Current Affairs

PMD users vent frustrations with the sudden ban of e-scooters on footpaths

On Tuesday (5 November), electric scooters were banned from all footpaths in Singapore, after Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min announced it a day earlier in Parliament. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a statement that despite “significant efforts” to regulate the use of such personal mobility devices (PMDs) using laws and to educate the public …

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DPM Heng Swee Keat calls for adjournment after being questioned by Sylvia Lim

On Tuesday (5 November), Parliament debated a motion put forth by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat for Worker’s Party (WP) MPs Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang to recuse themselves from dealing with or having oversight over financial matters of the Aljunied-Huogang Town Council (AHTC) until the court case has ended. In his long speech calling for the motion, …

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Forum panelists condemn racist comments against condo resident Erramalli Ramesh

At a forum organised by interfaith organisation Roses of Peace, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Straits Times on Sunday (3 Nov), panelists urged the silent majority to “call out” racist comments posted online. The forum which was held in NUS was supported by OnePeople.sg, a national body chaired by Dr Puthucheary, the Senior Minister of State of the Communications …

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GrabFood warns longer waiting time and cancelled orders due to e-scooter ban

Following the ban of e-scooters from footpaths starting today (5 November), food delivery provider GrabFood had announced that customers could experience longer waiting time and cancelled orders due to this ban. “As you may be aware, the Singapore government will prohibit the riding of electric scooters (e-scooters) on all footpaths from 5 November 2019. This means that our delivery-partners who …

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Construction worker dies following collapse of crane at Novena worksite

A worker was pronounced dead at the scene by a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) paramedic on Mon morning (4 Nov), following the collapse of a crane at a construction site in Novena. The Straits Times reported SCDF as saying that it received a call for help regarding the incident at approximately 8.50 a.m. SCDF added that another worker at …

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RCEP deal delayed – India wants ‘CECA-like’ freer movement of labor with member countries

At the 35th ASEAN Business and Investment summit last Saturday (2 Nov), negotiators were still discussing to create the world’s largest regional trade pact, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), after India made more last-minute requests, Bloomberg reported. The RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the ten member states of the ASEAN (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, …

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DBS makes net profit of S$2.8m in India in last fiscal year thanks to CECA

DBS Bank India Limited, the wholly owned subsidiary of DBS Bank has announced “good” financial results recently for its fiscal year ending 31 Mar 2019. The net profit of DBS Bank India stood at INR 14.5 crore (S$2.8 million) against a loss of INR 533 crore (S$102 million) in FY2017-18. Total deposits was reported to have increased by 15.76% to …

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Indian state cancels agreement with Temasek-linked consortium to develop Amaravati capital

The Amaravati capital project was formally scrapped by the new Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday (30 Oct), terminating the agreement with the Singapore consortium consisting of Temasek-linked companies. The Singapore consortium had been involved in the Amaravati project since the beginning of 2014. Surbana Jurong submitted the city’s masterplan in 2015, and a consortium of Ascendas-Singbridge (now under CapitaLand) and …

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