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Christians in Singapore observe Good Friday

Christians in Singapore observe Good Friday
SINGAPORE: Christians in Singapore observed Good Friday on April 18.It is also the day when they believe Jesus Christ was crucified.Worshippers gathered at churches islandwide to commemorate the death of Jesus on the cross.Good Friday also traditiona...

Funeral directors looking for the right people to take over

Funeral directors looking for the right people to take over
SINGAPORE: In ageing Singapore, the funeral business is getting old faster than others.Most funeral directors and their staff are between 50 and 60 years old, and they are facing the pressing challenge of attracting young people into a business that'...

Number of halal certificates issued up 12.5% in 2013

Number of halal certificates issued up 12.5% in 2013
SINGAPORE: The number of halal certificates issued by Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) increased by 12.5 per cent last year compared to the previous year.Last year, the number of halal certificates issued was 23,005. In 2012, 20,436 of s...

Regulatory framework for larger dormitories set to be ready soon

Regulatory framework for larger dormitories set to be ready soon
SINGAPORE: A regulatory framework for larger foreign worker dormitories in Singapore is set to be ready in the next few months.Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin said this at the opening of a new workers dormitory in Mandai on Friday evening....

SCDF officer looks back at 2004 Nicoll Highway tragedy

SCDF officer looks back at 2004 Nicoll Highway tragedy
SINGAPORE: They were working round the clock for four days under conditions described as the most difficult and dangerous operation since the Hotel New World collapse in 1986.The Nicoll Highway cave-in, which happened 10 years ago, left an indelible ...

Cabbie involved in East Coast restaurant crash suspended

Cabbie involved in East Coast restaurant crash suspended
SINGAPORE: A cabbie whose taxi crashed into a restaurant along East Coast Road on Thursday night has been suspended.The taxi had ploughed into the outdoor area of Georges Mad Bar & Grill after being involved in an accident with another car.Restaurant...

Singaporeans should say 'no' to bigotry: Tan Chuan-Jin

Singaporeans should say 'no' to bigotry: Tan Chuan-Jin
SINGAPORE: Singaporeans should make a stand and say 'no' to bigotry, said Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin on Friday, referring to a recent article about Filipinos being targeted online for planning to celebrate their Independence Day in Si...

More therapists needed for an ageing population, say experts

More therapists needed for an ageing population, say experts
SINGAPORE: Efforts will be stepped up to develop home-based care services for the elderly, said the Ministry of Health during the recent Committee of Supply debate.This will be done by expanding capacity, making home care more comprehensive, and enha...

NWC wage guidelines expected by end-May

NWC wage guidelines expected by end-May
SINGAPORE: By end-May, the National Wages Council (NWC) is expected to release wage-related guidelines for the year ahead.From now till then, three meetings comprising government, business and union representatives will take place to set the agenda.M...

Easter Fiesta kicks off at Sentosa HarbourFront precinct

Easter Fiesta kicks off at Sentosa HarbourFront precinct
SINGAPORE: Singapore's grandest Easter Fiesta was launched on Friday to attract more locals and tourists to the Sentosa HarbourFront precinct.The organiser, Singapore HarbourFront Business Association, hopes to attract 200,000 visitors through its in...

Asian Civilisations Museum to undergo revamp

Asian Civilisations Museum to undergo revamp
SINGAPORE: The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) will undergo extensive renovations, transforming it into a new exhibition space for important artefacts.This will be unveiled in phases beginning the third quarter of next year.Situated by the Singapore...

Heavy traffic towards JB at Woodlands Checkpoint

Heavy traffic towards JB at Woodlands Checkpoint
SINGAPORE: Traffic from Singapore towards Johor Bahru at Woodlands Checkpoint was heavy on Friday as travellers headed to Malaysia for the long weekend.However, traffic to Singapore from Johor Bahru was light.The tailback at the Singapore-Johor Bahru...

Lawrence Wong to attend ASEAN meeting on culture and the arts

Lawrence Wong to attend ASEAN meeting on culture and the arts
SINGAPORE: Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong will be attending the sixth meeting of the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts (AMCA) in Hue, Vietnam, on Saturday and Sunday.At the meeting, the ministers will re...

Man arrested over outrage of modesty

Man arrested over outrage of modesty
SINGAPORE: Police have arrested a 23-year-old man over outrage of modesty at a housing estate in Woodlands.Police said the suspect allegedly molested a 19-year-old girl, after he tried to befriend her at Woodlands Avenue 6 at about 6.30pm on Thursday...

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Taxi crashes into restaurant after accident

Taxi crashes into restaurant after accident
SINGAPORE: A taxi crashed into a restaurant at East Coast Road on Thursday night, after being involved in an accident with another car.Police said they received a call at 8.59pm about the accident, which occurred at a building along East Coast Road i...

