Singapore is planning to extend its social curbs in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 for a month. Reportedly, the move is to ease the pressure on the healthcare system. While Singapore has vaccinated more than 80% of its 5.45 million population, asymptomatic or mild cases have been rising steadily, spreading the virus and mounting pressure on the hospitals and medical staff.
Sun Cable, an Australian company is in midst of constructing a 4,200-kilometer power link between Singapore and the Northern Territory. The project comes into existence after Singapore has set an ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 36% by 2030. However, India is currently producing the world's cheapest solar electricity. Moreover, it is unclear if Indian firms will offer renewable energy to Singapore.
To detect bad behaviour of people, Singapore has started a three-week trial of two robots, named Xavier, said the Country's Home Team Science and Technology Agency on September 5. Reportedly, Xavier will detect the behaviours such as breaking COVID-19 protocols, smoking in prohibited areas, improper parking of bicycles. ''The deployment of Xavier will support the work of public officers as it'll reduce the manpower,'' said the agency.… read-more
After gaining success in South Korea, Teachee, a Singapore’s education technology company has announced its launch in India. The company possesses over 35,000 educators since the launch of its “beta” in October 2020. A user-friendly education platform aids student-teacher interaction. Besides, teachers on the platform can take online exams, conduct live classes, and others. Teachee aims to become the most popular used SaaS… read-more
US Vice President Kamala Harris called out China's coercion and intimidation in the South China Sea in her recent speech in Singapore during her South-East Asian tour. She also said that the US will "stand with our allies in the face of threats" while calling the Afghanistan decision "courageous and right". Ms Harris' tour is being seen as the US' attempt to extend US commitment to the region.
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Singapore is planning to open its borders, that was closed for almost a year and allow quarantine-free travelling in September. 80% of the citizens will be fully vaccinated by the time, making it easier for the city-state to relax its curb and move ahead with the reopening, said Finance Minister Lawrence Wong on July 26. "Waiting for everyone to get vaccinated before reopening is not tenable," he further added.
At the inauguration of Gurudwara at Singapore's Silat Road, the Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong was witnessed wearing a white turban while greeting “Sat Sri Akal” to the community members. The PM expressed gratitude towards the Sikh community for their unconditional help during the Covid-19 pandemic. Regardless of caste, religion, and race, the contribution of Sikhs was commendable, he stated. The netizens went in awe by his approach.
Two Singaporeans have started the first LGBTQ podcast in the country, where gay sex is still illegal. The podcast run by Sam jo and Joshua Kennede shares stories of their everyday lives in the gay community and finding love amidst the fear of law. Singapore has refused to abolish the anti-gay law to maintain the conservative society's viewpoints, but said that it will not enforce it strictly.
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As a result of sea accident, tonnes of chemicals spilled into the Indian Ocean. Reportedly, the cargo container which was on the way to Singapore, MV X-Press Pearl had caught fire due to the leakage of nitric acid and sinks off near the Sri Lankan coast. Meanwhile, the SriLanka government and Navy have launched a criminal investigation, calling it the country’s worst marine disaster.
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The Singapore government on May 20 invoked anti-misinformation law to warn against the false claims of 'Singapore COVID-19 variant' on social media. Recently, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal received backlash for urging the Centre to ban flights from Singapore due to the COVID variant. However, denying the claims, Singapore termed it as 'unfounded assertions.' The Singapore government said, the variant that increased COVID cases in city is of Indian… read-more
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