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Daily Archives: 2016-07-14

Singapore gets its first edition of the Singapore Michelin Guide

Bib Gourmand awards for the 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore has just been announced. This makes Singapore the first Southeast Asian country to be featured in a Michelin Guide. A total of 34 eateries made it to the list, 17 of them can be found in traditional food centres. To qualify for the Bib Gourmand awards, venues must offer good value …

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Body of missing boatman in Marina Bay Boat Fire found

The boatman, who went missing on Tuesday evening after his bumboat caught fire, was finally found. The Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) retrieved his body from the Singapore River on late Wednesday (July 13), with the help of PUB’s officers. The man was identified to be Ong Hock Long, who was in his 30s. His next-to-kin has been informed. “Our …

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FactWire regrets false statement by Singapore’s Tranport Minister

Hong Kong based news agency, FactWire has said in a public statement that it regrets the false statement by Transport Minister, Khaw Boon Wan about Singapore being used as a "convenient bullet" in a “crossfire” between factions in Hong Kong and that it serves the public, independent of any commercial or political interests. The Transport Minister appeared at the SMRT’s Bishan Depot on …

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Haze of 2015: What is the Singapore government’s agenda?

As satellites picked up just a third of the number of fires detected this year compared to the same period last year, there is hope that the region might avert a repeat of the catastrophic haze episode of 2015. At the height of the haze which engulfed the region last year, Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) sent notices to the …

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Dismal China trade balance shadows Asia markets

By Margaret Yang, CMC Markets China’s June export and imports both fell more than expected, putting pressure on commodities and equity markets after a four-day rally. Exports in June dropped 4.8% whereas imports shrank by 8.4%, showing that global demand is still soft and we haven’t seen signs of it reversing yet. Chinese policy makers will probably maintain accommodative domestic …

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Japanese Emperor Akihito plans on abdicating in a few years

Current Japanese Emperor Akihito, 82 years old, plans on abdicating in a few years – something that hasn’t occurred in the last 200 years. According to the Imperial Household Agency, as cited by NHK, the Emperor believes that his old age prevents him from performing his duties as an emperor to the fullest. He said that someone suitable should take …

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MPs express concerns over possible hike in lift maintenance cost after new regulation kicks in

Members of Parliament have expressed their concerns on possible rise in lift maintenance expenses in relation to the announcement by Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to step up requirements for lift maintenance in light of numerous of accidents that had happened in Singapore's housing buildings. The BCA will implement tighter maintenance standards for lifts from July 25. For instance, the brakes and lifts parts need …

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MFA: Sovereignty claims in South China Sea should be settled by parties concerned

Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterates Singapore's position that sovereignty claims in South China Sea should be settled by parties concerned, accordance with international law and refrain from provocative behaviour that will raise tensions. This was said by Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan in his reply to the Parliamentary and Supplementary Question on 11 July raised by Mr Dennis Tan …

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