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Daily Archives: 2019-05-17

Singapore Airlines profit drops by 47.5% despite recording highest annual revenue to date

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has reported a 47.5% decline in profit for the financial year of 2018/19 despite also recording its highest annual revenue to date (S$683 million). In a report on the Group financial performance released on 16 May, SIA named ‘transformation initiatives’ as contributing to the company’s record revenue performance, however an increase in fuel prices significantly affected the …

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Taiwan becomes the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage through groundbreaking Bill

This year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia witnessed a significant moment in the history of LGBTQ rights as Taiwan’s parliamentarians pass Asia’s first same-sex marriage legislation today (17 May), despite strong opposition from the public as seen in the results of a referendum last Nov. Results of the referendum revealed that more than 70 per cent of people …

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What is making the 4G PAP politicians so nervous?

by Joseph Nathan When parliament passed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) Bill at 10.30 pm, during the second day of the fasting month of Ramadan, one cannot help but wonder why there is such an urgency attached to this bill. Naturally, conspiracy theories abound and the lack of concise and timely answers on the part of …

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Netizens question Singapore’s safety after foreign worker charged for raping student near Kranji War Memorial

Indian national Chinnaiah Karthik will be seen in court in June to face an aggravated rape charge as he attacked and raped a female university student in Kranji. On 4 May, the 21-year-old foreign worker purportedly approached the 23-year-old student along Turf Club Avenue at around 1.30am, according to Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao. Although it was reported that the student …

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Fire breaks out at Dickson Road shophouse in Little India

A fire broke out at a two-storey shophouse along 14 Dickson Road in Little India on Thursday afternoon (16 May). The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post that it responded to a fire at 14 Dickson Road at about 2.50pm, and the fire was extinguished at approximately 4.10pm. “12 emergency vehicles and about 40 firefighters were deployed …

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PUB rejects Hyflux potential white knight investor Utico’s bid to delay Tuaspring desalination plant takeover

Singapore’s national water agency Public Utilities Board (PUB) has rejected Emirati utilities group Utico’s request to delay the statutory body’s takeover of beleaguered water treatment firm Hyflux’s Tuaspring desalination plant due tomorrow (18 May). PUB told The Straits Times that it will stand by “all the announcements that have already been made about PUB taking over the Tuaspring Desalination Plant”. …

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POFMA: More harm than good? – A discussion on fake news laws hosted by Function 8 on 18 May

Function 8 is holding a discussion, “POFMA: More Harm than Good?” on the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) which was recently passed into law by Parliament. This law has been widely criticised and debated since it was first introduced  in April, with many groups and organisations raising several concerns over provisions in the legislation which gives wide …

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