22 motorists nabbed for drink driving in islandwide sting

22 motorists nabbed for drink driving in islandwide sting
SINGAPORE: Traffic Police arrested 22 motorists for drink driving in an islandwide operation conducted in the early hours of Thursday.The men, aged between 22 and 60, failed the breathalyser test and will be disqualified from driving for at least one...

People with chronic conditions more likely to die from MERS, says expert

People with chronic conditions more likely to die from MERS, says expert
SINGAPORE: People with chronic conditions are 60 per cent more likely to die if they are infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus as compared to those without such conditions.That is according to one health expert, as Wor...

MOE officers recognised for providing holistic education experience

MOE officers recognised for providing holistic education experience
SINGAPORE: A total of 7,103 Ministry of Education (MOE) officers were promoted this year, with some recognised for their contributions at a promotion and appointment ceremony on Thursday.They comprise 6,650 education officers including teachers and p...

Train breakdowns have come down in overall numbers: Lui

Train breakdowns have come down in overall numbers: Lui
SINGAPORE: Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said train breakdowns have come down in terms of overall numbers, signalling that the ministry is moving in the right direction.He said that government investments have brought improvements in bus services, ...

Arrival traffic at Woodlands Checkpoint heavy throughout Thursday

Arrival traffic at Woodlands Checkpoint heavy throughout Thursday
SINGAPORE: Arrival traffic at Woodlands Checkpoint was heavy for the whole of Thursday.Travellers coming into Singapore from Johor Bahru attributed the congestion to the increased security checks at the immigration and customs.Many travellers are als...

Number of high-risk dengue areas drops by 40%

Number of high-risk dengue areas drops by 40%
SINGAPORE: The number of high-risk dengue areas dropped by 40 per cent in the first three months of this year, compared to the same period last year.Any area with more than 10 dengue cases is considered high-risk.According to the National Environment...

Giant swing, elevated green deck among ideas to redesign public spaces

Giant swing, elevated green deck among ideas to redesign public spaces
SINGAPORE: A giant swing at the open lawn in Marina Bay and an elevated green deck at the Singapore River Promenade are just some of the 11 winning design ideas from a competition on how to redesign public spaces.PubliCity is an initiative to involve...

TNI chief clarifies apology

TNI chief clarifies apology
SINGAPORE: Some 48 hours after his interview with Channel NewsAsia aired on Tuesday, the head of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) has clarified an apology he made during the interview.General Moeldoko said on Thursday that he had not apologised to t...

Man jailed 18 months for misappropriating fuel

Man jailed 18 months for misappropriating fuel
SINGAPORE: A marine engineer who misappropriated 200 tonnes of fuel worth more than S$153,000 from his ship was on Thursday sentenced to 18 months' jail for criminal breach of trust as a servant.58-year-old Pittis Stavros was convicted on April 10 of...

Unmanned fire-fighting machines to lend SCDF officers a helping hand

Unmanned fire-fighting machines to lend SCDF officers a helping hand
SINGAPORE: Emergency responders face new operating challenges given the rapid development of extensive underground networks and complex mega structures in Singapore, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).One way the SCDF plans to help its off...

PM Lee sends condolences to S Korea president on ferry sinking

PM Lee sends condolences to S Korea president on ferry sinking
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has conveyed his condolences to South Korea's President Park Geun-hye on the sinking of the passenger ferry, the Sewol, off Byeongpung Island on April 16.In his letter to President Park, Mr Lee said he was ve...

New Zealand army chief calls on Ng Eng Hen

New Zealand army chief calls on Ng Eng Hen
SINGAPORE: The Chief of Army of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), Major-General (MG) Arthur David Gawn, called on Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) on Thursday morning.MG Gawn is on an introductory visit to Si...

Indonesia probes real age of maid accused of murdering employer

Indonesia probes real age of maid accused of murdering employer
SINGAPORE: Indonesian authorities have launched an investigation to determine if the Indonesian maid accused of murdering a socialite is younger than stated in documents.Dewi Sukowati is accused of causing the death of her employer, 69-year-old Nancy...

Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism supports 5 more projects

Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism supports 5 more projects
SINGAPORE: Five more projects aimed at promoting language learning will receive funds from the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism.The Ministry of Education (MOE) said the fund is sponsoring another five proposals in English language and mother tongue...

Tissue paper peddlers are unlicensed hawkers, says NEA

Tissue paper peddlers are unlicensed hawkers, says NEA
Mobile peddlers selling packets of tissue paper on the streets are unlicensed hawkers, said the NEA in response to a letter posted on a website that these peddlers are charged a S$120 licence fee.

