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Published: Wed, 21 February 2018 00:11:26 +0800


HardwareZone Forum hit by security breach; 685,000 user profiles affected

Tue, 20 February 2018 21:57:59 +0800

SINGAPORE: Approximately 685,000 user profiles were affected when the HardwareZone (HWZ) Forum website was hit by a security breach, the site's owner SPH Magazines said in a news release on Tuesday (Feb 20).  A suspicious post on Sunday prompted an investigation to ascertain whether a security ...

President Halimah Yacob offers condolences to Iranian president after plane crash

Tue, 20 February 2018 21:20:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: President Halimah Yacob wrote to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani following the plane crash in central Iran last Sunday (Feb 18). Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 disappeared in the Zagros range on Sunday morning, around 45 minutes after taking off from Tehran with 66 people on board.  In ...

Property stocks decline following higher buyer's stamp duty

Tue, 20 February 2018 22:46:50 +0800

SINGAPORE: Property-related stocks saw a decline on Tuesday (Feb 20), a day after the Government announced in the Budget speech that the Buyer’s Stamp Duty (BSD) would be raised. UOL Group fell by 3.25 per cent and City Developments by 3.02 per cent at market close, while CapitaLand declined by 1 ...

Murder trial begins for man accused of hurling waitress 7m from car park

Tue, 20 February 2018 23:10:34 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 27-year-old man is on trial for murdering a Pizza Hut waitress by pushing her down a flight of stairs before hurling her over a railing at a multi-storey car park in Toa Payoh. She fell nearly seven metres to her death. A squabble over a smartphone had angered Syed Maffi Hasan ...

Some retailers increase cigarette prices following tax hike

Tue, 20 February 2018 22:03:45 +0800

SINGAPORE: Smokers are already feeling the pinch after the latest hike in tobacco tax, as some retailers have already raised cigarette prices. On Monday (19 Feb), Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced a 10 per cent increase in excise duty on all tobacco products, in a bid to discourage people ...

Indonesia police seize more than a tonne of crystal meth from ship

Tue, 20 February 2018 20:10:38 +0800

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities early Tuesday (Feb 20) seized 1.6 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine hidden on a ship in their second major drug bust this month, officials said. Customs inspectors said they spotted the vessel between Indonesia's Sumatra island and Singapore and reported it to ...

StanChart robbery: Singapore agrees to UK request to not cane suspect if found guilty

Tue, 20 February 2018 17:31:36 +0800

The British request came as part of extradition proceedings; UK laws currently prohibit extradition in the absence of such an assurance from Singapore.

Rope skipping coach convicted of raping, sexually assaulting teenage student

Tue, 20 February 2018 16:20:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 59-year-old rope skipping coach was convicted on Tuesday (Feb 20) of raping his 13-year-old student at his Tampines home in 2008 and 2009. Roger Yue Jr, then the president of Rope Skipping Singapore, was also convicted of sexually assaulting the teenager on multiple occasions. He used ...

Malaysian firm adds Islamic certification to cryptocurrency

Tue, 20 February 2018 15:23:53 +0800

SYDNEY: Malaysia-based firm HelloGold has received a sharia-compliant certification for its gold-backed cryptocurrency and plans to launch its online gold platform in Thailand later this year, the company said. Its cryptocurrency product, dubbed GOLDX, was launched at the end of last year and has ...

GST on imported digital services: 5 things to know

Tue, 20 February 2018 20:24:27 +0800

SINGAPORE: Come Jan 1, 2020, a goods and services tax (GST) will be imposed on imported digital services, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced in his Budget 2018 speech on Monday (Feb 19). This, he explained, is to ensure that imported and local services are “accorded the same treatment” ...

GST hike not the only option considered for raising revenue: Indranee

Tue, 20 February 2018 13:00:56 +0800

SINGAPORE: The increase in goods and services tax (GST) was not the only option considered for raising revenue, but it is the most sustainable source of income over the long-term, said Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law Indranee Rajah. “There are a few other things we have explored as ...

Budget 2018 a 'strategic and integrated financial plan' to build better future: PM Lee

Tue, 20 February 2018 11:10:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Budget 2018 is a "strategic and integrated financial plan" to build Singaporeans a "better future together", said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Feb 20). The Government's Budget statement was unveiled by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in Parliament on ...

CPF interest rates to remain unchanged from April to June 2018

Tue, 20 February 2018 10:30:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Central Provident Fund (CPF) members will continue to receive up to 3.5 per cent interest on their Ordinary Account, and up to 5 per cent interest on their Special, Medisave and Retirement Accounts from Apr 1 to Jun 30 this year.  These rates include an additional 1 per cent in interest ...

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen conferred French Legion of Honour award

Tue, 20 February 2018 17:42:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen was conferred France's highest award -  Legion of Honour - awarded for both civilian and military merit regardless of citizenship, by French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday (Feb 19) in Paris. French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly presented ...

GST hike: Early lead time ‘unprecedented’ but helpful, experts say

Tue, 20 February 2018 08:35:48 +0800

The impending rate hike from 7 to 9 per cent was announced at least three years ahead of implementation, double the usual lead time of one to one-and-a-half years, says an analyst.

Sharper Budget 2018 policies ‘pack more punch’ to help businesses grow: Experts

Tue, 20 February 2018 23:05:20 +0800

Budget 2018 had sharpened tools that would likely “pack more punch” to help Singapore firms transform for the years to come, though there were areas where more could be done, experts say.

Large emitters, observers welcome initial carbon tax rate of S$5 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions

Tue, 20 February 2018 22:51:56 +0800

SINGAPORE: Large emitters and environmental observers have welcomed the progressive implementation of the carbon tax, saying that it encourages companies to adopt energy efficiency measures while giving them the time to adapt to the changes. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced in his budget ...

Indonesia and Singapore to boost cooperation in investment and vocational education

Mon, 19 February 2018 22:50:38 +0800

JAKARTA: Indonesia and Singapore have agreed to boost cooperation in investment and vocational education, especially in the industrial sector, with Indonesia offering the development of three industrial estates to Singapore. Indonesia's Minister for Industry Airlangga Hartarto said on Monday (Feb ...

Singapore competition agency to look closer at Uber tie-up with ComfortDelGro

Mon, 19 February 2018 21:18:22 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) said on Monday (Feb 19) it plans to do further in-depth assessment of the tie-up between the city-state's top taxi operator, ComfortDelGro, and Uber, after an initial review. The agency said it had requested further information from both ...

Longer travelling time on NSL towards Marina South Pier until March: SMRT

Mon, 19 February 2018 20:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Commuters can expect up to 15 minutes of additional travel time when taking the MRT towards Marina South Pier on the North-South Line until March, SMRT said on Monday (Feb 19). SMRT said track improvement works in the southbound tunnel near Raffles Place started last month and are ...

Hongbaos and taxes: 8 things you need to know about Budget 2018

Tue, 20 February 2018 11:28:31 +0800

SINGAPORE: Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat ended his 2018 Budget speech on a "prosperous" note with the handing out of a one-off SG Bonus to Singaporeans, but he also warned of coming tax hikes that are needed to finance the country’s greater spending in the next decade. How will Singaporeans and ...

Budget 2018: 10% increase in tobacco excise duty from Feb 19

Mon, 19 February 2018 23:48:46 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Government will impose a 10 per cent increase in tobacco excise duty in a bid to discourage consumption, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said during his Budget speech on Monday (Feb 19). Mr Heng said the higher excise duty will be implemented across all tobacco products with effect ...

Budget 2018: Top marginal Buyer’s Stamp Duty rate to rise for homes worth more than S$1m

Mon, 19 February 2018 18:49:42 +0800

The revised BSD rates will apply to all residential properties acquired from Tuesday (Feb 20), and the new top marginal rate of 4 per cent will apply to the portion of residential property value which is in excess of S$1 million.

Schools cannot be used as platforms for partisan politics: MOE

Mon, 19 February 2018 18:10:34 +0800

SINGAPORE: Schools should be free of partisan politics and they do not invite Members of Parliament (MP) or political parties to speak at school events.   That was the response given by Senior Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary in his reply to a parliamentary question by Non ...

Average of 125 cases a year of train doors closing without warning in last 5 years: MOT

Mon, 19 February 2018 18:00:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: For the past five years, an average of 125 cases of train doors closing without warning occurred per year on Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains, with the majority of cases occurring on the North-South and East-West Lines, according to Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng. He was ...

From GST to hongbao giveaway: Budget 2018’s impact on economy, environment and society

Mon, 19 February 2018 23:47:44 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Government’s Budget statement for Financial Year (FY) 2018 was unveiled by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in Parliament on Monday (Feb 19). Chief amongst the announcements was the raising of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from 7 to 9 per cent “sometime in the period” from 2021 to ...

Budget 2018: Singaporeans to get 'hongbao' SG Bonus of up to S$300 following 2017 Budget surplus

Mon, 19 February 2018 21:43:37 +0800

SINGAPORE: All Singaporeans aged 21 and above this year will get a one-off SG Bonus of up to S$300 each as the Budget for 2017 came in with a surplus of almost S$10 billion.  Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat shared this during his Budget speech in Parliament on Monday (Feb 19), saying that this ...

Singapore’s 2017 budget ends the year with S$9.6b surplus

Mon, 19 February 2018 23:22:33 +0800

SINGAPORE: Lower-than-anticipated spending and one-off contributions leading to higher revenue for the year ending Mar 31 handed the Government coffers a bumper surplus well above expectations. The expected overall budget surplus of S$9.61 billion for this financial year, which worked out to 2.1 ...

Budget 2018: GST to be imposed on digital services from 2020

Mon, 19 February 2018 18:27:23 +0800

This does not impact e-commerce for physical goods, according to the Ministry of Finance.

Budget 2018: GST in Singapore to be raised to 9% between 2021 and 2025

Tue, 20 February 2018 12:45:07 +0800

The exact timing for the increase will depend on the state of the economy, growth in expenditure and the buoyancy of existing taxes.

Man convicted of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girls after meeting on social media

Mon, 19 February 2018 17:20:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 20-year-old man was convicted on Monday (Feb 19) of sexually assaulting two 12-year-old girls he met on Instagram and Facebook in 2015.  Goh Kar Aip pleaded guilty to four of 38 charges involving 10 victims aged 12 and 13. The odd-job worker admitted he preyed on preteen girls because ...

Budget 2018: Government to extend 250% tax deductions for donations for three more years

Mon, 19 February 2018 18:57:56 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Government’s current tax deductions of 250 per cent for qualifying donations will once again be extended for another three years, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat during his Budget speech in Parliament on Monday (Feb 19). The extension will apply until Dec 31, 2021. Mr Heng ...

Budget 2018: Key services for seniors consolidated under one ministry for better quality delivery

Tue, 20 February 2018 23:30:36 +0800

SINGAPORE: A single ministry will now oversee social and health-related services for seniors, in a bid to improve and streamline the delivery of services, announced Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in his Budget speech on Monday (Feb 19). He said where some social aged care programmes were ...

Budget 2018: Some maid employers face higher monthly levy from April 2019

Mon, 19 February 2018 23:09:16 +0800

Employers who qualify for the S$60 concessionary levy rate to continue paying same amount.

Budget 2018: 900,000 households to receive S$126m in S&CC rebates

Mon, 19 February 2018 22:40:00 +0800

Eligible households will each receive 1.5 to 3.5 months of rebates for their service and conservancy charges, depending on HDB flat type.

Budget 2018: Proximity Housing Grant enhanced, more singles eligible

Mon, 19 February 2018 23:50:59 +0800

The criterion for determining what is “near” will also be simplified, to allow those living within 4km to benefit.

Budget 2018: More financial support for students, particularly from lower-income families

Mon, 19 February 2018 18:42:04 +0800

In his Budget speech, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced three ways the Government will increase support for education, at an estimated overall cost of close to S$200 million per year.

Budget 2018: Large emitters to be charged S$5 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions under carbon tax

Tue, 20 February 2018 14:40:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: In a downward revision from the previously announced range of between S$10 to S$20, large emitters in Singapore will be charged S$5 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions under the carbon tax that will be implemented next year. This will give the industry more time to adjust and ...

Budget 2018: Additional S$145m for Tech Skills Accelerator to build digital capabilities

Mon, 19 February 2018 23:28:56 +0800

SINGAPORE: The government will set aside an additional S$145 million for the Tech Skills Accelerator (TeSA), said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in his Budget 2018 speech on Monday (Feb 19). He said that as digital technologies continue to transform economies, firms and people must develop ...

Budget 2018: New fund, tax enhancements to support companies in building enterprise capabilities

Mon, 19 February 2018 23:29:15 +0800

SINGAPORE: Local enterprises looking to build deeper capabilities, scale up and internationalise can do so with a new Enterprise Development Grant (EDG) come April, Minister of Finance Heng Swee Keat said in his Budget 2018 speech on Monday (Feb 19). The EDG is made up of two existing grants – ...

Budget 2018: More support for firms to innovate, harness research capabilities

Mon, 19 February 2018 23:28:02 +0800

A slew of measures, including tax changes and the set-up of a new virtual crowd-sourcing platform, has been announced in Budget 2018 to support more firms to innovate. 

Budget 2018: Extension of Wage Credit Scheme among short-term measures to help businesses

Mon, 19 February 2018 23:23:20 +0800

Apart from a three-year extension of the Wage Credit Scheme, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat also announced a doubling of the corporate tax rebate as one of the near-term relief measures targeted at businesses.

Highlights: Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivers Budget 2018

Mon, 19 February 2018 23:25:07 +0800

SINGAPORE: Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivered the 2018 Budget statement in Parliament on Monday (Feb 19). Mr Heng announced a one-off "hongbao" for Singaporeans as well as a potential hike in the Goods-and-Services tax.  He added that the Government will enhance the Proximity Housing ...

Looking ahead to Budget 2018: 5 issues that could be in the spotlight

Mon, 19 February 2018 10:16:35 +0800

Keeping Singapore in good fiscal health, longer-term goals of transforming the economy and the local workforce will likely top the agenda at Budget 2018.

Wrong to blame mass shootings on mental health: K Shanmugam

Mon, 19 February 2018 09:05:09 +0800

SINGAPORE: Mental health issues are not to be blamed for the proliferation of mass shootings in the United States, Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam said in a Facebook post on Sunday (Feb 18). The US is "a great country that cannot protect its most innocent – young children in school", he ...

SCDF taps on technology to race against time

Tue, 20 February 2018 23:52:47 +0800

SINGAPORE: When emergency calls come, it is a race against time for Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) paramedics. They are quickly dispatched to attend to an incident, usually within 11 minutes. If needed, fire and rescue specialists are also deployed on fire bikes, as they can weave around ...

'Hello, new little brother': Former orphan's first Chinese New Year with a family

Mon, 19 February 2018 01:11:18 +0800

Eight-year-old Keyuan has been afraid to sleep alone at night in his new home in Singapore. Thank goodness he's now got three siblings to chase away the night fears. Here's how they and the former orphan from China are learning to be a family.

Changi Airport T1 arrival pick-up to move to basement 1

Sun, 18 February 2018 23:56:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: Changi Airport Terminal 1’s (T1) arrival pick-up facility will relocate to basement 1 of the terminal next Wednesday (Feb 21), Changi Airport Group (CAG) said. This relocation is part of the ongoing T1 expansion works, CAG said in a media release on Sunday. "Wayfinding signs at the T1 ...

Helping companies transform more important than 'big red packet': DPM Teo

Sun, 18 February 2018 18:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore must continue to prepare for the future by helping businesses transform and strengthening the nation's social support system, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Sunday (Feb 18). Noting that Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will be releasing the Government’s Budget on ...

Six injured in multiple-car collision on PIE

Sun, 18 February 2018 18:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Six people were injured in a crash involving multiple vehicles on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on Saturday afternoon (Feb 17). Police said they were alerted to an accident involving four cars and a taxi along the PIE towards Changi near the Lornie Road exit at about 4.30pm. Two ...

Man arrested for throwing household items, paint cans from Upper Boon Keng flat

Sun, 18 February 2018 22:05:53 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 57-year-old man was arrested on Sunday (Feb 18) at Block 15, Upper Boon Keng Road after he was reported to be throwing household items and cans of paint from his flat. Police were alerted to the incident at the HDB block at 10.20am. No injuries were reported. Channel NewsAsia ...

