Rubaashini Shunmuganathan

SMRT and SBS submit applications to increase train fares

SMRT Trains and rail operators SBS Transit have officially submitted their applications to the Public Transport Council (PTC) for an increase in train fares in Singapore. PTC, a fare watchdog hired by the Transport Ministry, released a statement on Monday (23 September) stating that it had received the applications from both the public transport operators. This move comes after PTC …

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HardwareZone forum thread on the appointment of MAS’ Chief Fintech Officer as advisor to Indian state govt gets deleted

On 19 September (Thursday), TOC published an article stating that the Chief Fintech Officer of Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Mr Sopnendu Mohanty, has been appointed as the “well-known development strategist and financial expert” for the Indian state government of Odisha. This news came to light after Times of India reported it, and added that Mr Mohanty will enjoy the …

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20% of childcare centres in Singapore to increase full-day fees starting next year

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) revealed that one in five childcare centres in Singapore will be increasing their fees for full-day programmes in 2020. It explained that 330 childcare centres will be raising their full-day fees for Singapore citizens from next year. The median hike is “within 5 per cent of fees” and “broadly comparable” to years before this, …

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HDB clarifies CPF Housing Grants are disbursed into account holder’s own CPF account after flat is sold; Netizens ask HDB not to call it “grants” as it is not a free loan

On 15 September (Sunday), the Housing and Development Board (HDB) took to its Facebook to inform the public that CPF Housing Grants are actually returned to the account holder’s own CPF Ordinary Account and not to the Government, after the flat is sold. This fund can then be used by the citizen to purchase their next house, or use it …

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Historian Thum Ping Tjin says Singapore’s laws are made broad to “make all public expression of any opinion illegal”

On Tuesday (17 September), Singaporean historian Dr Thum Ping Tjin took to his Facebook to state that the country’s laws are created to be extremely broad in order to “effectively make all public expression of any opinion illegal”. His post was referring to an incident involving Mohammad Nafiz Kamarudin who was disallowed by the Yellow Ribbon Project Singapore from participating …

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