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SINGAPORE: The importance of Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) premium brand can be seen through the promotional events that it sponsors to attract foreign tourists to Singapore such as the F1 Grand Prix. This premium brand perception is formed in the minds of SIA’s passengers through the safe track-record of the airline, interior cabin of its aircrafts,
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TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga sent a ritual offering on Saturday (Oct 17) to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, which is seen by neighbouring countries as a symbol of the nation’s past militarism, especially during World War II. Yasukuni honours some 2.5 million war dead, mostly Japanese, who perished in the country’s wars since the late
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SINGAPORE: The tripartite advisory on managing excess manpower and responsible retrenchment has been updated to provide more guidance on how employers should lay off workers, as further job cuts are expected amid the COVID-19 crisis.  The latest advisory, released on Saturday (Oct 17), is jointly published by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trades
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SINGAPORE: Singaporean Amos Yee, who was granted asylum in the United States three years ago, has been charged with solicitation and possession of child porn in the US, according to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper. Yee – who was jailed in Singapore in 2015 and 2016 for hate speech against both Christians and Muslims - allegedly exchanged
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WELLINGTON: New Zealanders went to the polls Saturday (Oct 17) with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in striking distance of re-election with an unprecedented outright majority after campaigning on her success handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern brought homemade cheese scones to campaign volunteers Saturday morning in Auckland and appeared relaxed as she awaited results, which will
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SINGAPORE: The police have made more arrests following a spate of thefts involving Budget 2020 grocery vouchers from letterboxes in residential blocks across Singapore. It said on Saturday (Oct 17) that 14 more people have been arrested for allegedly stealing the vouchers from letterboxes in separate locations and cases. Advertisement Advertisement Suspects were escorted by police officers
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OTTAWA: Canada will continue to defend human rights in China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged Friday (Oct 16), after a top Chinese diplomat warned Ottawa against welcoming Hong Kong pro-democracy activists. China’s ambassador to Ottawa, Cong Peiwu, warned Canada on Thursday against granting asylum to Hong Kong activists, which he said could have consequences for
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JAKARTA: In Central Java, officials have dressed as ghosts and positioned themselves at a village entrance to deter people from leaving home. Over in Jakarta, those who violated COVID-19 protocols have been asked to lie in a coffin to reflect on their mistakes. Advertisement Advertisement Indonesia has one of the highest number of COVID-19 cases
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YANGON: More than 1.1 million voters in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state will be disenfranchised in upcoming national polls, according to data released by the election commission Friday (Oct 16), a move experts warned could fuel yet more conflict. Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) is widely expected to be returned
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Since the start of the anti-extradition protest movement in Hong Kong last year, police have arrested more than 10,000 people and prosecuted more than 2,000, mostly on public order charges that have been widely criticized by human rights groups as curbing people’s right to peaceful protest. As Beijing began a crackdown on public dissent under
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SINGAPORE: Nine new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore on Friday (Oct 16), including eight imported infections.  For the first time since Mar 12, the number of active cases in Singapore has fallen below 100, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). Advertisement Advertisement One case was discovered in a foreign worker dormitory. No new cases
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BANGKOK: Thai protest organisers declared an end to Friday’s (Oct 16) demonstration that was held in defiance of a government ban, as riot police fired stinging liquid from water cannon to disperse the crowd. “End of protest,” said a message sent from one of the organisers. Advertisement Advertisement Police fired water cannon and pushed forward with riot
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Lahore:A soft inaugural ceremony of Pakistani-German Facilitation and Reintegration Center was held at the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation regional office, Lahore in continuation/progression to the MoU that was signed between the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation
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SINGAPORE: The Manpower Ministry (MOM) has suspended the work pass privileges of two employers after they failed to arrange for their workers to undergo mandatory rostered routine testing for COVID-19. Action was taken after the employers did not provide valid reasons or submit an exemption request for their workers, according to a joint press release by MOM, the Building and Construction
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