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Visitors driving to Mandai Columbarium must book appointments for peak days during Qing Ming period

Visitors planning to drive to Mandai Columbarium on peak days during the Qing Ming festival period must now make e-appointments, said NEA on Fri. Crowds at the three government-managed columbaria at Mandai, Yishun and Choa Chu Kang as…

The Substation says NAC statement is ‘incomplete’, clarifies claims regarding finances

The Substation on Fri said it sought autonomy over the space at 45 Armenian St so that it could “continue to operate it as a multi-disciplinary arts centre and arts incubator”. This is in response to the statement…

Tuas explosion: Investigation findings expected in 3 to 6 months, says Zaqy Mohamad

An inquiry committee set up to investigate the fatal fire and explosion at Stars Engrg in Tuas is expected to produce its findings in three to six months, Senior Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad said on…

More roads to be converted for pedestrians and cyclists; 60 projects identified, including in Civic District

About 60 projects across Singapore have been identified for roads to be possibly converted into footpaths, cycling paths and bus lanes, as part of efforts to make these modes of transport more convenient. Announcing this in Parliament on…

Singapore retail sales fall 6.1% in January, decline in most industries

Retail sales in Singapore fell 6.1 per cent in Jan, compared with the 3.3 per cent y-o-y decline recorded in Dec last year. The larger decline was due partly to a higher sales recorded in Jan last year,…

Commuters with long-term medical conditions can claim card, lanyard to help get a seat on public transport

Commuters with long-term medical conditions that prevent them from standing for prolonged periods will soon be able to use an identifier to help them get a seat on buses and trains here. “From Apr, commuters with long-term, invisible…

Trade-offs and challenges ahead as Singapore moves towards cleaner energy: Tan See Leng

Singapore needs to obtain energy that is secure and reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable but seeking to achieve each means trade-offs for the others, said Dr Tan See Leng, Second Minister for MTI on Thurs. He highlighted this…

Sustainability targets for built environment sector under newest Green Building Masterplan

Amid a nationwide push for sustainability, more ambitious targets to green the built environment sector have been set under the latest edition of the Singapore Green Building Masterplan (SGBMP). The fourth edition of the SGBMP comes as part…

Solar power for most schools as MOE aims for 2030 carbon-neutral target

Progressively equipping schools with solar panels over the next decade is one way MOE plans to reach its target of getting at least 20 per cent of schools to be carbon-neutral by 2030. On Thurs, Minister for Education…

Single contractor to handle several municipal services in Tampines under new pilot

In a bid to deliver municipal services more efficiently, a single contractor will be appointed to handle such services in Tampines under a new pilot project. Services include the cleaning of public areas, enforcement against smoking or littering,…

NParks to develop Singapore’s longest cross-island trail and 3 new recreational routes

The first phase of Singapore’s longest cross-island trail, a 62km route stretching from Changi to Tuas, will be completed by 2025, said NParks on Thurs. Named the Coast-to-Coast (C2C) Southern Trail, it is one of four new recreational…

PUB to study ways to protect Singapore’s north-west coast

PUB will study ways to protect Singapore’s north-west coast against rising sea levels, after the completion of coastal protection studies for City-East Coast and Jurong Island, it said on Thurs. PUB also provided an update on these two…

PUB to set new water efficiency standards for equipment in non-domestic sector

Starting next year, commercial water equipment and water closet (WC) flush valves that are supplied and sold in Singapore will have to meet minimum efficiency requirements. In his speech in Parliament on Thurs, Minister of State for MSE…

New scheme urges construction players to create ‘alliances’ for transformation

Under a scheme meant to spur transformation along value chains, players in the construction sector will have to band together to create minimum three-year plans for specific goals, said MND Minister Desmond Lee on Thurs. Speaking in Parliament,…

New and existing buildings required to be more energy efficient under revised BCA standards

From the end of this year, all new buildings will face higher minimum energy performance requirements, said BCA on Thurs. New developments being submitted for planning approval from the fourth quarter will have to be 50 per cent…

