Daily Archives: 2016-12-09

Impeachment motion against Korean President Park Geun-hye, endorsed by overwhelming support from opposition

The South Korea's parliament has endorsed an impeachment motion against President Park Geun-hye on 9 December, with huge support from opposition lawmakers and also from opposing members of Park's ruling Saenuri Party. The endorsement was reached at 4.13 pm with 234 legislators approving, 56 opposing, 7 invalid and 2 declining to vote, in the unicameral National Assembly. Park's presidency was officially …

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Revisit the set up of an Exim Bank for SMEs

Responding to a call by government feedback unit,  REACH Singapore on ideas for the Pre-Budget 2017, a citizen by the name of Patrick Liew suggested that the Government should revisit the setting up of an Exim Bank or a similar institution or initiative to help Small-Medium-Enterprises (SMEs) to enhance their financial position, stability and growth. Exim Bank is specialist providers of …

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Provision of 30-day grace period of SingPass 2FA to end on 15 January 2017

Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) has stated that over 2.3 million SingPass users have set up their SingPass 2-Step Verification, also known as 2-Factor Authentication (2FA), to better protect their SingPass account and personal data. SingPass 2FA was made mandatory in July 2016, following a year of extensive outreach. To minimise disruption to regular users who need to transact …

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Foreign Chinese worker found dead at worksite after falling from height

A foreign worker fell and died at a construction site this Friday morning (9 December). The accident happened at the work site located at the junction of Sembawang Road and Canberra Road, where the worker fell from an upper part of the construction. Someone reported the accident and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were alerted at 9.48am …

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Social service officer convicted of misusing S$343,480 from ComCare funds

A social service officer, Chia Kwang Hwee, 33, was convicted of misusing S$343,480 funds from the Community Care Endowment Fund (ComCare) over three years, between Nov 2011 and Aug 2014 and was charged under the Penal Code, Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act and the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefts) Act. Chia was charged with 126 counts …

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Dear Jay, exploring another side of grief and understanding mental illness

This original Singaporean play, "Dear Jay" helmed by director Hazel Ho, playwright Euginia Tan and producer Benedict Leong will be staged at the Esplanade Theatre Studio from 15 – 18 December 2016. "Dear Jay" was conceptualised by Tan and Leong after discussing their personal struggles and journeys with mental illness. Being youths themselves, they both agreed that this is an …

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Death toll from Aceh earthquake hits 102

Head of the Data and Information Division at BNPB, Dr Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, has confirmed that the death toll of the earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale which took place at Pidie Jaya Regency, Aceh on Wednesday (7 December) morning at 5am has already hit 102 people and said that there are still some who have not been found. Local Media, Voa, said that …

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Police investigated over 500 cases of rape over past three years

Earlier in November this year, Mr Chen Show Mao, MP for Aljunied GRC, asked the Minister of Home Affairs on the number of officers assigned to the Serious Sexual Crimes Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and what is the rationale for the staffing numbers at the Serious Sexual Crimes Branch (SSCB). Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam said that …

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