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     - Workplace Safety and Health Act replaces Factories Act


More financial help for students from lower-income families

First, the income ceiling will be raised so as to allow the lowest 20% of households to qualify.

The income limits under the FAS for Government and Government-Aided Schools will be increased from the current $900 (Gross Monthly Household Income) to $1,500 for families with 1 or 2 children; and from $1,050 to $1,800 for families with 3 or more children.
Second, the benefits granted to FAS recipients will also be expanded. They will receive a full waiver of the standard miscellaneous fees, compared to the 50% waiver under the current FAS. FAS recipients will also get a 75% subsidy on national examination fees.



     - Suspected gunman in Serangoon Ave murder arrested in KL

     - Expatriate fined for verbally abusing immigration officers


     - Old Ford Motor Factory gazetted as a national monument

     - Spike in contact lens related fungal corneal infections


Budget 2006 - Sharing the Fruits of Growth with all Singaporeans

First, I will distribute Growth Dividends to all adult citizens...

Those earning not more than $24,000 per year will get more...

Those living in properties with AV less than or equal to $6,000 will get more. $6,000 will cover all those who live in 1, 2, and 3-room HDB flats and almost everyone who lives in a 4-room HDB flat...

Table 2. Structure of Growth Dividends

  Annual Value of Home $6,000 or less Annual Value of Home more than $6,000 and up to $10,000 Annual Value of Home more than $10,000
Annual Assessable Income $24,000 or less





Annual Assessable Income more than $24,000



To show our gratitude to these ex-NSmen and NSmen who have completed their ORNS training cycle, we will give them a 40th Anniversary NS Bonus of $400.
National servicemen who are still serving, either in the full time or ORNS units, and have not yet completed their ORNS training cycle, will receive a 40th Anniversary NS Bonus of $100...
Notification letters will be sent out in late March to all Singaporeans informing them of the total amount that they can expect under the Progress Package...
Singaporeans can look forward to receiving their Growth Dividends, Workfare Bonus and 40th Anniversary NS Bonus, and the CPF top-ups on 1 May 2006...



Singapore Crime Situation 2005

Robbery and theft cases involving handphones taken remain a key area of concern for the Police. The number of such cases increased significantly by 1,414 cases, from 3,411 to 4,825 cases in 2005.

Handphone crimes increased most notably for theft in dwelling (excluding shop theft) from 832 to 1,119 cases (+287 cases), and for other thefts (from 1,096 to 1,837 cases in 2005).
Robbery (from 344 to 488 cases), snatch thefts (from 162 to 283 cases) and cheating and related offences (from 275 to 343 cases) also saw notable increases.
The increase in handphone crime may be due to the rise in mobile phone penetration rate in Singapore indicating a larger pool of potential victims...


     - Businessman shot dead in Serangoon Ave flat


Casino Control Bill 2006

To discourage locals from developing into problem gamblers, Section 116 of the Bill shall require the casino operators to collect an entry levy from Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents for every consecutive 24 hours in the casinos or $2,000 for an annual membership.

This levy will also underscore the message that gambling is an expense and not a means to get rich...
Section 108 of the Bill shall prohibit casino and junket operators from extending credit to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, unless they maintain a credit balance of at least $100,000 with the casino operator at the start of their gaming which would qualify them as premium players.
Automated Teller Machines or ATMs shall be prohibited within the casinos under Section 109 of the Bill so that patrons will not have easy access to their savings accounts to gamble continuously.
Minors are also another potentially vulnerable group who may fall prey to the glamour of the casino, without realising the possible dangers of gambling. Sections 130 to 137 of the Bill will prohibit persons below the age of 21 years from entering the casinos...


     - Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level Exams 2005 Results

     - Robber who fired gun faces death penalty if convicted

     - Report on the Ageing Singapore Population

     - Thaipusam Festival 2006

     - Police officer found dead at home with gunshot wound

     - Release of 2005 GCE 'O' Level Exam Results

     - Food items individual travellers may bring into Singapore



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Survey on Singapore Youth & Their Portable Gadgets

by Second Year Media and Communication students in Singapore Polytechnic¨s School of Business

"Out of the 795 respondents who owned handphones, Nokia had the highest share at 56% while Samsung and Sony-Ericsson tied for second place at 16% each...

"Respondents were asked to choose one item that they would not be able to live without from a list that included the handphone, PC, TV, portable music device, PDA, portable game console and digital camera. 78% of all the 800 respondents indicated that they could not live without their handphone."


     - Singapore Employment Situation in 4th Quarter 2005




Prime Minister's Chinese New Year Message 2006

"Our society will have to make many adjustments as our population grows older. We need to put in place policies and programmes to enable Singaporeans to live more meaningful and fulfilling lives in their golden years.

