PTC: Fare hike and breakdowns are separate issues

While yesterday's train delay led some people to comment that fares should not go up when trains are still breaking down, the Public Transport Council (PTC) has said that the two issues should be kept separate. PTC chairman Gerard Ee said the raising of fares is to cover rising costs for operators SMRT and SBS Transit, even as he noted that service reliability has to improve. Staff and material costs have spiralled upwards even as operators have been trying to improve productivity in the past few months.

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Heng Swee Keat : Vote for PAP to make WP work harder

The arguments put forward by the People's Action Party (PAP) and the Workers' Party (WP) to Punggol East residents have one point in common: Voting their party in will make the other party work harder for you. Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday that voters can judge the work of current Members of Parliament and realise that voting for the PAP will make the WP work harder.

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Bill seeks to give police extra powers in Little India area

Those who knock back beers in public outside the permitted hours or whose behaviour could cause a riot may be banned from Little India for up to 30 days. Police and auxiliary police officers will have the authority to ask those in the area or who are about to enter it to state their names and addresses and why they are there, to empty their bags and pockets and to strip search them. They may use force to remove someone from the zone.

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COL(NS) MOHAMED ISMAIL GAFOOR: DRIVEN BY PASSION, STEERED BY VISION

Under his guidance, PropNex property consultants won over 70% of the Awards in the Institute of Estate Agents Awards for 2003. In 2004, he clinched both the SMCCI Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Spirit of Enterprise Award. That year, COL (NS) Mohamed Ismail also clinched the prestigious NSMan of the Year Award. As battalion commander for 596 SIR, he was a pivotal figure in leading his men to clinch the best NS Infantry Unit for two years running.

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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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