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Govt mindful of concerns, says Lawrence Wong

3 hours 24 min ago
The 2 per cent cut in budget caps of all ministries and organs of state does not mean that overall government spending will go down by the same amount, said Second Finance Minister Lawrence Wong. Ministries with projects that are of "national importance or of...

Bigger resale grant a shot in the arm for weak market: Analysts

3 hours 24 min ago
SINGAPORE - The increase in housing grants for couples buying their first resale flat may inject life into a lacklustre resale market, property analysts said, adding that there is enough of a buffer in housing supply now to deter sellers from jacking up...

Taxing e-commerce players such as Amazon one way to raise Govt revenue: Experts

3 hours 24 min ago
SINGAPORE - With the Government needing to impose new taxes or raise existing ones to fund growing healthcare and infrastructure expenditure, tax experts have suggested several ways for the country to boost its coffers: Taxing e-commerce operators such as...

Taking the war against diabetes to pregnant women

3 hours 24 min ago
Singapore - It is a condition that affects up to one in four pregnant women in Singapore, and can result in stillbirth or sudden foetal death. Like diabetes in the adult population here, gestational diabetes rates are rising fast, and some doctors believe...

Allocation of COEs key to more equitable system, say observers

7 hours 5 min ago
SINGAPORE - While industry players acknowledged the Open Category has strayed from its intent to end up favouring more affluent buyers who can place higher Certificate of Entitlement (COE) bids, the question of whether differential bidding will make it more...

Tax hikes on top-end motorbikes dismay dealers, buyers

7 hours 26 min ago
SINGAPORE - Some luxury motorbike dealers set about reviewing prices on Tuesday (Feb 21) following the newly announced tax hikes on costlier bikes, while potential buyers responded to the hikes with dismay. Delivering the Budget statement, Finance Minister...

Motorcycle owners think twice about upgrading their rides

8 hours 29 min ago
SINGAPORE - He was planning to replace his current five-year-old Ducati 848 with a new Ducati Panigale this year, but Mr Kevin Liew now has to consider cheaper options instead. The change of plans came after Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced a new...

Businesses say they will take water price hike in their stride

8 hours 34 min ago
SINGAPORE - When Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced on Monday (Feb 20) that water prices would go up by 30 per cent, the news did not give laundromat chain founder Tan Tiong Peng a "heart attack" - thanks to his decision to invest in water-efficient...

Family of missing hiker identifies body

9 hours 4 min ago
SINGAPORE - The missing 27-year-old hiker, whose body was found on Monday evening, was believed to have been depressed, TODAY understands.  Steward Lee's body was found hanging at the top level of a multi-storey car park in Block 468A Segar Road in Bukit...

'Inappropriate' for teacher to manhandle student: ITE principal

9 hours 47 min ago
SINGAPORE - A video of an Institute of Technical Education (ITE) student seen to be manhandled by a teacher went viral online, sparking a debate among netizens on whether the teacher's behaviour was "unacceptable". In a statement on Tuesday night (Feb 21),...

Metro scion and drug dealer had only ‘buyer-seller’ ties: Defence

11 hours 24 min ago
SINGAPORE - A sum of S$2,000 that changed hands and a series of WhatsApp messages have taken centre stage in the trial of Metro Holdings scion Ong Jenn, who is accused of abetting drug trafficking by his supplier, among other charges. The three-day hearing...

Clementi, Punggol flats draw strong interest in first BTO sale of 2017

12 hours 24 min ago
SINGAPORE - The first Build-To-Order (BTO) sales exercise of the year came to a close on Monday, with flats in the Punggol and Clementi projects drawing the most interest.  The five-room flats at Punggol Northshore Cove saw the strongest demand relative to...

Heart Foundation lodges report over bogus fund-raising activities

13 hours 55 min ago
SINGAPORE - The Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF) has lodged a police report against a group of "volunteers" who claimed that they were raising donations on its behalf at Bugis Junction on Sunday. The volunteers, who had SHF's flag-day stickers, had said that...

Pro tips on making the most of a good night's sleep

14 hours 16 min ago
Four in 10 people in Singapore sleep less than seven hours a day, which is the recommended amount of sleep for an adult, according to a recently published study by SingHealth Polyclinics. "In our increasingly fast-paced world, functioning on less sleep has...

Singapore’s home curbs may stay for some time: Lawrence Wong

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 03:15
SINGAPORE - Singapore's residential property curbs are expected to stay for some time as the Republic's economy remains stable and demand is still "very resilient", said Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong...

TODAY's morning brief for Monday, Feb 21

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 22:30
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Having a web of connections among keys to vibrant start-up culture

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - At 21, Ms Gwendolyn Tan packed her bags for a year-long internship with an e-books software company in Silicon Valley, California. In the hotbed of entrepreneurship, she learnt, among other things, that creating a flourishing start-up required...

Higher CPF Housing Grant, more childcare places to support families

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - To make Housing and Development Board (HDB) resale flats more affordable, the Government will increase the CPF Housing Grant for first-time applicants, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in Parliament yesterday. This was among the raft of...

A*Star expansion to encourage innovation, resourcefulness

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - To strengthen enterprises and support innovation, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) will help SMEs identify how technology can help in their business operations and provide them with access to resources. These measures were...

Carbon tax could hit companies hard

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - A carbon tax will put a dent in companies' bottom lines, but experts say such a measure to reduce the carbon footprint is preferable to other forms of carbon pricing, as there would be minimal price fluctuations for businesses and a smaller chance...