Singapore morning news for September 3

Singapore morning news for September 3
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Singapore morning newsSingapore trade minister says ‘broad deal in sight for RCEP
Singapore Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing has said that ministers from the 16 countries negotiating an Asia-wide free trade pact have decided on the key elements of the agreement that they would like to achieve by year-end.
— Bangkok Post

Deal on China free trade pact likely in Nov: Singapore
Broad agreement on what would be the world’s biggest free trade deal is expected to be reached at a leaders’ summit in Singapore in November, the city-state’s trade minister said Saturday.
— The Nation

Malaysia-Singapore reach compromise over HSR postponement
Malaysia and Singapore appear to have reached a compromise over the implementation of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project.
— New Straits Times

Kelong-inspired Punggol project nets top HDB award
It was completed only last year, but Waterway View, a new housing precinct in Punggol, is meant to evoke the rustic past.
— The New Paper

Albirex want to sign more Singaporean footballers
As Albirex Niigata (Singapore) midfielder Adam Swandi embarks on his week-long trial with their parent club in Japan today, he could be forging a path for more Singaporean footballers to follow.
— The New Paper

Merged JCs carry out finishing touches to new college identity and campus | Video
Serangoon Junior College’s (JC) principal Manogaran Suppiah spent the June holidays mulling over the college song for the school he will be heading next year – Anderson Serangoon JC. Tan Si Hui has more details with the story.
— Channel NewsAsia

MP slams historian for saying Singapore is part of ‘Malaya’
MP Seah Kian Peng criticised historian Thum Ping Tjin on Saturday (Sept 1), writing in a Facebook post that he is “amazed that Dr Thum and his supporters should proclaim that Singapore is part of Malaysia (or Malaya)”.
— The StarOnline

Minister Iswaran starts 3rd CECA review after 2nd one recognises India’s nursing degrees
India and Singapore are proceeding with the third review of the landmark “Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement” (CECA), which focuses on trade facilitation, e-commerce, customs as well as movement of professional workers (PMETs) between the 2 countries.

Shanmugam finds activists’ conduct ‘sad’
Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam yesterday described the conduct of the Singaporeans – including historian Thum Ping Tjin – who recently met Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as “sad and regretful”.
— The New Paper

Water war brews as Malaysia’s Mahathir wants Singapore to cough up more
All is well with our friendship with Malaysia, Singapore’s establishment cooed this week as they hosted a top lieutenant of Mahathir Mohamad, the second-time prime minister of their closest neighbour, who made the Lion City his chief whipping boy during his first stint in power.
— South China Morning Post

LTA: Public consultation to commence for the next land transport market
In a press release on Friday (31 August), Land Transport Authority (LTA) stated that private vehicle journeys declined for the first time since 1997, even as total travel demand increased by 5 percent from HITS 2012 to 15.4 million journeys.

India, Singapore launch next round of free trade agreement review
India and Singapore Saturday launched the next round of review for their existing free trade agreement with a view to further boost bilateral trade and investments between the countries, the commerce ministry said.
— The Economic Times

PHOTOS: Singapore’s air force holds 50th anniversary parade
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officiated the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) 50th Anniversary Parade at Tengah Air Base on Saturday (1 September) morning.
— Yahoo News

Kampung Admiralty wins HDB design, construction awards
Kampung Admiralty, the pioneering retirement community recently lauded by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day message, has won two awards in design and construction, announced the Housing and Development Board (HDB) on Sunday (Sep 2).
— Channel NewsAsia

Grab To Add 200 Electric Cars In Singapore
Singapore-based Grab, a provider of on-demand transportation and a mobile payments platform intends to add 200 electric cars with DC-fast charging capability to its fleet.
— InsideEvs

Some social enterprise hawkers unconvinced by business model of packaged charges
Some hawkers with stalls at not-for-profit, social enterprise hawker centres have confirmed that issues about costs flagged by Makansutra founder KF Seetoh are a cause for concern.
— Channel NewsAsia

SDP: Wild insinuations about the SDP to distract Singaporeans from the real issues
In a Facebook post, PAP MP Seah Kian Peng talked about the recent meeting some Singaporeans had with Malaysian PM Mahathir.

More than 70,000 one- and two-room flats to get S$25 vouchers for LED lights
Over 70,000 households across Singapore are eligible to receive vouchers for LED lights for their homes as part of the “Switch and Save – Use LED” programme for one- and two-room Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats.
— TodayOnline

Cancer treatment in Singapore — changes in the last three decades
If you throw a stone, there is a good chance you might hit a cancer patient or survivor. The scourge of cancer is so pervasive that it has brought more and more people to equip themselves with knowledge to help them deal with the disease as best they can. In this regard, Parkway Centre Cancer Centre (PCC) has constantly strived to do our part in educating the public on the subject.
— The Straits Times

Wipro wins largest ever contract, tops $1.5B
Wipro, one of India’s top IT firms, said it would earn US$1.5-1.6 billion in revenues over the tenure of the deal, which will include services in health, human resources and finance for Illinois-based Alight Solutions.
— Channel NewsAsia

