Urban Search and Rescue Team was deployed as members of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region rescue team to quake-stricken areas in Türkiye in February this year, where they participated in the search and rescue operation with the China rescue team. While it was the first time the team had participated in an overseas rescue mission, the team members rescued four people who were trapped, showcasing to the international community their top-level emergency response capabilities.
     He added that the FSD and its Mainland counterparts have been maintaining close ties. The FSD has immediately arranged visits to the Mainland after the full resumption of normal travel between Hong Kong and the Mainland. Some graduates at this ceremony were the first batch of trainees to attend the National Studies Course at the Guangdong Fire and Rescue Brigade. This course will also be part of the foundation training for Fire and Ambulance trainees. Later this year, the FSD will also deploy various specialised teams to cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area for technical exchanges, as well as continue to organise more courses and exchange sessions for its Mainland counterparts.
     Mr Lee encouraged the graduates to equip themselves well and learn more about their motherland, uphold the professionalism of the FSD, pursue excellence, work together with all sectors of the community to contribute the development and prosperity of Hong Kong and the country.
     The parade was followed by a demonstration of firefighting and rescue techniques by the graduates. The 143 graduates will be posted to various fire stations and ambulance depots.

Hong Kong – CE reviews Immigration Department’s Passing-out Parade (with photos)

CE reviews Immigration Department’s Passing-out Parade (with photos)


     The Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, attended the Passing-out Parade of the Immigration Department (ImmD) today (December 2) to review 167 officers on parade, including 70 Immigration Officers and 97 Immigration Assistants. Before the start of the parade, all persons stood up and observed one minute of silence to express deep mourning for the late Former President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Jiang Zemin.

     The Guard of Honour first assembled to form a dynamic analogue clock during the footdrill performance, then joined the parade smoothly for the smart formation of the Chinese numerals “25”. This arrangement symbolised the ImmD’s efforts to move with the times and strive for excellence over the past 25 years since Hong Kong’s return to the motherland. It was also the first time that all passing-out officers in three respective grand phalanxes marched past the reviewing officer and goose-stepped steadily, with the number of passing-out officers in the Immigration Assistant Phalanx being the highest on record. Moreover, it was the first time for the Immigration Band to include Chinese instruments in the band performance, cultivating a diversified and harmonious atmosphere with Chinese and Western music.

     In his speech, Mr Lee praised the ImmD for its commitment in promoting social prosperity and stability by diversifying its services with innovative ideas. He remarked that the launch of “Contactless e-Channels” and “e-Visa” had enabled members of the public and passengers to reduce contacts with shared facilities during their access to immigration services, while the promotional vehicles travelling around all 18 districts throughout Hong Kong had made it easy and convenient for people to renew their HKSAR passports in time. Moreover, firearms and anti-riot equipment training courses were organised for immigration service members to enhance the department’s law enforcement capabilities.

     He also mentioned that the Policy Address introduced an array of initiatives to attract enterprises and talents, and the ImmD would play a critical role in implementing these initiatives, including fully supporting the Talents Service Unit and launching the Top Talent Pass Scheme. He believed that the ImmD would remain professional and efficient in assisting to trawl the world for talents and bringing unlimited opportunities to Hong Kong.

     He also recognised the ImmD’s achievements in youth development by nurturing positive young people who not only loved the country and Hong Kong, but also demonstrated the law-abiding awareness, self-discipline and a willingness to serve the community.

     Lastly, Mr Lee encouraged the passing-out officers to remain steadfast in upholding the constitutional order of the HKSAR set out under the Constitution and the Basic Law, and carry forward the legacy of the ImmD, so as to start a new chapter for Hong Kong, build a brighter future for the country, and thrive in unity on the lasting prosperity of Hong Kong and the realisation of national rejuvenation.


General Manoj Pande, Chief of the Army Staff visited military stations in North Bengal and border areas of Sikkim on 23rd & 24th October 2022. He wished all ranks on the occasion of Deepavali and also reviewed the security situation along the Northern borders of Sikkim. The Army Chief appreciated the troops for maintaining a high level of operational efficiency and morale.

The Army Chief expressed satisfaction at the pace of infrastructure development along the border areas. He was accompanied by Lt Gen RP Kalita Army Commander, Eastern Command and Lt Gen Tarun Kumar Aich, GOC Trishakti Corps.

On arrival at Sukna Military Station on 23rd October, the COAS interacted with the troops over a programme, showcasing India’s cultural heritage and unity in diversity, organised on Deepavali eve. The Army Chief lauded the troops for the dedication and wished all ranks and the families on the occasion of Deepavali. The COAS also complimented the Mountaineering Team that summited Mt Jonsang and Mt Domekhang and the Shooting Team of Trishakti Corps that came first in the Skill at Arms competition recently held at Mhow. 

On 24th October, the COAS accompanied by Army Commander and GOC visited forward areas in North and East Sikkim. Reviewing the operational situation and preparedness of the field formations deployed along the Northern Borders in Sikkim Sector, the COAS expressed his satisfaction and exhorted the troops to maintain readiness for all types of challenges. Greeting the soldiers on the occasion of Deepavali, the COAS presented and shared sweets with them. The Chief also complimented the soldiers for their professionalism and dedication to duty.


