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No easing of property rules
Adjustments to property cooling measures earlier this year do not signal the start of an unwinding of those measures, said Monetary Authority of Singapore managing director Ravi Menon. He said “easing the measures now would send a wrong signal”, noting that some regulators in the region have had to introduce further cooling measures in the past six months.
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Maid will not be sent to S’pore
The maid arrested in connection with the Bedok double murder while she was on the run in Indonesia’s Jambi province will not be handed over to Singapore, said the Indonesian national police. But its investigators will work with the Singapore Police Force to solve the crime, said a spokesman.
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US steps up airline security
The US unveiled enhanced security measures for flights to the country, in a move designed to prevent expanding an in-cabin laptop ban, but an airline trade group said the changes might cause more disruptions. The measures could require additional time to screen passengers and personal electronic devices for possible explosives.
US naval visits to Taiwan?
Taiwan has welcomed a proposal by a United States Senate panel to allow American warships to call at Taiwan’s ports.
If approved by US lawmakers, the decision could backtrack on Washington’s commitment to the “one China” policy and most likely anger China, which sees self-ruling Taiwan as a breakaway province.
Secret of a good retirement
Singaporeans are living longer – but are they ready for old age? To prepare for old age, start young, say Chia Kee Seng and Chong Siow Ann.
Plan to tackle urban issues
In the face of rising urban challenges such as climate change and limited land and energy resources,the Ministry of National Development yesterday announced a new $150 million research programme to find local solutions to these challenges.
Gaps in Labour Court system
A study by a local non-governmental organisation that helps low-wage foreign workers has found gaps in the Labour Court system.
Transient Workers Count Too based its report on 157 migrant workers who had brought claims to the Labour Court.
16 land sites slated for sale
A total of 16 sites will be offered for sale under the Government Land Sales programme for the second half of the year.
These can yield up to 8,125 private homes, up from the 7,465 units offered in the first half. Six are on the confirmed list, including plum sites in Holland Village and Sengkang Central.
Narrow win for Bolt
Usain Bolt, of all people, needed 80m to get past Cuban sprinter Yunier Perez en route to victory in his most recent 100m race in the Czech Republic. That, coupled with his winning time of 10.06sec, means that the Jamaican will soon be on a flight to Germany. There, he will see his long-time doctor about a pain in his back that is threatening the closing stages of his career.
Rapper admits to all charges
South Korean prosecutors said yesterday they were seeking a 10-month jail sentence suspended for two years for BigBang rapper T.O.P, who had been charged with using marijuana on four occasions last year. The 29-year-old, who had denied using liquid marijuana on two of the four occasions, admitted to all the charges yesterday.
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