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Daily Archives: 2019-01-18

Executive detention orders and the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

by Teo Soh Lung On 16 Jan 2019, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced that Murad bin Mohd Said (a freelance religious teacher, aged 46 and his student, Razali bin Abas, a 56 year old technician were issued with 2-year restriction orders under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in December and October 2018 respectively. Restriction orders are conditions imposed by …

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Chee Soon Juan’s book launch venue changed because Lifelong Learning Institute cancelled his booking at the last minute

Secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Chee Soon Juan was all set to launch his book titled “Never On Bended Knees” on 26 January. Unfortunately, the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) had cancelled his booking at its event hall, citing that the event and the book “do not appear” to be “related to training, skills upgrading and lifelong learning for …

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RSAF and DSTA complete technical evaluation of F-16 replacement with F-35

The technical evaluation to select the next generation fighter to replace the F-16s has been completed by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has been identified as the most suitable replacement to maintain the RSAF's capabilities. In a press release on Friday (18 January), the Ministry of …

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Netizens dismiss news that Singaporeans are cancelling CNY shopping trips to Malaysia as disputes continue

It appears that Singaporean-organised “shopping tours” to Johor, in conjunction with Chinese New Year, are seeing a lot of last-minute cancellations as situation between two countries tense up over a maritime and airspace dispute, reported Sin Chew daily. Community groups in the Lion City often run yearly Chinese New Year shopping trips for Singaporeans to make use of the cheaper …

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Hawkers to receive same-day NETS sales proceeds

The same-day settlement for hawkers every day to enable hawkers to receive their sales proceeds in their bank account via NETS transactions on the same business day and give them faster access to their funds and improving cash flow has been launched on Thursday (17 January). NETS stated in its press release that no special arrangements are required to enjoy the …

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2 Singaporeans caught smuggling bak kwa from Malaysia into Singapore

Two Singaporeans attempting to smuggle in barbequed meat (‘bak kwa’) hidden in packets of durian-flavoured biscuits at the arrival bus hall on 12 January were foiled by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers In a Facebook post, ICA said that its officers noticed packets of layered stacks resembling ‘bak kwa’ in the scanned images of the 39-year-old female and …

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Slower economic growth in Singapore due to decrease in export demand and overall “weaker global trade growth”: GECS Q4 2018 report by ACCA and IMA

Economic growth in Singapore - one of the two "most trade-dependent economies in the Asia Pacific region" besides Hong Kong - is slowing as the demand for exports fell in Q4 last year, according to the latest edition of Global Economic Conditions (GECS), based on the ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and IMA (Institute of Management Accountants). The …

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The #10yearchallenge is a golden opportunity for data miners

Hashtags and challenges have become part of internet culture – spanning across most, if not all, social media platforms. The latest trend on the Internet of Things is of course the #10yearchallenge where people share on social media two photos of themselves side by side, taken 10 years apart. It started right around the New Year and picked up traction …

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