Singapore Morning News For May 14

Singapore Morning News For May 14
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Singapore morning news4G ministers to take centre stage this week as Parliament sits
When Parliament sits on Monday (May 14) following a mid-term break, the fourth generation (4G) ministers will take centre stage, laying out how they will go about meeting the tasks before them and the Government’s plans to tackle issues highlighted in the President’s Address last week.
Today Online

Changi Airport Terminal 4: Asean’s Best Airport Passenger Handling (HD video)
Terminal 4 at Singapore’s Changi International Airport commenced operating last October and it’s easy to see why the airport constantly takes out the top spot in every major survey of passengers.
AEC News Today (video)

S$900 million North-South, East-West MRT line power supply project to be completed by 2023
An extensive project to renew the power supply system of the North-South and East-West MRT lines will cost nearly S$900 million and take five years to complete after work begins later this year, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Friday (May 11).
Today Online

What it Takes to be Singapore Civil Defence Force Graduate (HD video)
When fire, storm, or medical emergencies befall the citizens of Singapore the speedy help of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) ‘Life Saving Force’ (LSF) is soon on the scene.
AEC News Today (video)

MCI to introduce Digital Readiness Blueprint to support Singapore’s smart nation vision
To support Singapore’s Smart Nation vision, MCI will grow the digital economy, strengthen Singaporeans’ digital readiness, and secure the cyberspace.
Open Gov Asia

Singaporeans and its leaders must let go of mindset that GDP can only grow at the expense of other nations
With news of Dr Mahathir’s resounding electoral victory across the Causeway, it became apparent just over the last few hours that there were two Singaporean camps with opposing viewpoints on how his election as the new Malaysian Prime Minister would affect us. I call these two camps the cheerers and the jeerers.
The Online Citizen 

10 Asian startups complete muru-D Singapore program, raise $1.5m in funding
Telstra-backed accelerator muru-D today announced that 10 startups from across Asia have successfully completed its six-month program in Singapore, managing to collectively raise about S$2 million ($1.5 million) in funding.

Singapore condemns ‘heinous’ bomb attacks at churches in Indonesia
Singapore strongly condemns the bombings in the vicinity of three churches in Surabaya, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Sunday (May 13).
Channel NewsAsia 

1,500 flats to be launched in Singapore’s first ‘Forest Town’
The first batch of 1,500 Housing Board flats in the new Tengah estate will be launched in November, Minister for National Deve-lopment Lawrence Wong announced yesterday.
The Straits Times 

Fintech Patent Applications to be Fast-tracked in Singapore
In line with Singapore’s vision to become a Smart Nation, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has launched a FinTech Fast Track (FTFT) initiative, effective from 26 April 2018 for a period of 12 months, in order to expedite the file-to-grant process for FinTech patent applications for as fast as 6 months.

PolicyPal Network to offer insurance products to QTUM
Insurance Blockchain company collaborate with QTUM, an open source Blockchain project.
— AEC news Today/ PR Newswire

$92,800 raised for charity during Singapore Community Games
A total of $92,800 was raised for charity, as part of the sixth edition of the Singapore Community Games, an annual multi-sport competition organised by the People’s Association.
The Straits Times 

Carousell snags US$85m in new funding by investors including DBS
CAROUSELL, Singapore’s poster startup and online classifieds app, has raised US$85 million in Series C funding – a round The Business Times has learnt is entirely equity and does not include debt – with local lender DBS also joining as a new investor.
The Business Times 

What does the Asean smart cities network mean for Singapore?
In a concept note released during the 32nd Asean summit in Singapore in April, 26 South-east Asian cities were named pilot cities for the ASEAN Smart Cities Network.
Today Online 

S’pore-M’sia relations during 1981 to 2003 Mahathir era were testy
Mahathir Mohamad is the new prime minister of Malaysia.
Mahathir was previously Malaysia’s fourth prime minister from 1981 to 2003.

Prejudice, politics and the public’s trust: On the Record with former minister Yaacob Ibrahim
As Dr Yaacob Ibrahim arrives for our interview, it becomes clear that old habits die hard.
My colleagues and I address him as “Minister Yaacob” several times.
Channel NewsAsia 

Will new M’sia govt derail S’pore-KL High Speed Rail plans?
Barely three days after the Malaysian opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan wrested control of the government, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has declared in a press conference on Saturday (May 12) that all foreign contracts and projects, including the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail project and those under China’s Belt and Road initiative, will be reviewed.

‘Smart lamp posts’ in Singapore won’t shine light into people’s lives
An ambitious project is underway to equip lamp posts in Singapore with various capabilities to improve urban planning – serving to be more than just a light source.
Channel NewsAsia 

Malaysia-Singapore ties hold promise under new Mahathir-led government, despite past run-ins
Despite newly-minted Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s frosty attitude towards Singapore in the past, diplomats, international relations experts and other observers believe that the new Malaysian government will build a positive and mutually beneficial relationship with the Republic.
Today Online

Singapore Airlines will use an A350-900 aircraft on its Christchurch route from early next year
It will be the first time the airline uses the new generation aircraft on flights to this country.

Singapore firm to invest BND300M for fish farming
BARRAMUNDI Asia, a Singaporean fish farming firm, will invest BND300 million to rear barramundi, or sea bass, in large cages in Brunei’s open seas.
Borneo Bulletin 

Singapore condemns ‘heinous’ bomb attacks at churches in Indonesia
Singapore strongly condemns the bombings in the vicinity of three churches in Surabaya, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Sunday (May 13).
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore: Dating app Paktor’s parent company M17 files for New York listing
M17 Entertainment, the parent company of Singapore-based dating and networking app Paktor, is heading to the New York Stock Exchange as it seeks to raise a total of $115 million in a proposed initial public offering (IPO).


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