Singapore to deploy network of climate sensors across island

Singapore plans to deploy a network of climate sensors across the country, as part of efforts to mitigate the effect of a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect. On Thurs, MSE Minister Grace Fu said the…

Scheme to encourage take-back, recycling of beverage containers to be implemented in 2023

A scheme to encourage people to recycle their beverage containers such as plastic bottles and aluminium cans will be implemented in 2023, with a legislative framework to be introduced by the year before that. Known internatially as a…

Spate of workplace deaths and what needs addressing in Singapore’s safety culture

Singapore’s weakest link in the fight against COVID-19 proved to be infections spreading in migrant worker dormitories. As a result, all work involving these men ground to a halt. The relief at restarting the engine however has been…

Why does Singapore still lack a recycling ethos?

The country is currently experiencing a waste “epidemic”. Singapore’s recycling rate has sat at a constant low. This is despite proactive attempts by regulatory authorities to increase the numbers. These attempts have included a “Zero Waste” scheme which…

486 safety breaches found during workplace inspections since mid-December: MOM

MOM has uncovered 486 safety breaches from the 510 workplace inspections carried out since mid-Dec. Seven stop-work orders were also issued, said Senior Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad in his COS speech on Wed. Two safety…

MOM to pilot onboarding centres for newly arrived migrant workers

Newly arrived migrant workers will soon be housed in centres where they will complete their stay-home notice, medical examination and orientation programme all at once. Called the Migrant Worker Onboarding Centre, MOM said on Wed the new facilities…

Selected East-West Line MRT stations to close on Sundays for cable replacement works

A few stations along EWL will close on Sun from Mar 14 to May 23 for cable replacement works on the TWE of the line. The closures affect six stations from Pioneer to Tuas Link on three Sun…

NAC ‘disappointed’ with The Substation’s decision to close, says company was ‘increasingly financially unsustainable’

NAC said on Tues that it was “disappointed” with The Substation board’s decision to close permanently, and that the company was “increasingly financially unsustainable”. NAC said that the centre has been aware of the decision to renovate 45…

Waiver of licence fees for hotels, travel agents and tour guides extended to December 2021

Licence fees for hotels, travel agents and tour guides will continue to be waived through to the end of this year, as part of the Government’s efforts to nurse the recovery of the tourism sector. These fees were…

More than 1,500 flats sold under HDB’s open booking scheme

More than 1,500 flats have been sold under the open booking scheme since its launch in June 2019, said Minister of State for MND Tan Kiat How on Tues. He was responding to a Parliamentary question by MP…

1,700 flats surrendered to HDB in the past 5 years: Sim Ann

About 1,700 flats were surrendered to HDB in the past five years, with most being short-lease flats, said Senior Minister of State for MND Sim Ann on Tues. She was responding to a Parliamentary question by MP Gan…

Almost 70% of eligible ageing HDB flats have been upgraded through home improvement scheme

About 215,000 HDB flats across 230 projects have been upgraded under HIP that was designed to help spruce up ageing flats. That is close to 70 per cent of the 320,000 flats built up to 1986 that are…

Mediation may be made compulsory in cases of neighbour disputes as inter-agency committee reviews measures

An inter-agency committee is conducting a “comprehensive review” of the Community Dispute Mgmt Framework that helps to manage disputes between neighbours. Authorities could, for instance, make it compulsory for parties to turn up for mediation and counselling. Speaking…

Singapore PR fined over yacht gathering to have future re-entry permit shortened

A Singapore PR who breached COVID-19 regulations will have the validity of his re-entry permit shortened on his next renewal, ICA said on Tues. Mark Lau San Mao, 30, was fined S$3,000 on Monday for being part of…

COVID-19: Johor hopes talks on reopening Malaysia-Singapore borders will resume

With Malaysia’s COVID-19 immunisation programme under way, Johor’s chief minister hopes negotiations on travel arrangements between the country and Singapore will resume. “Opening of borders, the green travel bubble, all other arrangements should be considered upon completion of…

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