"We must review issues such as elder-friendly housing, barrier-free access to buildings and public transport, and affordable medical care during old age. These issues will become increasingly important to the growing numbers of senior citizens. The Committee on Ageing Issues (CAI) has been studying them and will publish its report soon.
"In addition, the Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Workers has just put out its recommendations to make it easier for older workers to stay employed. The Government supports these recommendations, and will work with its tripartite partners to help older workers upgrade their skills, find jobs, and contribute in productive ways to our society..."


     - Exhibition of the Registers of Electors

     - 700,000 serving and ex-NSmen may get 40th NS anniversary bonus


Is Class B2/C Hospitalisation Affordable?

"As a result of direct Government subsidies, the average Class B2/C bills are relatively modest. In 2004, the average bill size for Class B2 and C wards were around $1,050 and $800 respectively...
"As at end-December 2004, the average Medisave balance for all active accounts was $17,321. This is enough to cover more than 20 times the average Class C hospital bill or 10 times the 90th percentile Class C bill..."


     - Singapore Public Holidays 2007 - Tentative List

     - Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) ups fines for errant soldiers


MINDEF to press for jail sentence in serious cases of NS defaulters

"Since the appeal case in the High Court in 1993, besides Melvyn Tan there have been 13 other cases of convicted defaulters who were sentenced only to a fine and who were not subsequently enlisted because they were already over 40 or almost 40.

"This is something that we need to look into more closely, especially as there may now be more defaulters who are 40 or older coming before the courts with the passing of time...
"MINDEF will be proposing to the House to increase the maximum fine provided for in the Enlistment Act from the current $5,000 to $10,000...
"...from now on, MINDEF will ask the prosecutor to press for a jail sentence in serious cases of NS defaulters, and explain why we consider a jail sentence appropriate in a particular case... "


     - Singapore and US begin testing of e-Passports


Proposed Workfare Bonus Scheme to help low-wage workers

"The scheme primarily targets those within the lowest 20% of income earners who earn $1,200 per month or less...

"The Committee recommends that those in the lowest 10% should be given more help. If surpluses allow, we recommend for this group earning $900 or less a month, a Workfare bonus capped at the equivalent of one month¨s salary.
"Correspondingly, those earning more than $900 to $1200 (lowest 20% of income earners) per month could receive a bonus capped at half a month¨s salary..."



Singapore carries out first large-scale anti-terror drill

"Ever since September 11 and the arrest of the Jemaah Islamiyah members in Singapore, we have stepped up our security measures...

"Exercise Northstar V is the largest scale exercise we have conducted so far. We simulated a scenario with multiple bomb explosions and a chemical agent release in 4 MRT stations and 1 bus interchange, to stretch ourselves and test our capabilities..."



"Tailor-maid for the elderly" The Straits Times 11 Jan 2006 (4)

"...According to the Ministry of Manpower, there are 150,000 foreign domestic workers in Singapore. But it was unable to say how many were hired specifically to look after the elderly.

"Maid agencies interviewed estimate that 30 per cent of the 150,000 figure - or 45,000 - are engaged for that purpose, with employers generally preferring Indonesians..."

     - Single January intake for JCs and centralised institute from 2009


     - Christmas & new year revellers molested in Orchard Road

     - TAF & Mindef Physical Fitness Performance Awards for Schools 2005

     - New speed limits for 65 roads in Western Singapore


Defence Minister comments on death of Special Operations Force soldier

I am very grateful that there are people like 2SG Ong, men like that in the unit, who come forward to take on this demanding task.

They know that at any moment, they may be called, and their lives are on the line. So they take training very seriously and they look after each other very seriously. If there are any shortcomings, if there are any persons who have failed to perform their duty properly, then of course, we will rectify this shortcoming. And the persons who have not performed their duties properly, they will have to be called to task.



Manpower Ministry revokes maid employment agency's licence

"The EA had failed to provide acceptable housing for FDWs under its charge by housing them in the kitchen and backyard of a house.

"In a separate incident, the EA also withheld the passports of FDWs placed by them. Finally, the EA had failed to repatriate an FDW upon the revocation of the in-principle approval of her work permit within the Ministry¨s stipulated deadline of 14 days..."



Prime Minister's New Year Message 2006

"We grew by 5.7% in 2005, better than expected. Growth was broad-based. Manufacturing output rose sharply and the services industries also did well...

"In the first three quarters, we created 78,000 jobs. This reduced the unemployment rate to 3.3%. For the whole of 2005, employment creation should match or even exceed the 108,500 jobs recorded in 2000.

"Wages increased by around 4% and many workers enjoyed good bonuses. Overall, Singaporeans have become more confident and optimistic..."




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