More than 1,000 OCBC customers called for help after service outage
More than 1,000 OCBC Bank customers called the bank’s contact centre for help after it experienced on Saturday (Sept 1) night its first service outage in seven years.
— The Straits Times

Sustained intensity key for Singapore
Leading by 62-14, the result was already beyond doubt as Singapore entered the final quarter of their Asian Netball Championship Pool C match against Pakistan at the OCBC Arena yesterday.
— The Straits Times

Three parties told to pay damages to shophouse owner
The High Court has ordered a contractor, an engineer and an architect to pay damages to the owner of a Chinatown conservation shophouse for deviating from strict Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) conservation guidelines in their renovation work.
— The New Paper

OneService mobile app gets new parking feature
A new feature on the OneService mobile app will now make it easier to find parking and pay for it.
— The Straits Times

PH to court American, African investors next on petroleum contracting
Following a productive first leg of its international roadshow in Singapore, the Department of Energy (DOE) will be courting American and African investors next on the country’s petroleum contracting.
— Manila Bulletin

Singtel, KVH aim to digitalize APAC’s maritime sector
Singtel has announced a new partnership with global satellite and maritime communications provider KVH Industries to accelerate the digitalization of the maritime sector in Asia-Pacific.
— Telecomasia

Singapore homeowners embrace the jungalow trend
It’s official: plant ladies are the new cat ladies. Flick through the decor tags on Pinterest or Instagram and you’ll be sure to find homes with one common denominator – plants.
— AsiaOne

Kampung Admiralty wins HDB design, construction awards
Kampung Admiralty, the pioneering retirement community recently lauded by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day message, has won two awards in design and construction, announced the Housing and Development Board (HDB) on Sunday (Sep 2).
— Channel NewsAsia

13rd Int’l Calligraphy Exchange Exhibition kicks off in Singapore
The 13rd International Calligraphy Exchange Exhibition kicked off here Saturday with a total 386 exhibits from over 20 countries and regions.
— Xinhuanet

More than 100 women ‘book in’ for NS boot camp
It was a weekend unlike any other for Madam Patsy Chong.
— The Straits Times

Singapore hawkers making their mark on history
The hawker trade in Singapore has a grand vintage, with street vendors plying their wares since the 1800s.
— The Sttraits Times

No cover-ups in allegations of child abuse cases in Singapore’s Catholic Church: Archbishop
In light of recent reports of the cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, Archbishop of Singapore, Most Reverend William Goh, said on Saturday (Sept 1) that they are “a wake-up call for us, as the Catholic Church in Singapore has not been spared allegations of child abuse”, and that a handful of cases were brought to their attention.
— TodayOnline

Playing their cards right: Singapore’s contract bridge team aim to build on Asian Games success
One of the first things eight-year-old Fong Lay Yee did when she met her father Fong Kien Hoong, after he touched down at Changi Airport on Sunday (Sep 2), was to ask him to show his Asian Games gold medal.
— Channel NewsAsia

Cruise ship Voyager of the Seas returns to Southeast Asia
This time around, the cruise will depart from Singapore for destinations across the region, namely Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang and Langkawi in Malaysia as well as Bangkok (Laem Chabang) and Phuket in Thailand.
— The Jakarta Post

Can Instagram ease the loneliness of being old in Singapore?
At 79, she’s got cancer and is all alone. He’s 80 and can’t connect with his granddaughters.
— Channel NewsAsia

GDP still vital tool, but new ways needed to take Singapore’s pulse
THE gross domestic product (GDP) may be a country’s most closely-watched key performance indicator, but economists said it might be time to start paying more attention to other ways of measuring the well-being of Singaporeans.
— The Business Times

ST Engineering bags add-on Jet Airways maintenance contract for $479m
ST Engineering Aerospace will facilitate CFM56-7B engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul services (MRO) for Jet Airways and subsidiary Jetlite for $479m, an announcement revealed.
— Singapore Business Review

Frost & Sullivan’s Start-up Growth Accelerator Program Accepting Applications for Singapore Event
Frost & Sullivan’s start-up growth acceleration program kick-starts in Singapore. The focus areas for the Singapore event are Aerospace & Defense, Digital Transformation, Intelligent Mobility, Visionary Sciences, Electronics, Energy & Environment, Transformational Health and Automation.
— AEC News Today PR Newswire

Banco Macro SA ADR Class B (NYSE:BMA) versus United Overseas Bank (UOVEY) Financial Comparison
United Overseas Bank (NYSE: BMA) and Banco Macro SA ADR Class B (NYSE:BMA) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.
— X News Press

Here’s what could have triggered the 9.8% hike in condo DC
Development charge (DC) rates across property types have been increased for the September to February period in accordance with the half-yearly consultation with the chief valuer, the Ministry of National Development revealed.
— Singapore Business Review


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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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