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Singapore records low international arrivals in 2021

  • Revenue was an estimated S$1.9 billion ($1.41 billion) in 2021, also one of the lowest on record. In comparison, Singapore had 19.1 million visitors and generated S$27.1 billion in 2019.
Singapore had record low international arrivals in 2021, but saw signs of recovery after introducing a quarantine waiver system for vaccinated visitors and offering cash vouchers, its tourism authority said on Tuesday.(Unsplash)
Singapore had record low international arrivals in 2021, but saw signs of recovery after introducing a quarantine waiver system for vaccinated visitors and offering cash vouchers, its tourism authority said on Tuesday.(Unsplash)
Published on Jan 25, 2022 01:35 PM IST
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Indonesia reopens islands to Singaporean tourists to reboot tourism

  • Singaporeans can visit Batam and Bintan islands approximately 15 km (9.32 miles) and 30 km away respectively providing they are vaccinated against Covid-19, they undergo tests and have insurance coverage, authorities said.
Indonesia opened up two islands close to Singapore to visitors from the city-state on Monday, officials said, as part of calibrated moves to reboot its tourism sector while controlling the spread of Covid-19.(Unsplash)
Indonesia opened up two islands close to Singapore to visitors from the city-state on Monday, officials said, as part of calibrated moves to reboot its tourism sector while controlling the spread of Covid-19.(Unsplash)
Updated on Jan 24, 2022 05:08 PM IST
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Indian-origin man's death sentence appeal to be heard on Jan 24 in Singapore

Nagaenthran was arrested in 2009 with a stash of heroin strapped to his thigh. 
Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam was convicted of trafficking 42.72g of heroin in 2010 and sentenced to the death penalty, which was then mandatory.(HT_PRINT)
Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam was convicted of trafficking 42.72g of heroin in 2010 and sentenced to the death penalty, which was then mandatory.(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jan 15, 2022 05:03 PM IST
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Fast food giant KFC charged with flouting Covid safety rules in Singapore

The KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) management was accused of allowing four customers to enter its outlet at Far East Plaza in the fashionable Orchard Road hotel belt on July 10 last year without first assessing if any of them was asymptomatic Covid-19 case.
Operations Director Jonathan Liew Tiong Soo, a representative for KFC, received the charges on behalf of the company.(AFP file photo)
Operations Director Jonathan Liew Tiong Soo, a representative for KFC, received the charges on behalf of the company.(AFP file photo)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 07:27 PM IST
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Singapore bans book on political cartoons: Minister

  • The book, by Hong Kong Baptist University's professor of media studies Cherian George and graphic novelist Sonny Liew, has already been distributed in other countries like the US.
The book, by Hong Kong Baptist University's professor of media studies Cherian George and graphic novelist Sonny Liew, has already been distributed in other countries like the US. (Representational image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The book, by Hong Kong Baptist University's professor of media studies Cherian George and graphic novelist Sonny Liew, has already been distributed in other countries like the US. (Representational image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 04:09 PM IST
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Japan, Singapore passports most powerful; Afghanistan, Iraq weakest: Check list

In topping the list, Japan and Singapore retained their joint top spot from the previous index, while the respective positions of Afghanistan and Iraq, too, stayed unchanged. India, meanwhile, jumped 7 spots to 83.
The Indian passport jumped seven places to 83 (File Photo)
The Indian passport jumped seven places to 83 (File Photo)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 12:20 PM IST
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Singapore says 30% Covid-19 deaths in 2021 were fully vaccinated

  • Most of the vaccinated individuals, who died from Covid-19 related complications, had received non-mRNA vaccines, according to crude incidence rates of deaths provided by Ong.
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Singapore's booster programme is "gathering pace", with about 46 per cent of the population having received their boosters (third injection), said health minister Ong Ye Kung.(AP Representational Photo)
Published on Jan 10, 2022 02:47 PM IST
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Singapore to rewrite one of the world’s most successful economic models

Singapore’s government has for decades curated the nation’s economic future through a group of state-owned champions, shifting direction as needed to stay relevant in the global economy.
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Published on Jan 09, 2022 04:32 PM IST
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Singapore jails 3 Indian students in transnational money mule syndicate case

According to a statement from the Singapore Police Force, the group faced charges linked to the retention of proceeds by a transnational criminal syndicate that was perpetrating "tech support scams".
The offenders were caught after CAD officers conducted a raid at their home on September 22 last year. (Representative Image/HT File)
The offenders were caught after CAD officers conducted a raid at their home on September 22 last year. (Representative Image/HT File)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 03:02 PM IST
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Highest Singapore rents in 6 years fuel expat housing woes

The Covid-19 pandemic can be blamed for much of the gains: a shortage of migrant workers has contributed to construction delays, forcing people to lease while waiting for apartments to be built.
Singapore is tied with Paris as the world’s second-most expensive city, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s cost of living rankings for 2021.(REUTERS)
Singapore is tied with Paris as the world’s second-most expensive city, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s cost of living rankings for 2021.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 07:19 AM IST
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‘Money making’ traps Indian national into prison for six months in Singapore

