Man sentenced for assaulting Tobacco and Alcohol Control Inspectors

     A 64-year-old man was sentenced to two imprisonment terms of 14 days each at Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (June 17) for assaulting two Tobacco and Alcohol Control Inspectors (TACIs) in the exercise of their duties. The two sentences are to be served concurrently. He was also fined $500 for a smoking offence. 

     The incident took place at Tai Shing Street Market Cooked Food Centre, Wong Tai Sin, on February 25, 2019. The man assaulted two TACIs when he was being issued a Fixed Penalty Notice by the TACIs for a smoking offence. He was subsequently arrested and charged by the Police.

     A spokesman for the Department of Health urged the public to observe the smoking ban requirements and to co-operate with law enforcement officers.

     "Threatening or use of violence on enforcement officers is a serious offence and carries serious legal consequences," the spokesman said.

     As of today, there have been three cases of assaulting TACIs in 2019. Since 2007, 89 cases have been recorded and 22 out of 76 offenders convicted for assaulting TACIs were sentenced to immediate imprisonment. The maximum penalty meted out by the court was immediate imprisonment for four months.

CHP investigates outbreak of acute gastroenteritis at kindergarten in Kwun Tong

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (June 17) investigating an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) at a kindergarten in Kwun Tong, and hence reminded the public and management of institutions to maintain personal and environmental hygiene against AGE.

     The outbreak involves 22 boys and 17 girls aged 4 to 6, who have developed vomiting and diarrhoea since June 14. Thirty-one of them sought medical attention. Among them, two required hospitalisation and one of them has been discharged after treatment. They have been in a stable condition, and 23 of them have recovered.

     Officers of the CHP have conducted a site visit and provided health advice to the staff of the school concerning proper and thorough disinfection, proper disposal of vomitus, and personal and environmental hygiene. The school has been put under medical surveillance.

     The CHP's investigations are ongoing.

     A spokesman for the CHP advised members of the public to take heed of the following preventive measures against gastroenteritis:

  • Ensure proper personal hygiene;
  • Wash hands thoroughly before handling food and eating, after using the toilet or after changing diapers;
  • Wear gloves when disposing of vomitus or faecal matter, and wash hands afterwards;
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated areas or items promptly and thoroughly with diluted household bleach (by adding one part of bleach containing 5.25 per cent sodium hypochlorite to 49 parts of water). Wash hands thoroughly afterwards;
  • Maintain good indoor ventilation;
  • Pay attention to food hygiene;
  • Use separate utensils to handle raw and cooked food;
  • Avoid food that is not thoroughly cooked;
  • Drink boiled water; and
  • Do not patronise unlicensed food premises or food stalls.

     The public may visit the CHP's website ( or call the Health Education Hotline (2833 0111) for more information.

Tender for the re-opening of 10-year Government Bonds under the Institutional Bond Issuance Programme to be held on June 26

     The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:
     The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), as representative of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR Government), announces today (June 17) that a tender of 10-year Government Bonds (Bonds) through the re-opening of existing 10-year Government Bond issue 10GB2901 under the Institutional Bond Issuance Programme will be held on June 26, 2019 (Wednesday), for settlement on 27 June 27, 2019 (Thursday).
     An additional amount of HK$1.5 billion of the outstanding 10-year Bonds (issue no. 10GB2901) will be on offer.  The Bonds will mature on January 17, 2029 and will carry interest at the rate of 1.97% per annum payable semi-annually in arrears. The Indicative Pricings of the Bonds on June 17, 2019 is 103.25 with an annualised yield of 1.612%.
     Under the Institutional Bond Issuance Programme, tender is open only to Recognized Dealers which are appointed as Primary Dealers.  Anyone wishing to apply for the Bonds on offer can do so through any of the Primary Dealers on the current published list, which can be obtained from the Government Bond Programme's website at  Each tender must be for an amount of HK$50,000 or integral multiples thereof.
     Tender results will be published on the HKMA's website, the Government Bond Programme's website, the Reuters screen (HKGBINDEX), and Bloomberg (GBHK <GO>) not later than 3pm on the tender day.

HKSAR Government Institutional Bond Issuance Programme tender informatiom
Tender information of re-opening of 10-year Government Bonds under the Institutional Bond Issuance Programme:

Issue Number : 10GB2901 (Re-open)
Stock code : 4236 (HKGB 1.97 2901)
Tender Date and Time : June 26, 2019 (Wednesday)
9.30am to 10.30am
Issue and Settlement Date for tender amount
: June 27, 2019 (Thursday)
Amount on Offer
: HK$1.5 billion
: 10 years
Remaining Maturity : Approximately 9.57 years
Maturity Date : January 17, 2029
Interest Rate     : 1.97% p.a. payable semi-annually in arrears
Interest Payment Dates  : July 17, 2019
January 17, 2020
July 17, 2020
January 18, 2021
July 19, 2021
January 17, 2022
July 18, 2022
January 17, 2023
July 17, 2023
January 17, 2024
July 17, 2024
January 17, 2025
July 17, 2025
January 19, 2026
July 17, 2026
January 18, 2027
July 19, 2027
January 17, 2028
July 17, 2028
January 17, 2029
Method of Tender : Competitive tender
Tender Amount : Each competitive tender must be for an amount of HK$50,000 or integral multiples thereof.  Any tender applications for the Bonds must be submitted through a Primary Dealer on the current published list.
The accrued interest to be paid by successful bidders on the issue date (June 27, 2019) for the tender amount is HK$434.48 per minimum denomination of HK$50,000.
(The accrued interest to be paid for tender amount exceeding HK$50,000 may not be exactly equal to the figures calculated from the accrued interest per minimum denomination of HK$50,000 due to rounding).
Other details  : Please see Information Memorandum available on the Government Bond Programme's website at or approach Primary Dealers.
Expected commencement date of dealing on
the Stock Exchange
of Hong Kong Limited
: The tender amount is fully fungible with the existing 10GB2901 (Stock code: 4236) listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.


