Daily Archives: 2019-09-11

Dr Vivian says Singapore a “natural partner” to India despite investment fiasco at Amaravati

At the India-Singapore Business and Innovation Summit held in Mariner Bay Sands on Monday (9 Sep), Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said Singapore can help India in areas such as infrastructure planning, water conservation and business expansion. Dr Vivian said India aims to invest about US$13.9 billion in urban infrastructure and solutions over the next five years, as it …

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Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss: When will the next General Election be called?

by Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss Under Singapore’s electoral rules, the ruling party decides: when to form the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC); who shall comprise the EBRC; what would be the EBRC’s terms of reference; when to announce the formation of the EBRC; when to dissolve Parliament and to call for the next general elections (GE); and the date of the GE. …

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Economist Yeoh Lam Keong explains the problem of poverty in Singapore in inaugural Progress Singapore Party talk

On 10 September, the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) held its inaugural PSP Talk on the topic of poverty in Singapore and policy gaps in the social safety nets. Moderated by non-practising lawyer and advocate for social change, Khush Chopra, this talk featured well-respected economist Mr Yeoh Lam Keong who gave a presentation on the three major reforms that the government …

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Economist Yeoh Lam Keong proposed reforms to address poverty in Singapore: Increase WIS & SSS and introduce comprehensive national unemployment protection

During the inaugural Progress Singapore Party Talk held by Progress Party Singapore on 10 September, renowned economist Yeoh Lam Keong outlined the problem of poverty in Singapore and proposed several necessary reforms that he says will help lift thousands of citizens up from absolute poverty. Mr Yeoh, who is best known for being the former Chief Economist of GIC, explained …

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Is NS Square needed or is it a vanity project?

I have no issue with large scale building projects that the Government undertakes. Upgrades, face lifts etc. are all part and parcel of keeping a nation relevant and vibrant. However, given that large scale building projects are costly and funded by public funds, there needs to be accountability and follow up. The Straits Times (ST) recently reported that The Float …

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10 countries cited for extreme media censorship: watchdog

Eritrea is the world’s worst country for press censorship, a media watchdog said Tuesday in a report which also cites extreme measures in nine other countries including North Korea, China and Saudi Arabia. Under the three worst regimes — Eritrea, North Korea, and Turkmenistan — the media “serves as a mouthpiece of the state, and any independent journalism is conducted from exile,” said a report by the US-based Committee to …

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Progress Singapore Party’s inaugural PSP Talk: Poverty in Singapore and policy gaps in the social safety net

On 10 September, the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) held its inaugural PSP Talk series. PSP Talk is an initiative by the party to bring thought leaders and subject matter experts together to share insights and exchange ideas on national issues as well as to encourage the sharing of different perspectives. Moderated by advocate and non-practising lawyer Khush Chopra, the inaugural …

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Higher grants for more first-time HDB flat buyers, higher income ceiling for those eligible: Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong

More first-time HDB flat buyers will receive grants and more freedom in terms of choosing the size and location of their flats starting today (11 Sep), said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong. Speaking at the HDB Awards 2019 yesterday (10 Sep), Wong said that the government will increase the income ceiling from S$12,000 to S$14,000 for HDB flats, and …

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