Daily Archives: 2019-10-21

Apple boss Cook meets Chinese regulator after HK app criticism

The CEO of Apple has met with the top market regulator in China, a statement said Friday, a week after the tech giant faced heavy criticism over an app Beijing accused of supporting Hong Kong protesters. Apple removed HKmap.live from the App Store after a barrage of criticism by Beijing, which is stepping up pressure on foreign companies deemed to …

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Thai king strips ‘disloyal’ royal consort of all titles: palace

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his 34-year-old consort of all titles for “disloyalty” and apparent “ambition” to match the Queen’s position, a royal command issued late Monday said, less than three months after she was bestowed with the honour. Former royal bodyguard Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi — known by her nickname “Koi” — was gifted the title on the king’s 67th …

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Four killed as police fire on Bangladesh protesters

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday called for calm after at least four people were killed when police fired on thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims protesting Facebook messages that allegedly defamed the Prophet Mohammed. Mob attacks over online posts perceived to be blasphemous have emerged as a major headache for security forces in Bangladesh, where Muslims make up some 90 percent …

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Netizens support MP Pritam Singh over the accessibility ramp issue; slams PAP appointed grassroots adviser for his remarks

The People’s Association’s (PA) grassroots adviser, Chua Eng Leong, for Eunos ward took to his Facebook on Saturday (19 October) to hit back at Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh over what Mr Chua refers to as “unsubstantiated comments” about the delay in the completion of a barrier-free-access (BFA) ramp at Blk 108 Bedok Reservoir Road. Mr Chua – who …

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Letter: Government property cooling measures are not effective on price hikes caused by foreign speculators

by A concerned Singaporean  In July 2018, in order to cool down the hot property market then and to slow down the steep property price rises, the government implemented some property cooling measures which included higher stamp duties and/or  additional buyer stamp duty (ABSD) For Singapore citizens, the additional buyer stamp duty (ABSD) of 12% on second property and escalated …

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Tear gas and water cannon as Hong Kong crowds defy rally ban

by Yan ZHAO / Xinqi SU Hong Kong police fired water cannon and tear gas Sunday as crowds held an illegal march, with hardcore protesters throwing petrol bombs and trashing businesses to cap a week of anger after recent attacks on pro-democracy demonstrators. Authorities had forbidden the rally in Tsim Sha Tsui, a densely-packed shopping district filled with luxury boutiques …

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‘Abominable’ won’t be screened in Malaysia over S. China Sea map

Animated film “Abominable” will not be shown in Malaysia after its distributor Sunday said it could not comply with censors’ demands to cut a controversial scene showing Beijing’s disputed claims in the South China Sea. The decision comes after Vietnam pulled the Universal Pictures movie from theatres days ago and the Philippines’ foreign secretary called for the segment to be …

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WP Pritam Singh shoots down PAP appointed grassroots advisor’s rebuttal, saying “I cannot find a substantive reason for the delay in Mr Chua’s long post below”

On Saturday (19 October), the People’s Association’s (PA) grassroots adviser, Chua Eng Leong, for Eunos ward took to his Facebook to hit back at Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh over what Mr Chua refers to as “unsubstantiated comments” about the delay in the completion of a barrier-free-access (BFA) ramp at Blk 108 Bedok Reservoir Road. Mr Chua – who …

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SDP “shakes it up” with festival-like pre-election rally at Hong Lim Park

A passing drizzle greeted — according to organisers — an estimate of two thousand people who attended the festival-like Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) pre-election rally at Hong Lim Park on Sat (19 Oct). Staying true to the rally’s theme called “Shake It Up!“, speeches by party leaders and members on issues such as rising living costs and the need for …

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