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Proposed liquor rules: Police will take action based on situation

Police will take action based on the situation and there will be no hard and fast rules when it comes to arresting people who drink in public.Under a new Bill tabled in Parliament on Mon, drinking in public…

Fire traps woman in Marine Drive flat, she is rescued by SCDF

A fire broke out in the living room of a five-room unit on the 11th floor of Blk 71, Marine Drive on Tues evening, trapping a woman inside the bedroom. Madam Lou, who owns the unit, said that…

What if driverless cars got into accidents?

I read with interest the report on the pilot testing of driverless cars on public roads in the one-north area (“Driverless cars to be tested on public roads”; last Wed). I do not doubt the maturity of the…

Unfair for home buyers if land usage changes

The Sengkang columbarium issue throws up more questions than answers. The authorities seem to be implying that sufficient land usage information had been provided for prospective home buyers to make an informed decision, since they said the land…

Quick deployment of forces essential

I was caught in last Thurs’s Paterson Road jam that resulted from an oil spill (“Oil spill in Orchard area causes massive traffic jams”; last Fri). Traffic was at a standstill along Orchard Boulevard. I recalled the Little…

Query on police response

From last Fri’s article (“Narrow escape for couple whose bike skidded on oil patch”), it seems that a couple who fell after their motorcycle skidded on the oil patch in Paterson Road alerted officers in a passing police…

Could better coordination have helped?

Massive jams occurred in the Orchard area last Thurs as a result of an oil spill, causing much inconvenience to many people (“Oil spill in Orchard area causes massive traffic jams”; last Fri). It was reported that the…

Parliament: Alcohol curbs tough but necessary, say MPs

Proposed measures to curb public drinking and the sale of alcohol may be tough, but they are necessary, said MP yesterday. Slightly more than half of the 40 people ST polled also supported the Bill, believing it will…

Fire engine stuck at VivoCity courtyard lifted out

A fire engine which got stuck in front of shopping mall VivoCity on Mon evening after the tiles it was travelling on gave way was eventually lifted out at 1.35am on Tues. It was taken back to Marina…

SGX and Reits association to launch educational workshops and roadshows

SGX announced on Tues that it has partnered with the Reit Association of Singapore (Reitas) to launched an initiative to educate the public on Reits and stapled trusts. Delivered through the SGX Academy and Reitas, the initiative comprises…

Not all HDB residents suited to own dogs

I concur with Madam Samantha Ang that larger dogs with a gentle temperament should be allowed in HDB flats (“Review HDB policy on dogs in flats”; last Tues). Approval of breeds for HDB flats should not be based…

No recourse for those affected by noisy dogs

Even though I am a dog lover and lifelong dog owner, I have to agree with Mr Jagir Singh Riar (“HDB curbs on dogs should stay”; last Thurs). The commendable measures outlined by SPCA (“Strict rules for HDB…

Tepid response to Anchorvale Crescent EC site

A land parcel at Anchorvale Crescent for an EC housing development attracted just three bids at the close of the tender on Tues, attesting to weaker sentiment in Singapore’s housing market. Sim Lian Land submitted the top bid…

Khaw Boon Wan: No plans for Gardens by the Bay to be self-sustainable

Gardens by the Bay will continue to receive grants from the Government and there are no plans to make it fund itself completely, said MND Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Mon. In a written answer to a Parliamentary…

Khaw: Regulations of use of Speakers’ Corner have ‘worked well’

The regulations governing the use of the Speakers’ Corner at Hong Lim Park have worked well over the years, with no “untoward cases” until an incident on Sep 27, 2014, MND Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in Parliament…

Dr Balakrishnan: Current flood measures may not be enough due to climate change

Improvement works to drainage in 187 locations have been completed since 2012, with another 19 slated to start this year. MEWR Minister Vivian Balakrishnan gave this update in Parliament on Tues in reply to a question on Singapore’s…

Singapore’s Keppel Land, Keppel Corp shares halted ahead of announcement

Trading in shares of Singapore’s Keppel Land Ltd and its parent Keppel Corp were halted on Wed ahead of a corporate announcement. Conglomerate Keppel Corp holds a 54.6 percent stake in Keppel Land, the group’s property arm. State…

Vivian Balakrishnan: Hygiene lapses by food operators taken ‘very seriously’

NEA takes lapses in hygiene by food retail outlets “very seriously”, and will take strict enforcement action against errant operators, MEWR Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said on Mon. In a written answer to Parliamentary questions from MPs Lee…

MND: Owners have enough time to sell off flat

Even in the current market conditions, the government is unlikely to extend the period a HDB homeowner is required to sell off his or her existing flat. In a written answer to a query in Parliament yesterday, MND…

12,000 rental flats occupied under the Joint Singles Scheme

Of the 50,000 rental flats available in Singapore, 12,000 are occupied by tenants under the Joint Singles Scheme (JSS), MND said in a written answer to a query in Parliament yesterday. However, some 1,900 flats are currently occupied…

Singapore home prices ‘seriously unaffordable’, but better than other countries

Although prices of Singapore properties have fallen in recent months due to the stringent cooling measures by the government, housing here remains “seriously unaffordable” with a score of 5.0, according to findings of the 11th Annual Demographia Intl…

More than 700 coral colonies moved from Semakau Landfill

More than 700 coral colonies and other species such as Giant Clams have been successfully relocated from the lagoon at Semakau Landfill to the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park, as part of a move to convert the lagoon into…

Grace Fu: Better housekeeping needed to stamp out rodents

NEA detected and chemically treated more than 35,000 rodent burrows from Jan to Nov last year. The agency said the numbers reflect the importance of good housekeeping habits that owners of premises, especially operators of food establishments, need…

Khaw: HDB net deficit to remain high over next few years

HDB’s net deficit will continue to be high in the next few financial years as flats launched in the ramp-up phase are progressively completed, said MND Minister Khaw Boon Wan in Parliament today. Mr Khaw was responding to…

Chinese national gets jail, caning for vandalising SMRT and LTA property

Chinese national Gao Bin was sentenced to two months’ jail and six strokes of the cane today after pleading guilty to vandalising a pillar under the MRT track which is a property of the SMRT and a metal…

Errant retailers to be blocked from starting new companies

Consumer protection laws will be strengthened to prevent errant retailers from starting new companies, said Minister of State for Trade and Industry Teo Ser Luck yesterday. He was fielding questions in Parliament about recalcitrant shop owners and trading…

1 in 2 S’poreans say mortgage prevents them from saving for retirement

Almost one in two working Singaporeans say that paying off their mortgage and other debts are the biggest barriers in preventing them from preparing for retirement. In an annual global report by HSBC, more than half (53 per…

Public views sought on Singapore’s climate action plans

From today to Mar 31, members of the public can share their views on how Singapore can reduce its carbon emissions and promote green growth beyond 2020, announced the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS). This online public consultation…

Eat, play, work

Habitat Coffee, the coffee joint along Upper Thomson Road has been wowing fans since 2011 with its specially blended joe and hip cool vibe. No wonder then that the cafe often gets requests from customers who want to…

Singapore working on having more ‘open data architecture’

As Singapore works towards having a more ‘open data architecture’ this means more data will be available and verifiable to the Government, private sector and individuals. This could be beneficial for society as a whole Dr Vivian Balakrishnan,…

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