SINGAPORE STUDENT CHARGED IN COURT OVER USAGE OF POWER SOCKET AT MRT STATION

She was at one of the SMRT control stations waiting for a friend, when her phone battery was running low. As she saw some sockets available, she did not think much about it and proceeded to charge her phone while waiting. Suddenly, the control station guy informed her that the sockets are not permitted for public usage. She removed her plug immediately. However, things did not end there, when the guy informed her that she would be charged for this. The first time she went to court, the judge advised her to write a letter to appeal to SMRT, considering how minor this issue was. The appeal failed, and the second time she went to court, she was then fined $400.

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PAP RAISES DOG LICENSING FEES

From February 1, dog owners will have to pay S$20 more in licensing fee for their unsterilised pet. The fee will go up from S$70 to S$90. For sterilised dogs, the licensing fee will go up just a dollar, from S$14 to S$15. In a statement on Monday, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said it encourages dog owners to sterilise their pets to prevent unwanted breeding which could contribute to pet abandonment and public safety issues.

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FARE HIKE BENEFITS EVERYONE

Singaporeans will only stand to benefit from the inevitable public transport fare hike as services have been improving and will continue to do so, Singaporeans were told today. A transport authority, Hua Tua Chia, explained that the latest round of fare increases is ultimately sound because improvements have occurred and these costs money: “The fare hike is due to the many recent improvements in the public transport system.”

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Pussy Riot fine with not winning art award here since their political objective is achieved

Members from dissident Russian music/art collective Pussy Riot say they did not have trouble coming to Singapore to attend the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards, which were held on Saturday night at Suntec City Mall. They were in town because their work was nominated in the digital/video category of the awards, but they did not win. They say not winning does not bother them the least bit. "We are people who engage in social issues and political activism. Art is a means through which we can speak. This is a good chance for us to meet with you, to visit Asia, and to make contacts here.'"

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MOE reminds schools to be vigilant about student safety after PE deaths

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has issued a circular to schools reminding them to stay vigilant about student safety during Physical Education lessons and co-curricular activities (CCAs), after two students died last week during PE lessons. In particular, they highlighted the need for PE teachers — including substitute teachers — to stay updated on students’ pre-existing medical conditions and said it was important to have teachers and school personnel trained and confident to carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

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LTA: Train Service Reliability has Improved

Train service reliability has improved in 2013 since the implementation of several targeted measures by the LTA-SMRT and LTA-SBS Transit (SBST) Joint Teams. SMRT and SBST are also enhancing service levels by increasing the number of train trips across their MRT lines. Across the MRT network, the number of incidents causing delays of more than 5 minutes for every 100,000 kilometres travelled has declined by 20% in 2013 compared to 2012.

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Malaysia: Non-Muslims banned from using word "Allah"

Malaysia’s king gave his backing today (Jan 19) to a court ruling barring non-Muslims from using the word Allah to refer to God, weighing in for the first time on an issue that has fanned religious tensions in the multi-cultural country. Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam, whose role as head of state is largely ceremonial, alluded to the issue which has raised questions over minority rights during his birthday speech to the Southeast Asian nation. A court in October ruled that the word was exclusive to majority Malay Muslims, overturning an earlier decision allowing a Catholic newspaper to use Allah in its Malay-language edition.

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JOSEPHINE TEO: I CAN TELL YOU WHY MY FAMILY AND I ARE ANGRY

My children, who are average in studies but have a strong command of the English language, are being bypassed for higher education in Singapore! We are an average income family and cannot afford extra tuition or overseas education for our three children. Foreigners with very poor command of English are given scholarships and free extra tuition to help them cope with the free education here. What about our own Singaporean children? If free extra tuition was given to me children in Chinese language, they would score sufficiently well, I’m sure.

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