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Stop the “consultation” and impose a plastic bag tax already

If a plastic bag cost only 5 cents at the supermarket check-out counter, chances are you would pay for it. After all, 5 cents is negligible when it brings a whole deal of convenience. And it’s not just…

How to dispose trash down rubbish chutes if there are no plastic bags, ask readers

It looks like Singaporeans still want their supermarket plastic bags for free – and for a good reason. Here in Singapore, plastic bags are mostly reused to contain the daily garbage that’s discarded down high-rise rubbish chutes and…

ICB Shopping Centre headed for en bloc launch at S$65-70m

The owners of ICB Shopping Centre, a mixed-use development in Yio Chu Kang Road, last Fri gave their consent for a collective sale. This is the first en bloc attempt by the development, which is more than 30…

Burst pipe at Bukit Batok West leads to “fountain” several storeys high

A “water fountain” several storeys high sprouted up in a Singapore neighbourhood after a pipe burst at the junction of Bukit Batok West Ave 6 and Bukit Batok West Ave 8 on Tues night. In a post on…

Drowning of boy off East Coast Park ruled tragic misadventure

The death of a sec one student from drowning in the waters off East Coast Park was ruled a “tragic misadventure” in the Coroner’s Court on Tues. The court heard that Suhaimi, 12, was with seven classmates from…

Extension of smoking ban to cover university campuses’ outdoor areas, private-hire cars: NEA

From 1 Oct, smokers will no longer be able to light up at five new types of premises, including the outdoor areas of university campuses and private education institutions. Smoking will also be prohibited in public places within…

Man who released 3 stingrays into Lower Seletar Reservoir fined $2,600

A man who released three pet stingrays into Lower Seletar Reservoir was fined $2,600 on Tues. Larry Tan Chin Guan, 48, was caught after he filmed the act and uploaded the video on FB earlier this year. Tan,…

Bike-sharing takes off among youths in major Asian cities: survey

Orange, yellow and other brightly colored bikes have been popping up in cities across Asia, surprising residents and frequent visitors with their sudden ubiquity outside train stations and condo gates over the last two years. The bikes, which…

Man arrested for rash act after throwing down items from HDB block during quarrel

A 48-year-old man was arrested after he threw items down from the sixth storey of a HDB block in Bukit Panjang during a dispute with his wife on Mon evening. The incident occurred at Blk 274, Bangkit Road,…

High Court suspends AHTC arbitration case

The High Court has ruled that ongoing arbitration proceedings between AHTC and its former MA firm be suspended pending a separate lawsuit against members of AHTC. The case was heard in chambers by Justice Kannan Ramesh yesterday. When…

Muslim graves to be exhumed from Sept 26 next year

A new group of Muslim graves at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery will be exhumed from Sept 26 next year under phase six of the ongoing exhumation exercise there. The affected graves are at blocks 6, 8,…

New location for State Bank of India’s AMK branch

Mr Jawed Ashraf, the High Commissioner of India to Singapore, was the GOH at the inauguration of the State Bank of India’s (SBI) Ang Mo Kio branch yesterday. The branch has relocated to a new location within Ang…

Vending machine eats cans and bottles

A different breed of vending machine is set to make a resurgence here – rather than dispensing drinks, it is hungry for empty drink cans and plastic bottles. This “reverse vending machine” swallows such offerings and, in return,…

Carpark operators need to clean up their act

Which business in Singapore is allowed to charge any amount after you have consumed the service or product? The answer – carparks. Many carparks in Singapore either do not display their fees prominently or place their signs in…

5-cent charge per plastic bag more appropriate

Supermarkets here are discussing a plastic bag charge of between 5 cents and 10 cents (Supermarts in talks to charge for plastic bags; Sept 24). They should carefully consider how much is to be charged. A check with…

Firm action needed to reduce use of plastic bags

Singapore is way behind in the fight to reduce plastic bag use (Supermarts in talks to charge for plastic bags; Sept 24). I take reusable bags with me when I go to the supermarket, and keep one or…

Unacceptably long delay in fixing lift

Don’t lift vendors keep a stock of supplies? A lift breaks down on July 1 and we are still waiting for a part to be brought in (No lift at Jurong block for 12 weeks and the wait’s…

Problems at new Yishun hawker centre hard to swallow for diners

Barely a week after it opened, patrons at Yishun’s newest hawker centre are already grumbling about its design and user-friendliness, while hawkers are grappling with teething problems linked to the cashless payment system. Patrons who spoke to TODAY…

Cashless systems must go beyond replacing cash

China’s cashless systems are indeed starting to mature. However, the two apps being used, Alipay and WeChat Pay, are at that stage owing to the needs of consumers. Alibaba’s websites have about an 80 per cent market share…

‘Burning smell’ across Singapore: Industrial plants in north-east operating normally, says NEA

Air quality levels in Singapore remain within safety limits, said NEA on Tues, a day after residents in many areas complained of a strong burning smell. NEA said its checks included levels of volatile organic compounds, and industrial…

Company fined S$80,000 for accident where forklift ran over worker’s legs

A company was fined S$80,000 after an accident involving a company forklift caused an employee to sustain serious leg injuries, said MOM on Tues. On Jan 6, 2015, Chua Kiang Lik, an employee of THT Logistics, was on…

Singapore and Indonesia conclude third maritime boundary border treaty

Singapore and Indonesia on Mon concluded a third maritime boundary border treaty. MFA Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi jointly submitted for registration the treaty on delimiting territorial seas in the eastern part of the…

Urban farming startup raises $1.5m to curb Singapore’s reliance on imported food

Packet Greens, a Singapore-based startup which couples hydroponics technology with automation to make urban farming more efficient, has raised US$1.5 million in funding from government-related venture capital firm SPRING SEEDS Capital and cleantech-focused fund Trirec. The company employs…

Boustead Projects to remove external cladding at property after failing SCDF safety standards

Boustead Projects says it will remove all cladding from the external walls of its subsidiary’s wholly-owned leasehold property at 10 Tukang Innovation Drive, as instructed by SCDF. SCDF on Aug 24 informed Boustead Projects’ subsidiary, BP-TN, that the…

JTC launches 2 industrial sites for sale

JTC has launched two industrial sites at Woodlands Industrial Park E2/E5 and Tuas South Link 3 (Plot 16) for sale. These are the third and fourth out of eight confirmed list sites for H2, respectively. The 0.5 ha…

49% of S’poreans aspire to buy property in near future

Nearly five in 10 Singaporeans intend to purchase a residential property in the near future, according to PG’s Regional Consumer Sentiment Survey for H1 2017. Although the home purchase sentiment in the city-state is higher than Thailand’s 43…

Koh Brothers Eco clinches $225.4m Circle Line contract

Catalist-listed Koh Brothers Eco Engineering Limited has secured a $225.4 million contract relating to the construction of the four-kilometre Circle Line 6 (CCL6). The CCL6 comprises three stations which will close the loop for the Circle Line by…

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