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    Singaporeans slam NEA's $120 licence requirement for tissue sellers

    Will you return hawker centre trays?

    Singapore's National Environment Agaency has revealed that it charges roaming street hawkers like tissue sellers $120 a year for a licence to sell their items in places like hawker centres and street corners.

    In this light, people who do not pay this fee are unlicensed and are breaking the law, and action could be taken against them if they ignore warnings from NEA officers.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singaporeans-slam-nea-s--120-licence-requirement-for-tissue-sellers-110711376.html

    Karpal Singh, Malaysian political veteran, dies in road accident

    File photo of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (R) and his lawyer Karpal Singh (L) at a cafeteria in Kuala Lumpur

    Malaysian political veteran Karpal Singh died in a car accident on Thursday morning, leaving behind his wife, five children and four grandchildren.

    One of his sons, Ramkarpal, was injured along with the driver of the car, and he is believed to have died on the spot alongside his longtime assistant Michael

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  • Singaporeans slam NEA's $120 licence requirement for tissue sellers

    Singaporeans on social media reacted angrily to news that tissue sellers at hawker centres and street corners are being required to pay for an annual licence.

    This came from a statement made by the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Tuesday afternoon in response to an online letter on the issue.

    The NEA noted that the “nominal fee” of $120 a year, or $10 a month, “entitles them to peddle their wares at fixed locations without having to pay any rent”.

    Tissue peddlers, therefore, fall within this category of street hawkers, and are required to pay $120 for annual licences to sell tissue in public, and those who do not are in breach of the laws against itinerant hawking, it said.

    In a post on its Facebook page earlier this week, it said that of the 362 people who have been issued licences to sell ice cream, nuts, crackers, canned drinks, costume jewellery, newspapers, phone cards and toiletries, only 11 are tissue paper sellers.

    They stressed, however, that peddlers who are needy are

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  • Singapore ‘closely monitoring’ respiratory coronavirus after death in Malaysia

    Hospitals in Singapore are on alert and are testing patients who show symptoms of a travelling respiratory coronavirus that has claimed the life of one man in Malaysia so far.
     
    In a statement on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health said the Malaysian who succumbed to what is called the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) had travelled to Saudi Arabia on an Umrah pilgrimage — one that is done on a smaller scale compared to the better-known Hajj.
     
    According to Malaysian newspaper The Star, the 54-year-old was from Batu Pahat in Johor, and he had returned to the country on 29 March. He was hospitalised on 10 April with fever, cough and breathing difficulties, and he died three days later.
     
    The MERS-CoV is a virus that causes severe respiratory illness in infected patients. First reported by the World Health Organisation in September 2012, some 238 cases of the disease have since been recorded, with 92 deaths resulting from it.
     
    While no cases of the MERS virus have been found

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    More than 300 people missing after South Korean ferry sinks - coastguard

    South Korean ferry "Sewol" is seen sinking in the sea off Jindo April 16, 2014, in this picture provided by Korea Coast Guard and released by Yonhap. Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry sank off South Korea on Wednesday, the coastguard said, in what could be the country's biggest peacetime disaster in nearly 20 years. REUTERS/Korea Coast Guard/Yonhap (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: DISASTER MARITIME IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION WILL BE PROVIDED SEPARATELY. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA

    Almost 300 people are missing after a ferry sank off South Korea on Wednesday, the coastguard said, in what could be the country's biggest peacetime disaster in 20 years.

    164 people were rescued by press time, but two were confirmed to be dead after the ferry capsized in what seemed to be calm conditions off South Korea's southwest coast.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/more-300-people-missing-south-korea-ferry-sinks-073745553.html

    StarHub 4G users to be charged from June as promo ends

    StarHub's new service TV Anywhere will allow subscribers to watch cable shows on the go. (AFP file photo)

    StarHub will start charging its 4G and LTE users for staying on its high-speed data network from 1 June onwards, and will impose a monthly charge of $2.14, which it says is discounted from the usual $10.70.

    It will allow its users to unsubscribe from the 4G network via SMS, and are informing them that way as well.

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  • StarHub 4G users to be charged from June as promo ends

    Are you on the 4G or LTE mobile data network under StarHub? If so, you’ll have to start paying for the service.
     
    StarHub, Singapore’s second-largest mobile service provider, will start charging its 4G users $2.14 a month for the service from 1 June this year.
     
    This price, it says, is a promotional one that will last indefinitely, meaning that there will likely come a point when users will have to pay the full monthly charge: $10.70 a month.
     
    Here’s a little-known fact to most users on 4G, though: it’s actually a value-added service that had been offered free since the telcos first introduced it a few years ago. For StarHub, it was since September 2012.
     
