India's Sonia Gandhi blocks son Rahul's PM candidacy push

India's Sonia Gandhi stalled a push Thursday for her son Rahul to be named the ruling Congress party's candidate for prime minister, saying such a move was against tradition. There had been widespread expectations that Rahul would be formally declared as the party's choice for premier at a meeting in the capital New Delhi on Friday.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT COUNCIL MADE UP ENTIRELY OF ELITES

How can a group of elites hope to know about the struggles of the average Singaporean. While low-income earners are receiving a good discount with the new concession rules, there are also many middle-income Singaporeans who may just miss the cut-off for the concession but are still struggling to make ends meet.

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HDB introduces caps on subletting flats to foreigners

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) announced new caps on the subletting of flats to foreigners yesterday, but stopped short of extending the cap to the subletting of rooms, to minimise the impact on those who rely on doing so for additional income. Under the new rule, which is aimed at “(preventing) the formation of foreigner enclaves” within HDB estates, no more than 8 per cent of the units in a neighbourhood can be rented out to foreigners and permanent residents. For each HDB block, the cap is 11 per cent.

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Two RP students first recipients of S R Nathan Education Award

Two polytechnic students have become the first recipients of the S R Nathan Education Award. Together with the award, the S R Nathan Endowment Fund was started with a donation of S$129,000 by Mr Nathan to Republic Polytechnic (RP) and aims to help needy students who have graduated from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and are pursuing a diploma at RP.

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‘Financially ailing’ bus sector to benefit more from fare hikes

More revenue from the transport fare hike will be channelled towards public bus operations than those of MRT trains — a move in line with the Fare Review Mechanism Committee’s recommendation to allow more fare revenue to benefit the “financially ailing” bus sector, said the Public Transport Council (PTC) yesterday. Bus operations will receive a S$48 million boost from the hike, while S$5.5 million will be allocated to MRT operations, under a new weightage in revenue allocation applied by the PTC.

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US 'snooped on 200 million SMS a day from around the world'

The United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents yesterday (Jan 16). The untargeted collection and storage of SMS messages — including their contacts — is revealed in a joint investigation between the Guardian and the UK’s Channel 4 News based on material provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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2014 Fare Hike: Shame on you Singaporean SMRT Shareholders!

If you know any Singaporean friends who own SMRT shares, please urge them to do the right thing and stop partaking in this blood sucking exercise! Not every Singaporean is born with a silver spoon in the mouth and all Singaporeans deserve to have a quality standard of living and without having such onerous fare hikes stuff down our throats! Singaporeans should stop cannibalizing fellow Singaporeans!

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PAP CYBER ARMY COUNTERS CRITICISM OF PARTY, GOVT ON INTERNET SINCE 2007

THE People's Action Party (PAP) is mounting a quiet counter-insurgency against its online critics. It has members going into Internet forums and blogs to rebut anti-establishment views and putting up postings anonymously. Sources told The Straits Times the initiative is driven by two sub-committees of the PAP's 'new media' committee chaired by Manpower Minister Ng Eng Hen. One sub-committee, co-headed by Minister of State (Education) Lui Tuck Yew and Hong Kah GRC MP Zaqy Mohamad, strategises the campaign.

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The basic salary for SMRT Train Officer ranges from $1,250 to $2,250

The basic salary for Train Officer in SMRT ranges from $1,250 to $2,250. There are 3 grades for Train Officers. I joined in 1995. I have reached the maximum basic pay of $2,250. I will not have any more salary increment unless I am promoted to Crew Manager Train (CMT) which is a supervisor post. There are 2 grades for CMT. The maximum basic salary of CMT is $2,900. It is promotion season in my company. We prefer to promote our front line supervisor (CMT) from amongst the 400 odd Train Officers from 3 crew stations. If CMTs are well au fait with train operations, it makes the job easier. He is able to visualise the operational issues rather than recruit an outsider who need to learn from scratch the entire train SOPs.

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8 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE FARE HIKES

The Public Transport Council (PTC) has approved a fare increase of 3.2 per cent on train and bus fares from April 6 this year. At the same time, the Government has rolled out new concessions and deepened existing ones. Here's a quick glance at the changes that are coming up. FARES TO INCREASE:Overall, fares will increase by 6.6 per cent. However, the increase will be broken up into two phases. This year, fares will go up by 3.2 per cent. The remainder will be rolled over to the next fare review exercise.

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