Singapore's NODX fall 6.6% in March

Singapore's NODX fall 6.6% in March
SINGAPORE: Non-oil domestic exports (NODX) in Singapore declined 6.6 per cent on-year in March.In a statement on Thursday, International Enterprise Singapore said the decline was due to a contraction in electronic and non-electronic NODX.The fall in ...

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Buyers who turn down warranties still protected by lemon law: Court

Buyers who turn down warranties still protected by lemon law: Court
SINGAPORE: Even though a buyer had turned down the extended warranty offered by a seller, he is still protected under the "lemon law", the High Court has ruled.This law allows the consumer "over and above" any rights that he may already have - such a...

DNC Registry a bane for some, a boon for others

DNC Registry a bane for some, a boon for others
SINGAPORE: The Do-Not-Call registry has been in place for three months and it has been a bane for some, a boon for others.Due to restrictions on using SMS for marketing, some printing companies said they have received more orders to print flyers. Con...

Parents should start saving up early for kids' education

Parents should start saving up early for kids' education
SINGAPORE: Nearly all Singaporean parents want their children to get a university education -- that is what a recent survey "The Value of Education: Springboard for Success", conducted by HSBC showed.However, many parents do not start saving up early...

Job recruitment drive held in the heartlands

Job recruitment drive held in the heartlands
SINGAPORE: The first of a series of recruitment drives for local businesses took place in the Aljunied and Hougang vicinity on Wednesday.The Heartland Merchants' Recruitment Drive was organised by the North East Community Development Council, with th...

Community to receive training to help traumatised children

Community to receive training to help traumatised children
SINGAPORE: Children who suffer from trauma are twice as likely to develop psychiatric disorders compared to other children.A new programme has been launched to help them by training people within the community.Using cards and games, social workers ar...

More social service support for families in legal disputes: Family Justice Committee

More social service support for families in legal disputes: Family Justice Committee
SINGAPORE: The Family Justice Committee has made recommendations such as more social service support for families engaged in legal disputes and simpler legal procedures in divorce proceedings to tackle the rising number of family disputes and divorce...

SMRT may consider early closure for other stations for maintenance

SMRT may consider early closure for other stations for maintenance
SINGAPORE: Train operator SMRT may consider closing other stretches of stations half an hour early for maintenance after it completes its current round of closures in the next six months.It is closing six MRT stations -- from Ang Mo Kio to Admiralty ...

4G users face price hikes

4G users face price hikes
SINGAPORE: Smartphone users may soon have to pay more to access 4G value-added services offered by the three telcos, StarHub, SingTel and M1.StarHub has fired the first salvo, requiring its 4G subscribers to pay an additional S$2.14 per month from Ju...

Family members’ concern a barrier to active ageing for seniors

Family members’ concern a barrier to active ageing for seniors
SINGAPORE: The Council for Third Age, which promotes active ageing in Singapore, said one of the challenges in encouraging seniors to live an active lifestyle is the resistance from family members.That is because many are concerned about their loved ...

CNB officers arrest 2 men, seize over 1kg of Ice

CNB officers arrest 2 men, seize over 1kg of Ice
SINGAPORE: Anti-narcotics officers have arrested two Singaporean men and seized about 1.1 kilogrammes of Ice in a raid.On April 15, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) launched an operation targeting a syndicate that has been actively distributing Ice...

MOH monitoring devt after MERS death in Malaysia

MOH monitoring devt after MERS death in Malaysia
SINGAPORE: Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) is closely monitoring the latest development of Malaysia's first imported human case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).The victim, a 54-year-old man from Johor, had travelled to...

LTA calls tender for new bus terminal in Changi

LTA calls tender for new bus terminal in Changi
SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is calling a tender to invite contractors to submit their cost proposals to build a new bus terminal near Changi Business Park, off Changi South Avenue 1.LTA said this is to support the Bus Service Enhanc...

No reports of S'poreans aboard sunken S Korean ferry

No reports of S'poreans aboard sunken S Korean ferry
SINGAPORE: Singapore's Foreign Affairs Ministry, in response to media query, said it has not received reports that there were Singaporeans on board the South Korean ferry which sank on Wednesday.Almost 300 people were missing after the ferry sank 20 ...

Man found guilty of corrupt “buy-back” deal to be sentenced on Apr 17

Man found guilty of corrupt “buy-back” deal to be sentenced on Apr 17
SINGAPORE: A bunkering executive found guilty of a corrupt "buy-back" deal will be sentenced on April 17.The accused, Pittis Stavros, was a chief engineer of the MV Sakura Princess, which was chartered by V8 Pool Inc to deliver a load of cargo.He saw...

Public can vote for 5 out of 15 shortlisted items for Jubilee Baby Gift

Public can vote for 5 out of 15 shortlisted items for Jubilee Baby Gift
SINGAPORE: From Wednesday till 15 May, members of the public can pick five out of 15 shortlisted items that they would like to see in the Jubilee Baby Gift.The shortlist of gifts includes a special medallion/coin, family photo frame, scrapbook for ba...

