Daily Archives: 2019-09-19

Incident of couple wearing anti-death penalty T-shirts spurs discussion among Singapore citizenry

The recent saga of couple being investigated by the police for wearing T-shirts with anti-death penalty messages at Yellow Ribbon Prison Run brought the country together to talk about this matter in a non-violent way. For those who are not aware of this issue, Mohammad Nafiz Kamarudin, founder of non-profit organisation Happy People Helping People Foundation, revealed on Sunday (15 …

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Toddler, teen killed in Papua clash: Indonesian military

A toddler and teenager were among three people killed in a gunfight between security forces and independence-seeking rebels in Indonesia’s restive Papua region, the military said Thursday. The deadly clash comes after mass demonstrations and violence gripped Papua – on the western half of New Guinea island – fuelled by anger over racism and fresh calls for self-rule in Indonesia’s …

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Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

Thousands of schools were shuttered across Malaysia and Indonesia Thursday, affecting at least 1.7 million pupils, officials said, as toxic haze from rampant forest fires sent air quality plummeting. Nearly 2,500 schools were ordered to shut their doors in Malaysia — including nearly 300 in the smog-hit capital Kuala Lumpur — over soaring health concerns sparked by toxic haze from …

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Haze: Repeated discussions with Indonesia’s central govt ineffective, S’pore should deal directly with provincial administrations, says PVP chief

In order to effectively tackle the haze problem that plagues Singapore annually, the government should target its efforts at Indonesia’s provincial administrations instead of continuing to engage the Central government, said People’s Voice Party (PVP) chief Lim Tean last Sun (15 Sep). In his rebuttal of claims from “many netizens” suggesting that there is nothing that Singapore can do about …

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Singapore leads Asia in resilience to ageing and automation; will face substantial financial impact due to ill-health of ageing workforce

The Ageing and Automation Resilience Index by Mercer and Marsh & Mclennan Insights released on Wednesday (18 September) ranked Singapore as the Asian nation that is most resilient to ageing and automation. It must be noted that all Asian countries were ranked in the bottom half of the resilience index, however. Globally, Singapore ranked 13th out of 20 countries that …

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Asian markets mostly up after Fed rate cut, eyes on BoJ

Asian markets mostly rose Thursday after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates but investors were left unsure about its next possible move, with focus now on whether the Bank of Japan will continue the global central bank easing drive. While the Fed met expectations with its 25-basis-point reduction, the lack of strong forward guidance disappointed many, who were also concerned …

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MAS okay with its Chief Fintech Officer to be advisor to Indian state govt in his ‘personal capacity’

Last Friday (13 Sep), India’s mainstream media, Times of India, reported that the Indian state government of Odisha has appointed the “well-known development strategist and financial expert”, Mr Sopnendu Mohanty, as the state’s advisor of digital and financial technology. He will enjoy the rank and status of an Indian minister of state, said the news report. His job as the …

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