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Hong Kong – CS reviews Fire Services passing-out parade

CS reviews Fire Services passing-out parade (with photos)


     The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Chan Kwok-ki, reviewed the Fire Services passing-out parade for 18 station officers, five ambulance officers, 70 firemen and 26 ambulancemen at the Fire and Ambulance Services Academy (FASA) today (October 21).


     Speaking at the parade, Mr Chan commended the Fire Services Department (FSD) for always fulfilling the prime mission of “Serving with courage, passion and commitment” with determination, and standing at the forefront to fight against the epidemic. Through flexible deployment of manpower and resources, as well as demonstration of strong teamwork, the FSD has coped with multiple emergencies and severe circumstances, especially during the peak of the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

     Mr Chan said that the FSD has all along been striving for excellence in training its personnel over the years. The FASA has put in place state-of-the-art facilities with various scenario training venues. Moreover, the courses on foundation firefighting and paramedical training offered by the FASA have been recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF). The FASA is also planning to apply for QF accreditation for the training courses for various specialised teams progressively.

     Mr Chan also remarked that the FSD has been proactively developing and applying new technologies with a view to enhancing the efficiency and safety of firefighting and rescue operations. In addition to the introduction of firefighting robots and the new generation of the unmanned aircraft system this year, the FSD developed the Patient Tagging System for Multiple Casualties Incidents to assist the ambulance personnel at incident scenes in quickly obtaining information including the number and condition of casualties. It can also facilitate the ambulance commander at scene in deploying resources and real-time communication with the Hospital Authority.

     Mr Chan added, “The FSD has all along been facilitating colleagues in strengthening their understanding and knowledge on national affairs, the Constitution, the Basic Law and the National Security Law through training and exchange activities, so as to safeguard national sovereignty, safety and development interests, as well as to ensure the steadfast and successful implementation of ‘one country, two systems'”. He also mentioned that the Fire & Ambulance Services Teen Connect, established by the FSD last year, helps to foster the positive thinking, law-abiding awareness and team spirit of youngsters, as well as to build up their sense of belonging to the country.


     The parade was followed by a demonstration of firefighting and rescue techniques by the graduates. The 119 graduates will be posted to various fire stations and ambulance depots.

CAQM reviews the progress of commissioning of gas infrastructure/ PNG/ CNG connectivity in the NCR

The Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR & Adjoining Areas (CAQM) held a review meeting today with the eleven (11) City Gas Distributers (CGDs) of NCR and Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG) to take stock of the status of commissioning of gas infrastructure/ PNG/ CNG connectivity in the Districts of the National Capital Region (NCR).  Considering the compelling necessity to fight air pollution arising out of industrial activities and vehicles, CAQM has directed expeditious commissioning of gas infrastructure in the entire NCR well before the next winter season.

As per information available, the entire NCR has been divided into 24 GAs and same has been divided among 11 CGDs. The 11 CGDs are responsible for providing gas connectivity to the GAs allotted to them. These 11 CGDs are as follows:


Name of the Entity

Authorized Geographical Areas (GAs)


Indraprastha                    Gas Limited (7)

  1. NCT of Delhi
  2. Gautam Buddh Nagar,
  3. Ghaziabad & Hapur,
  4. Meerut (EAAA), Muzaffarnagar & Shamli
  5. Gurugram
  6. Karnal
  7. Rewari


Adani Total Gas Limited (4)

  1. Khurja
  2. Faridabad
  3. Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri &Mahendragarh
  4. Nuh & Palwal


GAIL Gas Limited (3)

  1. Meerut
  2. Taj Trapezium Zone
  3. Sonipat


Indian     Oil     Adani     Gas Private Limited (3)

  1. Panipat
  2. Bulandshahr (part) Dist
  3. Bulandshahr (EAAA), Aligarh & Hathras


HPCL (1)

i.       Sonipat (EAAA) and Jind


BPCL (1)

i.       Rohtak


Baghpat Green        Energy Pvt Limited (1)

i.       Baghpat


Torrent Gas Pvt Ltd (1)

i.       Alwar (Other than Bhiwadi) & Jaipur


Haryana City Gas (KCE) Pvt Ltd (1)

i.       Jhajjar


Haryana           City         Gas Distribution Limited (1)

i.       Gurugram


Haryana City Gas Distribution (Bhiwadi) Limited (1)

i.       Bhiwadi (in Alwar Dist)

The NCR has a total 240 Industrial Areas out of which gas connectivity and infrastructure has been achieved in 74.5% industrial areas (179 Industrial Areas). In NCR there are 963 CNG Stations; 22,24,055 domestic PNG connections; 5,185 commercial PNG connections; and 5,361 Industrial Connections.

Switching over of industries in NCR to the “approved” clean fuels including PNG is a priority for the CAQM. The Commission has already directed the NCR State Governments to phase out coal from NCR and completely avoid use of coal w.e.f. 01.01.2023 (except Thermal Power Plants). In effect, the approved fuel list shall be completely in force in the entire NCR w.e.f. 01.01.2023.



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