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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

Lecture held for senior officers

The Civil Service College today organised a lecture for senior officers on the topic of “The Chinese Constitutional System: the Country’s Authority Structure”.   Delivered by Peking University’s Institute for Hong Kong & Macau Studies Director Prof Chen Duanhong, the lecture forms part of an in-depth programme on “one country, two systems” and contemporary China launched by the college in collaboration with the institute.   Addressing attendees, Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung said the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the national system were established by the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China.   She iterated that in order to be familiar with the national system, the civil service must have a correct understanding of the constitution. They must also accurately comprehend and safeguard the constitutional order of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region established under the constitution and the Basic Law, she added.   Senior civil servants should seize the opportunity to study the constitution of the country, so as to fully, faithfully and resolutely implement the principle of “one country, two systems”, Mrs Leung said.   Around 70 participants attended the programme in person, while around 100 politically appointed officials and other directorate officers joined via video conferencing.
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