Price/Yield Table of the re-opening Government Bonds at tender for reference*only:

Yield-to-Maturity Price Yield-to-Maturity Price
0.612 112.60 1.612 103.22
0.662 112.11 1.662 102.77
0.712 111.62 1.712 102.33
0.762 111.13 1.762 101.89
0.812 110.65 1.812 101.45
0.862 110.16 1.862 101.02
0.912 109.68 1.912 100.58
0.962 109.21 1.962 100.15
1.012 108.73 2.012 99.72
1.062 108.26 2.062 99.30
1.112 107.79 2.112 98.87
1.162 107.32 2.162 98.45
1.212 106.86 2.212 98.03
1.262 106.39 2.262 97.61
1.312 105.93 2.312 97.19
1.362 105.47 2.362 96.78
1.412 105.02 2.412 96.37
1.462 104.56 2.462 95.96
1.512 104.11 2.512 95.55
1.562 103.66 2.562 95.14
1.612 103.22 2.612 94.74

* Disclaimer
The information provided here is for reference only.  Although extreme care has been taken to ensure that the information provided is accurate and up-to-date, the HKMA does not warrant that all, or any part of, the information provided is accurate in all respects.  You are encouraged to conduct your own enquiries to verify any particular piece of information provided on it.  The HKMA shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered as a result of any use or reliance on any of the information provided here.

Appeal for information on missing man in Sheung Shui (with photo)

     Police today (June 17) appealed to the public for information on a man who went missing in Sheung Shui.

     Wong Yan-on, aged 26, went missing after he left his residence in Tai Ping Estate on June 15 afternoon. His family made a report to Police yesterday (June 16).
     He is about 1.7 metres tall, 60 kilograms in weight and of thin build. He has a long face with yellow complexion and short straight black hair. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, grey shorts and black shoes.

     Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the missing man or may have seen him is urged to contact the Regional Missing Person Unit of New Territories North on 3661 3113, 6273 5787 or email to, or contact any police station.



June 2019 issue of “Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics” now available

     The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) published today (June 17) the June 2019 issue of the "Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics" (HKMDS).

     Apart from providing up-to-date statistics, this issue also contains three feature articles entitled "Statistics on Job Vacancies from 2008 to 2018", "The Cultural and Creative Industries in Hong Kong" and "Statistics on Students of Programmes Funded through the University Grants Committee". Statistics presented in the "Statistics on Students of Programmes Funded through the University Grants Committee" article are based on the data source from the University Grants Committee Secretariat.

"Statistics on Job Vacancies from 2008 to 2018"

     This feature article gives a brief account of the compilation methodology of job vacancies statistics and the trend of number of job vacancies in the most recent 10 years.

    During the period from 2008 to 2018, the number of vacancies measured from the Quarterly Survey of Employment and Vacancies was generally on an upward trend. Among the various industry sections covered by the survey, the largest increases were found in "accommodation and food services", "social and personal services" and "professional and business services".

     For enquiries about this feature article, please contact the Employment Statistics and Central Register of Establishments Section, C&SD (Tel: 2582 4751; email:

"The Cultural and Creative Industries in Hong Kong"

     The cultural and creative industries are among the most dynamic economic sectors in Hong Kong, contributing to both economic growth and job creation. They comprise a set of knowledge-based activities that deploy creativity and intellectual capital as primary inputs and deliver goods and services with cultural, artistic and creative contents. This feature article provides the latest statistics of the cultural and creative industries in Hong Kong in 2017.

     For enquiries about this feature article, please contact the Construction and Miscellaneous Services Statistics Section, C&SD (Tel: 3903 6962; email:

"Statistics on Students of Programmes Funded through the University Grants Committee"

     The proportion of Hong Kong population having attained higher education level continues to increase over the years. By 2018, nearly a quarter of the population aged 15 and over was educated to first degree level or above.

     The University Grants Committee (UGC) is the non-statutory body which advises the Government of the Special Administrative Region on the funding and strategic development of higher education in Hong Kong. This feature article analyses the statistics on university students of programmes funded through the UGC to reflect the development of the publicly-funded higher education sector in Hong Kong after the implementation of the New Academic Structure from the 2012/13 academic year.

     For enquiries about this feature article, please contact the Statistics Unit, University Grants Committee Secretariat (Tel: 2844 9919; email:

     Published in bilingual form, the HKMDS is a compact volume of official statistics containing about 140 tables. It collects up-to-date statistical series on various aspects of the social and economic situation of Hong Kong. Topics include population; labour; external trade; National Income and Balance of Payments; prices; business performance; energy; housing and property; government accounts, finance and insurance; and transport, communications and tourism. For selected key statistical items, over 20 charts depicting the annual trend in the past decade and quarterly or monthly trend in the recent two years are also available. Users can download the Digest free of charge at the website of the C&SD (

     Enquiries about the contents of the Digest can be directed to the Statistical Information Dissemination Section of the C&SD (Tel: 2582 4738; email: