Tag Archives: Straits Times 15 April 2014

Worker involved in fight at dormitory given 2 weeks jail for using criminal force

A foreign worker from India was involved in the fracas at a Kaki Bukit dormitory last month was sentenced to two weeks in jail. Indian national Dharmaraj Ramesh on Tuesday pleaded guilty to an amended charge of using criminal force on Bangladeshi national Ahsan Habib Md Fazlan Rahman, 26, at Homestay Residences. The 25-year-old is the first accused arrested in connection with the fight at the dormitory to plead guilty. The construction worker admitted to throwing an empty beer can in the Bangladeshi worker's direction on March 5 after he became irritated by the noise they were making while they watched a cricket match that night. The ensuing confrontation between the two men later resulted in a large-scale fight at a nearby carpark.

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Ex-ICA specialist jailed four months for corruption

A former Immigration and Checkpoints Authority specialist was jailed for four months on Tuesday for corruptly accepting $50 to grant two foreigners visit passes. He was also ordered to pay a penalty of $150, which was the total amount of bribes he took. Nor Hidayat Mohamed Hussain, 26, now a fire control technician, was one of four ICA officers charged earlier this year with corruption.

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Five things you need to know if you lose your passport

Under the Passports Act (Cap 220), the loss of a Singapore passport has to be reported at the ICA's Passports Unit within 14 days of the loss. You will need to bring application forms for the loss of your Singapore Passport, a supplementary form depending on how many times you've lost your passport, as well as a police report if you were a victim of a crime.

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Retire biases against older workers

SENIORS are a valuable source of manpower when they are equipped with the right skills and expertise. An ageing population presents an opportunity, not a challenge, as age is not a barrier to gainful employment. Making seniors more employable helps them stay in the workforce longer, so the official retirement age can be raised beyond 62. But this is possible only when employers and employees change their mindsets. Employers need to know the benefits of hiring older workers, and employees who are keen to stay in the workforce must be ready to upgrade their skills.

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New job scheme for retirees in North East

The North East Community Development Council (CDC) introduced a new programme at the start of this month to provide part-time jobs in the community for people aged 62 and above. Participants of the Community Employment Programme for Active Agers are paid $5 an hour, for up to 10 hours a week. They can work part-time as mobile library assistants, estate inspectors and residents' committee centre assistants who do administrative work, among others.

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Short wait for half of emergency patients

Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang (Aljunied GRC) had also pressed the minister last month for an acceptable waiting time for admission. He said people had to wait from eight hours to as long as 23 hours, given the shortage of hospital beds. Mr Gan had replied then that patients should not wait for "more than a few hours". In his written reply, he again stressed that all life-threatening cases are attended to immediately. Medical teams will also monitor, care for and medically assess patients during the wait.

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Two couples can jointly rent larger flats soon

The Ministry of National Development (MND) is considering letting these couples co-rent four- and five-room Housing Board flats under the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme (PPHS). This was disclosed by National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday, after Mr Png Eng Huat (Hougang) had asked about the scheme's rental formula and take-up rate. When launched in January last year, the scheme was open only to married couples with children applying for first-time buyers of HDB flats who needed temporary housing while waiting for their new homes to be completed.

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JOSEPHINE TEO: “GST VOUCHER IS A WHOLE SYSTEM OF BENEFITS”

The GST voucher is part of a progressive system of taxes and benefits that ensures that lower-income households get back far more benefits than the taxes they pay, including GST... The GST that they pay is hence far more than offset by the benefits they receive. - Senior Minister of State for Finance Josephine Teo

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Public invited to nominate NMPs

Forms are available at the Parliament House or through the Parliament website, the Clerk of Parliament said in a statement yesterday. Nominations close on May 20 at 4.30pm. Five of the current nine NMPs were previously uncertain if they would seek an extension and yesterday, at least two - Associate Professor Eugene Tan and Singapore Institute of International Affairs executive director Nicholas Fang - said they still had not reached a decision. "I will certainly give the matter serious consideration going forward. For now, my main goal is to finish strongly," said Prof Tan, a law don. Mr Teo Siong Seng, Mr Laurence Lien, Ms Janice Koh and Ms Mary Liew had earlier said they would not continue when their 21/2-year terms end in August.

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Jobless man charged with stabbing at void deck

AN UNEMPLOYED man was charged in a district court yesterday with stabbing a 62-year-old man at the void deck of a Housing Board block in Ang Mo Kio. No plea was taken from Ong Eng Huat, 43, who allegedly stabbed Chinese national He Jinzhu five times in the back with a pair of scissors, at about 6.15am last Saturday. Ong, who was arrested that afternoon, is also believed to have attacked two other men in Yishun in the three hours following the first attack.

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