Correspondent

Singtel suffers 1st quarterly loss with Bharti Airtel investment through CECA

It was reported by the media yesterday (14 Nov) that Singtel posted its first quarterly loss of S$668 million in its 2Q result ending 30 Sep (‘Singtel posts first quarterly loss of S$668m on Airtel provision‘). This was primarily due to provision made for huge losses incurred by Bharti Airtel, the Indian telco which Singtel invested in. Excluding Airtel, net …

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DPM Heng wants mainstream media to be trusted and reliable news source

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat wrote on his Facebook page saying that he visited SPH yesterday (11 Nov). “It’s my first look at SPH since they completed their renovations this year,” Heng said. “Saw the newly-built SPH studios and got a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how the various newsrooms operate.” Heng said that although the media landscape has changed, the …

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ST says sorry for publishing wrong info on how long Indian nationals can work in SG under CECA

Last Saturday (9 Nov), Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said that the Singapore-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) does not grant Indian nationals unconditional access into Singapore or immigration privileges. The news was picked up by the Straits Times (ST) and reported the following day (‘Free Trade Agreements have created more jobs for Singaporeans: Chan Chun Sing‘, 10 …

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Chan didn’t disclose that there is no economic needs test or quotas on agreed services under CECA

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Saturday (9 Nov) that the Singapore-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) does not grant Indian nationals unconditional access into Singapore or immigration privileges (‘CECA does not grant Indian nationals unconditional access, immigration privileges: Chan Chun Sing‘). Claims that the bilateral agreement has cost job opportunities for Singaporeans aim to stoke fears …

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Govt says nothing wrong with Erramalli’s qualifications; His computer school closed down in 2002

It was reported in the media today that Ministry of Manpower and Immigration and Checkpoint Authority, have both found nothing wrong with the education documents, Erramalli Ramesh had submitted for his citizenship application (‘Authorities checked educational qualifications of $1.5 million condo man and found nothing amiss‘, 9 Nov). In a joint reply to the media, both government agencies said that …

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Yahoo Editor: Heng scores own goal

In an opinion piece on Yahoo yesterday (‘COMMENT: Heng Swee Keat needs to raise his game against Workers’ Party‘, 6 Nov), Yahoo’s Assistant News Editor Nicholas Yong observed that Heng had scored his own goal at the latest sitting of Parliament on Tuesday (5 Nov). “Fumbled. Dropped the ball. Whichever sporting analogy you prefer, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat …

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