Year 2010

HDB celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Sunday, 19th December 2010

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.


Gambling Den Raided

Sunday, 28th November 2010

Police have raided an illegal gambling den at an industrial unit at Defu Lane.  Ten men and two women were arrested. A 40-year-old man was believed to be the den's manager while the remaining suspects were the patrons of the gambling den. Police also seized 15 modified computers, five modified jackpot machines and cash of about $650. Defu Lane is located in a small industrial estate at the fringe of Hougang Town.


12 Arrested In Sim Lim Square

Monday, 22nd November 2010

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers and Entertainment Software Association (ESA) lawyers hit the retailers at Sim Lim Square, a popular shopping complex selling computer related products.  During the simultaneous raids, 12 men were arrested and seized goods that worth an estimated value of $12,000. They were also believed to have provided illegal modification services for game consoles which enabled pirated games to be played on them.


Ran Up 73 Storeys In Under 7 Minutes

Saturday, 20th November 2010

Thomas Dold ran up 73 storeys of the Swissotel The Stamford Hotel in a time of 6 minutes 51 seconds. He was competing against over 2,000 people in this year's Swissotel Vertical Marathon.


Sentosa Cable Cars Halted

Sunday, 14th November 2010

The Sentosa Cable Car System was halted by a lightning strike. About twenty passengers was trapped in the 15 minutes ordeal that send chills down their spine. This was the first time that such strike has brought down the system. A newly installed backup system was then started to bring the affected cable car cabins back to the Mount Faber, Harbourfront and Sentosa Stations.


Shing Hotel Owner Losses Licence

Tuesday, 9th November 2010

Siah Chen Long, 53-year-old, will not be allowed to run the Shing Hotel as the authority revoke his hotel licence. He had previously been given a police warning for a similar offence of allowing prostitutes to ply their trade on his hotel premises. However, he could rent it out or get someone else to take over the premises as a new licensee.


KTM Train Derailed At Bukit Timah

Tuesday, 9th November 2010

A Kuala Lumpur bound KTM train derailed near the KTM Bukit Timah Station. The station master at Tanjong Pagar said repairs on the damaged track have started. All KTM train services from Singapore have been cancelled.


Man-Made Floating Wetland Opened

Sunday, 7th November 2010

The Sengkang Floating Wetland located within Sengkang Riverside Park was officially opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The Sengkang Floating Wetland in Punggol Reservoir is a floating structure half the size of a football field - the first of this scale to be built in Singapore. The wetland links Anchorvale Community Club to the Sengkang Riverside Park.


Flights To and From Jakarta Suspended

Saturday, 6th November 2010

Singapore Airlines (SIA) flights to and from Jakarta are being temporarily suspended. This is due to volcanic ash from Mount Merapi eruption in Indonesia.


Merapi Volcanic Dust Cloud Effect Arrived

Saturday, 6th November 2010

Southwesterly winds carried the Indonesian volcanic dust cloud from Mount Merapi has affected air traffic leaving Singapore. The eruption of Merapi has been producing a pyroclastic flow and ash.


A380 Airplane Parts Fell Off After Take-off

Thursday, 4th November 2010

Minutes after Qantas A380 left Changi Airport, one of its four Rolls-Royce engine caught fire and exploded. Its engine casing rained down on Batam, a nearby Indonesian town, and the superjumbo Airbus A380 with 466 people on board dumped fuel before returning to Singapore. After the plane landed, a second engine, next to the one that exploded, would not shut down.


Sports School Down With Mass Food Poisoning

Monday, 1st November 2010

One Hundred and Six Students at the Singapore Sports School were down with diarrhoea or stomach pain after eating at the school's canteen. Those affected experienced the illness between have since recovered. The canteen operator, ISS Catering Services Pte Ltd, at the Singapore Sports School is under investigation by The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA).


Methodist Heritage Day

Sunday, 31st October 2010

The Methodist Heritage Day was held at the Old School which was the former Methodist Girls’ School site at Mt Sophia. It was official opened by PM Lee Hsien Loong and Bishop Dr. Robert M. Solomon which incorporated a main Heritage Exhibition and a Heritage Fair, and a Heritage Trail by Bus. The Methodist Church's is celebrating its 125th anniversary in Singapore.


Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College

Wednesday, 27th October 2010

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.


10K People In Nike City 10K Run

Sunday, 24th October 2010

10,000 people took part in the Nike City 10K Run early this morning. This year's event was titled "SG vs KL Nike City 10K 24.10.2010". The SG vs KL Challenge where the city with the most kilometres recorded will win a US$30,000 donation from Nike for their respective charities. Runners in Singapore will raise funds for the Singapore Children's Society, while runners in Kuala Lumpur will run to earn a donation for Hope Worldwide Kuala Lumpur.


CEO Jailed For Cooking The Books

Friday, 22nd October 2010

The 52-year-old Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JEL Corporation (Holdings) Limited, a public listed company, was sentenced to 12 months jail and fined S$280,000 for his creativity. Mr Eric Tan Boon Yong, who founded the firm, has pleaded guilty to conspired with two of his colleagues to falsify (cook) the company's accounts (books) and inflated its profits by more than S$4.2 million.


Orchard Road Rasied

Thursday, 21st October 2010

A 1.4 kilometre low-lying stretch in Orchard Road from Orchard Parade Hotel to The Heeren were raised by 1 foot to protect it against flash floods. Recently it was hit by one of the worst floods in recent history when the Stamford Canal, designed to discharge excess water to the sea (now a fresh water reservoir), could not cope with two successive bursts of intense rainfall, causing rainwater to overflow onto the roads.


Navy Launches RSS Swordsman Submarine

Wednesday, 20th October 2010

Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) launched its second Archer-class submarine, RSS Swordsman, at the Kockums Shipyard in Karlskrona, Sweden. RSS Swordsman is one of two ex-Vaastergotland-class submarines acquired by Singapore in 2005. The other, RSS Archer, was launched in 2009. The two vessels have been retrofitted with the latest state-of-the-art Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system, which allows them to last six weeks underwater. The submarines will be based at Changi Naval Base (CNB).


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