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DR NG ENG HEN: WE WANT TO RECOGNISE NS MEN MORE

THEREALSINGAPORE 24 April 2014 - 6:59pm

Dr Ng Eng Hen said on Thursday that a set of "meaningful" benefits will be given to NS Men in order to better recognise their contributions to Singapore. He explained that the Committee to Strengthen National Service will be finalising its findings and making recommendations in June. The committee has already consulted with almost 40,000 people and taken feedback from all sorts of Singaporeans. 


LOCAL TELCOS SUDDENLY DECIDE NOT TO CHARGE EXTRA FOR 4G AFTER IDA INVESTIGATION

THEREALSINGAPORE 24 April 2014 - 5:22pm

It was recently announced by StarHub that they would be charging their customers for the use of 4G services on their mobile plans, citing that the free add-on service promotion was ending. (Full Story See: STARHUB TO START CHARGING 4G SUBSCRIBERS FROM JUNE THIS YEAR) M1 had also said that it would not be charging for the 4G services until the end of the year while SingTel contracts had a clause saying that the Telco could charge for the service at any time. 


MORE WORKERS RETRENCHED IN 2013 THAN IN 2012, PMETS MOST AT RISK

THEREALSINGAPORE 24 April 2014 - 5:03pm

According to the latest MOM report which was released on Thursday, 2013 saw more workers being fired than 2012. In 2013, there were 11,560 workers who were retrenched while in 2012, the number was only 11,010. However, the MOM also explained that the rate of retrenchment was the same in both years as 2013 saw more workers in total. In both years, the numbers equated to about 5.8 workers per 1000 employees who were retrenched.


INFLATION TO CONTINUE RISING DUE TO MANPOWER COSTS

THEREALSINGAPORE 24 April 2014 - 2:50pm

In a joint statement from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), it was explained that Singapore's inflation is expected to continue rising throughout the year as businesses pass on manpower-related costs to consumers. Last month, the core inflation shown by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 2% compared to 1.6% in February. 


ROAD COLLAPSE LEAVES LORRY STUCK IN A HOLE ON UPPER CHANGI ROAD EAST

THEREALSINGAPORE 24 April 2014 - 2:14pm

This morning at around 8:45am a lorry fell into a sink hole on Upper Changi Road East near the Jalan Demak. The road suddenly collapsed as a large tipper truck was driving in the centre lane. The road was subsequently blocked off and a huge traffic jam was experienced along the road toward Singapore Expo. There are no reports of injuries and the driver was safely able to get out of his truck.


SINGAPORE IS THE NUMBER 3 DESTINATION FOR OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 April 2014 - 9:27pm

According to the 2012 statistics from the Philippines overseas employment administration (POEA), Singapore hired over 172,000 Filipinos in 2012. This is the 3rd most number of Filipinos hired overseas. In 1st place was Saudi Arabia and 2nd was the UAE. POEA is a Philippines government agency which tracks the status of overseas Filipino workers. The above table was taken from their most recent statistics report and it shows the top 10 countries that hired Filipino workers in the years 2008 to 2012. 


MOTHER OF DINESH RAMAN REACHES SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 April 2014 - 8:53pm

Mdm Selvi Narayanasamy, the mother of the late Dinesh Raman who died in prison, has reached a settlement agreement with the government. She is withdrawing all allegations of prison officer assault and abuse. In a joint statement, Mdm Selvi and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) explained that Mdm Selvi is dropping all allegations. The statement explained that it is accepted that Dinesh's death was due to the negligence of Deputy Superintendent Lim Kwo Yin, who was found guilty of negligence and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 in July of last year.


MCDONALD'S SUSPENDS SALES OF HELLO KITTY SETS FOLLOWING 'OVERWHELMING' RESPONSE

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 April 2014 - 4:39pm

McDonalds Singapore has suspended sales of the Hello Kitty collector’s sets following an overwhelming response to the promotion. They announced on their facebook page that ordering was taken down to ‘ease traffic’. Just 2 hrs after the online sales opened at 11am, the orders were stopped following technical difficulties and overloaded traffic on their website. 


SINGAPORE TO SPEND $64 MILLION ON NUCLEAR SAFETY RESEARCH

THEREALSINGAPORE 23 April 2014 - 1:41pm

The National Research Foundation announced on Wednesday that Singapore will be starting a 5 year nuclear safety research program set to cost about $64 million. The program itself will focus on 2 main areas: Nuclear Safety and Initiative, and also Education and Training. The education and training aspect will focus on helping to train undergraduate and graduate students who need the education to help with their overseas attachments...


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