Daily Archives: 2018-11-13

Commuters to Malaysia asked to plan journey for holiday season

Traffic is expected to be particularly heavy on weekends throughout the holiday period as the year-end school holiday approaches, warned  the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in a press release on Monday (12 November). The authority noted that travellers using the land checkpoints during this period can expect delays and should take note of this advisory. ICA stressed that security …

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ComfortDelGro embarks on autonomous vehicle trial in real traffic conditions

A trial of an autonomous shuttle bus service in real traffic conditions in the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Kent Ridge campus will be commenced in March 2019. ComfortDelGro announced in a press release on Monday (12 November) that the year-long autonomous bus shuttle operational trial will be carried out using the EasyMile EZ10 autonomous shuttle which will be funded by …

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The next General Election “will be a new test for the PAP”: PM Lee

While he believes that the People’s Action Party (PAP) had managed to garner overwhelming support from Singaporeans in the last General Election (GE), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has also expressed his reservations about falling into complacency, and cautions the party against taking such support for granted. Delivering part of his address in Mandarin during the recent PAP conference on …

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DASTAK, Singapore’s Hindi Theatre Festival is back again on 15-18 November

DASTAK, Singapore’s first and only 3-day Hindi Theatre Festival, announced its 3rd year edition to be held in Singapore between 15th – 18 November 2018 (3pm & 8pm) at Blackbox, Goodman Arts Centre. The festival is supported by National Arts Council Singapore, Krescendo Communications and other local sponsors. DASTAK, which translates to ‘knocking’ in English, is a knock on the …

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Bus services affected by road closures due to the 33rd ASEAN Summit

Five SBS Transit bus services – 70M, 111, 133, 162M and 502 – serving the Suntec area will be affected by road closures for the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, announced SBS Transit in a press release on Monday (12 November). The authority stated that these buses will skip these three bus stops from 12 to 16 November: The …

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Stripe’s merchants can now pay their service providers instantly using Visa Direct

Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, has teamed up with Stripe, a technology company that builds the economic infrastructure for the internet, to enable its real-time push payment solution on Stripe Connect, the company’s solution for multisided marketplaces and platforms. Visa Direct offers real-time push payment capabilities to business owners and consumers via the cards they already carry in …

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2,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized at Woodland checkpoint

More than 2,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized at Woodland checkpoint on Friday (9 November) and Saturday (10 November). This was announced by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in a Facebook post on Monday (12 November). ICA stated that officers discovered 192 cartons and 40 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in 4 ice boxes of seafood and the Singapore-registered car’s …

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ICA to implement new multi-biometrics system at checkpoints starting April next year

A new scanning system which will include the use of two additional biometric markers, namely facial recognition and iris recognition, will be introduced by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in April next year at all checkpoints. The addition of the new biometric identifiers will eliminate the problem of the inability of the current system – the enhanced-Immigration Automated Clearance …

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Amnesty International revokes Aung San Suu Kyi’s Ambassador of Conscience Award

Amnesty International has withdrawn the Ambassador of Conscience Award, its highest award, from Aung San Suu Kyi. The organisation cited the ‘shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for’ as the reason for the withdrawal. “Today, we are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defense of human rights”, said Secretary …

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