Singapore Morning News For April 6

Singapore Morning News For April 6

Singapore morning news

Google invests in new subsea cable that connects Singapore to Australia
Google today announced that it will invest in a new subsea cable that will connect Singapore to Perth and Sydney in Australia (with a branch to Jakarta, Indonesia). The so-called Indigo cable will be almost 5,600 miles long and will be built by a consortium that also includes AARNet, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners and Telsta.
Tech Crunch 

S$1.7m overpaid in Medisave grants for newborns
About S$1.7m has been wrongly paid out in Medisave grants for newborns due to a processing error.
Channel NewsAsia 

NTU ranked No 3 among world’s top young universities
The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was ranked third among the world’s elite young universities for 2017, dropping one position from last year, said the London-based data provider Times Higher Education on Wednesday (April 5).
Today Online 

SIA Engineering to explore 3D printing tech in aircraft parts production
As part of efforts to accelerate adoption of 3D-printed production parts for commercial aviation, SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC) tied up with 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company Stratasys.
Singapore Business Review 

Review of Singapore trade pact unaffected by foreign manpower concerns: India
Singapore’s foreign employment policies are a concern to India because they contravene a bilateral free trade agreement, the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry said on Wednesday (April 5), but a review of the pact is unaffected and is going ahead.
Today Online 

TPG Nails Singapore Spectrum
Australian ISP and telco TPG Telecom has purchased more spectrum in Singapore where it is moving to take on current mobile network operators SingTel, M1 and StarHub.
Channel News

Oil prices fall on record U.S. crude stocks, rising production
Oil prices fell on Thursday as record U.S. crude inventories underscored that markets remain bloated by high production and brimming storage despite efforts led by OPEC to cut output and prop up prices.

Why the US Approach to Singapore’s Amos Yee Matters
The inherent problem of defending free speech is that one cannot pick and choose whose speech to defend. It would be so much simpler if every free speech agitator was intelligible and coherent and dignified. But this is seldom the case. And, to be sure, Amos Yee doesn’t fit that description.
The Diplomat 

PTC begins review of bus and train fare formula
The Public Transport Council (PTC) has begun a review of the formula it uses to adjust bus and train fares.
The New Paper 

Google-Backed Undersea Cable to Link Singapore, Australia
A planned undersea cable nearly 6,000 miles long will carry Google data between Australia and Singapore, with enough capacity to allow for as many as eight million simultaneous HD Google Hangout video calls.

More financial firms expected to increase hiring activity in Q2
The job market in Singapore is poised to pick up this quarter with the more optimistic economic outlook. This could not have come at a better time, given the annual candidate migration that follows the bonus season cited by Hays.
Singapore Business Review

Singapore shipping firm sues customs
Owners of the chartered vessel of trading firm Glencore Singapore Pte Ltd. has sought relief from a local court citing inaction by the Bureau of Customs over its urgent appeal to be released from what it described as “unwarranted seizure and detention.”
Philippine Daily Inquirer 

Multinationals in Asia: Dyson’s whirlwind of ambition centers on Asia
SINGAPORE Dyson, known for its bagless vacuum cleaners and bladeless fans, wants to develop, make and sell a lot more products in Asia.
Nikkei Asian Review 

Zuellig Pharma investing S$50m in first innovation centre in Singapore
Healthcare services provider Zuellig Pharma on Wednesday (Apr 5) launched its first innovation centre, Zuellig Health Solutions (ZHS), in Singapore and plans to invest over S$50 million over the next five years.
Channel NewsAsia 

Why is Singapore not the happiest country in the world?
I am surprised that Singapore is not the happiest country in the world (Singapore falls 4 spots in World Happiness Report to No 26; March 21, online).
Today Online 

Public transport fare adjustment now on review
The Public Transport Council has commenced the review of the public transport fare adjustment formula and mechanism.
Singapore Business Review 

New push to help SMEs in digitalisation
THE one dozen centres that provide advice and assistance to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will launch fresh efforts to promote digitalisation among such smaller businesses this year, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Sim Ann said on Wednesday.
The Business Times 

Singapore Army concludes bilateral live-firing exercise with German Armed Forces
The Singapore Army concluded a bilateral live-firing exercise with the German Armed Forces or Bundeswehr on Wednesday evening (April 5).
The Straits Times 


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