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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

6 typhoon names added

Six new tropical cyclone names have been added to this year's list for typhoons in the western North Pacific and the South China Sea, the Hong Kong Observatory announced today.   They are Yinxing, Co-may, Nongfa, Ragasa, Koto and Nokaen.   Yinxing, a name originating from China, is a kind of tree native to the country.   Co-may, from Vietnam, means a species of grass known as Chrysopogon aciculatus.   Nongfa and Nokaen, both from Laos, represent a lake in Laos meaning blue lake and a swallow.   The Philippines' Ragasa means rapid or fast motion, while Koto from Japan is the constellation Lyra.   The United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific/World Meteorological Organization Typhoon Committee endorsed the names at its 53rd session.   They will replace the names of Yutu, Lekima, Faxai, Hagibis, Kammuri and Phanfone.   The committee will consider retiring names of tropical cyclones which have caused serious casualties and economic losses.   In October 2018, Super Typhoon Yutu left at least two people dead and injured 133 others during its passage over Saipan. Electricity supply was interrupted in many places.   It also brought torrential rain and squalls to the northern part of the Philippines and triggered landslides and flooding, resulting in at least 20 deaths.   In August 2019, Super Typhoon Lekima caused at least 56 deaths and left 14 people missing in eastern China. Over 14 million people were affected with direct economic losses exceeding RMB51.5 billion.   There were also at least two deaths and 11 injuries in Taiwan under the influence of the torrential rain brought about by this typhoon.   Severe Typhoon Faxai and Super Typhoon Hagibis hit Kanto in Japan in September and October 2019, causing extensive flooding and power outages. Marine, land and air traffic in Kanto was paralysed. These two storms resulted in at least 102 deaths, 618 injuries and seven people missing.   In December 2019, the Philippines was hit by Super Typhoon Kammuri and Typhoon Phanfone, resulting in a total of 54 deaths and 680 injuries.
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