Gaming the P1 registration system: Plugging gaps could result in a system bordering ‘on the absurd’

Sun, 18 February 2018 10:08:42 +0800

Catching a parent for lying about their address could be tough, former teachers tell Channel NewsAsia. And the fact that parents are willing to break the law to get their child into a popular primary school is telling of the stress parents face.

Commentary: The (not so) secret hack to becoming a successful entrepreneur

Sun, 18 February 2018 06:40:41 +0800

Is an overseas start-up experience essential to being an entrepreneur? National University of Singapore’s Francis Yeoh says there’s more than meets the eye.

Commentary: The hidden value of learning how to code

Sun, 18 February 2018 16:56:37 +0800

Coding is fast gaining popularity as one of the key enrichment activities parents send their kids for. An expert from the Singapore Management University discusses the value of coding in a child’s learning journey.

Speed Skating: Singapore's Cheyenne Goh set sights on Beijing 2022 after historic debut

Sat, 17 February 2018 21:50:38 +0800

PYEONGCHANG: Singapore’s first Winter Olympian Cheyenne Goh failed to qualify for the semi-final race in the short-track 1,500m event on Saturday (Feb 17), but she is already setting her sights on making a stronger comeback for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. “I think I’m definitely motivated ...

China, ASEAN ‘affirm hope’ to complete code of conduct for South China Sea disputes: Ng Eng Hen

Sat, 17 February 2018 21:26:54 +0800

SINGAPORE: China and ASEAN have “affirmed the hope” to complete the code of conduct to handle disputes in the South China Sea, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Saturday (Feb 17). Speaking at the 54th Munich Security Conference roundtable in Germany, Dr Ng stressed that the approach of ASEAN ...

Speed Skating: Cheyenne Goh misses out on semis in Singapore’s Winter Olympics debut

Sat, 17 February 2018 20:45:23 +0800

PYEONGCHANG: Teenage speed skater Cheyenne Goh missed out on a semi-final spot at the short-track 1,500m event on Saturday (Feb 17), as she made history by becoming the first Singaporean ever to compete in the Winter Olympic Games.   Goh clocked 2:36.971s​​​​​​​ at the Gangneung Ice Arena in ...

Man charged with murder after Jurong East prime mover accident

Sat, 17 February 2018 17:20:43 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 31-year-old man was charged in court on Saturday (Feb 17) with the murder of his friend after an accident involving a prime mover in Jurong East.  Last Thursday (Feb 15), Saravanan Arimuram allegedly killed 43-year-old prime-mover driver Mr Sivakumar Perumal along Jurong Town Hall ...

3,000 rental tenants bought their first home in last 5 years: HDB

Sat, 17 February 2018 13:34:00 +0800

SINGAPORE: Around 3,000 rental flat tenants have been able to buy their first home in the Build-to-Order (BTO) or Sales of Balance Flats (SBF) exercises from 2013 to 2017 with the help of HDB’s various housing grants, HDB said on Saturday (Feb 17) It added that, on average, about 500 to 600 of ...

Taxi catches fire along Woodlands Ave 5

Sat, 17 February 2018 09:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A taxi caught fire at the junction of Woodlands Ave 5 and Woodlands Ave 2 on Saturday (Feb 17) morning, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said.  No one was hurt in the incident.  SCDF said it dispatched two fire engines and two fire bikes to the scene at 8.51am, before putting ...

Going beyond 1819: How well do Singaporeans know the history of Singapore?

Sat, 17 February 2018 10:51:52 +0800

Ahead of next year's bicentennial celebrations that commemorate the 200th anniversary since Raffles founded Singapore, Channel NewsAsia hit the streets to quiz 25 Singaporeans about their knowledge of Singapore history.

Commentary: Private education grads should blame themselves if they can't get a good job? Nonsense

Sat, 17 February 2018 09:22:11 +0800

The fact is all graduates today face a challenging job market and need all the help they can get to develop industry-relevant skills and get a good job, says dean of PSB Academy.

The family bak kwa business that grew and grew: 6 lessons of Bee Cheng Hiang's success

Sat, 17 February 2018 09:53:19 +0800

A Chinese proverb says, ‘Wealth doesn’t pass three generations', but family business Bee Cheng Hiang has flourished with each transition. The programme Money Mind finds out why.

