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     - CPF Board tightens admission criteria for new CPFIS funds

     - Hua Song Museum opens at Haw Par Villa



Esplanade presents Marina Bay Countdown 2005/2006

31 Dec 2005, from 8pm Along Marina Bay


     - Key data of 100 Singapore charities to be listed on MOH Website



KPMG submits its report on NKF to the new NKF Board

"Q2: Whether the NKF made or caused to be made misleading claims as to patient numbers, patient subsidies and treatment costs?
"KPMG found that figures relating to the number of kidney patients, patient subsidies and treatment costs were inflated or misleading in its press releases and fund raising promotional materials.
"In the amount of funds that was raised and used for dialysis. KPMG found that based on the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2003, approximately 10 cents out of every charity dollar went towards subsidizing patients¨ direct treatment costs.
"In the NKF¨s Investment Report 2004, it was reported that ^out of every dollar NKF raised in 2003, $0.52 went to our beneficiaries and programmes for the year,´ ̄


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Changes proposed for nomination of beneficiaries in insurance policies

"Presently,...a nomination by a policyholder of his spouse and/or children will automatically create a statutory trust in favour of the spouse and/or children governed by section 73 of the Conveyancing and Law of Property Act (CLPA).

"The creation of a statutory trust effectively causes the policyholder to lose all rights to and control over the policy. This means that without the consent of all the beneficiaries, he cannot make any change to his nomination or the terms of the policy...
"MAS proposes to amend the Insurance Act to bring under its purview the nomination of beneficiaries in respect of the proceeds of insurance policies..."


      - 52 illegal foreign workers nabbed in raids at 13 coffee shops


Former President Devan Nair dies

President, Republic of Singapore

1981 - 1985


     - Manpower Ministry responds to HRW's report on maids in Singapore


Impact of HIV epidemic on men, women & children in Singapore

"Previously, some wives were not aware of their spouse's HIV status and so they were at risk of the HIV infection. Since July this year, we have informed the wife when the infected husband had not informed her of his positive HIV status.

"Over the last 5 months, 41 women have been informed by hand-delivered letters that their partner is infected and that they should go to CDC for testing..."



Significant trends in the Singapore labour market

"Today, services make up seven out of every ten jobs, compared to six out of ten jobs in 1990. In particular, employment within the financial and business services sector has more than doubled since 1990...

"But there is also a third, important trend, and that is that people will have to change jobs more often in their lifetimes..."




198 Singaporeans infected with HIV in first 10 months of 2005

"This brings the total number of HIV infected Singaporeans including 25 children to 2584 as of Oct 2005. Of these, 999 are asymptomatic carriers, 631 have full-blown AIDS and 954 have died.
"Heterosexual transmission has been the most common mode of HIV transmission among Singaporeans since 1991. Most of these cases contracted the infection through casual sex and sex with prostitutes in Singapore and overseas..."



Nguyen Tuong Van Case: Separating fact from fiction

"If we let off a convicted courier because of age, financial difficulties or distressed family background, it will only make it easier for drug traffickers to recruit more "mules", with the assurance that they will escape the death penalty..."



Woman fined $3000 for hindering ICA officers in their duties

"Mdm Tan had returned to Singapore from China on 30th September 2005 at about 7.40 pm through the Changi International Airport Terminal 2. ICA officers noticed that she had brought two roast geese from China with her to Singapore.

"Mdm Tan was informed she had to surrender the two roast geese for disposal, as she did not have a licence to bring them in. She hindered the ICA officers in the execution of their duties by refusing to surrender the roast geese brought from China and subsequently throwing the roast geese onto the floor..."



     - Small Claims Tribunal to cover short-term residential tenancy agreements

     - PSLE 2005 Results

     - Buangkok MRT Station to open in January 2006


Law amended to impose heavier penalties on loansharks

"But the number of unlicensed moneylending and related harassment cases continues to rise: from some 1,500 cases in 1995 to almost 6,000 cases in 2004.

"In some instances, parties who did not borrow money were also harassed; for example, new occupants of dwellings that were formerly occupied by debtors and people who had lost or misplaced their identity cards.
"In addition, the number of arrests made in harassment cases more than doubled from 123 arrests in 2003 to 284 arrests in 2004..."



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