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Daily Archives: 2016-08-22

Sixth and longest-serving President, S R Nathan passed away at the age of 92

S R Nathan, the sixth and longest-serving president of the country, has passed away at the age of 92. Mr Nathan, who was Singapore's longest-serving president, died on Monday night (22 August) at the Singapore General Hospital, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office. PMO statement wrote: "The Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues are sad to learn …

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SDP: NDR 2016 lacked in ideas to address looming problems

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) issued a statement on the National Day Rally by the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong which was held on Sunday (21 August). In its statement, it stated that PM Lee failed to tell the nation how the government would tackle the myriad of pressing problems that plague the country such as economic contraction, stagnant productivity, increased lay-offs, worrying …

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Singapore Heritage Society asks Govt to reconsider demolition of historical building

The Singapore Government is planning to demolish a substantial part of the Ellison Building to make way for the North-South Highway; it will be rebuilt after the Highway is completed. The authorities described the decision as an "exceptional course of action" that is to be taken after considerable study and deliberation by the agencies. This is despite the Ellison Building's status …

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Will you support TOC’s parallel analysis of race relations?

This week, Singaporeans were stunned yet again by some mysterious survey findings that fly in the face of the lived experiences of the people in Singapore. The CNA-IPS Survey on Race Relations suggested that everyone was multicultural and some Singaporeans found racism a problem. TOC has been trying to get hold of the raw data so as to do its …

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Indonesian armed forces fighting fire in Bengkalis, Riau

Air Force Mayor Ferry Duantoro had shared that fire was raging in Tasik Serai,Bengkalis, Riaum Indonesia on Sunday (20 August). An Indonesian Air Tractor plane was conducting a routine patrol in the area when the pilot noticed the huge fire. The patrol team immediately coordinated with The Air Task Force Land and Forest Fire Prevention Riau to put out the fire, …

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The SAA 2016 Annual Awards Ceremony : Civil society to take more action

The Singapore Advocacy Awards (SAA) held its 3rd annual awards ceremony on Saturday 20 August. The Awards were presented to three individuals and two organisations that have been exemplary in their advocacy work in Singapore: Dr Ho Hua Chew – Outstanding Advocate of Our Time Kirsten Han - Advocate of the Year June Chua - Promising Advocate of the Year …

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Building a compassionate and inclusive nation, should include oppositions

By Dr Ang Yong Guan Dear PM Lee, On the surface, your speech was impressive especially the last stretch when you returned to speak after your "collapse". You were candid, spontaneous with a touch of humour; deviating from your prepared speech at times. You reminded Singaporeans what you and your government have done for the nation in the last 15 …

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Philippine President threatens to leave United Nations and say he don’t give a sh*t to the repercussions

Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte spoke out strongly against the United Nations (UN) and threatened to leave the body after it criticised the “illegal killings” spurred by his war against drug dealers in Philippine. Duterte held a news conference in Davao City after Agnes Callamard, the new UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, urged the Philippines to stop extrajudicial executions and …

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