Kiara Xavier

Majority of netizens support the No Smoking Zone move in Orchard Road and urges ban of smoking altogether, with minority saying that it is ridiculous

The air in Orchard Road is now a lot cleaner as the No Smoking Zone has come into effect covering public areas, since yesterday. The National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a press release last Wednesday (28 November) that the Orchard Road precinct will be designated a No Smoking Zone from 1 Jan onwards. NEA added that smokers can only …

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Award-winning graphic novelist Sonny Liew baffles on how MediShield Life derives its payout for a patient’s surgical bill

Award-winning comic artist Sonny Liew recently expressed his confusion on his Facebook page (31 December) over how MediShield Life only paid S$4.50 for an elderly man’s S$4, 477 post-subsidy bill. Mr Liew’s post was in response to an article published by The Straits Times on how the national insurance only paid Mr Seow Ban Yam S$4.50 for his cataract operation, …

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Netizens question stricter punishment to be imposed on security guards from 1 Jan

Starting from 1st January, private security officers who slack off, sleep on the job or sign in to work drunk can face harsher punishment as the police strengthen penalties for errant behaviours to augment the industry’s professionalism and fortify Singapore’s defences. Officers who show errant attitude can be “punished by a fine not exceeding $2, 000 or imprisonment for a …

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“Experts” quoted by TodayOnline say NTUC takeover of Kopitiam will keep food prices low but netizens think otherwise

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) has given the green signal to NTUC Enterprise to buy over home-grown food operator Kopitiam after finding out that the move will not lead to a “substantial lessening of competition”. The completion watchdog discovered that NTUC Enterprise and Kopitiam are not each other’s closest competitions as there are other powerful rival groups …

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