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Duty-free allowance for liquor revised to two litres from 1 April 2019

Arriving travellers and returning Singaporeans are reminded that the duty-free allowance for liquor will be revised to two litres, down from the current three litres, from 1 April 2019. The Singapore Customs reminded the public via a press release on Monday (25 March) that this revision was announced in the Budget 2019 Statement on 18 February 2019, as part of …

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Public member complains $200 Medisave top-up not enough but Masagos says not to burden future generations

Government feedback and engagement agency REACH yesterday (24 Mar) said that more than 80 per cent of Singaporeans supported the Merdeka Generation Package announced in this year’s Budget. This was the results from the Budget 2019 Feedback Exercise, which saw 4,500 Singaporeans responding to REACH’s survey, it revealed. REACH said it engaged 2,601 of these respondents through face-to-face meets at …

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AWARE’s report to the UN highlights the urgent need to protect children in Singapore from discrimination and inequality

Leading gender rights organisation, AWARE has called for policies to level the playing field and promote equality among children, such as free childcare for low-income households and an end to discrimination against single-parent or transnational families. In a report submitted last week to a United Nations Committee about the protection of children’s rights in Singapore, the leading women’s rights and …

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Family of 66-yr-old female pedestrian killed by “runaway taxi” at road crossing asking for answers from SMRT

On 22 March (Friday), a taxi driver lost consciousness while driving and ploughed into pedestrians in Alexandra Road, resulting in the death of a 66-year-old woman. The 72-year-old SMRT taxi driver hit the elderly woman and another 32-year-old lady at about 7pm last Friday. While the younger woman has reportedly recovered, the 66-year-old succumbed to her injuries and died in …

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SGH ranked world’s top-10 but S’poreans pay highest in medical out-of-pocket expenditure

It was reported that the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has been ranked as the third-best hospital in the world by Newsweek magazine, partly for its clinical research and “outstanding nursing”, following two American hospitals, the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic. SGH’s chief executive officer Prof Kenneth Kwek said, “We are humbled to be recognised for our medical and nursing care.” …

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