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Daily Archives: 2015-08-17

Central Bangkok rocked by bomb blast near popular shrine

At least 27 people have been killed and many more injured in a bomb blast outside the Erawan shrine in central Chit Lom district of Thai capital Bangkok. There has not yet been any claim of responsibility for the incident. Journalists who arrived on the scene reported chaos and carnage everywhere as the authorities scrambled to deal with the situation. LIVE …

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Suicide and euthanasia – treading the ethical and legal boundaries

By Ghui Anything associated with death is generally considered taboo in most cultures and Singapore is no exception to this. No matter how distasteful the subject of death, it is a certainty for everyone at some point. To that extent, it is therefore grudgingly accepted. However, the idea of suicide, assisted or otherwise, is polarising to say the least. The …

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Lina Chiam’s adjournment motion on the Auditor-General Report

Non-Constituency Member of Parliament, Mrs Lina Chiam, delivered an adjournment motion on the Auditor-General’s Report (“AGO”) in Parliament today. The AGO report was released on 15 July and highlighted numerous financial and accounting irregularities and lapses in government ministries and statutory boards, most notably with regard to the People's Association and Nparks. Titled “Proper Accountability by Public Sector Entities for …

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DPM Tharman is wrong about Sinking Fund: AHPETC

The following is a statement issued by the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) in response to what Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said in parliament on Monday. AHPETC ABLE TO FULFILL SINKING FUNDS OBLIGATIONS WITH GRANTS. We refer to the parliamentary debate during question time on 17 August 2015 on the Auditor-General’s Office annual audit for FY …

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Third SingFirst public forum on CPF returns well-attended

  By Sharon Ng SingFirst urged the Singapore government not to keep growing the reserves but, instead, to give Singaporeans back the returns on the investments made by their hard-earned CPF money. During a public forum held at Hotel Royal on 15 August, three speakers, Chris Kuan, Leong Sze Hian and Roy Ngerng, took turns to speak on the hot …

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SG50 – Our national pledge

By Jamal Ismail As we celebrate our 50 years of Singapore’s independence and reflect upon our nation’s humble beginnings, let us remind ourselves on the core values that our great nation was built upon. In just a few weeks, we will see political parties campaigning for the 2015 General Elections. Perhaps now is the best time to take stock of …

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When the reserves go, the economy tanks and everyone goes along with it: Dr Chee

By Rachel Zeng and Timothy Lai Dr Chee Soon Juan casted doubt on the PAP government’s ability to guard Singapore’s financial reserves during their house visits on Sunday, 16 August. Dr Chee contended, “Our message to [the voters] is that what we need is to make sure our reserves are being monitored [by a strong opposition].” The Singapore Democratic Party …

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Separating the party from the state

The following piece was first published on Byline. The upcoming general election is not about electing opposition voices into Parliament. Or so the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) would like you to believe. No, the upcoming general election is actually about electing the next generation of PAP leaders to govern the country. That this completely misrepresents the point of parliamentary …

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Chinese premier Li Keqiang visits scene of Tianjin explosions

Chinese premier Li Keqiang has visited victims of a series of explosions in Tianjin, BBC News reported on Monday. The explosions that happened last Wednesday have claimed 112 lives. 95 people, mostly firefighters, are still missing. 721 people are injured and 25 are in critical condition. https://twitter.com/ajabrown/status/632798440242593792 Li met with victims who have been injured or displaced by the blast, …

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