Singapore Morning News For April 24

Singapore Morning News For April 24
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Singapore morning newsSingapore PM’s job: Once decided over cake and coffee, now mulled over for months
Singaporeans are not used to uncertainty when it comes to their future political leaders.

Greater uptake of 2FA but room for improvement in password management habits – CSA’s annual survey 2017
The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) has released key findings from its annual survey for 2017. The survey seeks to measure public awareness and adoption of cyber hygiene practices in Singapore, so as to better aid in developing initiatives to bridge knowledge gaps.
Open Gov Asia 

Ng Chee Meng appointed as deputy sec-gen of labour movement; expected to take over as NTUC chief
Just a few days after Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing told reporters that that he is confident that the labour movement will continue to execute its plans well, even if he were moved to a new rule in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced that Chan is returning to the Government and that Education Minister Ng Chee Meng will be released to the labour movement to serve as part-time deputy secretary-general.
The Independent Singapore

Indian ride-hailing firm Jugnoo to enter Singapore with price-bidding system
Indian ride-hailing firm Jugnoo wants riders and private-hire drivers in Singapore to have total control over how much their rides cost.
Channel NewsAsia 

Enough trash talk, Singapore. It’s time to stop passing the buck on plastics
Singapore is a laggard in how it manages plastic waste. Businesses are not held accountable for the plastics they produce, and incineration is incentivised over recycling. Here’s what the city-state should do differently.

A First: Indonesia-Singapore Naval Exercise Features Maritime Counterterrorism Component
The incorporation of a maritime counterterrorism serial is testament to the growing emphasis on the area both bilaterally and regionally.
The Diplomat (paywall)

Singapore wants ‘data protection by design’
The Singapore Government wants companies to cultivate a “data protection by design” approach to managing data, Assistant Chief Executive Yeong Zee Kin of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore has told GovInsider.

Record profits for Singapore’s top 1,000 companies
FOR more than three decades the Singapore 1000 (S1000) has ranked the nation’s largest 1,000 companies by their financial performance. Now in its 31st year, it is ranked alongside the Singapore SME 1000 (SME1000) and Singapore International 100 rankings (SI100).
The Business Times 

Multi-energy smart grid to power Singapore Institute of Technology’s Punggol campus
The grid, the first of its kind in Singapore, will draw energy from renewables like solar power and is expected to produce zero emissions.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Hong Kong and Singapore Prove Safe Havens for ICO Listings
The ban on ICOs in China is sending blockchain startups that are looking to raise funds into the arms of rival Asian regions.

Video of Singapore man bravely extricating massive python coiled under Toyota car with his bare hands goes viral
A video of a man extricating a large python from underneath a Toyota vehicle with a Singapore license plate has been going viral online:
The Independent Singapore 

To save money, Duterte to take 8-seater plane to Asean summit in Singapore
President Rodrigo Duterte wants to save money and will take an 8-seater plane to Singapore instead of the Philippine Airlines Charter Flight PR001 as he attends the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) this April.
Asia One 

Singapore’s first zero-waste grocery store is opening
UnPackt will encourage Singaporeans to bring their own containers in a convenience-obsessed country that produced 800 million kg of plastic waste last year, most of which was packaging.

Singapore inflation dips to 0.2 per cent in March 2018
Singapore’s headline consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.2 per cent in March from a year earlier, lower than expected, data showed on Monday (April 23).
Today Online 

MPA inks MoU to develop ‘future-ready’ seafarers for Singapore’s maritime sector
MARITIME Singapore is ramping up efforts at developing a pool of digital future-ready seafarers.
The Business Times 

More debate on Singapore’s approach to foreign labour
The debate over Singapore’s approach to foreign manpower has subsided in recent years, but it is returning to the fore as companies confront the challenges of digital transformation.
The Straits Times 

Upcoming S’pore cabinet reshuffle unlikely to be extensive as many assume
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London last week (April 19-20), but all the Singapore media wanted to know about was details about the cabinet reshuffle.

Indonesia, Singapore enhance bilateral naval drills amid increased terrorism threats
A long-standing annual bilateral exercise between the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) is, for the first time, featuring counter-terrorism serials amid heightened fears of seaborne terrorist attacks in the region.

Philippine power dispute heads to ICC in Singapore
As the ICC Court announces a new case management office in Singapore, it has emerged that a dispute relating to the Philippines’ national power grid has been submitted to ICC arbitration in the city-state.
Global Arbitration Review 

Commentary: Singapore start-ups should solve problems, not focus on achieving ‘unicorn’ triumphs
Read more at’s 7.30pm after a long day in the office; you’re meeting someone for the first time. All you have to go on is their online profile and the hope that maybe, this time, they might be “the one”
Channel NewsAsia 


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