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The WEATHER on FRIDAY (30 Aug 2002): Partly cloudy and slightly hazy. Showers with thunder in the afternoon affecting most areas.    WEATHER OUTLOOK:  SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Slightly hazy with late morning and afternoon showers expected.    WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   3.01am  2.4m   3.11pm  2.5m      SUN Sunrise  7.01am    Sunset 7.10pm   MOON  Moonrise  -   Moonset   12.11pm    PSI: 54 (moderate)   TEMPERATURE: 25-33 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 6542 7788.

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New housing financing rules from today

From today, 1 September 2002, changes in the housing rules for private residential properties, commercial properties under non-residential properties scheme and HDB flats with market interest rate loans come into effect.

Effectively, these changes mean:

1. the purchase price of a private residential property can be financed thus:

     10%     Cash   (downpayment)

     10%     CPF or cash   (downpayment)

     80%     Loan, CPF or cash

     Previously, the cash downpayment requirement was 20%. Now CPF can be used to pay 10% of the downpayment.

2. CPF savings withdrawn will rank after outstanding bank loans taken for purchase of residential and commercial properties.

    Therefore, banks can sell mortgaged properties if payments are in arrears. 

3. the 10% cash downpayment requirement for HDB flats financed with bank loans will be phased in gradually over 5 years beginning from 1 Jan 2004.

1 Jan 2004
1 Jan 2005 4%
1 Jan 2006 6%
1 Jan 2007 8%
1 Jan 2008 onwards


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NEW WEBSITES  A new Web site which will translate into Chinese the names of Singapore attractions, like the Padang and Night Safari, as well as computer terms, like gigabyte. It has been set up with a S$50,000 grant from the Singapore Press Holding's Chinese Language Journalism Fund. Maintained by, the online edition of Lianhe Zaobao.  Zuji, meaning footprint in Chinese, is the name of a new online travel portal that has opened in Asia Pacific - in Singapore and Australia.

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Singapore Seventeen - new magazine launched

Army Open House 2002 at SAFTI

NetValue Survey: A Snapshot on Emailing in Singapore

Thank You, Teacher!

RSAF's 112 Squadron acquires Full Operational Capability with its KC-135Rs

Enhancing regulatory control of Chinese Proprietary Medicines (CPM)

Singapore - the sum of our dreams: PM GOH's National Day Rally speech

Ministry of National Development's new vision & mission: Excerpt of speech by Minister MAH Bow Tan

Ranking of Top 50 Schools in Singapore 2002

Performance of Singapore economy in 2nd quarter 2002

Education: Keeping pace with the needs of tomorrow - Excerpt of speech by Education Minister TEO Chee Hean

Preliminary unemployment, employment and retrenchment estimates for 2nd quarter 2002

Singapore celebrates 35 years of national service

Ah Boy & Ah Girl Alumni - seeking ex-schoolmates

The Teacher's Dilemma

Has the National Library got to go?


BANKmates: Get a Personal Assistant to do your errands in Singapore.

We are now 4364 pages thick and growing.

Public Holidays DEEPAVALI is the next public holiday. It falls on 4 Nov 2002.



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