NEA instructed to remove "archaic" rule from hawker stall licence

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has been instructed to remove an "archaic" rule from hawker stall licence requirements. The rule, listed under the Conditions of Licence for hawkers, stipulates that cooked-food stalls are not allowed to sell "restaurant type of dishes" unless authorised to do so in writing by the Director-General of Public Health.

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Hawker cannot sell a "restaurant" type dish?

Check out the terms and conditions of a hawker stall license under point 3 - a hawker cannot sell a "restaurant" type dish? What kind of stupid onerous ruling is this? How do you define a restaurant type dish? So if restaurants sell crab meat fried rice a hawker must seek approval to do the same? Does this mean an enterprising young F&B hawker aspirant can't set up a taco stand because a Mexican restaurant sells tacos, unless he gets the go-ahead?

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Govt mulling over more measures to strengthen moneylending rules

The government is considering additional measures to strengthen moneylenders' regulatory regime, Law Minister K Shanmugam said in a Facebook post on Monday. The measures also serve to complement the Monetary Authority of Singapore's 12 months' income limit on unsecured borrowings from financial institutions.

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Thailand's political crisis: The inside story

Throughout the country Thais are glued to their TV sets, watching the unfolding Bangkok drama. But they watch on different channels. The social groups that support the government watch live coverage on their own national television channel, dubbed 'Red TV' after their 'red-shirt' identity; meanwhile, theopposition have their own channel and watch coverage on 'yellow shirt' TV .

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Caffeine Boost For Singapore’s Coffee Culture

Since indie (read: hipster) culture started catching on in Singapore, there has been no lack of indie cafes sprouting up every few weeks or so. But then there is a special breed of cafes that aren’t just out there for the sake of being cool. They take pride in the coffee they serve, breathing life into Singapore’s specialty coffee culture by either creating their own blends and roasting their own beans, or selecting only the best coffee blends from around the world.

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Know a Hoax when you see one

I said, “Conspiracy mongers are dangerous animals. Their naivete feeds the innocent to make them naive as well. I would rather kill the fire than quietly let it breed.” The statement only addresses the messengers, though, and not the source. For that, I told her of a conspiracy theory the Wife told me about once that might explain the fascination with things that go viral in the online world.

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Why the COE and ERP show no love for the common man

New policies should be designed with delicate consideration to public sentiment on top of economic efficiency. For instance, if Vehicle Quotas have already been set, it might be worthwhile to consider reigning in some control of price rather than let the market decide. Afterall, the market will always work in the rich man's favour. When one pays so much for a car, it is difficult to brush away feelings of anger whenever one is faced with traffic congestion.

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LTA announces shorter three-month COE recycling periods, COE quotas also set to drop

Certificate of Entitlement (COE) quotas will be announced every three months instead of six, said the Land Transport Authority on Monday.This was done with the aim of making the supply of COEs more responsive to the market and de-registrations, it said. It had contemplated quarterly-recycling periods as early as 2010, but felt that such a change would be too drastic.

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HOW DID INDIANS END UP DOMINATING SG’S IT SECTOR?

Even the very few brave young Singaporeans who dare venture into the IT sector find themselves bullied by the Indian foreign legions who are the majority. Many have told me that senior Indian IT workers will never train a fresh Singaporean IT worker. They will squeeze that Singaporean out. They will make sure that the Singaporean flops so badly in their job that HR will think that all the Singaporean IT workers suck. So Singaporeans will never get to be trained in the IT field, leaving the Indians to continue to dominate that sector. It is the same as any animal species trying to eliminate competition from another species in the same forest.

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Targeted minimum wage – a positive step, but more can be done

We note that there are many enforcement and legislative functions in the suggestions above, to ensure that the worker-centric aspirations of this policy do not go to waste through mismanagement. The Ministry of Manpower needs to play an active role here to ensure the right conduct of companies. The fact that the announcement was made by the DPM clearly demonstrates the gravity of the policy and the need to do right by workers. We also hope that MOM will take DPM’s lead and work towards fair wages for all industries in Singapore.

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