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Over 7,770 people received the wrong CHAS subsidies due to a software error

About 7,700 individuals received inaccurate healthcare and intermediate- and long-term care subsidies due to a software error in the NCS computer system, said the Ministry of Health on 16 Feb. NCS is an information and communications technology (ICT) and communications engineering services provider. It is a subsidiary of the Singtel Group. The affected where individuals whose applications and renewals of …

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Heng Swee Keat unveils details for Merdeka Generation Package

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat revealed the long awaited details for the new Merdeka Generation Package (MGP) during the budget presentation today in Parliament (18 Feb). The package will benefit Singaporeans born in 1949 or earlier who missed out on the Pioneer Generation Package but obtained citizenship by 1996. The MGP is intended to help eligible Singaporeans with their medical …

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Singapore to soon implement standardised packaging for tobacco products

Soon, all tobacco products, including cigarettes, sold in Singapore will come in standard packaging without any logos, colours or brand images. The amendments to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Bill were passed in Parliament on Monday (Feb 11) and is being moved for a second reading. The amendments include: All logos, colours, brand images and promotional information will …

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Attempted suicide will soon be decriminalised in Singapore

Following recommendations from the Penal Code Review Committee (PCRC) which completed its two year exercise to review the laws and propos reforms, the Penal Code in Singapore is getting a much needed refresh. The Criminal Law Reform Bill was given its first reading in parliament on Monday (11 Feb). The committee was co-chaired by Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister in the …

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First time that Ng Eng Hen apologised for training deaths of servicemen

“I am deeply sorry for the loss of four precious NSmen (national servicemen) in the last 17 months,” said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in a ministerial statement addressing the deaths. “MINDEF and the SAF will hold ourselves accountable for every single NSman entrusted to us.” The most recent death of national serviceman Aloysius Pang sent shock waves across the island. …

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Hiring international academics serves to reinforce conservatism in Singapore, says scholar

The hiring of international academics at universities in Singapore could reinforce the country’s lack of academic freedom and “make the academy more conservative, said a scholar to Times higher Education (THE). While internationalisation has been hailed by some as a way for the West to contribute a positive influence on academia in authoritarian countries by improving teaching and research practices …

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