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NetLink Trust proposes cheaper fibre installation fees for homes

One-time fibre installation fees for residences could be reduced if IMDA approves NetLink Trust’s proposal for changing certain prices in its Interconnection Offer (ICO). That refers to the commercial agreement between NetLink Trust and operating companies such as…

Chinatown through the years

People in Singapore now look forward to seeing a giant lantern of the zodiac animal of the year in Chinatown every year. Towering dragons, mischievous monkeys and gambolling goats have stood at the junction of Eu Tong Sen…

Why Singaporeans shun river taxi services

Too expensive, unnecessary and touristy. This was the perception Singaporeans had of the river taxi services offered by the bumboats plying the Singapore River. When asked if he would consider taking the bumboats to get to different points…

Make it easier to change billing for utilities accounts

I am the owner of an apartment that is leased out. When I lease out the apartment, I have to apply for the utilities account (under SP Services) to be closed and the services disconnected. The new tenant…

Award food stalls to lower bids

I read with interest NEA’s letter “Measures taken to moderate hawker stall rentals: NEA” (Jan 25). The example of a bid of $10,000 for a cooked food stall that was later not taken up still means that the…

askST: Why does there seem to be lax enforcement of traffic rules for cyclists?

A reader asked why rules under Road Traffic Act Chapter 276 Section 140 under Road Traffic (Bicycle) do not seem to be enforced. “There has never been any enforcement action by TP such as those conducted for drink…

Average booking rate of 83% for 3Gen flats: HDB

Mr Tan Chow Hua had longed to have his wife and children spend more time with his mother but simply could not afford the space and have her move into their five-room flat in Jurong West. So when…

Singapore not meeting its air quality targets: Masagos

With vehicles plying the roads among the key contributors to air pollution in Singapore, a study commissioned by MEWR found that electric vehicles and renewable diesel are some of the more viable clean alternatives to diesel vehicles. But…

More statistics required on smoking issue

I refer to the report “Designated smoking points a win-win for Nee Soon South residents: MP” (Jan 23). There is no reason to not extend designated smoking points to the wider public, as this would reduce secondary smoke…

Changi Airport a valuable test bed for innovations

We thank Mr Cheang Peng Wah for his letter “Is EDB footing the bill for Changi’s tech push?” (Jan 24). We note his concerns and would like to clarify the intent of the Changi Airport Living Lab. As…

Can Govt help heartland malls draw tourists?

I refer to the report “Asean must band together and be a life raft in stormy seas: PM” (Jan 19). The strong Singapore dollar may put South-east Asian tourists off shopping here. But is there any chance they…

Several ways to curb workplace deaths

Last year’s workplace fatality rate requires attention and investigation to uncover the root causes, as well as measures to prevent their recurrence (“Stricter worksite safety training, audits required”; Dec 28). While MOM has done a good job of…

Office, shop rents fall over 8% in 2016, office vacancy rate hits 11.1%

Office and shop rents fell by more than 8 per cent in 2016, as their vacancy rates continued to rise, figures from URA on Thurs showed. The decline in office rents accelerated in the Oct-Dec quarter, declining 1.8…

Strata industrial units continue to lose their lustre since 2012 peak

The shine is coming off industrial units. Waning investment yields and demand from end-users have kept a lid on buying interest. The numbers say as much. The number of strata transactions has been falling since the peak of…

Industrial prices, rents continue decline in Q4, but occupancies inch up: JTC

Prices of industrial space in Singapore fell a further 3 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016, while rentals dipped 0.5 per cent, according to official JTC statistics released on Thurs morning. For the full year, industrial…

Now could be a good time to buy Singapore property stocks

Yes, you heard it right — Singapore’s home prices are set to make a comeback after a three-year losing streak. And analysts think property developer stocks are the best way to play that rebound. Amid a restructuring push…

5G well on its way towards reality here

Crystal-clear video calls while outdoors, streaming high-definition videos with almost no buffering time and driverless cars finally becoming a reality – these are some of the things the next evolution of mobile networks, commonly known as 5G, could…

State of LTE in Singapore

Singapore continues to have one of the fastest 4G LTE speeds in the world. It narrowly beat South Korea with an average download speed of 45.9Mbps, according to tech start-up OpenSignal’s latest global LTE report, based on measurements…

National Stadium to host Sultan of Selangor’s Cup

The Sultan of Selangor’s (SOS) Cup will get the red-carpet treatment this year. The annual event, back in Singapore for the first time in eight years, will be held on May 6 at the crown jewel of Singapore…

New development replacing Park Mall to revitalise Dhoby Ghaut area

The sleepy corner of Dhoby Ghaut that housed Park Mall is getting a new lease of life. Singapore-listed developer SingHaiyi Group unveiled plans yesterday for a new 10-storey building now under construction at 9 Penang Road, near Orchard…

Sentosa Gateway Tunnel could open as early as April

The $160 million Sentosa Gateway Tunnel, the construction of which was delayed for a year, could open as early as Apr. The two-lane tunnel starts at the stretch between VivoCity and St James Power Station, and goes under…

Bracing for the next lap

In Dec, Knight Frank Singapore relocated from its office on the 30th floor of Hong Leong Building. As it had been a tenant there for 30 years, the move was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube on…

Neighbourhood guides: Indulge in shopping and eating at Queenstown

We all know that Singapore’s two national pastimes are shopping and eating. Regardless of whether you’re a bargain hunter in search of a good deal, or a die hard foodie who will go to any lengths to satisfy…

How can cyclists and PMD riders co-exist safely with motorists in Singapore?

The government’s drive to promote cycling as a viable form of transport has led to folding bicycles and many types of PMDs being allowed on the MRT, the construction of more bicycle paths and park connectors, and, soon,…

Private home prices down 3.1% in 2016: URA data

Excluding ECs, prices of private homes in Singapore dipped by 0.5 percent in Q4 2016 following a 1.5 percent drop in the previous quarter. For the whole of 2016, prices fell by 3.1 percent versus the 3.7 percent…

HDB resale transactions down 9.1% in Q4

Resale prices of HDB flats dipped by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to more complete data published by HDB. For the whole of 2016, the Resale Price Index slipped by 0.1 percent. On the…

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