Daily Archives: 2019-11-04

SE Asia leaders snub US meeting after Trump skips ASEAN summit

by Jenny VAUGHAN / Joe Freeman Several Southeast Asian leaders snubbed a meeting with US officials on Monday after President Donald Trump decided not to attend a regional summit in Bangkok. Just three leaders from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) showed up to the session, along with a host of foreign ministers. Trump has been accused of …

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Two activist journalists stabbed to death in Indonesia

Two Indonesian journalists mediating a land dispute between a palm oil company and residents have been found dead with multiple stab wounds near a plantation in Sumatra, police said. The body of Maraden Sianipar was found Wednesday in a ditch near a palm plantation in Labuhan Batu district, an eight-hour drive from the capital of North Sumatra province. Police found …

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China slams ‘terroristic’ Hong Kong attack on state media office

Chinese state-run media on Monday called for a “tougher line” on democracy protesters in Hong Kong as it denounced a “terroristic” attack on a state news agency during another weekend of violence in the semi-autonomous city. Hardcore demonstrators in the financial hub smashed the windows of the official Xinhua news agency’s regional bureau on Saturday, capping another weekend of unrest …

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LTA to ban e-scooters on all footpaths starting 5 Nov, road ban on PMDs to stay

Riders of electric scooters (e-scooters) are advised to limit their use of such devices to cycling paths and Park Connector Networks (PCNs), as the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be banning the riding of e-scooters on all footpaths starting tomorrow (5 Nov). In a statement today, the LTA said that despite “significant efforts” to regulate the use of such personal …

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Construction worker dies following collapse of crane at Novena worksite

A worker was pronounced dead at the scene by a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) paramedic on Mon morning (4 Nov), following the collapse of a crane at a construction site in Novena. The Straits Times reported SCDF as saying that it received a call for help regarding the incident at approximately 8.50 a.m. SCDF added that another worker at …

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RCEP deal delayed – India wants ‘CECA-like’ freer movement of labor with member countries

At the 35th ASEAN Business and Investment summit last Saturday (2 Nov), negotiators were still discussing to create the world’s largest regional trade pact, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), after India made more last-minute requests, Bloomberg reported. The RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the ten member states of the ASEAN (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, …

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DBS makes net profit of S$2.8m in India in last fiscal year thanks to CECA

DBS Bank India Limited, the wholly owned subsidiary of DBS Bank has announced “good” financial results recently for its fiscal year ending 31 Mar 2019. The net profit of DBS Bank India stood at INR 14.5 crore (S$2.8 million) against a loss of INR 533 crore (S$102 million) in FY2017-18. Total deposits was reported to have increased by 15.76% to …

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Parliamentary questions for 4 November 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12:00 morning on Monday, 4 November 2019, for the 113th session of the 13th Parliament. *82 oral questions and 31 written question have been scheduled to be asked. At the commencement of Public Business, 3 Government Bills will be introduced: Banking (Amendment) Bill – Prime Minister. Statutes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill – Minister for Law. …

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Five wounded as knife attack caps day of Hong Kong political chaos

by Su Xinqi and Jerome Taylor A man went on a knife rampage in Hong Kong late Sunday leaving at least five people wounded, including a local pro-democracy politician who had his ear bitten off, capping another chaotic day of political unrest in the city. Flashmob rallies erupted inside multiple shopping centers across the international finance hub over the afternoon, …

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