The long road to ensuring that Singapore's waste doesn't go to waste

Tue, 20 February 2018 18:24:17 +0800

Expensive tunnels and facilities are being built to tackle mounting waste and help carve out a greener future. But current habits on the ground could end up costing the nation dear.

Man arrested for murder after prime mover accident in Jurong East

Fri, 16 February 2018 22:34:26 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 31-year-old man has been arrested for murder after an accident involving a prime mover in Jurong East, police said on Friday (Feb 16).  In a news release, authorities said they were alerted to the accident at Jurong Town Hall Road towards Ayer Rajah Expressway at about 5.50pm on ...

Networks and partnerships can build stronger, reliable media: Chee Hong Tat

Fri, 16 February 2018 19:40:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Media organisations could look into building stronger networks and partnerships to remain relevant, said Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Chee Hong Tat on Friday (Feb 16). Speaking on the sidelines of a Chinese New Year visit to Mediacorp to thank staff who ...

Power fault causes 2-hour LRT disruption in Sengkang: SBS Transit

Fri, 16 February 2018 19:00:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: A "power fault" disrupted Light Rail Transit (LRT) services along the Sengkang West loop on Friday (Feb 16). The fault caused a Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) to stall at about 11.10am as it approached Sengkang Town Centre (STC) station, said SBS Transit in a statement.  Videos posted ...

PM Lee shares wish for broader economic growth, urges support for transport workers

Fri, 16 February 2018 23:29:16 +0800

SINGAPORE: Making a wish on the first day of Chinese New Year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he hopes this year will be a good year in terms of economic growth, adding that he hopes to see growth expanding to more sectors as its now still concentrated in areas such as the manufacturing ...

National Taxi Association makes recommendations to keep operating model 'ahead of the game'

Fri, 16 February 2018 23:21:04 +0800

The National Taxi Association (NTA) has made a number of suggestions designed to help drivers “stay ahead of the game”.

Of coolies and fire dragons: Unearthing Kallang’s hidden gem

Fri, 16 February 2018 18:28:02 +0800

Tucked away in Sims Drive is a 150-year-old Chinese temple and an unusual fiery resident that emerges every three years. Channel NewsAsia’s Mayo Martin discovers the story behind this hidden piece of Singapore’s working class history – and its uncertain future.

5 things you need to know about how the carbon tax works

Fri, 16 February 2018 06:19:46 +0800

SINGAPORE: Starting next year, the Government will impose a carbon tax to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as part of its commitments under the Paris climate agreement, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said in his Budget speech last year that the tax will create a "price signal" to incentivise ...

Commentary: In modern Singapore, a ‘lucky’ address a way to display wealth and status

Fri, 16 February 2018 06:18:44 +0800

Do Singaporeans decide where to live based on superstition and numerology? The National University of Singapore’s Sing Tien Foo finds that many buy an apartment with an auspicious address to signal wealth and status.

China orphan who broke our viewers’ hearts finds a home, 4,500km away in Singapore

Tue, 20 February 2018 18:43:30 +0800

Eight-year-old Keyuan is spending his first Chinese New Year in Singapore with his new parents - who fell in love with him after watching a Channel NewsAsia documentary on China’s unwanted children with disabilities.

StanChart robbery suspect David Roach contests extradition to Singapore

Thu, 15 February 2018 21:20:38 +0800

LONDON: A Canadian man suspected of a rare bank robbery in Singapore told a court in London on Thursday (Feb 15) that he is contesting his extradition from Britain to Singapore.  David Roach, 28, was arrested by British police on Jan 11 after a request for his detention was made by Singapore ...

AHTC resolves audit issues, declares new financial system fully operational

Fri, 16 February 2018 18:12:51 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) said on Thursday (Feb 15) that it has resolved all its outstanding audit issues and ended its engagement with auditors KPMG, concluding a two-year long clean-up of its accounting system and internal controls. The Workers' Party-run town ...

President Halimah to launch President's Challenge memorabilia during Istana Open House

Thu, 15 February 2018 18:50:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: President Halimah Yacob will launch a new series of memorabilia for the annual President's Challenge charity campaign during the Istana Chinese New Year Open House on Saturday (Feb 17). The memorabilia includes keychains and luggage tags, and will be available to visitors who make a ...

