Shortage of Punk-Sai-Chua

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Shoppers at Singapore largest chain of supermarket, NTUC FairPrice, had messy situation on their hands. Quite a number of their outlets ran out of Punk-Sai-Chua (toilet rolls). That may have caused consumer to revert back to the old ways of cleaning themselves after they finish “doing-their-business” – with running water and fingers. The supermarket erected signs in affected stores informing shoppers that there was a “temporary shortage” because of a “delivery issue”. According to the company spokesperson, that there an internal delivery glitch caused several stores to receive limited and intermittent stock from its distribution centre. Read more »

Working Poor cannot make ends meet

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A study by National University of Singapore (NUS) Social Work Department has shown that the working poor in Singapore are not getting enough pay to make ends meet. The survey also showed that those who need money want to work and that there are jobs available for them. It has been reported that there are more than 300,000 Singaporeans and Permanent Residents who earn less than S$1,500 a month, excluding employer CPF contributions, despite working full-time. Read more »

No Smoking In Public Areas

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Smoking will be banned in more public areas to better protect the public from second-hand smoke. Smokers will not be able to light up at the common areas of all residential buildings, covered linkways and walkways, overhead pedestrian bridges, outdoor compounds of hospitals, as well as within a five-metre radius of bus shelters. Read more »

Singapore Government May Open Up Changi Runway

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Singapore may open the third runway at Changi Airport for civil aviation use. The runway, Changi Air Base East, is currently used by the military only. More airport terminals may be built on the 1,000-hectare piece of land in Changi. Read more »

Big Brother Is Watching

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The Singapore Government has installed high resolution video camera at 300 public housing blocks and multi-storey carparks as part of S$160 million Community Policing System. This is to help the Police Department better prevent, deter and detect crime at Bukit Merah, Bishan, Clementi, Punggol, Sengkang, Tampines and Woodlands. The master plan is to cover 10,000 public housing blocks and multi-storey carparks islandwide with the cameras by 2016. Read more »

RSAF G550 Airborne Early Warning Aircraft Operational

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Singapore’s newly acquired Gulfstream 550 Airborne Early Warning (G550-AEW) aircraft became fully operational. The G550 aircraft uses one of the world’s most advanced radar and communications systems to detect aerial threats. It has a detection range of more than 200 nautical miles. Today also see the commended the work of the 111 Squadron (RSAF Sqn 111), also known as the Jaegers, which operates the G550-AEW aircraft. Read more »

Island-wide Air Raid Siren Sounded At Around Noon

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They are part of the events lined up to mark the 70th anniversary of the fall of Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942. Singaporeans remembered and learned valuable lessons from the resilience and strength of spirit that their forefathers demonstrated during the Japanese Occupation. He said in the midst of this dark chapter in the country’s history, they endured tremendous hardship between 1942 and 1945. Many struggled to rebuild their dreams, homes, lives and adapted in the face of hardship and challenges. Read more »

Dr Toh Chin Chye Passed On

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Singapore‚Äôs former Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister, Dr Toh Chin Chye (1921-2012), died in his sleep. In 1988 Dr Toh retired from politics and was conferred the Order of Nila Utama (First Class) in 1990. Dr Toh was educated at Raffles College and the University of London. He received a PhD in Physiology from the National Institute for Medical Research in London. Read more »

Parliament Accepted Revised Ministers Pay

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Parliament has accepted the proposals made by the Committee to Review Ministerial Salaries after a three-day debate. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also Minister-in-charge of civil service, said both sides of the House (PAP and two opposition parties) have moved much closer together. 30 MPs took part in the debate. The new salary structure will be backdated to 21 May 2011. Huat Ah! Read more »

Additional Tax For Real Estate Purchased

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And additional 10% stamp duty for foreigner buying Singapore property. And 2nd time for PR (Permenant Resident) / 3rd time for Singaporean (Citizen) home owner pays 3% on top of current stamp duty. The current stamp duty are calculated as follows: 1% on first SGD180,000 of the purchase price, 2% on the next SGD180,000 and 3% for the remainder. According to stats, nearly a third of property buyers are non-citizen. Property prices are now 13% above the 1996 peak. And about 20% of the buyers are owners of more than 2 properties. Some property analyst predict that it will cause up to a 30% correction but not a crash. It has become a question not of if the market will fall in 2012, but by how much. Read more »

Punggol Waterfront Town Opens

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Punggol Waterfront Town was an ambitious project to transform what some residents have described as a backwater town into a “New Waterfront Town”. It has been four years in the making and was envisioned by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The town, one of the biggest in Singapore, will house some 23,000 families by the end of 2011. Nicknamed “Venice of Punggol”, it was built at a cost of S$225 million, lets hope the new waterway built by the Housing and Development Board don’t get flooded during the rainy season. Read more »

RSS Archer Submarine Arrived Home

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Singapore’s Navy received a boost with the return of RSS Archer Submarine. Since 2009. RSS Archer have been undergoing upgrade and tropicalised for warm waters around Singapore in Sweden. Ir RSS Archer crew has also been receiving training since 2007 to obtained the skills required to operate and maintain submarines.

Free Entry Into Museums For One Month

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For the next 31 days, there will be free entry to seven museums in August for Singaporeans and permanent residents in Singapore. In addition, the museums will be opened free of charge to all everyone (tourist and foreign talents) on National Day (9 August 2011) and Hari Raya Puasa (30 August 2011). Read more »

New POCC @ Changi Openned

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The new POCC (Port Control Operation Centre) at Changi Naval Base was officially opened. It took three years to constructed and cost nearly S$26 million. It is equipped with a brand new “state-of-the-art” Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS). Read more »

Singapore Government Swearing-In Ceremony

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During the ceremony held in the State Room of the Istana, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that Singapore had just gone through a watershed 2011 General Election. Almost all the seats were contested, for the first time in decades. Many Singaporeans were voting also for the first time. Singapore has entered a new phase in its political development. Head of government included Prime Minister LEE Hsien Loong (since 12 August 2004); Deputy Prime Minister TEO Chee Hean (since 1 April 2009) and Deputy Prime Minister THARMAN Shanmugaratnam (since 21 May 2011); Senior Minister HENG Chee How (since 21 May 2011). Read more »

Radio And TV License Fees Abolished

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With effect from 1st January 2011 there will no longer need to pay radio and television licence fees and those who have paid the fees will get a refund from the Government. Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said in Parliament “The ownership of TVs is no longer limited to the middle and higher income groups. Today, most households including 99 per cent of lower-income households own TVs. Second, with increasing media convergence, Singaporeans can now receive broadcast content over the internet and mobile devices which do nor attract licence fees. … the licence fees are losing their relevance” Read more »

HDB celebrates its 50th Anniversary

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As Housing Development Board (HDB) celebrates its 50th anniversary in providing public housing in Singapore, it also celebrates its milestone in completing its one millionth HDB flat. At the completion ceremony of HDB’s first eco-friendly initiative Treelodge@Punggol, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean and Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan presented the keys to HDB’s one millionth flat to its owners, Mr Wang Wei Ji and his wife Christina Ng. Read more »

Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College

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The “Singapore Command and Staff College” will be renamed the “Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College” in honour of the late Dr Goh Keng Swee. The College offer the Command and Staff Course which is attended by selected officers from the three services of the SAF, and International Officers from other countries. It trains, educates and prepares these officers for their roles as mid-level military leaders.

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