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     General Election 2006




     - Use of MyKad & cancellation of Malaysian restricted passports


     - Las Vegas Sands awarded Integrated Resort Project at Marina Bay


     - Apply for your National Day Parade 2006 Tickets Now!


Population Survey on the Arts 2005

"The profile of arts audience is demographically skewed towards young people below 35 years old (49%), comprising age groups of 15-19 (14%) and 20-34 (35%)..."


     - Appointment of New Cabinet

     - Direct Admission Exercise for JC in 2007

     - Government accepts NWC's wage recommendations for 2006/2007

     - 47 schools in Direct Admission Exercise for Sec 1 in 2007


     - Six foreigners arrested for theft from ATMs; S$370,000 cash seized

     - Q & A on lewd photos posted by bloggers on blogs


Police launch online database of IMEI numbers of stolen handphones

HITS contains the IMEI numbers of handphones that have been reported stolen. This system allows the public to verify if the handphone they intend to purchase is stolen or not.....


     - Man armed with chopper attacks police officers; shot fired

     - Singapore delivers games to Asia's $14billion video game market

     - Committee formed to steer Medisave use for chronic disease management

     - Polling Day Voters Turnout

     - Counting of ballot papers & announcement of election results


The Challenge Posed by HIV/ AIDS to Singapore Businesses

In Singapore, the number of HIV-positive people has climbed steadily from the first case detected here in 1985 to 2,641 by December 2005. Three out of four (74.77%) who are infected are actively employed...

In 2005, out of the 255 new cases reported, a great majority (87%) comprised the age group of 20 - 59 years old, with those aged 20 - 49 years accounting for as much as 70% of all new cases...


     - 300,000 Singaporeans awarded $137M of Workfare Bonus



     - Polling Day 6 May 2006 is a public holiday


Singapore's largest retail & lifestyle centre, Vivocity, to open in October 2006

Largest multi-experiential retail and lifestyle venue in Singapore


     - Decline in Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (HFMD) cases


Retrenchment & re-employment 2005

Amid favourable economic conditions, the incidence of retrenchment dropped to a twelve-year low in 2005...

The incidence of retrenchment for professionals, managers, executives & technicians (PMETs) dropped to an eight-year low of 8.0 per 1,000 and a thirteen-year low of 4.8 per 1,000 for clerical, sales & service workers...

In 2005, on average 61% of local2 retrenched workers found re-employment within 6 months of their retrenchment, slightly higher than 59% in 2004. The improvement was more pronounced for the better educated workers...




     - General Election 2006 - Polling Day is 6 May 2006


Act 3 International & NAC present Kidsfest


1 - 6 Jun 2006


     - Singapore Police & NYPD formalise training exchange programme


Charges Filed against Richard Yong and Loo Say San

CAD has completed its investigations into the affairs of the NKF and presented its findings to the Attorney General's Chambers. After considering the investigation report and the evidence, the Public Prosecutor has decided to proceed with one charge each under Section 157 of the Companies Act against Mr Richard Yong Kun Da and Mr Loo Say San for failing to exercise reasonable diligence as directors of NKF. The offence carries a maximum penalty of a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.

On the basis of the evidence available, CAD will not be filing criminal charges against any other person.

18 April 2006 @ 9.30 am

Source: Media Release 18 Apr 2006


     - Medisave for outpatient treatment of four chronic diseases by end 2006

     - Gradual and modest appreciation of Singapore dollar expected

     - 2-day Flu Pandemic Exercise to take place in July 2006

     - Expat survey shows Singapore best place in the world for Asians to live

     - General Election: Podpasting for campaigning not allowed


Easier for returning Singaporean children to re-enter local schools

First, at the primary school level, MOE will do away with the need for placement tests for returning Singaporean children seeking placement...

Instead MOE will identify a primary school nearest to their home with vacancies and offer a place to the child. We will implement this by the middle of this year.
Second, at the secondary school level, MOE will also do away with the need for returning Singaporean children to sit for multiple school-based tests.
Instead, MOE will develop a Centralised Placement Test (CPT) to provide a common yardstick...



Amended Enlistment Act requires males 13 years & older to get exit permits

MINDEF will require pre-enlistees aged 13 to 16½ to apply for Exit Permits if they intend to be away from Singapore for 3 months or more...

Those who require Exit Permits of 2 years or more will be required to furnish a bond...

The penalty regime for Exit Permit offences for those aged 13 to 16½ will be only a fine of up to $2,000, with no custodial sentences...

We will thus be introducing a new offence in the Enlistment Act under which parents and guardians can be made liable for the Exit Permit offences of their children or wards of ages 13 to 16½ so that the penalty can be imposed on their parents or guardians when the circumstances warrant it. The penalty regime for the offence will also be a fine of up to $2,000.




Deposit Insurance Scheme launched in Singapore

"From 1 April, the deposit insurance scheme will compensate individuals and charities for the first $20,000 of their Singapore dollar deposits in standard savings, current and fixed deposit accounts, net of liabilities, in the event that their bank or finance company fails...."


     - Singapore to recognise more foreign medical degrees


     - Survey shows more Singaporeans active in sports

     - Singapore Public Holidays in 2007 gazetted


     - Law against Singaporeans who sexually exploit minors overseas

     - Police arrest kidnappers of two Indonesian men

     - Singapore Labour Market 2005

     - Police bust illegal 4-D syndicate

     - NAFA opens Kajima Fashion Boutique Gallery

     - Suspect in Henderson Road murder surrenders himself

     - SPH to launch Singapore's first free Chinese newspaper in June 2006

     - Defence Minister Teo speaks on training deaths in 2005



2nd Defence Minister speaks on NS deferment & disruption

Therefore, MINDEF will only grant deferment for pre-enlistees to gain their basic educational qualifications of `A¨ levels, polytechnic diploma, or below.

This is reasonable as most of our 18 year old NS enlistees would either have completed their basic qualification programme or are about to complete it.
As university degrees are considered higher educational qualifications, deferments for university studies will no longer be allowed. This new policy for deferments has been in place from the end of last year.


     - New NorthLight School to offer vocational programmes in 2007

      - Body of missing toddler found under Aljunied flyover


Home Affairs Minister tackles MPs' questions on crime situation

"As for snatch theft, where a person¨s belongings are forcibly snatched away from him, cases involving handphones have increased from 160 cases in 2004 to 280 cases in 2005 and accounted for 45 per cent of the total number of snatch theft cases in 2005.
"Of particular concern are the cases specifically targeting the handphones of young victims, which has increased from 50 cases in 2004 to 93 cases in 2005.
"Robbery and theft cases involving handphones remain a key area of concern for the Police. The number of such cases increased significantly by 42 per cent to 4,830 cases in 2005.
"This is due to the higher mobile phone penetration rate in Singapore, thereby giving rise to a larger pool of potential victims. There are 4.3 million handphone subscribers in Singapore..."


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


Survey on Infocomm Usage in households & by individuals 2005

The proportion of households with access to a computer at home was 74%. This proportion has remained unchanged since 2003.

The proportion of households with two or more computers was 28%.
Nine in ten households in private housing had access to a computer at home; compared to seven in ten households in public housing.
About two-thirds of the Singapore¨s resident population aged 15 years and above were computer users.




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