    StarHub says it initially intended to start charging for 4G usage from the start of this year, but decided to extend the ongoing free promotion till 31 May. Its spokesperson also told Yahoo Singapore that the company has updated the information on its website and brochures advertising its mobile price plans for all its customers, with the

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  • Here are the top trending stories for today in case you missed them:

    Singapore Airlines set to replace Singtel for Singapore Formula 1 Night Race

    Singapore Airlines announced on Tuesday that it will replace SingTel as the title sponsor for this year's Formula 1 night race, which will take place from 19 to 21 September at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

    The carrier has a two-year agreement with Formula One, although it declined to disclose the amount it forked out for it.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-airlines-set-to-replace-singtel-for-singapore-formula-1-night-race-015627206.html

    India top court recognises transgenders as 'third gender'

    Indian transgenders perform at a seminar in Mumbai on October 3, 2013 (AFP file photo)

    India's highest court on Tuesday moved to recognise a third gender, also ruling that transgenders should be granted access to social welfare schemes offered to other minority groups.

    The case was filed in 2012 by a group of petitioners seeking equal rights under the law for transgenders in India. India's decision follows quickly the one made by

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    Mini-sub deployed to scour ocean depths in MH370 hunt

    Australia's HMAS Perth during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight on 13 April 2014. (AFP photo)Australia's HMAS Perth during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight on 13 April 2014. (AFP photo)

    Australia is deploying an autonomous underwater vehicle to scour the seabed of the Indian Ocean for the still-missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, now that its black box signals have gone silent.

    At the same time, Joint Agency Coordination Centre head Angus Houston announced that two litres were taken from an oil slick that was found about 5,500m downwind from the search area for testing. The sample will take several days to reach shore, though.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/mini-sub-deploy-soon-possible-mh370-search-041913050.html

    Separately, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said his country had given its full commitment to the search and rescue efforts throughout.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/given-search-mh370-says-najib-080321009.html

    Man arrested for trying to tailgate through Woodlands Checkpoint

    Singapore's Woodlands Checkpoint. (Yahoo file photo)Singapore's Woodlands Checkpoint. (Yahoo file photo)

    A man was arrested at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Sunday

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  • Man arrested for trying to tailgate through Woodlands Checkpoint

    A man was arrested at the Woodlands Checkpoint on Sunday when he tried to evade security by tailgating another car.

    According to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in a statement, 42-year-old Koh Chin Had, a Malaysian, drove his Perodua Kambara through the immigration clearance area at about 12:20pm.

    Officers from both the ICA and the police then locked down the Arrival Car Zone and found his car in it. He had no travel documents in his possession, added the ICA.

    He was then charged in court on Monday for failing to present his passport for clearance and for not stopping his car at the point of entry to Singapore.

    Speaking about the incident on Monday in parliament, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean said his ministry "views each and every single security breach seriously".

    "If there are gaps and failings in our security regime, be they structural, systemic or individual, we must quickly and thoroughly address them," he said.

    DPM Teo added that

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  • Singapore not run by PAP one day? It could happen: PM Lee

    Could Singapore in the near future not be run by the People’s Action Party one day?

    It could well happen, hinted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a recent wide-ranging interview with the Financial Times that was published online on Friday.

    “It may not be one team in, one team out, it may be more complicated — you’re getting used to more complicated than that in Britain now,” he said while sitting down to the one-hour lunch interview at the Royal Garden Hotel in London last month.

    Noting that he isn’t sure how a two-party system will work, PM hinted that the ruling party which has been in power since 1959 is beginning to contemplate the possibility of someday forming a coalition government.

    At the last 2011 General Election, the opposition garnered nearly 40% of the popular vote although it won only six parliamentary seats out of 87.

    When asked by the FT's Gideon Rachman, the paper's chief foreign affairs columnist, if he always knew he would enter the “family business” of politics, PM Lee

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  • Singapore users of piracy sites unfazed by proposed tightening of IP law

    While Singapore’s tabled changes to its existing intellectual property (IP) law have been welcomed by experts, many users in Singapore say they plan to continue downloading content illegally and will find other ways to do so.
     
    On Monday, the Ministry of Law announced the proposed changes, which will allow copyright holders to file take-down applications directly with the courts. This will pave the way for a quicker process that will require internet service providers to block user access to the offending website.
     
    IP lawyers and academics Yahoo Singapore spoke to were all in favour of the changes, with IP law professor Saw Cheng Lim describing them as “long overdue”.
     
    “To some extent, Singapore is playing ‘catch up’ because the UK and other European countries had already introduced similar provisions more than 10 years ago!” he said. “If it is true that online piracy is now a serious concern in Singapore, then it is only right, and may I say necessary, for the government to take more

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