Daily Archives: 2019-08-29

Air India to stop using single-use plastic on flights

Debt-ridden Air India said Thursday it will stop using single-use plastic and replace the packaging with eco-friendly paper and wooden cutlery, as the government ramps up its “clean India” mission. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech in mid-August said eradicating single-use plastics was a key goal and called on people to take the “first big step” on …

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Retrials ordered for ex-South Korean leader Park and Samsung heir

by Sunghee Hwang / Claire LEE South Korea’s top court ordered new trials Thursday for former President Park Geun-hye and Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong over the corruption scandal that brought her down, in a blow to the world’s biggest smartphone and memory chip maker. Park is serving a 25-year jail term after being convicted last year on bribery and abuse …

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Singapore’s richest man in 2019 is ex-mainland Chinese Zhang Yong – hotpot king

According to the latest Forbes Singapore Rich List (2019), Singapore’s richest person is a former mainland Chinese Zhang Yong with a net worth of US$13.8 billion. Zhang is the founder of Haidilao International, running a chain of hotpot restaurants. He was featured previously among China’s richest and is now a naturalized Singapore citizen. Zhang replaces real estate siblings Robert and …

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PM Lee promised a more open and inclusive society 15 years ago, where are we now?

When Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was sworn in as Singapore’s third Prime Minister in 2004, he said that this was a generational change for Singapore, “a shift to the post-independence generation in post-Cold War world”. His inaugural address as the nation’s new prime minister hit all the expected high points from moving the nation forward, adapting to inevitable changes …

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Despite differences in home country, WP MPs keep “broadly united front” with PAP overseas, says MP Pritam Singh

While representing Singapore overseas, Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh revealed that his party maintains a “broadly united front” with MPs from the ruling party, People’s Action Party (PAP). He explained that the party does this as it is consistent with WP’s goal of providing a better future for Singapore. Mr Singh, who is currently in Bangkok for the ASEAN …

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States must act on ‘disappearances’ of migrants, say UN experts

Progressively more precarious movements of migrants undertaking long and perilous journeys – often as a result of States’ rigid migratory policies – expose many to heightened risks of human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, said United Nations (UN) experts in a media statement earlier today (29 Aug). To mark the occasion of International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances …

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China ‘rotates’ troops in Hong Kong ahead of planned rallies

by Elaine Yu and Emma Clark China’s military on Thursday said fresh troops had arrived in Hong Kong as part of a routine rotation, as the financial hub prepares for fresh political rallies against Beijing’s tightening grip on the city. State media published a video of armoured personnel carriers and trucks driving across the Hong Kong border in the border. …

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Ticket sales for inaugural Festival of Speed in September commenced as the hunt for Singapore’s first karting champion begins

Ticket sales for the inaugural Legion of Racers (LOR) Festival of Speed have commenced and one car enthusiast could well be Singapore’s first ever Karting in the City champion. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) as part of the Grand Prix Season Singapore (GPSS) umbrella of events, the Festival of Speed is a series of racing-themed events held from …

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