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Journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrested on libel charge

Veteran journalist and CEO of Rappler Maria Ressa was arrested on Wednesday (13 February) at her office, in connection with a “cyber-libel” case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng in 2017. Rappler, which has been critical of the government in Philippines, said that the charges were over an article published in 2012, updated in 2014, about Keng’s alleged ties to a …

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Important not to conflate risks in training with those in operations: NCMP Dennis Tan on deaths of soldiers during NS training

On Monday (11 Feb), Worker's Party secretary-general Pritam Singh, in proposing the amendment of Section 14 of the Government Proceedings Act (GPA), branded the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)'s "zero-accident mindset" in the wake of reservist Corporal First Class (NS) Aloysius Pang's death at the end of last month as "unrealistic" and "wishful" even in "industries with notoriously strict safety standards". Two years ago, …

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“Unrealistic” and “wishful” for MINDEF to expect zero fatalities in NS: Pritam Singh

It is "unrealistic" and "wishful" for the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to expect zero fatalities in National Service (NS), given the foreseeable and inherent risks involved in military training in general, said Worker's Party secretary-general Pritam Singh in Parliament on Monday (11 Feb). Mr Singh added that the "zero-accident mindset" adopted by MINDEF following the death of reservist Corporal First …

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Final-year NTU students launch Drink Wise, Drink Tap campaign to reduce widespread usage of plastic water bottles

In a bid to encourage Singaporeans to reduce plastic waste resulting from single-use plastic bottles, four final-year students at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have decided to launch the "Drink Wise, Drink Tap" campaign. Singapore is one of only several Asian countries with safe-to-drink tap water, with a comprehensive regime to ensure quality from source to tap comprising more than …

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DBS and SMU join hands to launch sustainability program

The DBS-SMU Sustainability Initiative is the first-of-its-kind in Southeast Asia and includes the introduction of a sustainability major supported by research, scholarships, fellowships and community engagement Singapore Management University (SMU) and DBS have established a partnership on a comprehensive initiative – the first-of-its-kind in Southeast Asia – that focuses on promoting and growing sustainability. The wide-ranging initiative includes the introduction of …

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80-years-old man caught with duty-unpaid cigarettes at Singapore Cruise Centre

A total of three cartons, 34 packets, and 21 loose sticks of duty-unpaid cigarettes were found concealed in a bag of a 80-years-old man. In a Facebook post on Wednesday (13 February), the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that its officers at Singapore Cruise Centre detected anomalies in the scanned images of two bags belonging to a Singaporean man on …

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