In mitigation, Singh's lawyer said he was the youngest child in his family and had come to Singapore to study and in hopes of getting a higher-paying job.
Indian national jailed for 6 months in Singapore
Indian national jailed for 6 months in Singapore
Published on Dec 23, 2021 04:13 PM IST
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Italy bans tourists from Singapore until Jan 31

  • The Italian embassy said its health ministry has moved Singapore and Brunei onto a list of countries deemed to be of higher risk of Covid-19 infections.
Singapore residents will not be allowed to travel to Italy for leisure from Thursday until January 31 next year, the Straits Times reported, citing comments from the European country’s embassy.(Unsplash)
Singapore residents will not be allowed to travel to Italy for leisure from Thursday until January 31 next year, the Straits Times reported, citing comments from the European country’s embassy.(Unsplash)
Published on Dec 16, 2021 01:11 PM IST
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Aiding cool housing market, Singapore imposes property restrictions

Introducing property curbs for the first time since 2018, Singapore attempts at reducing a surge in home prices. 
A view of the public housing apartment estate that interior designer Wan Ismail Bin Wan Nussin lives in, in Singapore.(REUTERS)
A view of the public housing apartment estate that interior designer Wan Ismail Bin Wan Nussin lives in, in Singapore.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 16, 2021 10:02 AM IST
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Singapore: Omicron variant of Covid-19 detected in 2 people with booster shots

Both people are recovering in isolation at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases, and all close contacts will be placed in 10-day quarantine at designated facilities.
Singapore has seen a sharp drop in community cases over the past month, along with a significant easing in hospital loads (File Photo / REUTERS)
Singapore has seen a sharp drop in community cases over the past month, along with a significant easing in hospital loads (File Photo / REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 08:31 AM IST
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News updates from HT: Singapore to resume flights to India from today 

Here are today-’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Singapore to will resume commercial flights with India through its vaccinated travel lane (VTL) facility.(File Photo / REUTERS)
Singapore to will resume commercial flights with India through its vaccinated travel lane (VTL) facility.(File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 08:57 AM IST
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From today, Singapore to resume flights to India. Details here

The resumption comes a week after Singapore's civil aviation authority (CAAS) announced on November 21 that it reached an agreement with India's aviation ministry to resume flights between the two countries.
Travellers who require a visa for travel to Singapore should apply for their visa separately and only after their VTP is approved, the CAAS said in a release.(AFP Photo)
Travellers who require a visa for travel to Singapore should apply for their visa separately and only after their VTP is approved, the CAAS said in a release.(AFP Photo)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 08:15 AM IST
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Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi

Alarmed by new B.1.1.529 Covid variant, Asian countries tighten measures

Scientists are still finding out more about the new variant, first identified at the start of this week, but the news pummeled financial markets on Friday, with stocks in Asia suffering their sharpest drop in three months and oil plunging more than 3%.
Alarmed by the variant, Britain temporarily banned flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini from Friday, and asked returning British travellers from those destinations to quarantine.(Reuters File Photo)
Alarmed by the variant, Britain temporarily banned flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini from Friday, and asked returning British travellers from those destinations to quarantine.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 02:09 PM IST
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Singapore-Malaysia land border reopening sparks rush for tickets

As many as 2,880 people a day will be allowed to travel in the initial phase of the reopening of a causeway linking Singapore and the Malaysian Peninsula, according to an agreement announced Wednesday. Each bus has a maximum capacity of 45 passengers.
The Johor – Singapore Causeway lies empty in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Malaysia and Singapore will partially reopen their borders next week for fully vaccinated citizens and some others, after nearly two years of closure due to the pandemic that had stranded many Malaysians working in the neighbouring city-state away from their families (AP Photo, File)
The Johor – Singapore Causeway lies empty in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Malaysia and Singapore will partially reopen their borders next week for fully vaccinated citizens and some others, after nearly two years of closure due to the pandemic that had stranded many Malaysians working in the neighbouring city-state away from their families (AP Photo, File)
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 02:32 PM IST
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Singapore eyes return to strict Covid-19 curbs as a last resort

Singapore is gradually granting small groups of vaccinated people increased liberties, resuming in-person business events and permitting quarantine-free travel from select countries as it ramps up its vaccine booster programme.
People verify their vaccination statuses as they enter a mall, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Singapore November 18, 2021. (REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo)
People verify their vaccination statuses as they enter a mall, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Singapore November 18, 2021. (REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 07:17 PM IST
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Covid-19: Applications for Vaccinated Travel Pass for Singapore to open today

On Sunday, India and Singapore announced that commercial passenger flights between the two countries will begin from November 29.
People look at a Singapore Airlines plane, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at a viewing gallery of the Changi Airport in Singapore October 12, 2020. (REUTERS)
People look at a Singapore Airlines plane, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at a viewing gallery of the Changi Airport in Singapore October 12, 2020. (REUTERS)
Published on Nov 22, 2021 07:52 AM IST
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Singapore, India to resume flights under Vaccinated Travel Lane from Nov 29

Singapore high commissioner Simon Wong tweeted that joint efforts by the lead agencies of both sides resulted in the resumption of commercial flights
Singapore said on Sunday it has reached an agreement with India on resuming commercial flights under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (facility. (Archive)
Singapore said on Sunday it has reached an agreement with India on resuming commercial flights under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (facility. (Archive)
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 03:12 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

6 daily commercial flights from India to Singapore from November 29

  • The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), in a statement on Sunday, said that it will facilitate quarantine-free travel from India, with at least six designated flights daily from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
In this photo taken on October 9, 2021, a Singapore Airlines (SIA) passenger plane prepares for landing at Changi Airport in Singapore.(Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)
In this photo taken on October 9, 2021, a Singapore Airlines (SIA) passenger plane prepares for landing at Changi Airport in Singapore.(Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)
Updated on Nov 21, 2021 04:44 PM IST
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Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Australia welcomes back international students amid travel bubble with Singapore

Fully vaccinated travellers from Singapore are now allowed into Melbourne or Sydney without the need to quarantine as a part of Australia's gradual reopening of its borders that began this month.
People walk along the link bridge to a terminal at Changi International Airport in Singapore (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)
People walk along the link bridge to a terminal at Changi International Airport in Singapore (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)
Updated on Nov 21, 2021 10:50 AM IST
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Fully vaccinated from Covid? Singapore scraps quarantine upon arrival from India

Beginning November 29, India will be on the Singapore government's Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme.
A Singapore Airlines plane (File Photo/AFP)
A Singapore Airlines plane (File Photo/AFP)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 05:53 AM IST
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Singapore to review time frame for fully vaccinated status against Covid

While enacting Covid-19 regulations earlier this year, regulators indicated an interim time frame of 365 days for a person’s “fully vaccinated” status to remain valid so that vaccination-differentiated safety measures could be implemented, the ministry said.
Both (mRNA) Covid-19 vaccines and non-mRna vaccines approved here are subject to the interim 365-day validity date under the law.(Reuters)
Both (mRNA) Covid-19 vaccines and non-mRna vaccines approved here are subject to the interim 365-day validity date under the law.(Reuters)
Published on Nov 12, 2021 04:13 PM IST
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‘Please take it,’ Singapore PM says after getting Covid-19 vaccine

Unlike other mass vaccination programmes in the United States and Britain, Singapore is administering the jabs having largely eradicated the disease and has reported only a handful of local cases in recent months.
“It will make us safer, and it will make you and your loved ones safer too, so please take it when you can,” the Prime Minister said after receiving the jab at a local hospital.(Twitter/@leehsienloong)
“It will make us safer, and it will make you and your loved ones safer too, so please take it when you can,” the Prime Minister said after receiving the jab at a local hospital.(Twitter/@leehsienloong)
Published on Jan 08, 2021 12:33 PM IST
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Outline your overseas education with Careers N’ Options

Every year, lakhs of students fly to different parts of the world for higher studies in order to make their career better. Careers N’ Options with proper guidance and high-quality service ensures that all your wishes and aspirations are fulfilled.
Updated on Jan 06, 2021 05:03 PM IST
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Israel authorises use of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

The director-general of Israel’s health ministry, Hezi Levy, confirmed the import agreement. Israel has begun to vaccinate its population at one of the quickest rates in the world, and it aims to reach all vulnerable citizens by late January.
Israel started vaccinations on December 19 using the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.(REUTERS)
Israel started vaccinations on December 19 using the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 05, 2021 05:12 PM IST
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Jerusalem | ByReuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

Scientists discover novel film that evaporates sweat six times faster, holds 15 times more moisture

A team of researchers have created a novel film that is very effective in evaporating sweat from our skin to keep us cool and comfortable when we exercise.
The moisture harvested from human sweat can be used to power wearable electronic devices such as watches, fitness trackers, and more.(Asian News International)
The moisture harvested from human sweat can be used to power wearable electronic devices such as watches, fitness trackers, and more.(Asian News International)
Updated on Jan 05, 2021 03:34 PM IST
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Singapore | ByAsian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

Singapore home prices rise to highest in more than two years

Property values increased 2.1% in the three months ended Dec. 31, according to a preliminary estimate by the Urban Redevelopment Authority released Monday. That’s the biggest increase since the second quarter of 2018, when prices increased by 3.4%.
Real estate values could rise further this year, as the government expects the economy to expand by 4% to 6%, rebounding from last year’s 5.8% contraction.(Getty Images/iStockphoto. Representative image)
Real estate values could rise further this year, as the government expects the economy to expand by 4% to 6%, rebounding from last year’s 5.8% contraction.(Getty Images/iStockphoto. Representative image)
Published on Jan 05, 2021 02:44 PM IST
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