INDIAN MINISTER: OUR NURSES ARE HEADED TO WORK IN S'PORE SOON

The Economic Times reported that India and Singapore are on the verge of signing a “mutual recognition agreement” that will make it easier for Indian nurses to work in Singapore. Apparently (‘India-Singapore to sign a pact for movement of nurses‘), “India and Singapore are making progress in signing mutual recognition agreement for para-medical courses that will make it easier for domestically trained nurses to get work” in Singapore. “Our nurses are highly sought after… we have made some progress in Singapore and soon we should have some kind of movement of nurses (to Singapore),” Additional Secretary in the Commerce Ministry J S Deepak told Indian reporters.

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MALAYSIA WARY OF SINGAPORE'S NEW SURVEILLANCE ZEPELLIN IN THE SKY

THE latest move by Singapore to fly a giant spy balloon high up in its sky to gaze way over its perimeter fence has inevitably left Malaysians to repeat this oft-asked question: what is the island republic up to now? According to reports a fortnight ago, the 55-metre long aerostat, a Zeppelin-like eye-in-the-sky, is to provide a round-the-clock surveillance and add extra might to the already sophisticated Singapore military arsenal. Which is fine on the face of it. It is their money if they want to be kiasu or nosy or to show off, as many are used to saying on this side of the Johor Straits. Right, it looks as if it is none of our business.

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SOCIOPOLITICAL WEBSITE THE ONLINE CITIZEN SHOULD REBRAND ITSELF TO EARN MORE ADVERTISING DOLLARS

If the TOC readership consists of Singaporeans critical of PAP policies and its ‘non-western standard’ illiberal democracy model, then who are those who would advertise on TOC to reach out to these group of readers? I suspect they are NGOs, Human Rights Groups or local political parties. TOC is perceived as a political website hence they are not attractive to local advertisers (i.e: Banks) with deep pockets. TOC appears to comply with MDA’s request grudgingly because it felt its growth was inhibited by MDA’s “excessive” foreign funding concerns. Clearly, TOC statements have suggested its difficulties in securing local funds for sustainability and profitability.

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STORE AT NOVENA SQUARE 2 DISTRIBUTING FALUNGONG NEWSPAPER TO UNKNOWING CUSTOMERS

I wish to share my recent encounter with Sports Element located at Novena Square 2. I purchased some items there and when I returned home, I found out that the staff had put an English newspaper together with my purchase items in the carrier without my knowledge. The newspaper is named Epoch Times which I have never heard of. Thinking that it may be related to sports, I read it and was surprised that other than reporting on current global news, the newspaper also has articles that promote Falun Gong which it claimed as an ancient Chinese self-cultivation practice that brings health benefits and improves one's character.

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KIASU PARENTS PAY NEARLY $6,000 EVERY MONTH FOR TUITION

Her son is a straight A student in a top boys' school here yet this mother spends $5,800 a month on his tuition. Her son, who is in Secondary 3, attends classes for English and mathematics at a premier tuition centre in Thomson once a week - two hours per session. He also takes a 21/2 hour weekly Chinese class in a popular language school. And he gets one-on-one tuition - each for about two hours - for physics, chemistry and biology with a private tutor. All these classes are on top of the regular supplementary lessons that his school gives.

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LOCAL FIRM ARCHETYPE RAISE MONEY FOR WORKER'S CANCER TREATMENT AFTER SG GOVT REFUSED TO GIVE HELP

Things were looking well for Mr Alam Shah, who had found a job as a construction supervisor at an interior design firm, after working here for four years as a manual labourer. The 31-year-old was two months into his new job, earning S$1,200 a month, with a bride waiting for him in Bangladesh, until one word shattered his dreams: Cancer. Doctors gave him less than a year to live, if the disease was left untreated. Other employers might have sent Mr Alam, a work-permit holder, home once he was deemed medically fit to travel, but his employer, Archetype, decided otherwise. It is now trying to raise funds for his medical treatment, estimated to cost about S$60,000.

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WHY IS HDB CHARGING HIGHER INTEREST RATES THAN PROFIT DRIVEN BANKS?

The Housing and Development Board’s (HDB) concessionary loan is designed to assist the lower-income group afford a HDB flat. Its interest rate is expected to be lower than those for bank loans, which are designed to make a profit mainly from the higher-income group, whose members do not qualify for the HDB’s housing loans. Ironically, banks have been offering lower interest rates for the past few years and even guarantee to charge a rate below 2.6 per cent.

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HAVE SINGAPOREANS GROWN TOO SOFT TO CLEAN UP THEIR OWN MESS?

Driving the length and breadth of the United States, Australia and New Zealand, I noted that people in these countries returned their trays at foodcourts and motorists pumped their own petrol. What happened to the rugged society of my youth? Have Singaporeans grown so soft that they need everything done for them? Today, no town council, foodcourt operator or oil company would take the lead in withdrawing services, because the first to do so would be the first to go out of business. The playing field can be levelled only by those at the top. The Government has to take the initiative to discourage the offering of unnecessary services as a selling point.

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SHISHA BAN: ANOTHER HIGH-HANDED MOVE BY THE GOVT TO DESTROY PEOPLE'S LIVELIHOODS?

Civil servants don’t have to worry too much about their rice bowl – it’s supposedly iron in nature. Government scholars too don’t have much to fear. If they can’t cut it, well, at most they get sent to NTUC. What about the small-time businessmen in Singapore who spend their days worrying about maintaining their assets, covering costs, and earning just enough to feed their families? They don’t have a ‘NTUC’ to fall back on. It stings when their livelihoods are taken away, and when it’s done on a whim, by the government, the pain penetrates deeper.

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50 YEAR OLD S'POREAN WINS SUBARU CHALLENGE IN RECORD 82 HOURS

49-year-old Mr G Jaishanker was crowned the winner of the 13th Subaru Challenge. The Singaporean outlasted the field of 400 contestants, keeping his hand on a car, with a time of 82 hours and 16 minutes and 58 seconds. The SATS catering officer walks away with a Subaru Forester worth S$85,000, excluding COE. This is his third time participating. In 2012, he took second prize and last year, he ended up fourth. "Finally, he made his peace," said Mr Jaishanker's wife, after he picked up the prize.

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