Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a phone call to Indonesia's new President Joko Widodo on Wednesday morning congratulating him on his election victory in Indonesia's recent Presidential election. Singapore's President Tony Tan also wrote to Mr Widodo to congratulate him. In his letter, Tony Tan wrote that “Indonesians have placed their trust in your people-oriented vision to improve their lives and take Indonesia to new heights.
Dr Augustine Tan, who is an ex PAP MP was at the Institute of Policy Studies dialogue where Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin was one of the speakers. Dr Tan suggested that the government relook it's foreign labour quotas and allow wages in Singapore to fall slightly so that Singapore could maintain its economic edge. He said that Singapore has given in too much to social pressure to raise wages and the economy has taken a hit for it.
The National University of Singapore has just announced that it will make it easier for more students to qualify for their honours programme. The changes will take effect from the academic year starting in August and will also apply to students currently enrolled. In the past, students needed to have a cumulative average point (CAP) of 3.5 in order to qualify for the fourth year honours program at the end of their three year courses.
A user on Hardware Zone forums named 'Arsene_Wenger' uploaded photos of what appear to be the new scoring sheet for the newly revised IPPT system which was announced yesterday. Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen had said yesterday that the IPPT would be simplified to only be 3 stations: 2.4km run, sit ups and push ups. The news was welcomed by most and many felt it would make it easier to pass IPPT.
SingTel and StarHub are complaining about the use of internet TV set top boxes, questioning whether they are actually legal. The Pay TV providers are angry that the cheap set top boxes allow consumers to stream High Quality Internet TV for as little as $6 a month. The low price of such programs and the wider variety of channels available is quickly threatening SingTel and StarHub's hold of the PayTV market.
Minister for Social and Family Development, Chan Chun Sing, explained that they are currently reviewing the Women's Charter to reduce the level of gender bias in the law. One of the proposed changes may see wives paying maintenance to their husbands after divorce if the husband is incapacitated and the wife is still able bodied.
Defence Minister, Dr Ng Eng Hen, yesterday announced a major change to the IPPT system to make it simpler. Instead of the previous 5 stations, NSmen will now only have to complete 3 stations consisting of a 2.4km run, Sit Ups and Push Ups. Most NS men were happy to hear of the changes which do away with some of the difficult stations including chin ups and standing broad jump which may help more NSmen pass their IPPT and avoid having to waste valuable work time attending RT.
A TransAsia Airways plane crashed when making an emergency landing in Taiwan today (July 23), killing 40 people, China’s Xinhua news agency said. Other news reports are indicating that over 50 people have been killed. It is understood that the flight was a domestic flight which had crashed. Xinhua said the accident happened in Penghu county, but no further details are available.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) has announced that another 35,000 graves in the Choa Chu Kang Chinese Cemetery are going to be dug up in August 2016. The graves are all dates between 1947 to 1975 and they fall under Phase 5 of the NEA's exhumation programme. Currently, the limit for burial of graves in Singapore is 15 years, after which the government can dig up the graves to make way for other things such as development or more graves.