Singapore Morning News For March 26

Singapore Morning News For March 26
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Singapore morning newsSingapore economy indirectly affected by US-China trade war
Due to the supply chain links that run through China and ASEAN countries, any trade action that impacts China negatively would also have ramifications for Singapore, say experts.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Singapore pharma on recovery path after worst output in decades
Singapore’s pharmaceuticals business, among the pillars of the city-state’s manufacturing sector, is set to return to strength this year as big global drugmakers ramp up output and advance automation at their production sites across the country.

Uber sells Southeast Asia business to Singapore-based Grab
Ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc has agreed to sell its Southeast Asian business to bigger regional rival Grab, sources with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday, in what would be the U.S. company’s second retreat from Asia.
South China Morning Post 

Singapore’s NTU launches nationwide research initiative to promote lung health
NTU launched a nationwide research to understand the unique characteristics of lung diseases in Singapore and improve their prevention and treatment.
Open Gov Asia 

Letter to fourth PM goes viral
After reading out the letter, which he had penned to Singapore’s “4th Prime Minister” at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Tembusu Forum last Tuesday, Mr Tan, 23, a sociology student at NUS and student resident at Tembusu College, uploaded it on Facebook.
The New Paper 

We may survive fake news but not sterility
Are we heading for safer, brighter days or darker ones on the journey to being a truly First World nation? If we take a wrong turn following the Select Committee’s hearings on Deliberate Online Falsehoods, we may sour up whatever we may have achieved to encourage a vibrant society of citizens fully and fearlessly engaged in a functioning democracy.
The Independent Singapore 

Jurong Lake Gardens West to open in early 2019; largest water lilies collection part of attraction
From the largest collection of water lilies in Singapore, to roaming the gardens in autonomous vehicles, these are some of the attractions Singaporeans can look forward to when construction for the Jurong Lake Gardens (JLG) Central and East completes progressively from 2020 onwards.
Today Online 

Singapore’s CapitaLand,  Xander  vie for Blackstone’s IT parks in India
Singapore-based leading real estate company CapitaLand Ltd and global investment firm The Xander Group Inc. are the front runners to acquire Pune-based IT Parks, which is owned by US fund The Blackstone Group, said two people aware of the development.

Fast Asia Open: Singapore manufacturing output, Evergrande earnings
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, is under growing pressure to make a commitment to testify to US lawmakers about the scandal over the Cambridge Analytica data leak engulfing his company.
Financial Times 

2 Malaysians arrested for terror plot nabbed in Singapore
Singapore authorities nabbed two Malaysians who were said to be involved in terrorist plots in Malaysia, after they received information from Malaysian authorities, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement on Sunday (Mar 25).
Channel NewsAsia 

ComfortDelGro to introduce electric vehicles to fleet of taxis
ComfortDelGro will be introducing electric taxis to give passengers a cleaner ride soon.
The taxi company has brought in two electric Hyundai Ioniq taxis, its group corporate communications officer Tammy Tan told The Straits Times.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Social Service Offices to work more closely with community partners: Desmond Lee
Needy households can look forward to better and more targeted assistance as the Social Service Offices (SSOs) work more closely with community partners in each town, Social and Family Development Minister Desmond Lee said on Sunday (Mar 25).
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Biggest Broken Promise
In the realm of broken promises, the PAP has had its fair share. Singaporeans have on the whole chosen to turn a blind eye, to live and let live.
The Independent Singapore 

Human Rights Watch drops out from attending public hearing on online falsehoods
Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organisation, decided not to take part in a hearing before a government committee studying how to tackle deliberate online falsehoods, and the Ministry of Law (MinLaw) said that the no-show was “disappointing, but not surprising”.
Today Online 

Singapore Airlines looking to deploy new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on Nagoya, Fukuoka flights
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is looking to deploy its new Boeing 787-10 – which it will take delivery of on Sunday night (March 25, US time) – to destinations in Japan, such as Nagoya and Fukuoka.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Healthcare-focused VC TKS I leads $3m funding in CRO ObvioHealth
Contract research organisation ObvioHealth Inc has announced a $3 million series A financing round led by TKS I, a Singapore-based venture fund focused on lifesciences and healthcare.

Mindset change necessary to help local contractors venture abroad: Lee Bee Wah
The civil service needs a “mindset change” if it is to deliver on a promise to help local contractors and consultants venture abroad, Member of Parliament Lee Bee Wah has said.
Channel NewsAsia (video)


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