Daily Archives: 2019-10-25

Ex-NCMP Yee Jenn Jong finds it “ridiculous” for un-elected candidates to have the power to approve community projects

Former Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) and Workers’ Party (WP) politician Yee Jenn Jong says it is “ridiculous” for un-elected candidates to be given the power to approve community projects suggested by elected MPs. “It is ridiculous and a mockery of our democracy for un-elected and losing candidates of GE [General Election] to be approving community projects (funded by taxpayers) …

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Singtel’s investee company Bharti Airtel to pay Indian govt USD3b in past due

It was reported on Bloomberg yesterday (24 Oct) that India’s Supreme Court ordered several telecom carriers, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and many defunct ones, to pay the government as much as 920 billion rupees (US$13 billion) in past dues, dealing a blow to the struggling telecom carriers. The Supreme Court will later decide on the timeline for payments. The legal …

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High Court dismisses Jolovan Wham’s appeal against conviction for organising assembly without permit, refusal to sign police statement

The High Court today dismissed both appeals made by civil rights activist Jolovan Wham against his conviction for organising a public assembly without a permit and for refusing to sign a police statement. In a written judgement on Fri (25 Oct), Justice Chua Lee Ming rejected Wham’s counsel Eugene Thuraisingam’s argument that the event, titled “Civil Disobedience and Social Movements”, …

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Boeing design flaw a factor in Lion Air crash: Indonesian probe

by Peter BRIEGER A design flaw, inadequate pilot training and poor flight crew performance contributed to a Boeing jet crashing in Indonesia last year, killing all 189 people on board, investigators said Friday. The Lion Air disaster was followed months later by a second crash — involving the same model of aircraft — when an Ethiopian Airlines plane went down …

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Lion Air crash report due with Boeing jet flight-controls in spotlight

Indonesia’s air safety watchdog releases its final report Friday on the crash of a Boeing 737 Max operated by Lion Air that killed 189 people, with all eyes on possible problems with the brand new jet’s flight control system. The October 29 crash was followed just months later by a second — involving the same model of aircraft — when …

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Solomons vetoes Chinese ‘lease’ on Pacific island

A Chinese company’s attempt to lease an entire island in the Pacific archipelago was unlawful and will not be allowed to go ahead, the Solomon Islands said Friday. The deal between the Solomons’ Central Province and the state-owned China Sam Group was “unlawful, unenforceable and must be terminated with immediate effect”, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s office said in a statement. …

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Grab puts an end to its “commute” and “all-access” subscription plans

Technology company Grab has announced that it will be putting an end to its popular “commute” and “all-access” subscription plans that provides ride and other discounts for a price, much to the disappointment of its users. The company stated that these plans will cease in December, adding that it is now testing a set of different subscription plans with “select …

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