Tentative dates set for trial between AHPETC and NEA

Tentative dates set for trial between AHPETC and NEA
SINGAPORE: The tentative trial dates of the case between Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council and the National Environment Agency (NEA) have been fixed for four days in June this year.The tentative dates are from June 2 to June 5, with June 6 s...

SAF to resume bilateral cooperation with TNI: Ng Eng Hen

SAF to resume bilateral cooperation with TNI: Ng Eng Hen
SINGAPORE: Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will resume bilateral cooperation and activities with the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI).This follows an apology by the TNI Commander-in-Chief General Moeldoko on Tuesday, fo...

20 hotels to provide accommodation for 2015 SEA Games

20 hotels to provide accommodation for 2015 SEA Games
SINGAPORE: Athletes, officials and delegates coming to Singapore for the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games next year will be housed in a "Village in the City", instead of in university hostels.The Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (...

Doctor found guilty of molest faces additional charge

Doctor found guilty of molest faces additional charge
SINGAPORE: The 70-year-old general practitioner, who was convicted in March of molesting a patient twice, now faces an additional charge of false declaration to the Singapore Medical Council.On Wednesday, Winston Lee Siew Boon was charged with making...

Man fined S$1,500 over brawl on MRT

Man fined S$1,500 over brawl on MRT
SINGAPORE: A glass contractor who was captured in a video fighting with another man on an SMRT train has been fined S$1,500.40-year-old Teeng Kok Yong was convicted of one count of affray with 50-year-old Ng Cheng Kiat, an odd-job worker.The brawl to...

Thundery showers forecast over next few weeks

Thundery showers forecast over next few weeks
SINGAPORE: Expect thundery showers over the next few weeks, mostly in the afternoon.The weatherman said thundery showers can be expected on five to six days mainly in the afternoon, and on a couple of days in the morning and early afternoon.The Natio...

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Guidelines to protect human trafficking victims during investigations being considered

Guidelines to protect human trafficking victims during investigations being considered
SINGAPORE: A set of guidelines for victims of human trafficking while investigations are ongoing is being considered.Member of Parliament for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Mr Christopher de Souza, who had proposed a Private Member's Bill on the Prevention ...

Singapore GP says deal with SIA is “win-win” solution

Singapore GP says deal with SIA is “win-win” solution
SINGAPORE: Previous partnerships between other carriers and Formula One were a catalyst for Singapore Grand Prix to initiate the deal making Singapore Airlines (SIA) title sponsor for the country's night race.Singapore Grand Prix said it presents a “...

High Court lays down sentencing benchmarks for tobacco smugglers

High Court lays down sentencing benchmarks for tobacco smugglers
SINGAPORE: The High Court on Tuesday laid down sentencing benchmarks for customs offences involving the smuggling of more than two kilogrammes of tobacco products.Chief Justice (CJ) Sundaresh Menon said hitherto there has not been any pronouncement s...

Indonesian Armed Forces chief expresses regret over naming of warship

Indonesian Armed Forces chief expresses regret over naming of warship
JAKARTA: The Commander-in-Chief of the Indonesian Armed Forces has expressed regret over the naming of an Indonesian warship after two marines who carried out the bombing of MacDonald House in Singapore in 1965.General Moeldoko told Channel NewsAsia ...

CET campuses in full operation by second half of 2014

CET campuses in full operation by second half of 2014
SINGAPORE: The two national Continuing Education and Training (CET) campuses will be fully operational by the second half of this year, where they will be able to train some 50,000 workers annually.S$300 million was set aside for the two campuses, wh...

Parliament takes mid-term break to take stock of work since GE 2011

Parliament takes mid-term break to take stock of work since GE 2011
SINGAPORE: Singapore's 12th Parliament has been prorogued.It is a customary mid-term break for it to take stock of its work and let the government map out a new legislative programme.When Parliament is prorogued, it means the end of a session of Parl...

AGC to take over case of Malaysian who allegedly breached checkpoint

AGC to take over case of Malaysian who allegedly breached checkpoint
SINGAPORE: A Malaysian driver who was charged on Monday with failing to stop his car for immigration clearance at the Woodlands Checkpoint will have his case handed over to the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC).The court heard on Tuesday that the Imm...

New school-to-work transition programme to help special needs students

New school-to-work transition programme to help special needs students
SINGAPORE: A new school-to-work transition programme has been developed to provide more support for special needs children.It will be a multi-agency collaboration between the Social and Family Development Ministry and SG Enable, an agency that is ded...

