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Meet Singapore Taxpayers' BFF an hour ago

Singaporeans have dodged the bullet of higher consumption taxes, at least for the next three years. They should thank their new BFF -- the bond market.



Looking ahead to Budget 2018: 5 issues that could be in the spotlight

Keeping Singapore in good fiscal health, longer-term goals of transforming the economy and the local workforce will likely top the agenda at Budget 2018. SINGAPORE: When Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivers the Budget for 2018 on Monday , the focus will be on the long term.



Philippines seethes over Chinese build-up in South China Sea

President Rodrigo Duterte has tried to thaw ties with Beijing, but public pressure is growing to take a tougher stance to defend the nation's maritime claims, writes Richard Heydarian Under Singapore's chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Beijing is rapidly deepening military-to-military relations with its smaller neighbours. During the Asean Defence Ministers Meetings Plus earlier this month, China and Southeast Asian countries agreed on a series of new initiatives to solidify their burgeoning ties.



PM Lee wishes for broader economic growth, urges support for transport workers

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and key union leaders visit rail workers from Gali Batu MRT Depot on the first day of Chinese New Year. SINGAPORE: Making a wish on the first day of Chinese New Year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he hopes this year will be a good year in terms of economic growth, adding that he hopes to see growth expanding to more sectors as its now still concentrated in areas such as the manufacturing industry.



Singapore's PM honours nation's elderly in Chinese New Year message

One of the toughest economic and social challenges faced by Singapore since independence is the rapidly ageing workforce and population. Source: Shutterstock SINGAPORE'S Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid tribute to the country's elder generation in his Chinese New Year address on Thursday as the city-state marks an inauspicious turning point for its greying population in 2018.



Singapore confident Indonesia can conduct political activities in safe, stable way: Dr Balakrishnan

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan shakes hands with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on Wednesday . JAKARTA: Singapore is confident that Indonesia will be able to conduct its political activities in a safe and stable way, said Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Wednesday .



Tax hikes, more spending on healthcare? 5 things to look out for in Budget 2018

Singapore's Budget statement for this year will be delivered on Feb 19 at 3.30pm in Parliament by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat. Tax hikes have been a hot topic since Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong foreshadowed them in November 2017.



President Halimah Yacob, PM Lee offer condolences to Russian leaders after plane crash

A piece of debris at the site of plane crash in Ramensky district, on the outskirts of Moscow, on Feb 11, 2018. SINGAPORE: President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote to Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, respectively, following the deadly plane crash near Moscow on Sunday that killed 71 people.



Singapore sees lowest workplace fatality rate since 2004

Construction workers from Bangladesh and India attend a briefing before starting work at a construction site in Singapore March 24, 2016. SINGAPORE: The workplace fatality rate in Singapore last year was the lowest since 2004, according to a joint press release by the Workplace Safety and Health Council, WSH Institute and Ministry of Manpower on Tuesday .



Looking ahead to Budget 2018: What it could mean for you

Apart from continued emphasis on skills upgrading for the local workforce, experts expect Budget 2018 to pave the way for tax increases, such as a hike in the Goods and Services Tax . SINGAPORE: With economic transformation likely to remain in focus for Budget 2018, support for the Singaporean worker to undertake the journey will be high up on the Government's to-do list.



Three judicial commissioners appointed to Supreme Court

Mr Tan Puay Boon, Ms Mavis Chionh and Mr Ang Cheng Hock have been appointed to the Supreme Court bench. SINGAPORE: Three judicial commissioners have been appointed to the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister's Office said in a media release on Monday .



Don't be 'blinded' by N. Korea charm offensive: Japan

Japan on Monday warned against being "blinded" by North Korea's diplomatic charm offensive at the Winter Olympics, saying the main goal remains ridding Pyongyang of nuclear weapons. Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono used a visit to Singapore, the current chair of the ASEAN regional bloc, to call for unity in dealing with Pyongyang, a spokesman said.



Preparing Singapore SMEs for the digital transformation journey

SINGAPORE is one of the most technologically-advanced nations in the world. We took pole position in the World Economic Forum's 2016 Networked Readiness Index, which measures how well an economy is using information and communications technologies to boost competitiveness and well-being.



How to wing it like a pro at Singapore Airshow 2018

The biennial airshow is every aviation buff's and photographer's dream. Here are some pro-tips on how to get the most out of this year's event.



Move to ease people's burden

PUTRAJAYA: The age-old congestion at the Johor Causeway is likely to ease with stiff toll rates at the Second Link to be cut by up to 75%, drawing a huge chunk of commercial traffic away. Toll rate for all vehicles using the Second Link during off peak hours has been reduced between 47% and 82%.



Indian navy, air force fighter jet contests to heat up in 2019: Executives

An F-15SG fighter jet of the Republic of Singapore Air Force performs a maneuver during an aerial display preview ahead of the Singapore Airshow on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 in Singapore. Boeing Co and Saab AB , which are among those vying for a contract to supply 57 fighter jets for the Indian Navy, expect it may take until 2019 for the tender process to enter the next phase, according to company executives.



PM Lee expresses 'heartfelt thanks' to Malaysian...

Dominick Tan Chang Xiang and Lum Jie pose with members of Johor's Fire and Rescue Department. SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong expressed his "heartfelt thanks" to the Malaysian authorities for devoting "considerable manpower and resources to the search-and-rescue operations" to find the pair of Singaporeans who had gone missing while hiking in Gunung Pulai in Johor Baru.





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