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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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