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Couple’s sewage disaster in new Punggol BTO flat explodes online

Just a week before a young family was due to move into their new home in Punggol, they were shocked to hear from HDB on Mon that there had been flooding in their unit. When they arrived, they…

New museum to be set up in Singapore to encourage religious harmony

A new museum will be set up here to encourage religious tolerance and harmony, PM Lee Hsien Loong said on Tues. The Harmony in Diversity Museum, to be established by younger leaders of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO), will…

Record number of projects to be recognised for construction excellence

A record number of 23 projects will be awarded the Construction Excellence Award (CEA) for construction excellence, said BCA on Tues. Out of the 23 projects, The Glyndebourne, a BCA Green Mark Platinum private residential development at Trevose…

Jurong East may see more manufacturing firms moving in: Analysts

Property analysts have said the location of the Singapore-KL high-speed rail (HSR) terminus at Jurong East is strategic to future commercial developments. But even as Jurong East is being envisioned as the second CBD, some analysts said the…

Singapore entrepreneurs warm up to ‘renting desks’

Singapore’s co-working space market has come a long way since 2009, when its first entrant Hackerspace.SG set up shop, with now 30 outfits located across the island, according to Co-Working Singapore’s website. The explosion of co-working locations is…

Mixed-use development around the station

The development of the High Speed Rail (HSR) terminus will go hand in hand with the transformation of the surrounding Jurong Gateway business precinct, URA said yesterday. The terminus is expected to take up about 12ha of the…

SMRT’s interest in 4th telco ‘distracting’

Transport operator SMRT’s recent announcement of its interest in the telco business has sparked concerns that it might be distracted from its core duties of improving train services. Several MPs also said in Parliament yesterday that the fines…

Building up a green ethos in Singapore construction sector

Construction and conservation often tread divergent paths but Mr Chia Ngiang Hong is leading an initiative that aims to reconcile the two. Mr Chia, the group GM of City Developments (CDL), became the fourth president of the non-profit…

Exhibit by NTU student shows fragility of MacRitchie

A slice of Singapore’s wilderness has been recreated at NTU, complete with the sights, sounds and smells that come with a forest. Visitors to the Developing MacRitchie interactive media exhibition will hear the chirping of birds, smell the…

Sustainable sports hall, eco-friendly high-rise residential buildings to be built at NTU

More residential halls will be made available for NTU students by early 2016, once works on the newest eco-friendly high-rise buildings are completed. The six blks of these 13-storey buildings, located at North Hill on Nanyang Ave, will…

Singapore developers face competition from home sellers in slow market

Resales of homes in Singapore have soared to almost half of all the private residential property transactions in the city-state, forcing developers to consider cutting prices as a flood of new apartments enters the market. Falling rentals, currently…

KL-Singapore rail link users to pay under RM400 per round trip: M’sia public transport authority

A round trip from KL to Singapore on the new high-speed rail (HSR) link will cost users less than RM400 (S$147.85), Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal has said. According to BT, Mr…

Developers to keep tabs on Govt plans for surrounding land

All eyes will be on how the authorities rezone the parcel of land that will be acquired from Jurong Country Club (JCC) by Nov next year for the KL-Singapore high speed rail terminus, and how much of the…

Soft soil conditions at terminus site ‘could prove a challenge’

With most of the Singapore-KL high speed rail (HSR) terminus to be built underground in what could be soft soil given the land’s proximity to a lake, civil engineering experts said yesterday that the soil conditions could prove…

Sudden notice of terminus siting catches club members by surprise

Last year, when the Government announced the golf courses it would be phasing out in order to redevelop the land on which they sit, Jurong Country Club (JCC) had been one of six slated for other use. But…

IDA pushes for energy-efficient data centres

To make Singapore’s data-centre industry more energy-efficient and hence, more competitive, the government on Mon launched a green data centre innovation programme (GDCIP). Under this, IDA has secured collaborations with Dell, Hewlett Packard, Huawei and IBM to prototype…

World city or regional backwater?

Singapore of 2065 could be a world capital of gleaming towers, creative talent, power, influence and wealth; the most important centre of a region of peace and prosperity; and an inspiration to those who dream of what it…

Challenges faced by private healthcare sector

As a healthcare professional and Singapore citizen, I was troubled to read last Fri’s report (“S’pore losing medical tourists to neighbours”). There are some factors contributing to the sharp decline in medical tourism. First, staffing. The Government has…

Work on Braddell Road widening resumes; new contractor appointed

LTA has appointed home-grown Feng Ming Construction to complete a project to widen the stretch of Braddell Road between Lorong 1 Toa Payoh and the Braddell Flyover for a contract sum of $29.9 million. The project came to…

Singapore resale condo prices continue to weaken, slipping 0.7% in Apr: SRX Property

Resale prices of non-landed private residential properties continued to cool, dipping 0.7 per cent in Apr from Mar, according to flash estimates from SRX Property on Tues. Year on year, prices have dropped 4.0 per cent from Apr…

Don’t forget Ubin in heritage survey

I hope no one forgets that Singapore’s built heritage is not confined to the colonial edifices that grace the celebrated pages of our history and nation-building (“First heritage survey gives conservation efforts a boost”; last Thurs). This heritage…

With proper planning, columbaria and housing can co-exist

It is understandable why a group of residents of Fernvale Lea protested against the decision to allow a columbarium to be built, as they had no prior knowledge of this when they bought their BTO flats (“New tender…

Battle of the walkways needs to be addressed

I read My Paper report on Apr 28 (“Knocked down on walkway, now she needs surgery”) with a heavy heart. The long drawn-out debate over whether cyclists should ride on the road or on walkways is still inconclusive,…

Do more to advise cyclists to use cycling path

I am a senior citizen who takes public transport to work. When I wait with the crowd at the bus stop along Woodlands Ave 7, cyclists will invariably come at short intervals, from opposite directions, ignoring the cycling…

Tackle triple whammy of back-row seating on buses

The recent tender called by LTA for design proposals for public buses is definitely a step in the right direction (“Designing a better ride on public buses”; last Fri). However, the LTA’s tender requirements do not go far…

Bedok, Upper East Coast units post highest median transaction value in Apr

SRX’s most recent flash report reveals that District 16 posted the highest median transactions over value (T-O-X). For districts with more than 10 resale transactions in Apr 2015, district 16 (Bedok, Upper East Coast) had the highest median…

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