Friday, September 12, 2008

Today's Singapore News

The following are stories that are making the headlines over at Topix Singapore News today, edited by yours truly.

-SMRT to increase train trips during F1 week: A total of 36 train trips will be added on the north, east and westbound schedules in the evenings from September 23 to 25, and on September 29.
-15 groups join hands to promote sports safety: Recent accidents in the water have prompted the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) to initiate a multi-prong plan to promote sports safety in Singapore.
-Foreign workers prefer to stay away from residential estates: The idea of a self-contained township for foreign workers has been given a thumbs-up by foreign workers themselves. But foreign worker advocates said more should be done to help these workers integrate with the wider community.
-Singapore seeks contempt proceedings vs Dow Jones: Singapore's attorney general is seeking contempt proceedings against the publisher of the Asian edition of the Wall Street Journal and two of its editors, saying their editorials "impugn the impartiality, integrity and independence of the Singapore Judiciary."
-Mobile phone talk is not cheap in Singapore: For 15 minutes at the Speakers’ Corner at Hong Lim Park, two young men with a passionate belief that mobile phone charges should be lowered or even free, made a short speech promoting their cause and sang an original ditty to the tune of Abba’s Money Money Money.
-iPhone not so hot anymore in Singapore: Three weeks after its much-hyped official Singapore launch, demand for the Apple iPhone 3G appears to be cooling.
-F1 for the rich and famous?: Want to watch the first F1 night race with Singapore's glitterati? No problem. That's if you're willing to shell out some $700 for VIP tickets to the Singapore Flyer's Bubble Lounge.
-Train and bus fares to increase: Most train and bus rides will cost commuters four cents more from Oct 1 onwards.
-Singapore to mark cigarettes to snuff out illegal sales: Singapore will put special markings on every cigarette sold legally starting next year as the city-state steps up the fight against contraband sales.
-Singapore introduces ‘unfriendly’ restrictions to Malaysian VIPs: Singapore has imposed a new ruling which has been described as “unfriendly” — including introducing restrictions against Ma­laysian VIPs and High Commission staff ve­hicles entering or leaving the island republic.

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