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S’pore slips to 3rd spot in globalisation ranking

January 24, 2011 | Author: huiping | Posted in Business, General, International, International Business, Society

SINGAPORE : Singapore has slipped to third spot in the rankings for the most globalised economies in the world last year. The republic comes behind Hong Kong, which took the top spot, followed by Ireland, in the latest Ernst & Young Globalisation Index. The index measures the world’s 60 largest economies based on their degree …

Thaipusam drummer stopped by plain clothes policeman

January 22, 2011 | Author: huiping | Posted in Crime, News and Society, Politics, Religion, Society

Guidelines made public last Friday that restrict devotees to singing – no music or drums to be played – have drawn varied reactions. The Hindu Endowments Board (HEB), which announced the guidelines, said it has received a “handful” of queries from devotees seeking clarification. A Facebook page, Bring The Thaipusam Beat Back, was set up …

What is the Singapore epidemic?

January 21, 2011 | Author: huiping | Posted in Environmental, Health & Fitness, Home & Family, News and Society, Society

UNUSUALLY large numbers of people are falling ill with sore throats, the common cold, fever and diarrhoea – numbers large enough to classify the infections as an epidemic. Last week, polyclinics saw more than 20,000 patients with such problems – an indication that the infections have passed the epidemic threshold and are now spreading rapidly …

What is the Thaipusam procession?

SINGAPORE: Hindu devotees celebrated Thaipusam with an annual four kilometre procession that kicked off at the stroke of midnight. Ten thousand participants took part in the event. The procession made its way from the Serangoon Road Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple to the Hindu Temple in Tank Road. Amidst tight security and safety measures, devotees completed …

What is Singapore Changi Airport’s traffic in 2010?

CHANGI Airport saw a record 42 million passengers over 2010 thanks to a strong finish in the year-end holiday season, Changi Airport Group said on Thursday. The new milestone is a 13 per cent increase over 2009′s passenger movements, and far surpasses the previous annual record of 37.7 million recorded in 2008. Monthly and daily …

Economists say drop in foreigners may lead to labour shortage

SINGAPORE : Observers said the drop in the number of permanent residencies granted last year reflected a change in the type of immigrants the government is trying to attract. They said the move also needs to be seen against the backdrop of recent policies aimed at tightening the inflow of foreign workers, such as raising …

Major traffic jam due to series of accidents

January 17, 2011 | Author: candyce | Posted in News and Society, Society

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said Monday morning’s major traffic congestion was caused by a series of accidents. Traffic on the PIE in the direction of Jurong was backed up due to a fatal accident involving a motorcycle, two cars and a lorry. The SCDF said that they first received a call about …

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