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Daily Archives: 2018-12-04

MOH seeks public feedback on whether tax should be imposed on sugar-sweetened drinks or ban them all together

Citing diabetes as a serious health concern in Singapore, for having the highest prevalence of diabetes among developed nations, Ministry of Health is seeking feedback from the public on what measures Singapore can take to reduce the intake of sugar from pre-packaged sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) so as to combat the rising trend of diabetes. The public consultation will be held from …

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Prof Tommy Koh lauded by netizens for his progressive views on wages for low-income groups

During the round table discussion on wages in the ages of disruptions hosted by Straits Times, National University of Singapore Professor Dr Tommy Koh argued that the government's apparent resistance towards implementing a minimum wage in the Republic is rooted in "fake" ideological arguments. The Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Singapore government has always insisted …

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PM Lee Hsien Loong sues blogger, Leong Sze Hian for defamation over Facebook share

It is now public knowledge that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is suing veteran Singaporean blogger, Leong Sze Hian for defamation over a Facebook share he made on his Facebook profile, on 7 Nov. The article which Leong shared was an article by Malaysian online news media, TheCoverage.my. It claimed that editor-in-chief of investigative journalism platform Sarawak Report (SR) Ms …

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Singapore’s obsession with rankings will ultimately hurt academia more than it helps

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) published an article discussing the US$200,000 starting salary offered by Singapore's national university and the effects that will have on education and research in Singapore overall. The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have been rapidly ascending the global university rankings, now in 11th and 12th respectively based on the …

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Nine Thai companies recognised as outstanding brands winners at the Influential Brands® 2018 Ceo Asia Summit in Singapore

Influential Brands®, a think-tank research and business organisation which identifies, engages and recognises "The Champions of Excellence" throughout Asia, has named and recognised nine Thai companies as deserving winners at the 2018 Thailand's Outstanding Brands. The winners were judged not only on their outstanding success in its own category, industry or domain, but also on their significant growth in the past few years. Some of the key …

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DHL survey finds companies in Asia Pacific place more importance on green transport than other regions

The latest research report on ground transportation logistics by DHL, the world's leading logistics company, has revealed that companies in Asia Pacific place more importance on green transport than other regions do. The global survey found that a whopping 75% of respondents from the region believe electric vehicles will have a significant impact on transport in the next two years, …

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Filipino news site Rappler and CEO Maria Ressa indicted for tax evasion in an attempt to silence independent media

Philippines independent news site Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa were formally indicted last week for tax evasion, a move that many consider to be politically motivated and designed to silence independent media in the Philippines. Rappler has long been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs that has shocked audiences around the globe. The death toll from …

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201 suspects arrested in joint operation against transnational vice syndicate

201 people, comprised of 23 men and 178 women, were arrested in a joint operation against a transnational vice syndicate conducted by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) between 22 October and 23 November 2018. The police stated in a Facebook post that officers from the SPF and MPS coordinated simultaneous raids at 83 locations …

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