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Singapore Budget 2019: 10 things to know, from Bicentennial Bonus to Merdeka Generation Package, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s fourth Budget speech was a wide-ranging and forward-looking one, with a strong focus on building a strong and united nation in the face of global changes. Details of the much-discussed Merdeka Generation Package were released, along with a slew of benefits for Singaporeans young and old as the country marks its bicentennial year. Mr Heng, who delivered his speech in Parliament on Monday (Feb 18), also announced measures to help businesses, workers and families. Curious about what’s in store for you in this…

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Singapore Budget 2019: $1.1b Bicentennial Bonus for Singaporeans, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – To celebrate the bicentennial year, a $1.1 billion Bicentennial Bonus will be shared with Singaporeans, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Monday (Feb18). The bonus is part of two initiatives that will be launched to commemorate the year, with the other being a Bicentennial Community Fund. As part of the Bicentennial Bonus, 1.4 million lower-income Singaporeans will receive up to $300 through a GST Voucher cash payouts. The bicentennial payment, which will be received at the end of 2019, is meant to help them with their…

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Singapore Budget 2019: $6.1 billion for Merdeka Generation package includes Medisave top-ups, higher Chas subsidies, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A total of $6.1 billion will be set aside under the Merdeka Generation Package, the bulk of which will go towards easing the burden of healthcare costs for nearly 500,000 Singaporeans. Announcing details of the much talked-about package during his Budget Statement on Monday (Feb 18), Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat called it a “gesture of our nation’s gratitude” for those in that generation who are now aged between 60 and 69. “It will provide them better peace of mind over future healthcare costs, while helping them to…

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Parliament: 5 things CPF members need to know about retirement payouts, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Manpower Minister Josephine Teo addressed several MPs’ questions in Parliament on Monday (Feb 18) on when Central Provident Fund (CPF) members can start receiving payouts from their retirement savings. She emphasised that there is no change in policy. They can choose to start their monthly payouts at 65 or defer payouts anytime between 65 and 70. Age 70 is the latest that you can defer payout. Below are five things members need to know about retirement payouts. This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required…

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Woman trapped under car in Punggol accident loses left foot and has operations to save other foot, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A woman who was trapped under a car in an accident in Punggol earlier this month has lost her left foot and undergone multiple surgical operations to save her remaining foot. Madam Alice Hee, who is in her 50s, was on her way to service at the Church of the Transfiguration with her husband and daughter on Feb 3 when the accident happened. They were waiting to cross the road at Punggol Central near the church when a car slammed into the family tailfirst, pinning Madam Hee to…

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Explicit video of young school girl with a man circulated online, Singapore News

An explicit video of a young girl in a secondary school uniform was circulated online last week. The three-minute video, which appears to have been taken at a staircase landing, shows her performing various sex acts with an unidentified man. The girl, whose face can be seen, appears to be a minor. She was wearing the uniform of an all-girls school. The New Paper understands a police report has been made. A Ministry of Education (MOE) spokesman told TNP the school had found the girl is not a current student.…

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Fallen trees cause traffic jam on Upper Thomson Road after heavy rain on Sunday, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Several trees toppled on Upper Thomson Road after a heavy downpour on Sunday afternoon (Feb 17), causing a traffic jam. A reader told The Straits Times at around 4.45pm that at least one tree fell on the road and hit a car. It was raining heavily then and the wind was strong. When The Straits Times arrived at the scene, the rain had ceased and the car was gone. At least three trees had snapped and their crowns and part of their trunks were lying on the road.…

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HIV data leak: Brochez illegally disclosed list of 13 HIV-positive individuals’ details, says prisons, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The American at the centre of a recent HIV data leak illegally disclosed details of 13 HIV-positive people scheduled for a health check-up at Changi Prison Complex in 2018. The Singapore Prison Service (SPS) said in a statement on Sunday (Feb 17) that Mikhy Farrera Brochez sent an e-mail on Saturday to some government authorities and media organisations. The e-mail contained photographs of a piece of paper with a list of NRIC or FIN numbers of 13 HIV-positive individuals, including himself. They had been scheduled for a medical…

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3 reasons to sign a prenup in Singapore even if you’re not rich, Singapore News

No matter what they say about the sanctity of marriage, if one of you is sitting on a goldmine of family wealth, there’s a good chance the in-laws are going to insist you sign a prenuptial agreement before you tie the knot. But what if, like most of us, neither of you is the scion of a billion dollar empire? There are still some very good reasons to sign a prenup, particularly to protect the party who is in placed in a worse financial position by the marriage. Granted, the…

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Burning smell in north-east Singapore likely related to fire at landfill in Pasir Gudang: NEA, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A burning smell in north-east Singapore is likely related to a fire at the Tanjong Langsat landfill in Pasir Gudang, Johor, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said. The agency told The Straits Times on Sunday (Feb 17) that it received nine feedback cases on the smell between Friday evening and 11pm on Saturday. Eight of them were received after 6pm on Saturday. Several netizens living in Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Sengkang and Hougang also reported a “smoky” or “smoggy” smell on social media. Reddit user blahhh87 said he…

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