First accused in Kaki Bukit dormitory rioting incident jailed two weeks

First accused in Kaki Bukit dormitory rioting incident jailed two weeks
SINGAPORE: The first of 17 men embroiled in the Kaki Bukit dormitory rioting incident in March has been sentenced to two weeks' imprisonment for using criminal force.25-year-old Dharmaraj Ramesh is convicted of using criminal force on Ahsan Habib Md ...

New private home sales fall 35% in March

New private home sales fall 35% in March
SINGAPORE: New private home sales fell 35 per cent in March from February, according to data released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Tuesday.Year-on-year, the number of transactions in March fell 82.8 per cent.More prudent buyers, caut...

Verdict of Brompton bikes case to be delivered on May 29

Verdict of Brompton bikes case to be delivered on May 29
SINGAPORE: The verdict of the controversial Brompton bikes case is expected to be delivered on May 29. This was made known in court on Tuesday during the hearing of the case involving a former National Parks Board assistant director, who has chosen n...

Man fined S$1.95m for importing duty-unpaid liquor

Man fined S$1.95m for importing duty-unpaid liquor
SINGAPORE: A former company director was on Monday fined S$1.95 million for importing duty-unpaid liquor.Qi Shuai, 28, pleaded guilty to six charges of importing, possessing and dealing in duty-unpaid beer and rice wine.Qi, who was the director of wh...

SIA is new title sponsor of F1 Singapore GP

SIA is new title sponsor of F1 Singapore GP
SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a deal to become the official title sponsor for the Formula One (F1) Singapore Grand Prix (GP).Announced on Tuesday, the contract is for two years and comes with an option to extend the sponsorship.SIA t...

SIA set to be new sponsor of Singapore F1 race

SIA set to be new sponsor of Singapore F1 race
SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) looks set to take over as the title sponsor of Singapore's Formula One night race.SIA took two full-page advertisements in Tuesday's Straits Times -- the first stating that there will be a new name on the track thi...

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Severe haze last year could have influenced climate change survey results: DPM Teo

Severe haze last year could have influenced climate change survey results: DPM Teo
SINGAPORE: The severe transboundary haze which blanketed Singapore in June last year could have influenced the results of a recent survey on climate change, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said in Parliament on Monday.The survey, commissioned by ...

Judge of Appeal, Judicial Commissioner sworn in

Judge of Appeal, Judicial Commissioner sworn in
SINGAPORE: Singapore's Judge of Appeal and Judicial Commissioner were sworn in.The ceremony was held at Istana on Monday afternoon.Justice Chao Hick Tin was re-appointed to sit as Judge of Appeal for a further period of two years, with effect from 11...

SEA Games: S'pore aims to make 2015 Games memorable

SEA Games: S'pore aims to make 2015 Games memorable
SINGAPORE: After two decades, the SEA Games is returning to Singapore next year, and the organisers are pulling out all the stops to make sure it is an event everyone in the country will be talking about.With the state-of-the-art Sports Hub hosting m...

Militaries should step up to face new security challenges: Ng Eng Hen

Militaries should step up to face new security challenges: Ng Eng Hen
SINGAPORE: Militaries will increasingly face non-traditional security challenges and should step up to meet this changing role, said Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen who was in Kuala Lumpur on Monday to attend the 14th Defence Services Asia and 3rd Put...

RSAF has robust air defence system to protect airspace: Ng Eng Hen

RSAF has robust air defence system to protect airspace: Ng Eng Hen
SINGAPORE: The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has a robust air defence system to monitor the skies and protect the sovereignty of the country's airspace.Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen said this in a written Parliamentary reply to Non-Constit...

Public invited to propose candidates for NMP posts

Public invited to propose candidates for NMP posts
SINGAPORE: A special committee of Parliament is inviting the public to propose suitable candidates to be Singapore's next batch of Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs).A statement by the Office of the Clerk of Parliament said nominated persons shou...

Govt does not have preferred distribution of PIC

Govt does not have preferred distribution of PIC
SINGAPORE: The government does not have a preferred distribution of the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC).Instead, by monitoring claims and through feedback from businesses, it makes adjustments to enhance support.Deputy Prime Minister and Fin...

1 in 6 pre-schools certified under accreditation framework

1 in 6 pre-schools certified under accreditation framework
SINGAPORE: One in six pre-schools is certified under the Singapore Pre-school Accreditation Framework (SPARK).Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said this in a Parliamentary written reply to Non-Constituency Member of Parliamen...

Poll reveals 37% of domestic helpers receive one day off per week

Poll reveals 37% of domestic helpers receive one day off per week
SINGAPORE: 37 per cent of foreign domestic workers (FDWs) received one rest day per week.This is according to the results of a survey conducted last year by the Manpower Ministry, among more than 2,000 FDWs who arrived in Singapore for work for the f...

