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  Last weekend, Orchard Road was a hive of activities; what with telecom rivals, StarHub and M1, on different sides of the road painting the town red - eh, I mean orange, green and white. Each was trying its best to exhort people to sign up for its services, enticing them with great discounts for phone purchases. 

  StarHub was celebrating the start of its entry into the local telecommunications market while M1 took the opportunity to rejoice in its anniversary. Balloons in the companies' corporate colours were given out. StarHub engaged international performers to provide entertainment along the Ngee Ann City side of the road. There were 18-foot-tall giant  stilt-walkers dressed as puppets known as Pendragons who went around shaking hands with almost everyone they met. Freebies were also given out. Not to be outdone, M1 arranged for its customers all around the island to get a Burger King meal, complete with drink for only 50 cents. All they had to do was to produce their M1 phone at any Burger King outlet before ordering. The three-day offer ends tomorrow. It seemed the battle for the telecom market had just begun.

  The biggest winners, I think, are all of us. With the liberalisation of the telecom market, competition has made it possible for us to buy phones cheaply, pay less for mobile phone calls (StarHub offers free incoming mobile calls all April) and even get 50% off normal IDD rates for IDD calls. (SingTel & StarHub) And, it's only the beginning! Have you "Made The Change Yet?"


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MPH Bookstore has gone online.  It has up to 2.5 million books for your selection. Click MPHOnline.com now.

Singapore High Commission in London has launched its website.

GettingHere.com, which offers listings of short-haul tour packages tour operators want to sell off quickly, will be launched in Apr 2000. Click GettingHere.com for a preview.

Standard Chartered Bank has tied up with Pacfusion.com to launch its Internet banking service on 28 Mar 2000. Click PacFusion.com

New AsiaBuilders.com to provide comprehensive listings and product catalogues for the construction industry. To be launched end Apr 2000. Click AsiaBuilders.com for a preview.

We are now 391 pages thick and growing.

New! The new Cartier boutique has opened at Ngee Ann City #01-33 & #02-04. Tel: (65) 734 2427.

New! The new Louis Vuitton shop has opened at Ngee Ann City.

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NATIONAL LIBRARY BUILDING: National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan told Parliament on 7 Mar 2000 that the National Library Building in Stamford Road would have to go.

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Today Monday 3 Apr 2000

In Singapore

A youth was slashed to death by a gang of ten armed with parangs at Hastings Road in Little India on Saturday night. 

About one-quarter of the retrenched workers drop out of the job market after they lose their jobs, a survey commissioned by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has found.

A 60-year-old Petai tree in the Singapore Botanic Gardens has been cut down, after one of its branches fell and injured seven students.


Manila: Faced with a mounting clamour for his ouster, President Joseph Estrada yesterday struck back at his critics and appealed to Filipinos to give him more time to deliver on a key campaign promise to reduce poverty. 

Around the world

Washington: President Bill Clinton has urged Americans to take part in the year 2000 Census, saying data gathered in the national head count is vital to distributing hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds.

London: Thirty years after they split up, the three surviving Beatles have written a joint autobiography to be published later this year.

Courtesy of The Straits Times

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