Bus, train fares to increase by 4 to 20 cents this year

Starting from April 6, adult fares for buses and trains are set to increase by four to 20 cents, announced the Public Transport Council (PTC) this afternoon (Jan 16). Those paying by cash will pay more, with fares set to rise by 20 cents per trip. For senior citizens and students, fares will increase by two to 10 cents per journey, with those paying cash having to pay more.

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WASHINGTON POST: 17 countries with possible housing bubbles (SINGAPORE INCLUDED)

The major economies have been growing only slowly. Yet with low interest rates and aggressive central bank action across the globe, there is a giant pool of money that has to go somewhere. That somewhere has not been productive new investments, like companies building new factories. Rather, it has come in the form of people taking advantage of cheap credit to bid up the price of existing real estate in cities from Stockholm to Sydney.

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It is about overcrowding, not xenophobia

In the 1970s, the Government intervened with the “Two is Enough” campaign because our nation and wealth level could not sustain a large population overnight. That was an exercise in prudence, and the crowded buses of the 1980s gave way to a more civil commute. Today, I see scenes at the bus stops and on the buses similar to those of the ’80s. Such crowding can also be said of the MRT and our roads. We should face these facts.

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MALAYSIA IMPLEMENTS MININUM WAGES

Beginning 2013, Malaysia joined the league of nations implementing minimum wages. With the wisdom of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the Government picked enough courage and confidence to implement this policy. The Minimum Wages initiative for Malaysia was announced by the Prime Minister in his Budget Speech on Oct 15, 2010. The policy is meant to ensure employees can meet their basic needs and create the necessary environment for industries to move-up their value chain by increasing the productivity of their employees through the use of technology and other innovations.

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New scholarship to nurture talent in power sector

A new industry scholarship is now available for those pursuing relevant engineering courses at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), polytechnics and universities. The Energy-Industry Scholarship (EIS), co-funded by the government and power sector companies, aims to develop and nurture talent for the power sector.

Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who will be / are currently pursuing relevant engineering courses are welcomed to apply. The closing date for the scholarship application is March 14, 2014.

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‘Not obliged to obtain permission’: STB on creative agency’s design

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Wednesday said they were “not obliged to obtain permission” to use a creative agency’s design for the 2014 Singapore Art Week’s guide. The response came after Singapore-based creative agency DoodleRoom said on Monday that they were “disappointed” STB had “recycled” their design, which was submitted to STB to be used as the cover page for the art event’s guide last year.

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S$1.4m worth of contraband cigarettes seized

Four Malaysian men were Monday (Jan 13) each sentenced between 34 and 36 months’ jail each for their involvement in contraband cigarettes. The four men were arrested last Saturday after 14,999 cartons of contraband cigarettes worth S$1.4 million were seized, marking this the third largest seizure of contraband cigarettes in four years. The duty and Goods and Services Tax evaded exceeded S$1.1 million.

Last Friday, the Singapore Customs and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority conducted checks on a 12m container upon its arrival at the Tanjong Pagar scanning station. Checks revealed duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden in 16 pallets of board partitions.

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10-YEAR-OLD MEGAN TAN'S SPEECH ON ANIMAL RIGHTS IMPRESSED MINISTER SHANMUGAM

Megan is a primary school student studying at Maha Bodhi School. She is already volunteering at ACRES – ACRES had to lower their volunteer age for her! She wrote her speech herself. I was told that Megan is a very shy girl. Thus it must have been difficult for her to stand in front of an international audience and give a speech. But she decided to make the speech because of her deep care and concern for animals .

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