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Daily Archives: 2019-03-06

Changes in Permanent Secretary Appointments

The Public Service Division (PSD) announced on Tuesday (5 March) that eight civil servants will be taking on a new position or seeing a change to their portfolio with effect from 1 April. The PSD also announced Ms Lai Wei Lin, 43, Deputy Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Education (MOE) to be appointed Second Permanent Secretary (Education). Ms Lai, 43, held …

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TISG retracts two articles which contained allegations against NTUC Foodfare

The Independent Singapore, a socio-political website has decided to retract two articles that made allegations against NTUC Foodfare Co-Operative; the food-centre operator at Changi Terminal 4. The first article was published on 19 Nov last year alleging of an elderly hawker passed away due to exhaustion after working 18-hour days to avoid hefty fine by NTUC Foodfare. Another article that …

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Train disruption along DTL on Wednesday morning

The Downtown Line (DTL) train service was disrupted this morning (6 March) due to signaling fault, according to a later statement tweeted by SBS Transit. The train delay occurred since about 8am until after 9am. Information about the delay were posted on the TATA SMRT Facebook platform by commuters: Simon Soh wrote at 8:09am: “DTL DOWN Bt Panjang Stn No …

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Ms Teo: Govt, unions and employers all agree retirement, re-employment ages of elderly should be raised

In Parliament today (5 Mar), Manpower Minister Josephine Teo told Parliament that the Government, unions and employers have all agreed to raise the retirement age beyond 62 and re-employment age beyond 67 (‘Parliament: Govt, unions and employers agree retirement, re-employment ages should be raised‘). Ms Teo was referring to the Tripartite Workgroup on Older Workers set up last year to …

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Subject-Based Banding to be expanded beyond PSLE subjects

Subject-Based Banding (Secondary) [SBB(Sec)] will be expanded beyond the four PSLE subjects in line with ongoing efforts to develop the full potential of students, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said in a press release on Tuesday (5 March). The ministry stated that these changes will provide students with more opportunities to study subjects at a level better suited to their …

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The country that celebrates meritocracy like no other

In the name of meritocracy, the son of Lee Kuan Yew became Prime Minister. In the name of meritocracy, the wife of the Prime Minister became Temasek CEO. And meritocracy it was that led to the personal lawyer of the Prime Minister becoming Attorney-General, and a PAP Member of Parliament becoming Deputy Attorney-General. Meritocracy has also paved the way for …

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Retired banker Chris Kuan wonders if Hyflux was a victim of regulatory excesses like awarding too much contracts to ensure a peak reserve margin of 30%

On Tuesday (5 March), the national water agency Public Utility Board sent a default notice to Tuaspring Pte Ltd (TPL), a subsidiary of Hyflux, to fix defaults arising under the Water Purchase Agreement (WPA) between PUB and TPL. The authority announced that TPL is to resolve all defaults within the default notice period and failing to do so, will result …

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