Increasing trend of younger people seeking help for sex and porn addiction

Thu, 15 February 2018 23:17:52 +0800

SINGAPORE: Counselling centres said they are seeing an increasing trend of younger clients aged 25 and below seeking help for sexual and porn addiction. According to psychologists, one main risk factor that is causing more youths to grapple with sex addiction issues is the easy access and repeated ...

MPs to raise questions on wrongful arrest, Keppel Offshore and Marine bribery scandal

Thu, 15 February 2018 16:40:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Parliament sits at 1.30pm on Monday (Feb 19) and members of Parliament have filed questions on cases of wrongful arrest, as well as on the investigation into the Keppel Offshore and Marine (KOM) bribery case, and into possible misuse of funds at Tiong Bahru Football Club. The questions ...

Mediacorp to broadcast Budget 2018 statement live on multiple platforms

Tue, 20 February 2018 10:48:47 +0800

SINGAPORE: Mediacorp will broadcast the 2018 Budget statement live on Channel NewsAsia, 938Now,, Channel NewsAsia Facebook and Toggle.  Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat will deliver Singapore's Budget statement next Monday at 3.30pm in Parliament.  Following the Budget ...

'Parrot Man' spotted in Geylang Serai soliciting funds for Tan Tock Seng Hospital 'cancer research'

Thu, 15 February 2018 14:20:44 +0800

SINGAPORE: Days after Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) issued a warning on a scam where people have been asked to donate to a "TTSH cancer research fund", a man was spotted at Geylang Serai market soliciting donations for the cause. The man, who identified himself as Zeng Guoyuan, was seen ...

NTUC calls for support to help middle-income working parents with child-raising costs

Thu, 15 February 2018 23:28:57 +0800

SINGAPORE: The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) on Thursday (Feb 15) called on the Government to provide greater support for middle-income working parents with increasing child-raising costs. In a media release, it highlighted how workers have to make sacrifices – either in terms of quality ...

Treasure multiculturalism and total defence, urges President Halimah Yacob

Thu, 15 February 2018 22:35:48 +0800

SINGAPORE: The road ahead will have its fair share of challenges, and generations ahead will have to find their own ways forward while treasuring the importance of multiculturalism and total defence.  President Halimah Yacob said this on Thursday (Feb 15) at the War Memorial Park, where she was ...

Singapore's exports jump 13% year-on-year in January

Thu, 15 February 2018 22:52:17 +0800

SINGAPORE: Non-oil domestic exports (NODX) in Singapore rose by 13 per cent year-on-year in January, according to statistics released by trade agency International Enterprise (IE) Singapore on Thursday (Feb 15). This was better than the 9.0 per cent increase predicted by economists in a Reuters ...

Commentary: The understated importance of shared social responsibility for businesses

Thu, 15 February 2018 06:20:38 +0800

Corporations must step up, serve a social purpose and make a positive contribution to society, says the executive director of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at the Singapore Management University.

Singapore start-up aims to bring healthcare to Papua New Guinea's needy, one drone at a time

Thu, 15 February 2018 08:14:03 +0800

Singapore start-up Yonah, made up of National University of Singapore alum and students, are hoping to build a cargo drone delivery system for a local hospital to deliver measles vaccines – but it is an uphill task.

Singapore’s productivity push still a ‘work in progress’ despite 2017 growth spurt

Thu, 15 February 2018 06:10:40 +0800

The surge in productivity growth last year was driven mainly by external demand and economists are doubtful about its sustainability.

PM Lee shares hopes for Singaporeans young and old in Chinese New Year message

Thu, 15 February 2018 22:37:50 +0800

Efforts enabling Singaporeans to lead active and meaningful lives in their silver years while striving to give the country’s young “the best chances in life” are issues that will guide this year’s Budget.

Fire breaks out at Waterloo Apartments, 1 taken to hospital

Wed, 14 February 2018 23:50:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: A fire broke out in a 15th-storey unit at Waterloo Apartments in the Bugis area on Wednesday (Feb 14) night. A Channel NewsAsia reader who was in the area said he heard an "explosive sound". Photos and video show flames and smoke emanating from the window of an apartment as sirens ...

