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Singapore: Bloggers, internet users increasingly targeted

Repression of Free Speech and Assembly Undermine Credibility By Human Right Watch Singapore’s government increased scrutiny of the Internet in a year in which it further restricted rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. “In 2015, bloggers and online news portals increasingly faced punitive action for any criticism of …

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Singapore ranked 75 out of 167 countries in EIU’s democracy index

Singapore ranks 75 out of 167 countries in the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s Democracy Index 2015. EIU in its report wrote, “The fearful era in which we live is not conducive to defending democratic standards or extending democracy’s reach across the globe. The latest edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index reflects the situation in 2015, a year in which …

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What elections look like in Taiwan

By Peng Yu By now, everyone would have seen the campaigns trucks and mass rallies of the Taiwanese election 2016. But is anyone familiar with how ballot counting for the election works? The Online Citizen (TOC) takes you inside a counting centre in southern Taiwan for the recently concluded presidential and legislative elections there. Apart from the president and vice-president, …

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Chou Tzu-yu’s apology set to influence Taiwanese election

Taiwan’s presidential candidates waded in to a row with China and South Korea on Saturday after a teenage Taiwanese K-pop star was forced to apologise for waving the island’s flag. A video apology from Chou Tzu-yu, 16, went viral hours after it was posted, with more than three million views “There is only one China and the two sides are one,” …

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#KamiTidakTakut shows solidarity of Indonesians in face of deadly bomb attacks

#KamiTidakTakut (We’re not afraid) is now trending on social media platform Twitter in Jarkata to show that Indonesians are not intimidated by the bomb attacks in the Indonesian capital as they shared news and well-wishes about the incident. Earlier on, six explosions were reported around Sarinah shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday afternoon. Five attackers and two other people confirmed dead …

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Multiple explosions and gunfire at downtown Jakarta

Update: Six explosions were reported with five attackers and two other people confirmed dead from the incident. Multiple explosions have been reported near Sarinah, a shopping mall in Central Jakarta on Thursday. 5th and 6th bombing — Jeremy Douglas (@jdouglasSEA) January 14, 2016 One police officer reportedly killed in the first blast.  More casualties have been reported but not yet confirmed. …

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Singapore to launch a scheme to help companies recruit talents from Indonesia

In a meeting between the two foreign ministers of Singapore and Indonesia, it was said that Singapore companies are interested in recruiting talent from Indonesia while Indonesia will increase its skilled workers to the city-state, among them related to caregiver therapists. Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said in the meeting, “We believe Indonesian universities and technical institutes will produce …

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The train station and the high school girl: what’s the truth?

It was a little story about Japan Railway keeping a tiny station in a remote part of Hokkaido open for three years just so that one high school girl can get to school and back. Unsurprisingly, the report, posted by Chinese broadcaster CCTV on its Facebook page, went viral. People were delighted, in this day of business efficiency and ruthless …

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Italian boss leaves factory workers 1.5 million euros in will

Workers at an Italian factory were delighted by an unexpected Christmas bonus, receiving cheques for thousands of euros bequeathed to them by their late boss who died last July, reports said yesterday. Their late boss is Piero Macchi, the founder of Enoplastic, a company founded in 1957.  The company has been an industry leader in the production of capsules, caps …

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The AEC’s agreement on free flow of skilled labour needs careful attention

A momentous thing just happened – but perhaps few have paid any attention to it. After almost 10 years of negotiation, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was finally brought into existence on Thursday. The agreement to establishment the trade pact was signed by member countries in 2007 at the 13th ASEAN Summit in Singapore. ASEAN is the Association of Southeast …

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