Singapore Morning News For February 12

Singapore Morning News For February 12

Singapore morning newsFurther talks needed with Singapore on plan for single inspection centre at Causeway: Malaysia DPM
Malaysia will discuss in detail with Singapore the proposal to introduce a single inspection centre on the Johor Causeway, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Sunday (Feb 11).
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore May Unveil a Tax on Online Retailers Like Amazon and Lazada
Singapore may unveil an e-commerce tax in next week’s budget, setting the tone for a region that’s grappling with online retail’s assault on brick-and-mortar vendors.

Time Out survey: Singapore rates as lowly for culture by residents
Is Singapore such a boring place to visit? A recent survey by lifestyle publication Time Out, which has conducted a spot research to discover the most exciting city on earth said Singapore ended in the 31st spot, not even in the top 30 in the list of the most exciting cities in the world.
The Independent Singapore 

11,000 households received Government grants to buy resale flats near their parents or children
Some 11,000 households have purchased resale flats near their parents or married children with the help of the Proximity Housing Grant (PHG) since it was introduced in 2015.
Today Online

Singapore Airshow concludes with nearly 80,000 visitors for two public days
Singapore Airshow 2018 came to an end on Sunday, attracting nearly 80,000 visitors during the two public days on the weekend, according to the airshow organizer Experia Events.
Xinhua Net

Snapcart brings consumer analytics services to Singapore
FOLLOWING a US$10 million Series A (RM39.53 million) funding round led by Singapore venture capital Vickers Ventures Partners, and including investors such as SPH Ventures (formerly SPH Media Fund) and Wavemaker Partners, Asian analytics startup Snapcart is expanding its consumer market analytics services to Singapore.
Digital News Asia

Singapore Bourse Seeks to Defuse Tensions With Indian Counterpart
Singapore Exchange Ltd. extended an olive branch to its counterpart in India as it sought to defuse escalating tensions that threaten to kill an 18-year licensing partnership.

“The Government has failed to protect low income workers!” Maruah president on Budget 2018
Of the four panellists gathered at the Budget 2018 forum organised by The Independent and Maruah yesterday, statistician and socio-political activist Leong Sze Hian was perhaps the most pessimistic about the upcoming budget which will be unveiled by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on 19 Feb.
The Independent Singapore 

$10 million to fund programmes to help family members upskill
A sum of $10 million will be spent over the next five years for programmes that will, for instance, equip family members with skills that will help them find jobs or take on new roles.
The New Paper 

Singapore seen kicking off race to tax S$50 billion shopping boom
The Republic may unveil an e-commerce tax in next week’s budget, setting the tone for a region that’s grappling with online retail’s assault on brick-and-mortar vendors.
Today Online 

Could Singapore make all the difference to a poor Chinese region’s trade ambitions?
Authorities in one of China’s poorest regions are hoping that a multibillion-yuan bet on a huge block of land by a Singaporean shipping company can be the catalyst for an ambitious trade project that has languished for a decade.
South China Morning Post

SMEs prioritising tech investments over other assets: survey
SMALL and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore and across the region are prioritising tech investments over assets such as factories and machinery, according to a new survey.
The Business Times

Till prison do us part: ICA officers crack one of the largest sham marriage cases
A sham marriage syndicate that orchestrated the unions of Singaporean men with Vietnamese nationals pulled out all the stops to hide its illegal activities.
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore: Temasek’s deemed interest in Marco Polo reduced; Frasers Property JV acquires stake in Thai firm
Temasek Holdings’ deemed interest in Marco Polo Marine via subsidiary Pavilion Capital has come down, while a Frasers Property JV in Thailand has acquired its stake in Ticon Industrial Connection.

Keppel says it has not been served court papers over latest civil action by EIG
KEPPEL Corp said on Sunday that it has not been served with court papers relating to a new civil action brought against Keppel Offshore & Marine by certain funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners in the United States.
The Business Times 

Fast Asia Open: India CPI, Singapore retail sales
South Korea has given a cagey response to North Korea’s offer of talks, saying that any summit would need the “right conditions”, as Seoul seeks to ease US concerns about the deepening detente on the peninsula.
The Financial Times

Confinement nanny hires in Singapore – how much they cost and where to find them?
For many new mothers in Singapore, the first 1-2 months after giving birth are not a time frolic amongst the flowers with their newborn. That’s because they’re in confinement, which basically means they’re under house arrest, usually under the watchful eye of a confinement nanny.
Asia One 

Singapore Institute of International Affairs ranked best independent think-tank in Asia
THE Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), Singapore’s oldest think-tank, has been ranked the best independent think-tank in Asia for the second year running in the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index released earlier this month.
The Business Times 


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