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SDP to former Minister and Keppel’s Board Chair Lee Boon Yang: Resign

The SDP has released a statement expressing disbelief and skepticism that the board of directors of Keppel did not know about the bribes that were paid in Brazil. "If this is the case, then the entire board should resign for dereliction of duty because overseeing a company's executives and their activities is precisely what board directors are supposed to do", says the statement. The …

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Rostec and Singapore’s ITE to open Innovative Staff Training Center in Moscow

Rostec, the Government of Moscow, the Russia-Singapore Business Council and Singapore's Institute of Technical Education (ITE) have signed a memorandum of cooperation in the sphere of professional training. The document provides for establishing the Innovative Staff Training and Certification Center in Moscow in which the best international practices in education will be introduced. The project will involve ITE competences and expertise in …

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World organisations: Myanmar must prioritize protection of civilians in Rakhine state, address the roots of the conflict

A statement signed by over 108 civil society organisations, people’s organisations and individuals addressed to Myanmar and ASEAN calls for Myanmar to cease violence against and abuses of unarmed civilians in Rakhine State and the other conflict areas such as northern Shan and Kachin States and ASEAN to prioritize immediate dialogue between Burma/Myanmar and other ASEAN members on Rohingya issue with the aim to …

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HK Activist Joshua Wong expresses solidarity with Jolovan Wham

Joshua Wong, more commonly known as the face of the Umbrella Movement protests in Hong Kong, has expressed his support for local activist Jolovan Wham on Twitter. The Umbrella Movement was a series of protests in 2014 calling for democracy in Hong Kong that saw up to 100,000 protesters on the streets, and lasting for 79 days. Wham has 7 …

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MSF calls on Papua New Guinea authorities to grant its team access to the asylum seekers and refugees in Manus Island Transit Centres

Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders calls on Papua New Guinea (PNG) authorities to give its team access to the asylum seekers and refugees at their two current locations (Hillside Haus and West Lorengau Transit Centres), to assess their conditions and provide essential medical care as appropriate. On Friday 24 November, PNG police removed the refugees and asylum seekers …

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Finland scheme sees indirect positive effect on people’s mental health

Though a trial program, some Finland citizens receive a basic monthly income 560 euros (£473) every month for two years. According to the Independent UK,  an official leading the trial has said that as part of a radical Finnish pilot scheme have seen a reduction in their stress levels. The first of its kind in Europe, the scheme sees 2,000 people receiving …

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World MPs Condemn the Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya Minority in Myanmar

The global parliamentary community has condemned today the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority in the Northern Rakhine state of Myanmar. MPs have called upon the Government of Myanmar to end immediately the violence and forced displacement of the Rohingya and the blatant violations of their human rights. In a resolution on the emergency item on it agenda, adopted today at the 137th …

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MFA issues statement to strongly condemn nuclear test conducted by North Korea

Joining countries around the world in denouncing the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 3 September 2017, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) issued a statement on Sunday evening to strongly condemn DPRK's highly provocative act. On Sunday, DPRK or North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test and the most powerful blast to date. The …

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2 million pilgrims arrive in Makkah to perform Hajj

With the annual Hajj pilgrimage having officially started, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced the arrival of 2 million pilgrims to the Holy City of Makkah. Saudi Arabia shoulders the responsibility of organising and conducting the pilgrimage, under the supervision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, as well as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. "Hosting Hajj each year …

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