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Sara Yong

National Wages Council in talks for possible pay rise for low wage workers

Next week, the National Wages Council (NWC) is expected to announce recommended pay hikes for low wage workers. If these recommendations are accepted by the Government, they will come into effect by 1 July this year. The NWC comprises of 18 members, including chairman Peter Seah, six NTUC unionists, six representatives from employer groups, and five public-sector officials. On 25 …

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Parenting programme to be compulsory for some divorcing parents

From December onwards, parents who are planing for divorce and have children aged below 14 will have to attend a mandatory parenting programme before divorce is officially filed. This programme will be targetted towards parents who have yet to or are unable to settle the agreements of their divorce. This mandatory programme was announced by Minister for Social and Family …

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62 Lim Chu Kang farms required to move out after leases expire

62 farmers with plots of land in Lim Chu Kang will have to relocate and tender for new plots designated by the Government. It has been noted by numerous farmers that these new plots of land are substantially smaller than their current locations. Additionally, the money originally invested in the initial setting up and construction in the farmers’ current plots …

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SingPost shares fall as Acra investigates possible breaches of Companies Act

Singapore Post (SingPost) is currently undergoing investigations by accounting watchdog the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (Acra) for possible breaches of the Companies Act. In response, investors dumped SingPost shares, causing shares to fall as much as 3.5 per cent to S$1.52 in the mid-morning of 19 May. At the end of the day, SingPost shares closed down 1.6 per …

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Government in talks for stricter laws to combat errant retailers

After a series of high-profile convictions of errant retailers in Sim Lin Square, the Government has proposed changes in legislature that would allow stricter action to be taken against these retailers. The proposed amendments will affect the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act. The proposed changes to the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act will give more power to the Standards, Productivity …

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Indonesian villagers help neighbour move house by literally moving it

For these villagers, moving house means manually carrying the entire building to its new location. In a video posted by various Facebook pages on 12 May, an astonishing sight unravels as a group of villagers lift up a whole house on their shoulders and carry it away. After a man at the front taps the wooden exterior of the house …

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Woman sues granddaughters for trying to sell HDB flat

In a family disagreement over the ownership of a Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat, Madam Tan Teck Soon, 76, has resorted to suing her two granddaughters for trying to sell the flat she has been living in for over two decades . According to the court affidavit, Mdm Tan states that she has paid the Housing Board S$277 each …

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Scoot and Tigerair to be managed by new SIA holdings company

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has established a new holding company to own and manage budget airlines Scoot and Tiger Airways. It was announced by SIA on 18 May that the company, Budget Aviation Holdings, will encompass the two budget carriers. Budget Aviation Holdings will be led by the previous CEO of Tigerair Mr Lee Lik Hsin, who had been with Tigerair …

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New passenger terminal building at Seletar Airport by end-2018

A new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) for Seletar Airport is slated to be completed by the end of 2018, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) in an announcement on 19 May. The new PTB will be built at the eastern end of the airport. According to a joint press release by the CAAS …

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