S$4.4m committed for Singapore Day 2014

S$4.4m committed for Singapore Day 2014
SINGAPORE: A budget of $4.4 million was committed for Singapore Day 2014, which was held in London.The event was attended by over 9,000 participants.Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said this in a written Parliamentary reply to Nominated Member of...

Maids returning from Philippines are to get measles vaccination

Maids returning from Philippines are to get measles vaccination
SINGAPORE: Employment agencies have been advised to ensure that domestic workers who have travelled to the Philippines get their measles vaccination before they return.Recently more than 20 people in Singapore were infected with the disease after tra...

Efforts to raise colorectal cancer screening coverage

Efforts to raise colorectal cancer screening coverage
SINGAPORE: 33.8 per cent of Singaporeans aged 50-69 were screened for colorectal cancer with either the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) kit or colonoscopy within the recommended period, according to the Health Behavioural Surveillance Survey in 2013...

S'porean dies after setting himself on fire in JB

S'porean dies after setting himself on fire in JB
SINGAPORE: The Singaporean who set himself alight near a Johor Bahru petrol kiosk has died.42-year-old Stephen Lew Soon Kiang died from serious injuries on Sunday night, according to Malaysian media.At his wake in Hougang, his elderly mother was reti...

Two-fold rise in arrests for unlicensed money lending

Two-fold rise in arrests for unlicensed money lending
SINGAPORE: There has been a two-fold increase in arrests for unlicensed money lending and unlicensed money lending-related harassment offences between 2009 and 2013.In 2009, there were 965 arrests. The number rose to 1,953 in 2013.Over the same perio...

Quality of police officers important, not just quantity

Quality of police officers important, not just quantity
SINGAPORE: It is important to look at not only increasing the number of police officers but also deepening their capabilities, deploying superior operating models and strategies, and leveraging more on technology as a force multiplier.The Singapore P...

New GI regulations to offer greater protection of consumers' interests

New GI regulations to offer greater protection of consumers' interests
SINGAPORE: Parliament has passed new a law that will give consumers greater assurance of products which usually identify themselves as originating from a certain region, thereby marking itself apart as having met certain standards of quality.The Geog...

Indian communities celebrate New Year

Indian communities celebrate New Year
SINGAPORE: Several Indian communities in Singapore are celebrating their New Year.They include the Malayalees, who will celebrate Vishu on April 15, and the Sikhs marking Vaisakhi on Monday.Monday is also the start of the Tamil New Year and Channel N...

High prices for World Cup broadcasts "caused by small market"

High prices for World Cup broadcasts "caused by small market"
SINGAPORE: Despite a high interest in football, Singapore has a small market compared to other countries.As such, it may not have enough of a subscription or advertising revenue base to offset the costs of acquiring broadcast rights of this year's Wo...

Measures implemented to beef up security at checkpoints: DPM Teo

Measures implemented to beef up security at checkpoints: DPM Teo
SINGAPORE: A security barrier fault allowed a car to drive through a secured area at the Woodlands Checkpoint.Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean on Monday provided this update in Parliament, on the incident which took place...

More CCTVs, enhanced checkpoint barriers being stepped up: DPM Teo

More CCTVs, enhanced checkpoint barriers being stepped up: DPM Teo
Singapore: A ministry-level review committee to identify and rectify any systemic issues at Singapore's checkpoints has updated Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean on the need for interim arrangements while wider systems...

Govt mulls allowing some couples to co-rent larger PPHS flats

Govt mulls allowing some couples to co-rent larger PPHS flats
SINGAPORE: The government is considering allowing some couples to co-rent larger flats under the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme (PPHS), National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said.He said more than 900 of the 1,150 PPHS flats have been ta...

M'sian charged over attempt to evade immigration clearance

M'sian charged over attempt to evade immigration clearance
SINGAPORE: A 42-year-old Malaysian was charged on Monday with failing to stop his car for immigration clearance at the Woodlands Checkpoint.He also faces a second charge of failing to present his passportIt is the third reported case this year, of a ...

10 more countries to support "Tobacco Free Generation" project

10 more countries to support "Tobacco Free Generation" project
SINGAPORE: A project by the National Cancer Centre Singapore to push for a Tobacco-Free Generation (TFG) has garnered the support of 10 other countries in Asia.Eleven directors of leading cancer centres in Asia have come together to agree on a course...

Stringent inspections at Singapore's checkpoints: Masagos

Stringent inspections at Singapore's checkpoints: Masagos
SINGAPORE: About 350 people were caught travelling with passports that do not belong to them, or were forged or tampered, at Singapore's checkpoints every year for the past five years.Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Masa...

New feeder bus service launched in Woodlands

New feeder bus service launched in Woodlands
SINGAPORE: To improve connectivity for commuters in Woodlands, bus service 912P, a new privately-run feeder service, was launched on Monday.The service starts from Woodlands Regional Interchange and will ply Woodlands Avenue 5, Woodlands Avenue 2 and...

