Singapore Morning News For March 27

Singapore Morning News For March 27
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Singapore morning newsSingapore’s competition watchdog not notified about Grab-Uber deal
While it is aware of Grab’s acquisition of Uber’s Southeast Asia business, Singapore’s competition watchdog said it has not received formal notifications from both parties.
Channel NewsAsia 

LTA Singapore testing Automatic Number Plate Recognition and communication beacons
The tests will enable LTA to determine the performance and reliability of the technologies under real-life environmental and traffic conditions for future traffic management systems which will leverage Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology.
Open Gov Asia 

Singapore factory output up 8.9% in February, better than expected
Singapore’s factory output continued its winning streak in February, beating expectations from economists despite concerns about the Chinese New Year (CNY) effect.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Singapore Launches Sixth New Warship
On March 24, Singapore commissioned another one of its new locally built and designed warships. The vessel, which was unveiled at a ceremony attended by a host of Singapore defense officials and personnel, represented another step in the country’s ongoing naval modernization.
The Diplomat 

WhatsApp overtakes Facebook as top ‘fake news’ source: Reach survey
The bulk of Singaporeans who came across “fake news” stumbled upon them on messaging and social media platforms, with WhatsApp overtaking Facebook as the top source, based on latest findings from a survey conducted by government feedback unit Reach.
Today Online 

Singapore: Amendments to the Singapore Employment Act
Following a public consultation on the review of the Singapore Employment Act (the “EA”), the Ministry of Manpower (“MOM”) announced on 5 March 2018 that amendments to the EA will be implemented effective 1 April 2019.

More than 70% in Singapore have come across fake news online: REACH poll
More than 70 per cent of Singapore residents surveyed in a REACH poll have come across online news that they thought were “not fully accurate”, according to findings released by the Government’s feedback unit on Monday (Mar 26).
Channel NewsAsia 

Over a year of speculation later, teachers confirm they will have to pay between $720-$960 to park in schools
Teachers at all primary schools, secondary schools and junior colleges will have to start paying hundreds of dollars for parking at school premises from 1 Aug this year. Teachers speaking to reporters on the condition of anonymity – since they are not authorised to publicly comment on such matters – said that this new policy was announced at staff briefings in various national schools this morning.
The Independent Singapore

S’pore mapped 500,000 trees on Add to the record by indicating which ones are blooming. is a website dedicated to, well, trees in Singapore.
Launched on March 17, 2018, the site has an impressive 500,000 trees recorded in its system.

Singapore to test camera/location system for traffic
The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has begun testing an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera system with Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) beacons at various locations along expressways and major thoroughfares.
GPS World 

More Singaporeans gambling but number of hardcore gamblers holds steady
More Singapore residents could be gambling and probable hardcore gamblers are betting much more than before, although their numbers have held steady, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling’s (NCPG) latest survey.
Today Online 

Fintech First in Singapore
A German financial technology company launched its stock on the Singapore stock exchange, the first fintech to be listed in the city-state.
Finew Asia 

Church in S’pore makes police report against Rice Media for ‘scurrilous attack’ in article
This was after the publication did a write-up on March 25 titled, “Lou Engle: An American Threatens a Christian-Muslim Divide in Singapore”, which the church considered to be a “scurrilous attack”.

Uber employees in S’pore told to clear out in two hours; drivers in limbo
At least 100 Singapore employees of ride-hailing firm Uber were told to pack up and leave on Monday morning (March 26) as a result of rival Grab’s acquisition of its operations in South-east Asia, but Grab clarified hours later that the Uber employees are on paid leave.
Today Online 

Things you need to know now that Grab is acquiring Uber in Southeast Asia
On Monday, March 26, we learned the official news that Grab has acquired Uber’s operations in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Singapore’s first fintech listing makes debut on Catalist board
Financial technology group Ayondo made its debut on the Singapore Exchange’s Catalist board on Monday (Mar 26), becoming the first fintech company to be listed in the country.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Is deal boon or bane for taxis? Jury is still out
WITH Uber set to bow out from South-east Asia, industry analysts say that uncertainty looms over the impact on taxi giant ComfortDelGro.
The Business Times 

Internet love scams: ‘I got carried away with his words’ says victim as police strengthen task force
Freelance artiste Rosie (not her real name), 70, had been booked for a number of singing and acting gigs, and she wasn’t shy posting about it on Facebook. So when someone she described as a young, good-looking man sent her a friend request on Facebook early last year, she didn’t think twice about accepting.
Channel NewsAsia (video)


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