Current Affairs

“895 HDB flats repossessed since 2003”

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “895 HDB flats repossessed since 2003” (TODAY, Feb 28). It states that “seven per cent of those who took HDB mortgage loans were in arrears of at least 3 months”. As at the end of last year, banks have completed the mortgagee sale of 895 HDB flats financed with bank loans …

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Fake Degrees To Land Better Jobs On The Rise In Singapore

From KeralaNext.com The use of fake degrees to land better jobs and pay is on the rise in Singapore with many of the offenders coming from India and China, the Manpower Ministry said in a published report Wednesday. Data showed 374 people were found last year with fraudulently obtained employment passes, a marked jump from 97 cases in 2005, The …

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Why’re we like that?

By Zyberzitizen It is quite depressing to hear what has been said lately – by government officials and some others – about how so many are leaving the civil service, how we must essentially seduce them with money, and how much exactly (down to the last dollar) we should be paying them to stay in service of their country. As …

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Ministers salaries – lets have a re-focus

A minister in the Singapore government presently receives $1.2 million in salary. This is according to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as reported by the Straits Times on March 23, 2007 – “Top govt salaries far behind private sector’s”: “A minister should be drawing $2.2 million a year or more, according to benchmarks approved by Parliament in 1994 to ensure …

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Of untrue material, politicians lying and blogs which tell the truth

After reading channelnewsasia’s report about what Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said about new media, I will have to agree with Aaron that what the minister said is rather confusing. It is good that the minister reiterated what Dr Lee Boon Yang had said before – that the government will adopt a “light touch” on what goes on, on the internet. It …

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1.8% cap on any bus, train fare hike this year

Straits Times 1.8% cap on any bus, train fare hike this year Public Transport Council gives operators till August to apply March 23, 2007 ANY decision this year on raising bus and train fares will be known only in August at the earliest, instead of the usual May announcement in previous years. And if the Public Transport Council (PTC) approves …

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5th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth

From 23rd to 27th April 2007, Singapore will be the epicenter for youth discussion in the region. ASEAN Ministers and representatives from various youth organisations will come together in the 5th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth (AMMY V), establishing ties and addressing the interests of youths. This is the first time that Singapore is hosting the AMMY. It’s time to …

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Just for laughs…

Just thought I’d share this with everyone – for a laugh. Or are our kids too stressed too? From Wind In My Head blog.

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WWF lists 10 most endangered rivers globally

From MSNBC GENEVA – Hoping to raise awareness about the state of the world’s great rivers, the World Wide Fund for Nature on Tuesday released a report on what it called the 10 most endangered rivers — five of which are in Asia. The conservation group said that pollution, global warming and rampant development could destroy some of the world’s …

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Public assistance for the elderly – where the ethics lie.

“There will always be arguments on whether a sum we’ve decided is enough or not and as I’ve said yesterday, frankly one limiting factor must be the sum that we give through public assistance cannot be so generous as to erode the work ethic.” That said, Dr Balakrishnan stressed that despite a strict criteria on assistance schemes, no Singaporean needs …

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