LTA: CAMERAS WILL BE INSTALLED TO STOP ILLEGAL PARKING

30 locations were selected for the installation of CCTVs, and these are primarily public roads which see a high incidence of illegal parking, as well as locations where the illegal parking situation impedes the smooth flow of public buses and raises safety concerns for pedestrians and other road users. The CCTVs at the remaining 20 locations will be progressively installed and are expected to be operation by the end 2014.

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HISTORY OF SINGAPORE - SELETAR

I've always liked to learn about the history of places in Singapore, how it came into being, what it went through or was like. With ever increasing modernity in Singapore, some places are being consigned to history without people realising what it was in days gone by. So I've decided to start a new series looking at the various estates in Singapore. I'll begin with a colourful district in the North East - Seletar.

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SINGAPORE'S IMPOTENT IMMIGRATION POLICY

If we go beyond the immediate problem to more remote causes, we come to matters of national identity. Singapore’s state-constructed national identity rests on a firm foundation of racial stereotypes and smug confidence in the superiority of Singapore as a ‘success’ that ‘punches above its weight’ and is a ‘model’ to the world. The smug confidence may be slipping a bit in the wake of a litany of government failures, but it still has life in it; and the racial stereotyping is stronger than ever.

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185 KM/H CAR CHASE ACROSS SINGAPORE

What followed was a chase reaching speeds of 185kmh that traversed half of Singapore, from the TPE in the north-east to the Pan-Island Expressway to the East Coast Parkway in the south-east. Soh was eventually arrested after a violent struggle at Prince Edward Road.

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North Korea: Kim Jong-un set to execute 200 high-ranking officials

"The Ministry of State Security has conducted an operation aimed at identifying Jang Sung-taek’s supporters after his execution last December and has identified 200 main supporters and 1,000 followers," the newspaper writes. It notes that about 1,000 members of their families will be sent to concentration camps without trial on charges of complicity. "Among those who will be sentenced to death there are 200 officials from the Labor Party, government and army, which received orders directly from Jang Sung-taek. Executions will be held at the shooting-ground of the Kang Kon Military Academy before the eyes of senior officials of the party, government and army," writes the newspaper.
Seven more people executed in North Korea

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‘Hidden’ unemployment problem in Singapore

If this number of unemployed is translated to number of families affected by unemployment, the number of residents who are affected by unemployment becomes much bigger. So, there is a serious unemployment problem in Singapore. The group which is most affected is in fact not the “young” with post-secondary education, but the “old” PMETs. Indeed, while these PMETs are out of work, isn’t it ironic to find that for the same month of December 2013, there were 175,100 employment pass holders working in Singapore?

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Is it true that HDB does not help home owners who are facing financial difficulty?

HDB recognises that flat owners in financial difficulties usually face various problems, beyond housing alone. In addition to providing these measures, we also work with other government agencies, Community Development Councils, Voluntary Welfare Organisations, and Family Services Centres to help tackle their problems holistically. Housing counsellors, who are trained to provide financial counselling to household in arrears, are also deployed at all HDB Branches.

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Why does HDB call it “home ownership” when it is essentially a 99-year lease “rental” arrangement?

Think about it. If you claim you do not really own your flat, then how is it possible that you are able to derive proceeds from the subsequent sale of your flat?Rather than rental flats, 99-year leasehold flats give flat owners greater permanence and even monetary yield in the long run, which can be monetised for one’s old age, if need be.Properties with 99-year leases are also common in the private housing market and their owners do not see it as a rental arrangement. The 99-year lease on HDB flats confers on their owners similar ownership rights and responsibilities as other properties.

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Malaysia opposition leader Anwar accuses government of MH370 cover up

Anwar defended the aircraft's pilot, 53-year-old Zaharie Ahmad Shah, who is also a personal friend and a member of his political party. "If you say or suggest that the pilot may have been involved, what about the concealing (of information)?" he told the Telegraph. "He could not have concealed the radar readings. He could not have instructed the air force to remain completely silent."

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Since the Government owns State land, why can’t HDB acquire land at a cheaper price, so that flat prices can be lowered?

HDB buys land from the Government to develop public housing. Some claim that this is merely a transfer of funds from one pocket to another. But that doesn’t mean that the land therefore loses its value, simply because it is sold from one state agency to another. All land in land-scarce Singapore come with a certain value. Land may have been acquired, or it may have been reclaimed. But it commands a definite value, and all State land forms part of this country’s national reserves.

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