Thursday, December 04, 2008

Today's Singapore News

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

-Lo Hwei Yen's husband talks about her last moments: Even as she was being held by terrorists in her Mumbai hotel a week ago, Ms Lo Hwei Yen's voice remained steady as she spoke with her husband on her mobile phone.
-Singapore mourns 'angel' killed in Mumbai attacks: A vicious tropical rainstorm beat down from darkened skies Thursday as mourners began a funeral mass for Singapore's "angel" murdered by armed militants in India.
-A recession survival guide: The Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) is showing residents how to cope with the recession through a special Survival Guide it has developed.
-To what degree greater transparency on Town Council Sinking Funds?: The debate on the town council sinking funds investments is far from over. Instead of feeling reassured by MPs who've recently said recent investment losses won't affect estate management and improvement plans, some members of the public are still unsure and want more information.
-Electricity bills to fall 25%: Electricity tariffs for households will be cut by about 25 per cent for January to March, in line with lower fuel oil prices.
-Singapore may weaken currency in January: Singapore’s central bank may let its currency fall by 2.3 percent as early as January after Chinese policy makers moved to weaken the yuan this week.
-Slight increase in number of medical tourists seeking treatment in Singapore: Singapore has become the unwitting beneficiary of the political troubles in Bangkok. Experts say the Republic is expected to see a rise in the number of medical tourists in the short term.
-NTUC gives $6m in subsidies: Some 77,000 of NTUC Incomeshield policyholders, most of whom hold plans pegged to the B and C wards in restructured hospitals, will get help in coping with the increase in Medishield premium revisions, which kick in next month.
-Another 10 temporary dorm sites for foreign workers: The National Development Ministry (MND) has on Wednesday released the details of another 10 temporary dormitory sites for foreign workers.
-No new site for land sales: The Government is not adding any new sites to its land sales programme for the first half of next year, given the continuing weak global economic outlook.

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