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Mobile coverage in lifts not compulsory

Mobile operators are required to provide more than 85 per cent service coverage in each building as part of the IDA’s Quality of Service standards (“Phone signal in lifts necessary in emergencies” by Mr Chin Kee Thou; Aug…

Tap-in to use toilet for the disabled

The misuse of toilets for the disabled in a suburban mall including smoking and hogging by the able-bodied has prompted its management to install a tap-in system so that only those with validated passes have access. Jurong Point…

Father who lied about address during Pri 1 registration gets fine instead of jail

A father initially sentenced to two weeks’ jail for lying about where he lived to get his daughter into a prestigious primary school, was on Fri handed the maximum $5,000 fine instead, after he appealed to the High…

Nurturing a love for nature

Professor Wong Poh Poh emerges from around a corner in the garden of his Hougang home holding a potted plant, Avicennia marina a robust, common species that, belying its name, thrives even inland. Prof Wong admires the versatility…

Buyer gets flat 5 years later

Her five-year nightmare in a tussle with the sellers of an HDB flat is finally over. Madam Herni Fadhillah Saad can now look forward to moving into her own home with her two children. But only after the…

Viva Industrial Trust inks agreement to acquire property for S$45m

Viva Industrial Trust (VIT) has entered into a put and call option agreement for the acquisition of a property at 30 Pioneer Road for S$45 million. The purchase price excludes an estimated upfront land premium for the balance…

High Park Residences hits the right note with buyers

The launch of High Park Residences over the Hari Raya weekend on July 17-19 drew crowds from across Singapore. On the first day of balloting (July 17), about 4,000 people visited the showflat at Fernvale Road where close…

Singapore libraries use technology for easier, faster service

Libraries are making use of technology to ensure users can get the books and materials they want in an easier and faster manner. For example, there is a machine which automatically scans and sorts returned items into specific…

Move to ease traffic congestion at Sengkang, Punggol to kick in end-Sept

From end Sept, drivers entering Sengkang and Punggol towns from TPE can enjoy smooth travel, even during peak hours, according to the Pasir Ris-Punggol and Punggol East Grassroots Organisations and LTA on Fri. Over the past year, residents…

Consequences of land tax on PUB’s Johor Waterworks could be ‘quite serious’: K Shanmugam

The consequences of a demand that Singapore’s PUB pay a land assessment tax imposed by Johor’s Kota Tinggi District Council could be “quite serious”, said Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Thurs. The tax is being levied…

Jurong East ‘will be a magnet for companies’

Jurong East, which is set to house the Singapore-KL high-speed rail, will be a “magnet for companies” because of its connectivity, setting the stage for more vibrant F&B and residential opportunities. “I am most bullish about offices. This…

MP moves to minimise inconvenience at Compass Point

After some residents and tenants expressed concerns over the temporary closure of Compass Point shopping mall in Sengkang, incumbent MP Teo Ser Luck yesterday assured that transitional arrangements are being looked at. For example, interim facilities such as…

Hotels slash rates, offer goodies as tourist arrivals taper

Hit by a double whammy of dwindling tourist arrivals and rising room supply, luxury to budget hotels in Singapore slashed room rates in the first half of this year amid fierce competition for the tourist dollar within the…

New policy measures will hit private residential market

Many more Singaporeans will be applying to buy HDB BTO flats and EC now that the monthly household income ceilings for these types of homes have been raised to S$12,000 and S$14,000, respectively. Henceforth, the affordability measure of…

Luxury hotel room rates dip as corporate travellers vanish

High-end hotels have been forced to reduce room rates in order to compete for a smaller pool of corporate travellers. According to JLL, Singapore’s luxury hotels have seen a 4.6% year-on-year decline in their average revenue per available…

Improving the MRT

Next year, MRT trains serving the North-South Line (NSL) will operate with a new signalling system that replaces the legacy signalling system that dates back to the 1980s. The project is progressing well with 91% of the North-South…

Raised income ceiling a game changer for property market

With the upcoming GE to be held on 11 Sept 2015, it isn’t surprising to see the government take steps to help more Singaporeans afford HDB flats and ECs. After all, housing affordability was one of the hot-button…

Eye on Simpang Bedok: An eastside gem

It may not be a large estate like Tampines or Bedok, but the eastside gem known as Simpang Bedok has long been a popular haunt, thanks in no small part to the many gastronomic delights in the area.…

Gazing into the crystal ball for condo, EC rentals

The story of the private residential rental market is one that has taken a double whammy over the past few years, with many landlords dealing with falling rents, weak yields and a difficulty in attracting tenants. On the…

Channel technology optimally to make Singapore a ‘smart city’

Half of the global population live in cities today, and this number will only continue to grow. How cities expand to accommodate ever-increasing populations and incomes is one of the major questions on the minds of governments and…

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