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Public transport operators to handle lost & found properties

"With effect from 1 January 2007, the public bus and taxi companies, namely, SBS Transit Ltd, SMRT Buses Ltd, Comfort Transportation Pte Ltd, Yellow-Top Cab Pte Ltd, CityCab Pte Ltd, SMRT Taxis Pte Ltd, Trans-Cab Services Pte Ltd, Smart Automobile Pte Ltd and Premier Taxis Pte Ltd, will handle all properties found in their vehicles and handle all reports on lost and found properties made by their customers and drivers..."



     - The Neptune restaurant closes after 34 years in business

     - Marina Bay and Orchard Road Countdown 2006/2007 events

     - Web surfing in Singapore largely back to normal

     - Damaged undersea cables cause slow Internet access in Singapore

     - Singapore hit by heavy rain and flash floods

     - Central and northeast Singapore experience tremors


     - Genting International and Star Cruises wins Sentosa IR bid


     - Tanglin Village attracts businesses with its rustic charm


     - Three years of free Wi-Fi for Singapore from 1 Dec 2006


Chingay 2007

23 - 24 Feb 2007


     - US President’s Visit to Singapore

     - Scenic Changi Point coastline opens to the public

     - Police bust foreign housebreaking syndicate

     - Singapore Zoo adds braille interpretives for visually handicapped

     - 15 sleight-of-hand cases reported since January 2006




Two Years of Free Wi-Fi for Singapore

"Come 2007, Singaporeans will be ushering the new year with at least 24 months, or two years, of free (basic tier) wireless connectivity at up to 512 kbps speeds almost everywhere - thanks to IDA's 'Wireless@SG' programme...

"The three operators are extending this two-year free offering with unlimited usage to all residents and visitors in Singapore, including tourists and business travellers. The sign-up details will be made known from December 2006 by the operators..."



Recent outbreaks of norovirus gastroenteritis in two schools

"There has been an increase in the number of persons attending the polyclinics for acute diarrhoea over the past three weeks...

"However, in view of the recent outbreaks of norovirus gastroenteritis in two schools affecting a large number of school children, the Ministry would like to advise the public to be vigilant about diarrhoeal illnesses..."


     - Annual Firewalking Festival 2006

     - National Museum to re-open officially in December 2006

     - Singapore withdraws circulation approval for Far Eastern Economic Review

     - Police bust foreign syndicate using cloned ATM cards

     - Changi Airport's Terminal 2 completes S$240m makeover

     - Bus and train fares to increase by between 1 and 3 cents

     - Police may not allow some IMF/WB civil society representatives to enter Singapore


     - Singapore tightens security ahead of IMF/World Bank meetings


Proposed Spaceport Singapore to offer commercial suborbital spaceflights

"The focal point of the proposed Spaceport Singapore will be suborbital spaceflights. As each suborbital vehicle reaches its maximum altitude of 100 kilometers, passengers will experience up to five minutes of continuous weightlessness, all the while gazing at the blackness of space set against the horizon of Earth..."



New personalised employment pass not tied to any employer

The Ministry of Manpower will introduce a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) from 1 January 2007 to help us better attract and retain global talent...

The PEP allows the holder to remain in Singapore for up to six months in between jobs to evaluate new employment opportunities. This helps us to retain selected global talent who would otherwise have to leave Singapore...

The PEP will be issued only once with a validity of 5 years. It will be nonrenewable. A PEP holder will retain the dependant privileges of his original EP type and the minimum annual basic salary requirement of S$30,000 will continue to apply throughout the 5-year duration...


     - New "R18" rating for cabaret shows

     - Traffic at Singapore Changi Airport in 1st half 2006

     - Police arrest Malaysian for smuggling counterfeit S$1 coins


Subutex a Class A Controlled Drug from 14 Aug 2006

"From 14 August 2006, doctors will not be permitted to prescribe and dispense any take-home dosages for existing patients.

"All patients who require Subutex will have to consume their medication under direct visual observation of the pharmacist, doctor and/or his treatment team on a daily basis1 ."



Subutex to be classified as a controlled drug

"While some heroin addicts appeared to have benefited from Subutex, many others seem to have merely shifted their addiction from heroin to Subutex.

"In addition, many more who have never tried drugs before have become new addicts. Within 4 years of introduction, we now have at least 3800 Subutex users, 45% of them Malay, 43% Chinese and 10% Indian..."


