Singapore Morning News For November 15

Singapore Morning News For November 15
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Singapore morning newsSingapore to tie up with Thailand and India for e-payments
Singapore’s move to expand its cross-border financial services could see cheaper and more convenient financial transactions with the two digitally-savvy countries, say analysts.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

PM Lee calls for realistic ambitions on RCEP free trade agreement
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (Nov 14) called for the 16 countries involved in negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) to adjust their ambitions to “realistic levels”, five years after the process started.
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore to ensure ASEAN remains a dynamic driving force under its chairmanship: PM Lee
Resilience and innovation will be the focus of Singapore’s ASEAN chairmanship in a world that is “rapidly changing”, the country’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (Nov 14).
Channel NewsAsia 

New 130/80 high blood pressure guideline means more people in Singapore – 1 in 3 – have hypertension
Almost one in three people will be classified as having high blood pressure, up from one in four, if Singapore adopts the new American Heart Association (AHA) cut-off guideline for high blood pressure, which is 130/80.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Singapore backs up its fintech ambitions with new initiatives

Singapore’s central bank has launched a batch of initiatives — including helping banks create an industry-wide platform for compliance checks — as the city aims to become a global hub for financial technology.
The Financial Times 

Singapore Launches Two New Warships
On Tuesday, Singapore commissioned two more of its new locally built and designed warships. The vessels, which were unveiled at a high profile ceremony, represent another step in the country’s naval modernization, which has been in the spotlight as the Republic of Singapore Navy marks its fiftieth anniversary this year.
The Diplomat

New centre to combat cybercrime with shared information from institutions in 9 countries
A new centre launched in Singapore on Tuesday (Nov 14) aims to combat cybercrime and ramp up cyber information sharing among 49 financial institutions in nine countries – Australia, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Singapore unveils initiatives in bid to be regional fintech hub
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) rolled out a number of initiatives on Tuesday (Nov 14) as part of efforts to establish itself as a regional leader of fintech.
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore in top 10 in terms of average wealth per adult
WEALTH in Singapore has grown relatively slowly in local currency terms since 2012, but the average wealth per adult here remains high, putting it at ninth spot globally.
The Business Times

Singapore workers to get 2.7% pay increase in 2018: Survey
Workers in Singapore can expect pay rises of about 2.7 per cent next year after inflation is taken into account, according to a survey released by human resources firm ECA International on Tuesday (Nov 14).
Channel NewsAsia 

Doctor who removed woman’s left ovary without proper consent fined and suspended
A gynaecologist who removed a woman’s left ovary without her knowledge has been fined S$10,000 and suspended from practising for eight months, said the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) on Tuesday (Nov 14).
Channel NewsAsia 

A stronger Asean will bring greater stability, opportunities for S’pore: PM Lee
Singaporeans will enjoy greater stability and benefit from a more prosperous South-east Asia if the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) can strengthen regional cooperation and become more effective under the Republic’s chairmanship next year, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Today Online 

S’porean men healthier, less depressed or anxious in old age compared to women: Study
Preliminary findings from a first-of-its-kind study of seniors, which was launched here two years ago, have found that Singaporean men appear to be healthier in old age compared to Singaporean women.
Today Online 

MAS to debut blockchain-based trade network with HK in 2019
SINGAPORE is laying the groundwork to stay on top as a trading hub, with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Tuesday setting an early-2019 deadline for the roll-out of a global trade connectivity network (GTCN) with its Hong Kong counterpart.
The Business Times 

PM Lee Hsien Loong outlines Singapore’s key goals as Asean chair [The Straits Times]
Asean is a lifeboat for all 10 countries in South-east Asia to come together, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday, on the cusp of Singapore’s helming the group.
Singapore Government 

Singapore-Listed RHT Health Trust’s Fiscal 2Q DPU Down 15.5% On Higher Costs
Singapore-listed, India-based health care company RHT Health Trust’s fiscal second-quarter distribution per unit fell 15.5% to 1.14 Singapore cents compared with 1.35 cents a year earlier as a result of increased refinancing and interest costs, it said in an exchange filing Wednesday.
Nikkei Asian Review 


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