Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Today's Singapore News

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

-Singapore claims waters around Pedra Branca: Singapore wants to claim a territorial sea and an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) around Pedra Branca.
-Arts Fest not a flop: Fewer tickets were sold at this year's Singapore Arts Festival but the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts does not think it was a failure.
-No change to Section 377A enforcement: Police do not actively enforce against consensual gay sex and this “basic approach” has not changed.
-Night race, no problems so far: Singapore Grand Prix officials are confident driver safety concerns such as glare on the track for Formula One's first night race have been adequately addressed.
-Most GPs able to perform liposuction under new rules: Most GPs would clear what many see as the main new hurdle - having one year of surgical training in fields ranging from urology to paediatric surgery.
-More petrol theft in Singapore: There were 41 cases of petrol theft in the first half of this year, compared to 27 cases for the whole of last year.
-Labour pains for the Singapore bosses: Some employers, especially the smaller ones, lamented about the extra costs and manpower problems they would incur if Singapore adopts the Swedish system to solve our baby blues.
-Bus-lane offences down 40%: The number of motorists straying into bus lanes has dived since cameras were mounted on buses to catch errant drivers in the act.
-Singapore delays more building projects: Singapore announced deferments Tuesday on more public construction projects worth 1.7 billion Singapore dollars in a bid to ease cost pressures within the industry.
-Bounty for Mas Selamat's capture a good idea: Many in Singapore say the S$1 million bounty for Jemaah Islamiyah fugitive Mas Selamat Kastari is a good idea.

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