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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Hyflux, a critical national asset, needs to be saved

by K. Pelly Periasamy Hyflux was once hailed as a model of innovation and entrepreneurship; Olivia Lum (its founder) and Hyflux were bestowed with awards and accolades for their pioneering entrepreneurship. The company’s bold endeavor in water treatment was hailed as an innovative solution to address Singapore’s critical need for fresh water and another strategic step in the nation’s long-term …

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HSA reveals greater security lapse in blood bank database than originally found; data breach issue to be raised in Parliament on Monday

There was “more access” to the data of over 800,000 blood donors “than had been initially assessed by” vendor Secur Solutions Group (SSG), said the Health Sciences Authority on Sat (30 Mar), based on the vendor’s statement. The Straits Times reported SSG as saying that “subsequent forensic analysis revealed that the server was also accessed suspiciously from several other IP …

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Singapore applies Unesco bid for its hawker culture

Singaporean authorities – the National Heritage Board (NHB), the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Federation of Merchants’ Associations (FMAS) – have officially submitted the nomination documents on Wednesday (27 March) to put hawker culture in Singapore on the Unesco Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Although the Singapore Botanic Gardens was made Unesco World Heritage Site …

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Netizens call for stronger enforcement against e-scooter riders

Following a series of traffic accidents involving e-scooter, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has posted a reminder on its Facebook page to individuals who own e-scooter to register their devices. If they do it by 31 March 2019, they will be able to enjoy a waiver of S$20 registration fee. In March 2018, the Government accepted the Active Mobility Advisory …

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Anti-“fake news” Bill to be introduced in Parliament, Govt may instruct online news platforms to “display corrections”: PM Lee

A piece of legislation specifically targeting the proliferation of “fake news” will soon make its way into Parliament, just over a year after the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods was formed. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed on Fri (29 Mar) that the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill will be read for the first time in the …

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