Singapore confident Indonesia can conduct political activities in safe, stable way: Dr Balakrishnan

Wed, 14 February 2018 22:21:37 +0800

Singapore is confident that Indonesia will be able to conduct its political activities in a safe and stable way, said Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Wednesday (Feb 14).

Woman fined for breeding, selling cats from Buangkok flat

Wed, 14 February 2018 21:00:30 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 26-year-old woman has been fined S$6,500 for breeding and selling cats from a flat in Buangkok without relevant licences.  According to a media release from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) on Wednesday (Feb 14), the woman, Siti Hasmirah Hamidon, was fined S$4 ...

North-East Line, Sengkang and Punggol LRTs to move to new financing framework

Wed, 14 February 2018 20:41:46 +0800

SINGAPORE: The North-East Line (NEL), Sengkang LRT and Punggol LRT will transit to the New Rail Financing Framework on Apr 1, completing the transfer of ownership of all rail assets to the Government. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Wednesday (Feb 14) that this will benefit commuters as ...

Michelin-star chef Andre Chiang fulfils a promise to an ice-cream uncle

Fri, 16 February 2018 07:32:17 +0800

The day before he closed his restaurant for good, he handed Mr Ng Teak Boon - a familiar face to CNA Insider viewers - a five-figure cheque for inspiring one of his dessert creations.

2 men arrested for stealing woman's bag at Orchard Road

Wed, 14 February 2018 19:10:51 +0800

SINGAPORE: Two men have been arrested for their suspected involvement in a theft case at Orchard Road, police said in a news release on Wednesday (Feb 14).  A woman made a police report at 8.50pm on Monday, saying that her bag had been stolen, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said.  She had ...

Gap, Banana Republic stores to shut in Singapore

Wed, 14 February 2018 22:24:17 +0800

SINGAPORE: American clothing brands Gap and Banana Republic are shutting their outlets in Singapore, according to FJ Benjamin which manages the stores here. "FJ Benjamin is closing down its remaining two Banana Republic and three Gap stores in Singapore by the end of this month following a ...

Expect a warm, rainy Chinese New Year: Met Service

Wed, 14 February 2018 19:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: More rain is expected in the next two weeks even as the mercury rises, the Meteorological Service of Singapore said in a weather forecast on Wednesday (Feb 14). For the Chinese New Year holiday weekend, the weather is expected to be warm with thundery showers in the afternoon and the ...

Singapore risks losing independence without strong military defence: Ng Eng Hen

Thu, 15 February 2018 12:50:12 +0800

SINGAPORE: Without a strong military defence, Singapore might lose its independence, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in his Total Defence Day message on Wednesday (Feb 14). “The fall of Singapore which we commemorate on Total Defence Day every year reminds us all that without a strong military ...

Mufti of Singapore wishes Chinese community a happy Lunar New Year

Wed, 14 February 2018 17:30:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: Mufti of Singapore Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram has wished the Chinese community in Singapore a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year. "On behalf of the Singapore Muslim community, it gives me great pleasure to take this opportunity to wish the Chinese community in Singapore a happy and ...

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen to receive French Legion of Honour award

Wed, 14 February 2018 17:30:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen will be receiving the French Legion of Honour during a visit to Paris from Feb 19 to Feb 20.  The award is the highest decoration in France given in recognition of outstanding service by civilians or military personnel, French or foreigner, said the Ministry ...

Former SIA stewardess fined for misusing cabin crew pass to enter Changi Airport transit area

Wed, 14 February 2018 17:30:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: A former Singapore Airlines (SIA) stewardess was fined S$1,000 in court on Wednesday (Feb 14) for misusing her cabin crew pass to enter Changi Airport's Terminal 3 departure transit area when not on duty. Hao Jianxia, 25, faced one charge under the Protected Areas and Protected Places ...

2 convicted of breaching Companies Act

Wed, 14 February 2018 16:30:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: A company director and an undischarged bankrupt were found guilty of breaching the Companies Act in two separate cases, said the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) on Wednesday (Feb 14).  In the first case, Amiira Samsuri, a director of Persian Garden Restaurant, was ...