WORKERS PARTY WILL NEVER SUPPORT LOUDMOUTH POLITICAL ACTIVISTS

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) member Teo Soh Lung who contested in General Elections 2011 under Yuhua Single Member Constituency has posted a note to express her disappointment with opposition political parties as they did not express support for activists who got into trouble with the law (The note is appended at the end of this post). Teo is referring to CPF activists Han Hui Hui & Roy Ngerng, human rights activist-cum-lawyer M Ravi and gay rights activist Alex Au. She wrote that opposition political parties fail to speak up when civil society “is under attack”.

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S'PORE JOINS COALITION AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE BUT NO TROOPS WILL BE IN SYRIA OR IRAQ

In response to a question from MP Alex Yam on how SAF will contribute to the coalition, Dr Ng said SAF’s contribution will be "within its means" and "sustainable and useful". This includes sending liaison and planning officers to the United States Central Command and the Combined Joint Task Force HQ, a KC-135R tanker aircraft for air-to-air refuelling, and an Imagery Analysis Team – assets that were previously deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. These contributions have proved effective and were appreciated by international partners, he added. There will be no SAF troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria; they will instead operate out of neighbouring countries, Dr Ng said.

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ANG MOH PROFESSOR TO BECOME HEAD OF NUS CHINESE STUDIES

A non-Chinese has been appointed as the head of the Department of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS) for the first time. American Kenneth Dean, who speaks fluent Mandarin and has carried out research here, will take up the post in January. Professor Dean, 58, plans to introduce courses on Chinese religions and temples, and take students to temples so that they can better understand Singapore's unique Chinese temple culture, Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday.

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PAP elites finding their way into parliament next GE

Dr Koh Poh Koon who lost in the January 2013 by-election in Punggol East SMC is likely to be fielded in Ang Mo Kio GRC for the next general election. Despite promoting himself as the ‘Son of Punggol’ in the Punggol East by-election, it looks like Dr Koh is also going to be the ‘Grandson of Ang Mo Kio’ or ‘Honorary Cousin of Yio Chu Kang’ or something like that.

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Chow Yun Fat: It's time for the students to go home and think for a while

As reported on Mingpao News, the actor, who has been very attentive towards the students' welfare rather than the pro-democracy banner they upheld, stated, "I agree with what Chinese University's president Joseph Sung said. It's time for the students to go home and think for a while." "We already know how pure their hearts are, and right now, I hope for the government and the students to have a proper communication channel to resolve the issue," Chow added.

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Charged with terrorism after agreeing to marry militant

A 25-year-old woman was charged in a magistrate's court here with supporting Islamic State (IS) militants. Ummi Kalsom Bahak, dressed in robe and veil, appeared calm as the interpreter read the charges. The accused, who is from Negri Sembilan, was charged with offering support, including agreeing to marry a known militant by the name of Aqif Huessin Rahaizat, 25, by boarding an AirAsia flight to Brunei and eventually to Istanbul, Turkey.

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Yang Yin's backside could tear with more than 300 charges

These were among the 11 receipts which Yang Yin, the former Chinese tour guide embroiled in a tussle over the assets of a Singaporean widow, was yesterday charged with faking as the director of Young Music and Dance Studio. And with many more of the firm's receipts not yet accounted for, Deputy Public Prosecutor Ang Feng Qian made it clear that the accused "potentially faces more than 300 charges", which could result in a bigger sentence for him.

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SAF & CHINESE PLA HOLDS JOINT MILITARY TRAINING IN NANJING CHINA

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) are taking part in their third bilateral training exercise, Cooperation 2014. The exercises which begins on Sunday and is being held in Nanjing, China, will end on Nov 9. Brigadier-General Siew Kum Wong, Assistant Chief of General Staff (Operations), and Major-General Wang Chunning, Commander of 12th Mixed Group Army, Nanjing Military Region co-officiated at the opening ceremony on Sunday morning, the Ministry of Defence said in a press statement.

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WORLD TOURISM COUNCIL: S'PORE SHOULD RELAX VISA REQUIREMENTS TO ALLOW MORE PRC TOURISTS IN

The tourism industry has been hit in recent months following events such as the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, but Singapore could attract up to half a million more visitors in two years’ time if it improves its visa procedures, said a report by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and World Tourism Organization. Key markets that require a visa for Singapore include China, India and Russia. Visa facilitation could result in about 358,000 to 504,000 more visitors in 2016 than under current policies and an additional S$768 million to S$1.08 billion in tourism receipts, estimated the report, The Impact of Visa Facilitation in ASEAN Member States, published earlier this year.

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GOOGLE STUDY: S'PORE IS TOP COUNTRY FOR SMARTPHONE USAGE

Asia is the leader in the world for smartphone usage and engagement, and Singapore is at the top of the pack. According to a global study released by Google, Singapore is now the number one smartphone adopter in the world at 85 per cent, outdoing South Korea at 80 per cent. The research released by Google called the Consumer Barometer, sought to provide insights into web consumption across 46 countries this year.

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