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Daily Archives: 2015-01-09

Extremists won’t silence voices on Facebook: Zuckerberg

Following the murder of 12 people at French magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, believed to have been carried out by extremists, the founder and CEO of social networking giant Facebook has pledged to not let those using the network be silenced by extremists. "A few years ago, an extremist in Pakistan fought to have me sentenced to death because Facebook …

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First world nation, here we are!

In December 2014, the secretary general of the People's Action Party (PAP) took a dig at the opposition. "When other people say First World Parliament, you don't know what it means," Lee Hsien Loong said, apparently taking a swipe at the Workers' Party general election 2011 slogan. And then referring to his own party, he said, "When we say First …

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NTU – university or censorship watchdog?

“Only political and no academic grounds were ever cited by the university leadership for this 2009 decision,” academic and professor, Cherian George, wrote on his website on 24 December 2014. He was referring to the decision by the Nanyang Technological University that year to grant him a promotion but to deny him tenure as recommended by its own 2008-09 promotion …

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COE announcement for January 1st bidding exercise

By COE SG Charts The price of Cat C, Commercial vehicles COEs have risen by about three thousand dollars to $55,011, which stands at 73% of the COE price of Cat B luxury cars. The price of Cat A COEs have risen by about $200 to $66,010, which stands at 88% of the COE price of Cat B luxury cars. The …

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Web of businesses for company in Sengkang columbarium project

By Gangasudhan Most of us would have heard of Life Corp, the company embroiled in the construction of the columbarium in Sengkang. Some have judged its competency with the project. But do we know all its business links? Life Corporation Ltd was originally known as Cygenics Limited and set up in 2004 to explore the business of cordblood storage. It …

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Fancy paying HDB studio price for a columbarium niche?

By TR Emeritus The recent Sengkang columbarium saga shows that “properties” for the dead may be mirroring the development trend of properties for the living in Singapore. TRE examined HDB’s past land tender records for building Chinese temples and found that the recent Fernvale Link land parcel tender was, for the first time, successfully won by a public listed company (Eternal …

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MOE disputes Prof Koh’s claims on student poverty

“We know of no study that substantiates this, nor does our teachers' experience bear out this alarming picture,” says Ms Ho Hwei Ling, Press Secretary to the Minister for Education, in a letter to the Straits Times forum page on Friday. Ms Ho was responding to an article for the newspaper by Professor Tommy Koh last Saturday. Prof Koh had …

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The Sengkang columbarium saga – problems of an “open market” approach for “religious purpose”

By Fervent Citizen “The Housing and Development Board and Urban Redevelopment Authority indicated that plans for a columbarium at a Chinese temple planned in Sengkang can go ahead, despite objections from residents”, Channel NewsAsia posted on 6 January. HDB and URA are unequivocal in taking a ‘legal’ stand that no regulations has been flouted in the award to the highest bidder …

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Call for secularism to prevail in Singapore

By Singapore Muslims for Secular Democracy For the past few decades, the world had seen the emergence of religious movements that predicate upon a rejection of secularism and democratic pluralism as the basis of modern nation-states. Among the Muslims, the rejection of secularism went along with a call for "Islamization", which took the form of advocating for an Islamic state, including …

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