Measures taken to maintain law & order in Geylang

Measures taken to maintain law & order in Geylang
SINGAPORE: Authorities remain committed to maintaining law and order in Geylang, and will take additional measures where necessary.Second Home Affairs Minister S Iswaran gave this assurance on Monday, as he responded to a parliamentary question from ...

80 inmates receive National Youth Achievement Award

80 inmates receive National Youth Achievement Award
SINGAPORE: Eighty inmates received the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) from Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong on Monday. This is an almost 30 per cent increase from last year.The Singapore Prison Service began to ...

M'sian driver arrested for trying to evade immigration clearance

M'sian driver arrested for trying to evade immigration clearance
SINGAPORE: A 42-year-old Malaysian man will be charged in court on Monday afternoon for trying to evade immigration clearance at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Sunday.A media release from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on April 13 at...

SMRT Night Rider services to be scaled back

SMRT Night Rider services to be scaled back
SINGAPORE: Public transport operator SMRT is scaling back its Night Rider services due to low ridership.From April 30, Night Rider services heading towards the city will cease to operate.Night Rider services NR1, NR2, NR3, NR5, NR6, NR7 and NR8 leavi...

NTUC urges more companies to take up Portable Medical Benefits Scheme

NTUC urges more companies to take up Portable Medical Benefits Scheme
SINGAPORE: The labour movement has called on more companies to take up the Portable Medical Benefits Scheme.This is to help eliminate duplication in insurance coverage.It is one of the suggestions the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) presented t...

Less crowding, shorter waiting times for 25 bus services in Q1

Less crowding, shorter waiting times for 25 bus services in Q1
SINGAPORE: Twenty-five bus services have seen improved waiting times and less crowding in the first quarter of the year.In a joint statement, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the two public transport operators SBS Transit and SMRT said more bus...

Inflation forecast cut to 1.5-2.5% by MAS

Inflation forecast cut to 1.5-2.5% by MAS
SINGAPORE: The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Monday lowered its headline inflation outlook to 1.5-2.5 per cent for 2014 due to decreased cost pressures from accommodation and private road transport.But the central bank also said it is keep...

Singapore economy grows 5.1% in Q1 as manufacturing accelerates

Singapore economy grows 5.1% in Q1 as manufacturing accelerates
SINGAPORE: Singapore's economy grew by 5.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2014 from a year ago as an improvement in manufacturing offset a slowdown in services, the Ministry of Trade and Industry said on Monday.As for inflation, the Monetary Author...

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2,500 residents participate in community sports festival

2,500 residents participate in community sports festival
SINGAPORE: Some 2,500 residents tried their hands at various games at a community sports festival in Choa Chu Kang on Sunday.Held at the Choa Chu Kang Sports and Recreation Centre, the festival was organised by various community sports clubs.Resident...

Sport climbing soars in popularity in S'pore schools

Sport climbing soars in popularity in S'pore schools
SINGAPORE: The sport of climbing has been rapidly growing in popularity in Singapore schools.More than 50 schools took part in this year's National Schools Sport Climbing Championship.This is a three-fold increase from four years ago.Rasip Isnin, sec...

Home ventilator service allows patients to breathe easier outside hospital

Home ventilator service allows patients to breathe easier outside hospital
SINGAPORE: Neuromuscular diseases can make breathing a challenge. There is often no cure, and patients usually see out their lives in hospital.But with a service launched by Tan Tock Seng Hospital, more patients may be able to head out to a more acti...

Wife of trade & industry minister dies at 60

Wife of trade & industry minister dies at 60
SINGAPORE: Madam Lee Ai Boon, the wife of Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang, died on Saturday due to cancer. She was 60 years old.In a statement to the media, Mr Lim's press secretary said the wake is at Singapore Casket and the private funer...

Literary & visual arts pioneer Abdul Ghani Hamid dies

Literary & visual arts pioneer Abdul Ghani Hamid dies
SINGAPORE: One of Singapore's literary and visual arts pioneers - Abdul Ghani Hamid - died on Sunday.He succumbed to pneumonia, after six years of ill health as a result of a stroke.It would have been his 81st birthday on Sunday.Mr Abdul Ghani was kn...

Increased COE quota not expected to affect used car sales

Increased COE quota not expected to affect used car sales
SINGAPORE: The increase in the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) quota for cars is unlikely to affect sales of used cars, said motor traders.This is because the price difference between new and used cars is still substantial.Raymond Tang, honorary sec...

Big discounts for condos unlikely despite increased supply

Big discounts for condos unlikely despite increased supply
SINGAPORE: Some 850 private residential homes will be launched in an upcoming project in Queenstown next month.Another close to 1,000 units can be expected from two other projects located near Tanglin Road and the Tiong Bahru area.But despite the inc...

