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Daily Archives: 2016-04-20

Dynastic Meritocracy vs Meritocratic Dynasty?

By Law Kim Hwee Back in Jan 1999, William Safire, he with the sharp pen, asked late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) pointedly about nepotism: ”Would your son be Deputy Prime Minister if he were not your son?” He snaps: ”If he were not my son, he would be the Prime Minister. He came up faster than any of the others, but …

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Singapore drops another rank to 154th in World Press Freedom Index, yet another lowest

Singapore drops one rank from its 2015’s 153rd ranking to 154th in Reporters Without Borders (RWB)’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. This new ranking place the city state at its lowest ever rank in the index, the highest ever rank obtained by Singapore is 135th in 2012. Asian countries that are above Singapore are Taiwan (51st), Hong Kong (69th), South Korea (70th), Japan (72nd), …

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Eligibility criteria for Presidential candidates too narrow: AWARE

The first public hearing of the Constitutional Commission to review the Elected Presidency (EP) was conducted earlier this week on 18 March. Following the hearing, women’s rights group Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) expressed concern over the lack of female representation in the Presidential scene. AWARE highlighted that besides one lone woman Minister in the current Cabinet, …

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Dollar Index slides for the third day, STI advances ahead of earnings season

By Margaret Yang, CMC Markets Equities – Asian equity markets rebounded sharply yesterday, led by the Nikkei 225 which rallied 3.6%. Nikkei futures continued to go higher after the cash market closed. Market sentiment shifted to the positive side as crude oil recovered its losses and stands above $40 again.  The US market finished higher as IBM delivered better-than-expected 1Q …

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