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Budget 2017: SMRT, ComfortDelGo to pass on diesel tax savings to taxi drivers

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:02:36 GMT

SINGAPORE: Taxi operators SMRT and ComfortDelGro plan to pass on savings from the reduction of annual special tax on diesel vehicles to their drivers, they told Channel NewsAsia on Tuesday . This comes a day after Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat had announced a restructuring of the diesel tax system for vehicles and said the annual special tax would go down by S$850 for diesel taxis and S$100 for diesel cars.




Anies Baswedan speaks during an interview at his home in Jakarta. Photo: Reuters

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:40:30 GMT

A former education minister in Muslim-majority Indonesia facing a run-off vote against a Christian to be Jakarta governor, on Tuesday denied pandering to Islamists to win support and said he could unite the capital after a divisive election. If I met the Catholic community, am I then considered no longer a Muslim? If I met the Buddhist community, am I then considered no longer a Muslim? Anies Baswedan is set to take on Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Jakarta's first Christian and ethnic Chinese governor, in a second-round vote on April 19. Purnama got the most votes in a first round, on February 15, but not by enough to avoid a run-off , unofficial counts show.




Floods inundate thousands of homes in Indonesian capital

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:10:13 GMT

An Indonesian man sits on a raft at a flooded neighborhood in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Torrential rains in the Indonesian capital have overwhelmed drains and flooded roads and thousands of homes.




Floods inundate thousands of homes in Indonesian capital

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:10:12 GMT

An Indonesian man sits on a raft at a flooded neighborhood in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Torrential rains in the Indonesian capital have overwhelmed drains and flooded roads and thousands of homes.




Floods inundate thousands of homes in Indonesian capital

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:10:11 GMT

An Indonesian man sits on a raft at a flooded neighborhood in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Torrential rains in the Indonesian capital have overwhelmed drains and flooded roads and thousands of homes.




New S$8.4m national cybersecurity lab launched at NUS

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:06:21 GMT

SINGAPORE: A national laboratory that provides a realistic environment for cybersecurity research and test-bedding of solutions against cyber threats was launched at the National University of Singapore on Tuesday . Supported fully by S$8.4 million in funding from the National Research Foundation , the National Cybersecurity Research and Development Laboratory has more than a thousand computers that can emulate large-scale malicious cyber attacks.




Indonesian police to investigate North Korean restaurant over spy activity

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:59:48 GMT

Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Awi Setiyono , accompanied by Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr.




Indonesia waging war on its oceans of plastic

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:46:24 GMT

INDONESIA is taking action to combat its catastrophic problem of polluting the oceans with plastic debris, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said on Saturday. According to the Jakarta Post , Siti Nurbaya made the statement during the commemoration of National Waste Awareness Day in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan.




Video appears to show fatal attack on North Korean exile

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:38:11 GMT

Kim Jong-nam, seen here at at Tokyo's Narita International Airport in May 2001, is thought to have been killed after a fast-acting poison was wiped across his face. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday his government's investigation of the killing of the North Korean leader's half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, will be "objective" - while tensions between the countries rose and video emerged that appears to show the fatal attack.




Budget 2017: Workers to get more help with skills via e-learning, structured training

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:28:47 GMT

The National Jobs Bank will also be enhanced to be more useful for jobseekers and employers, says Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat. SINGAPORE: As companies innovate and digitalise, workers here cannot be left behind, and in his Budget speech on Monday , Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat outlined ways to help people acquire and use skills to adapt to the changing environment.




SCDF rescues man from ledge after flat catches fire in Bedok

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:16:54 GMT

SINGAPORE: A man had to be rescued from a ledge outside a burning fourth-floor flat at Bedok Reservoir Road on Monday afternoon . According to the Singapore Civil Defence Force , the man was standing on the ledge outside a bedroom when they arrived on the scene.




Indonesia Islamists urge ouster of Jakarta governor, plan more protests

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:03:28 GMT

Indonesian Islamist groups on Monday called on the government to suspend the Christian governor of the capital and for the courts to convict him of blasphemy, demands they will make again at a rally outside parliament on Tuesday. Governor of Indonesia's capital Basuki Tjahaja Purnama shows his ballot during an election for Jakarta's governor in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 15, 2017.




Freeport Indonesia has notified mining ministry of govt violations of contract -statement

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:52:08 GMT

Feb 20 Freeport-McMoRan Inc's Indonesian unit has submitted a notification to Indonesia's mining ministry describing breaches and violations of its contract of work by the government, the company said on Monday. Freeport said it hopes to resolve the dispute with the government, but it also reserved the right to start arbitration against the government and to seek applicable damages.




Freeport Indonesia has notified mining ministry of govt violations of contract -statement

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:52:07 GMT

Feb 20 Freeport-McMoRan Inc's Indonesian unit has submitted a notification to Indonesia's mining ministry describing breaches and violations of its contract of work by the government, the company said on Monday. Freeport said it hopes to resolve the dispute with the government, but it also reserved the right to start arbitration against the government and to seek applicable damages.




Murder masterminds back in Pyongyang

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:44:58 GMT

KUALA LUMPUR: Four suspects being hunted by Bukit Aman in the assassination of North Korean exile Kim Jong-nam are believed to be back in Pyongyang after leaving the country for Jakarta immediately after the attack. The four Rhi Ji-hyon, 33, , Hong Song-hac, 34, , O Jong-gil, 55, and Ri Jae-nam, 57, left for Jakarta from KLIA2 immediately after the attack on Monday.




Dozens search for missing 27-year-old Singaporean Steward Lee

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:34:24 GMT

Around 70 people scoured popular nature parks and areas including Bukit Timah Hill, Dairy Farm, Mandai, Zhenghua and the Rail Corridor but could not find him, his sister Yunqin Lee told Channel NewsAsia. SINGAPORE: Dozens of people on Sunday formed a search party to help find missing Singaporean Steward Lee, however the 27-year-old who went missing on Friday afternoon had yet to be found.




U.S. deploys carrier to contentious South Chinaa

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:33:07 GMT

U.S. deploys carrier to contentious South China Sea U.S. sends aircraft carrier despite Beijing's warnings not to challenge its sovereignty in the resource-rich sea. Check out this story on ldnews.com: http://usat.ly/2lvZPPc JAKARTA, Indonesia - The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to patrol the increasingly contentious South China Sea on Saturday despite Beijing's warnings not to challenge its sovereignty in the resource-rich sea.