Singapore Morning News For March 22

Singapore Morning News For March 22
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Singapore morning newsSingapore passes terror attack blackout law
Singapore’s parliament on Wednesday, March 21, passed a controversial law giving authorities the power to block all electronic communications at the scene of a terror attack, despite protests it will erode media freedom.

Government’s duty to set open standards for Internet of Things deployment: Vivian Balakrishnan
The Government’s approach to the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions is based on avoiding “walled gardens”, said Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative Dr Vivian Balakrishnan at the IoT Asia 2018 Conference on Wednesday (Mar 21).
Channel NewsAsia 

Singtel Group to interconnect telco mobile wallets
The Singtel Group has revealed plans to become the first operator to interconnect telco mobile wallets to support seamless cross-border mobile payments.

More jobs axed as SPH Magazine’s sales and marketing team undergoes restructure
The Singaporean media giant has folded its content publishing team – known as Custom Content Solutions – and its contracted titles into Focus Publishing, the contract publishing subsidiary of SPH’s Chinese Media Group.

Singapore will launch initiatives to improve welfare of ASEAN people: Desmond Lee
s ASEAN Chair for 2018, Singapore will be launching several initiatives and focus on various projects to improve the livelihood, well-being and welfare of the ASEAN people, according to Minister of Social and Family Development Desmond Lee.
— Channel NewsAsia

Singapore government outlines its approach to IoT
Avoiding supplier lock-in, driving open standards and tapping modular platforms are part of the approach that the Singapore government has taken in implementing the internet of things in the city-state
Computer Weekly 

KPMG acquires Singapore mobile app developer
KPMG in Singapore is acquiring business mobile app developer, Rainmaker Labs, in a move it says will beef up its digital and mobile offerings.

Cyber security essential to Singapore’s survival: CSA chief David Koh
As a gateway to South-east Asia and the larger Asia-Pacific region, Singapore is a small but highly connected nation-state, and cyber security is essential to the Republic’s continued prosperity and survival, Cyber Security Agency chief David Koh said on Wednesday (March 21).
The Straits Times (paywall)

Lianhe Zaobao reports Ng Chee Meng is likely to become new labour chief; where will Chan Chun Sing go?
Lianhe Zaobao reported today that Minister of Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng will likely be taking on the role of Deputy Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).
The Independent Singapore

Singapore’s GIC invests in portable, real-time DNA sequencing firm
GIC announced its investment in Oxford Nanopore Technologies, the developer of the world’s only portable, scalable, real-time DNA/RNA sequencer.
Open Gov Asia

Singapore’s first medical clinic for intellectually disabled opens
It is not only 61-year-old retiree Mr Harold Tan who struggles when he has to take his intellectually disabled daughter Dawn to the polyclinic.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Singapore’s Claim That the Death Penalty Works for Drug Offences Is Fake News
Speaking before the country’s parliament, Singapore’s minister for home affairs, K. Shanmugam, extolled the country’s success in fighting drugs. He attributed these results to Singapore’s harsh drug laws, which include the use of capital punishment.
The Wire 

Subway Singapore applies for halal certification; all outlets stop selling pork
Subway has applied for halal certification in Singapore and all of its outlets here will stop selling pork with immediate effect, the sandwich chain announced on Wednesday (Mar 21).
Channel NewsAsia 

Batam opens Nongsa Digital Park to serve as a digital bridge between Singapore and Indonesia
The Nongsa Digital Park is expected to attract more than US$500 million of investments in the digital economy and is expected to create 10,000 jobs.
Open Gov Asia

Future for Singapore lies in South-east Asia, says business professor
Their country’s economic destiny lies in South-east Asia, but Singaporeans are not sufficiently equipped for this future, said a visiting international business expert Wednesday (March 21).
The Straits Times (paywall)

Singapore will ‘vigorously’ defend judiciary through laws and policies: Shanmugam
It is important to have a strong and trusted judiciary as the “bedrock” of the rule of law in Singapore, said Minister for Law K Shanmugam in Parliament on Wednesday (Mar 21), adding that the Government has taken steps to protect the judiciary from abuse and contempt.
Channel NewsAsia 

Singtel announces initiative for cross-border interconnectivity of mobile wallets
Singtel will start with Thailand’s largest mobile operator, AIS. The Group plans to progressively expand this service from the second half of 2018 to other regional associates, which include Airtel in India, Globe in Philippines and Telkomsel in Indonesia.
Open Gov Asia 


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