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LTA: Accident black spots cut by 20%

New projects to improve Potong Pasir on the cards: Khaw

MND Minister Khaw Boon Wan said there will be new development projects in Potong Pasir to improve the living environment for residents. He said this in a written parliamentary reply to a question from NCMP Lina Chiam on…

S$26b more in transport subsidies to fund rail, bus infrastructure: Josephine Teo

Subsidies to the tune of S$26 billion will be injected into the public transport system over the next five years. This is in addition to the S$14 billion in subsidies that have been spent in the past five…

Woodlands EC site goes to Hao Yuan Investment

Local developer Hao Yuan Investment has won the tender for an EC site in Woodlands Ave 12 for S$103.8 million, or about S$278 psf ppr, against a field of seven bidders. The top bid by Hao Yuan for…

Train service from Yew Tee to Kranji resumes after track fault causes hours-long disruption

MRT train services on the North-South line from Yew Tee to Kranji station have resumed after a track fault caused a four-hour disruption on Mon afternoon. Train operator SMRT announced the disruption on its official Twitter channel at…

Singapore Budget 2015: S$3b injection into new Changi Airport Development Fund

The government will set up a new Changi Airport Development Fund, and make an initial injection of S$3 billion into the fund, said Tharman Shanmugaratnam, DPM and Finance Minister, on Mon. “This can be topped up subsequently when…

Singapore Budget 2015: Singapore Reits to enjoy income tax and GST concessions for 5 more years

Income tax and GST concessions for Singapore S-Reits will be extended for five more years to attract listings here, said DPM and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Mon. The GST concessions will also be enhanced to facilitate fund-raising…

No full refund for flat cancellations at Fernvale, says HDB

HDB today said it has received a total of 95 requests from flat buyers to cancel their bookings with refund for their BTO flats in Fernvale as of Feb 9. This is out of the 4,000 units located…

State should manage town council finances

It is sad that our ministers and MP spent two days debating a town council’s alleged mishandling of accounts and unlawful acts. (“Unanimous support in House for tougher standards on TCs”; Feb 14) I call for the state…

Why NSmen are not allowed to use in-camp fitness facilities on weekends: Ng Eng Hen

The use of fitness and recreation facilities in camps such as swimming pools and gyms by NSmen should be restricted to allocated time slots on weekdays for security purposes, said Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen on Mon.…

100 HDB projects chosen for upgrading programme

100 projects across 22 constituencies have been selected for the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP) since its launch in 2007. From FY 2007 to FY 2013, about $150 million has been disbursed under the programme, MND revealed in Parliament…

Kingsford launches waterfront condo

The 1,165-unit project features one to five-room apartments, and smaller units account for around 50 percent of those on offer. Unit prices are expected to start from above $500,000 for a one-room apartment. To lure younger homebuyers, Kingsford…

Lending a hand to make S’pore clean

Teacher Tan Ken Jin has the tendency to pick up any litter he sees. The 37-year-old does it without fuss, he picks up the trash with his bare hands before washing them at the nearest basin. It all…

LTA: Accident black spots cut by 20%

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The number of road accident “black spots” has fallen by 20 per cent in the past year or so, with 20 locations removed from LTA’s blacklist. This shows that measures implemented by LTA under its Black Spot Programme…

Nomura most bullish on Indonesia, Singapore developers in 2015

Nomura is most bullish on Indonesian and Singapore property developers in the Asean region this year, the research house said in a report on Mon. For Singapore developers, Nomura expects lower prices to stimulate demand this year and…

What will it take to get Singaporeans to give up their cars?

Many foreigners are baffled as to why a Singaporean would want to buy a car, paying several times the price of a car in their own home countries. After all, they insist, the MRT system is fantastic and…

Interview with Singcapital CEO – Should you still get a SIBOR-based home loan?

Think of the last good dream you had. You know, like the one where you paid only $2 COE on your new car, or you were Left Shark in the Katy Perry Super Bowl halftime show? Then remember…

The property market in the Year of the Goat

As we usher in the lunar new year, property enthusiasts are trying to peep into the crystal ball to see how the market will fare this year. Below are what PropertySoul.com sees in the Singapore property scene in…

New research facility to address social challenges

A dedicated research facility to examine complex social issues and design innovative ideas for an ageing population was opened on Mon. The Next Age Institute, jointly set up by NUS and Washington University in US, will address the…

$25m hub for churches in Jurong hits a snag

The Lutheran Church has hit a bump in the road in its bid to develop a $25 million multi-denomination hub in Jurong for small and medium-sized churches. Some of the congregations which had initially pledged to jointly develop…

Start learning to stop littering

One army to protect against external threats, and one to deal with litter (“‘5 million people, 70,000 cleaners… that’s ridiculous!'”; Feb 14). What a shocking but apt analogy. Reading the article brought to mind a scene I recently…

Boost infrastructure to take in the necessary foreign workers

Reading Mr Christopher Ng’s letter (“Foreign workers fill a need”; last Wed) made me wonder if Singapore, with its growing prosperity and many blessings, has forgotten those immigrants from China in the past, such as the samsui women,…

AVA probing fish deaths off Pasir Ris

Amid higher plankton levels, some fish farmers off Pasir Ris have seen their fish die in recent days and AVA is analysing samples to determine the cause of death. AVA said some fish deaths were reported by farmers…

CapitaLand pledges S$2m to mark Golden Jubilee

CapitaLand has dedicated more than S$2 million to celebrating Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. Themed Building People. Building Communities, the year-long celebrations started with the launch of a crowdsourcing digital platform, #BuildSG2065, yesterday. The public can share ideas for Singapore’s…

Counter closed at Kampong Java NPC after fire

The service counter at Kampong Java NPC will be closed following a fire. However, calls to the NPC and the co-located Tanglin Police Divisional Headquarters will still be answered. The police said yesterday that a switch box in…

Community touchpoints vital to S’pore history, too

As we embark on a year of introspection on the Singaporean identity as part of SG50 celebrations, perhaps we can do more to maintain community landmarks that are rich in history and culture. The slated-for-demolition Rochor Centre is…

A multi-pronged, collaborative approach to wildlife conservation

We refer to the letters “Why zoos should house more rare land animals” (Feb 7) and “Zoos endanger future of rare animals” (Feb 9). Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), the parent company of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River…

Migrating songbirds falling prey to rapid urbanisation

Many songbirds that fly south to Asia between Nov and Feb are under threat, and researchers calling for more global cooperation to protect them. The birds routinely escape the winter in northern parts of the world, such as…

Maris Stella calls for traffic study

Between 6.50am and 7.30am every school day, traffic along a stretch of Bartley Road slows to a crawl as parents drop their children off at Maris Stella High School. The congestion goes all the way back to the…

Number of cyclists caught breaking rules: At least three a day

The number of cyclists breaking traffic rules may have dipped, but they were behind an average of at least three offences a day last year, new police statistics show. These include running a red light and riding on…

Shophouse sales drop sharply but capital values rise

Sales of shophouses have fallen sharply but capital values are still increasing, experts say. There were 112 transactions last year, down from 206 in 2013 and 290 in 2012, a caveats analysis by CBRE showed. However, median prices…

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