No Muslim Should Join PinkDotSG

I have a dream. It is late-June. The day of the Pinkdot activity at Hong Lim. Muslims are also gathering. By the thousands. But not at Hong Lim. But at numerous stadia around Singapore – Bedok, Hougang, Tampines, Yishun etc stadia. We gather to celebrate the Sanctity and Sacredness of the Family in Singapore.

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Abolish GST to reduce cost of living & Govt still has surplus

The government collects $10 billion in GST each year and has a surplus of $30 billion in the budget, according to IMF accounting conventions. They can remove the GST totally and still have a fairly healthy budget surplus of $20 billion. Removal of GST totally will reduce the cost of living by at least 7% and could be more, if the saving in accounting and administration for GST and GST vouchers is considered. This will bring immediate relief to an economy that is heavily strained with high business cost, and a people that is suffering from high cost of living.

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Singapore students get top marks in PISA problem-solving test

The Republic’s 15-year-olds came out tops in a global assessment of problem-solving skills, as part of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test conducted in 2012. Singapore was also among the best performers in the areas of mathematics, science and reading literacy skills which were evaluated under the same test — the results of which were released in December last year. This meant Singapore was among only a handful of territories and countries that excelled in all of the assessments.Speaking at the Principals’ Forum held here on Monday, Mr Schleicher said: “It shows that today’s 15-year-olds in Singapore are quick learners, highly inquisitive, able to solve unstructured problems in unfamiliar contexts and highly skilled in generating new insights by observing, exploring and interacting with complex situations.” Writing on his Facebook page, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said the assessment was a test “not of book smarts”. “The study shows that (Singapore’s students) are thinking, open, daring (and) have initiative,” he said, adding that these “important skills and traits for today’s world” cannot be acquired through rote learning.

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Singapore JTC looks into building infrastructure above major roads

In what would be a first for land-scarce Singapore, industrial landlord JTC is exploring the possibility of erecting buildings, walkways and communal spaces above major roads. This could be cheaper than going underground, it says of the unprecedented idea to intensify land usage. The landlord might also step up efforts to redevelop older industrial estates by taking back land when 30-year leases are up.

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Rise of the #aftersex selfie: The post-coital Instagram snaps which really are too much information

You've survived the envy-inducing holiday snaps, updates about your friend's breakfast and the drunken self-portraits which provide a blurry record of a good night out. However, none of these methods of documenting the minutiae of modern life can prepare you for the latest trend - the #aftersex selfie. A number of couples have been sharing their post-coital bliss on Instragram - and yes, they're as jaw-droppingly awful as you might imagine.

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In Singapore, citizens don’t want babies — or foreign workers, either

In Singapore, the place where most people go to make the biggest decision in their lives — other than, arguably, their choice of a spouse — is the headquarters of the Housing Development Board. It's a get-a-room, one-stop shop: Browse the planned communities depicted in glass-enclosed models on the first floor, pick out your unit at the staged showrooms three floors up, and descend again to line up your financing and apply for a spot.

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SEVEN ARRESTED FOR RIOTING OUTSIDE ZOUK

On 30 March 2014 at about 3.56am, Police responded to a case of fight along Jiak Kim Street and spotted the victim who reported of being set upon by a group of suspects that fled after fisting and kicking him. While officers from the Central Police Division were investigating into the fight, another case of fight was reported along Kim Seng Road at about 4.57am, where another victim was attacked by a group of suspects that fled prior to Police’s arrival. Suspecting that the assailants could be the same for both the cases, the officers conducted extensive enquiries and looked into all the available CCTVs in the vicinity to establish the identities of the suspects. The officers’ round-the-clock efforts were paid off when they arrested the suspects at various locations on the same day.

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Kishore Mahbubani in British magazine's list of top 50 world thinkers

In 2009, the Financial Times included him as one of 50 individuals who would shape the debate on capitalism's future. He was also selected as one of Foreign Policy's top 100 global thinkers in 2010 and 2011. The don, who writes a monthly column in The Straits Times' By Invitation series, has been lauded for being among the first to argue that Asian powers were ascending while the influence of Western democracies was declining.

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Public accounts watchdog concerned over continuing procurement lapses

One lapse was in the tender evaluation of construction works by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis). For four tenders totalling $17.38 million, seven of the eight evaluation criteria were not made known to potential tenderers and incorrect information was also given to the quotation approving authority. The Ministry of Finance, which is responsible for public procurement policies and rules, said that it is requiring all the permanent secretaries and heads of agencies to report on the key findings from the procurement audits and the follow-up action each year.

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A parentocracy with entitled children

What does this mean? That those lower down the ladder will stay there – and so will their children and even their children’s children. If you are a nobody who knows nobody, your kid will be a nobody too. It sounds scary but there is some truth in what he said – unless society can pitch in to level up the children whose parents are less privileged. There is another article on the same page which talks about the flip side – children who have a sense of “entitlement’’. They think that their parents or society at large should provide them with whatever they need or want – even without them having to work for it.

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