     - No outdoor demonstrations and processions during IMF/WB meetings

     - North East Line resumes normal operation after partial stoppage on 24 Jul 2006


Singapore Crime Situation - First half 2006

"Crimes involving handphones being stolen, which was one of the key concerns in 2005, decreased significantly, from 2,423 to 1,962 cases, in the first half of 2006...

"The drop in handphone crimes, despite the continued high mobile phone penetration rate in Singapore3 , may be in part due to enhanced public education on such crimes as well as tighter enforcement against errant second-hand handphone dealers..."


     - Police bust Orchard Underpass counterfeit syndicates


Singapore to hold large-scale flu pandemic exercise

21-22 Jul 2006

"This large scale exercise will involve over 1,000 personnel from MOH, the Ministry of Education (MOE), home-front and related agencies such as the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA), Maritime Port Authority (MPA) and the People's Association..."


     - SMRT taxi fares to go up from 17 July 2006

     - Police arrest 77 foreigners illegally working as masseuses

     - Newton Food Centre reopens after nine-month makeover



Smoking ban in eating places starts today

Food outlets such as hawker centres, coffeeshops, cafes and fast food restaurants will be smoke-free from 1st July. To protect patrons from second-hand smoke, smokers are reminded to light up only at designated smoking corners.

Under this new regulation, smoking is banned within the indoor refreshment areas (IRA) of all foodshops (Eg. Coffeeshops, Cafes, Restaurants). They can designate up to 20% of the floor area in their outdoor refreshment areas (ORA) as a smoking corner upon NEA’s approval....


     - Chinese national found murdered in Ang Mo Kio salon


Police arrest four African suspects in advance fee fraud scam

"... the victim was told that the buyers' funds were in blackened United States currency 'notes' held at the South African Embassy in Singapore. The victim was told to pay the suspect a sum of USD2,100 purportedly as 'late charges' to secure the release of the funds..."



Landmark design of Changi Airport's Terminal 3 unveiled

Terminal 3 will also employ state-of-the-art technologies to create a seamless environment for passengers transferring between the three terminals at Changi Airport.

These include a new People Mover System with a total of seven train stations located at various points within the three terminals, and a high-speed baggage system to facilitate quick transfers of bags between terminals...


     - Use of MyKad & cancellation of Malaysian restricted passports

     - Las Vegas Sands awarded Integrated Resort Project at Marina Bay

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

     - Inaugural Changi Airline Awards

     - Polling Day 6 May 2006 is a public holiday

     - 203 buildings in Syed Alwi Road area to be conserved




     - Expatriate fined for verbally abusing immigration officers

     - Old Ford Motor Factory gazetted as a national monument

Thaipusam Festival 2006

10th February 2006 at 6 pm (Friday) to 12th February 2006 at 2 am (Sunday)

There will be a religious foot procession comprising about 20,000 devotees carrying kavadis and their supporters between 12 midnight on Friday, 10th February 2006 and 12 midnight, on Saturday, 11th February 2006.


     - Food items individual travellers may bring into Singapore


     - Singapore Tourism Board launches 'Unique2Me' Photo Contest

     - Changi Airport first outside Europe to welcome the Airbus A380

     - Annual Fire Walking Festival 2005

     - Changi Airport to introduce self-service check-in kiosks in 2006

     - Transit passengers at Changi Airport get to explore Singapore

     - Raffles Hotel to be sold to US-based investment fund

     - Singapore Food Festival 2005 (1 - 31 Jul 2005)

     - MRT extension to link NEL's Chinatown station to Marina Bay

     - Singapore Cable Car renamed Mount Faber Leisure Group

     - Interruption of Cable Car Service


     - S.P.F.G Boutique Cafe opens in Changi Airport Terminal 1


Celebrate Singapore This August!

• Red Hot Deals (month of August)
• Malls at Marina Bay promotions (month of August)

• Carnival@Marina (6 - 14 August)
• Skydive Festival (18 – 21 August)
• Dim Sum Dollies – Singapore’s Most Wanted (5 – 20 August)
• WOMAD (26 – 28 August)


     - Singapore - Asia Pacific's most affordable tourist shopping destination

     - Changi Airport's no-frills terminal ready in early 2006

     - Singapore to have two IRs with a casino each


     - Smoking ban to cover more public places from 1 Oct 2005

     - 60th Anniversary of end of World War II in Asia Pacific

     - Singapore Tourism Board aims for 8.9 million visitors in 2005

     - Singapore tourism targeted to net S$30 billion by 2015

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