Coalition govt not on my mind: PM Lee

Coalition govt not on my mind: PM Lee
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said a coalition government for Singapore was not on his mind, as a Financial Times article had suggested.During a recent interview, he was asked by an FT journalist if he could envisage a day when the People...

S'poreans contribute ideas for Jubilee Baby Gift

S'poreans contribute ideas for Jubilee Baby Gift
SINGAPORE: Singaporeans have come up with gift ideas for babies born next year, as part of the country’s 50th birthday celebrations.More than 4,000 suggestions have been received so far for the Jubilee Baby Gift.The ideas range from subsidies for mil...

New balance in policies needed in economic recovery: Tharman

New balance in policies needed in economic recovery: Tharman
SINGAPORE: International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) Chairman Tharman Shanmugaratnam said a new balance in policies is needed for the new phase of the global economic recovery.This means a "focus on the medium term more than the short ter...

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World Book Day as NLB hopes more will cultivate reading habits

World Book Day as NLB hopes more will cultivate reading habits
SINGAPORE: The borrowing of books and electronic resources in libraries has been increasingly steadily over the years.Minister of State for Education and Communications and Information Sim Ann said this on the sidelines of the opening of World Book D...

Association holds charity outreach for seniors

Association holds charity outreach for seniors
SINGAPORE: To honour the pioneer generation, the Association of Certified Security Agencies organised a charity outreach for some 100 senior citizens on Saturday morning.The association raised S$7,000 in cash and food for "Home@Hong San", which cater...

Easter egg hunt spans Mount Faber, HarbourFront and Sentosa

Easter egg hunt spans Mount Faber, HarbourFront and Sentosa
SINGAPORE: Never count your eggs before they hatch, unless it's Easter!Some 100 giant eggs will be the focus of The Great Egg-venture, among a series of activities launched on Saturday ahead of Good Friday celebrations.Organised by the Sentosa Harbou...

Language curricula in schools regularly reviewed

Language curricula in schools regularly reviewed
SINGAPORE: The Malay, Chinese and Tamil language curricula in Singapore schools have been reviewed from time to time, to ensure they stay "relevant, interesting and meaningful", said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.The aim is to strengthen studen...

New car sales expected to pick up after increased COE quota

New car sales expected to pick up after increased COE quota
SINGAPORE: Sales of new cars are expected to pick up in the coming months.This comes after the Land Transport Authority raised by 42 per cent the quota of Certificates of Entitlement (COE) for cars during the May-July period.Several businesses that C...

NEA steps up enforcement against littering offenders

NEA steps up enforcement against littering offenders
SINGAPORE: Enforcement efforts against littering have been stepped up.In the first quarter of this year, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has issued 4,255 tickets to littering offenders.This is nearly half the number of tickets (9,346) issued la...

Man arrested for attacking 3 people

Man arrested for attacking 3 people
SINGAPORE: Police have arrested a 44-year-old man, who is believed to be responsible for injuring three people in Ang Mo Kio and Yishun.On Saturday morning, police were alerted to three separate cases of victims being attacked by a man with a sharp o...

Parents' support helps bring out the best in every child: Heng Swee Keat

Parents' support helps bring out the best in every child: Heng Swee Keat
SINGAPORE: Parents need to be a supportive partner to bring out the best in every child, said Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat.Speaking at the inaugural Parent Support Groups conference on Saturday, he said parents have to support not only the c...

ECMO machines boost life-saving for critically-ill children and infants

ECMO machines boost life-saving for critically-ill children and infants
SINGAPORE: KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) has received a major donation that will significantly boost its life-saving capabilities.The hospital has been given S$300,000 for two portable "Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation" (ECMO) machines....

SAF holds symbolic handover parade at Marina Bay Floating Platform

SAF holds symbolic handover parade at Marina Bay Floating Platform
SINGAPORE: The families of some 5,000 soldiers were at the Marina Bay Floating Platform on Saturday morning for a symbolic handover parade.This is the first time the Singapore Armed Forces is combining the passing-out parade of new recruits with the ...

PM Lee discusses S'pore politics, nanny state label in FT interview

PM Lee discusses S'pore politics, nanny state label in FT interview
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singaporeans generally feel more secure these days, but one of the government's tasks is to remind them that this is a result of a continuing act of will, and an appropriate sense of insecurity is very h...

80 measles cases in S'pore; 23 had travelled to Philippines

80 measles cases in S'pore; 23 had travelled to Philippines
SINGAPORE: Eighty people have come down with measles in Singapore as of April 5.The Ministry of Health (MOH) said among them, 23 cases had a travel history to the Philippines, which announced measles outbreaks in a number of cities in Metro Manila an...

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