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APAC security spending tipped to reach new highs

Security services will be the largest and fastest-growing slice of the overall security pie in the Asia-Pacific region Spending on security-related hardware, software and services over the next four years is projected to grow faster in the Asia-Pacific region compared to the rest of the world, according to research by IDC. In this e-guide, we help you understand the double-edged sword that is security analytics.



PM Lee to make official visit to Vienna, attend Asia-Europe summit and sign EUSFTA in Brussels

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will make an official visit to Vienna on Wednesday before flying to Brussels to attend the biennial Asia-Europe Meeting Summit and sign a landmark trade deal between Singapore and the European Union . Mr Lee's visit to the Austrian capital is at the invitation of Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said.



Abe embarks on five-day European tour

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Tuesday for a five-day European tour that will take him to Spain, France and Belgium, during which he will attend a biennial conference and hold talks with world leaders. In Spain, the first leg of his five-day trip, Abe will meet with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who assumed the post in June, and King Felipe VI, respectively, on Tuesday as this year marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties.



What's up with Singapore's tech talent shortage?

SINGAPORE as the financial nerve centre of Southeast Asia has long been a magnet for multinationals looking to set up their Asia Pacific headquarters outside of China. By 2028, one-fifth of Singapore's current full-time employees will have their jobs displaced, according to figures released last month at the World Economic Forum on Asean gathering in Hanoi.



Oman, Singapore sign MoUs on vocational training, climate

The first MoU on environment was signed by Mohammed bin Salim Al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs and Masagos Zulkifli, Minister of the Environment and Water Resources in Singapore. -ONA The first MoU on environment was signed by Mohammed bin Salim Al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs and Masagos Zulkifli, Minister of the Environment and Water Resources in Singapore.



12cm launches echoss stamp as Singapore's representative innovative service

SEOUL, South Korea: 12cm, a member company of the K-ICT Born2Global Centre, is the source technology company for the smart service echoss stamp, and its overseas business subsidiary 12cm Global began commercialized servicing of echoss stamp in the Singaporean market. This was accomplished through a partnership with a social enterprise under NTUC .



Oxfam inequality index a 'completely wrong analysis': Heng Swee Keat

NUSA DUA, Bali: Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Friday slammed an Oxfam inequality index which placed Singapore 149 out of 157 countries for incorrectly measuring inputs and treating them as outcomes. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Annual Meetings in Nusa Dua, Bali, Mr Heng said: "I'm very disappointed to read the Oxfam report ... The report, rather erroneously attributed, measures the performance by input and how much money the public sector is spending on education, on healthcare.



Mahathir in Bali for Asean Leaders' Gathering

BALI: Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrived in Bali Thursday to attend the inaugural Asean Leaders' Gathering , making a nostalgic return to an Asean meeting in the island resort after 15 years. It was at the Asean Summit in Bali that he bid farewell to the 10-member grouping when he stepped down as the prime minister of Malaysia in 2003.



The Latest: Southeast Asian leaders affirm free trade goals

Southeast Asian leaders pose for family photo during ASEAN Leaders Gathering ont the sidelines of International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. From left, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.



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"Singapore shall forever be a sovereign democratic and independent nation, founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of her people in a more just and equal society." These were the words of the "Proclamation of Singapore" by Lee Kuan Yew on 9 August 1965.



Cargo is loaded on a ship at Tianjin port in China. Photo: AP

Talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership take on renewed urgency in the wake of Trump's protectionism, says Malaysia's top trade negotiator The US-China trade war gives Southeast Asia fresh impetus to wrap up negotiations on a Beijing-backed free-trade deal that has been in the works for five years, Malaysia's top trade negotiator has said. Norazman Ayob's comments at the South China Morning Post 's China Conference in Kuala Lumpur echoed suggestions by regional leaders including Singapore's Lee Hsien Loong that the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership may be finalised by the end of the year, after 23 rounds of negotiations stretching back to 2012.



PM Lee to visit Bali for Singapore-Indonesia Leaders' Retreat

The previous Retreat was held in Singapore in September 2017 and commemorated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be in Bali, Indonesia, on a two-day visit from Wednesday to attend the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders' Retreat and ASEAN Leaders' gathering, a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said.



Rosmah Mansor and her husband Najib Razak, the former Malaysian prime minister. Photo: Reuters

Satirical skit by actors Ivan Heng and Siti Khalijah Zainal underlines the fall from grace of the wife of Malaysia's former leader Najib Razak - someone whom, just months ago, few would have dared to lampoon Rosmah Mansor, the wife of the disgraced former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, and Ho Ching, the wife of the Singaporean leader Lee Hsien Loong, may no longer be so close in real life, but that has not stopped satirists in the Lion City from imagining them to be the best of friends. Tickling Singaporeans' funny bone on Sunday was a video clip circulating online of a skit by popular local actors Ivan Heng and Siti Khalijah Zainal assuming the role of the two political spouses.



Singapore elite backs push to overturn anti-gay laws

Ho Kwon Ping, chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, speaks at the Milken Institute Asia Summit in Singapore, on Sept. 15, 2017.



NSmen to get IPPT incentives immediately through PayNow from 2019

SINGAPORE: All operationally ready national servicemen taking the Individual Physical Proficiency Test can receive their monetary incentive awards immediately through PayNow from early next year, instead of waiting for about two weeks. The move will be piloted from early 2019 as part of the Government's Smart Nation approach to promote adoption of more efficient payment methods, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced on Thursday .



SAF delivers humanitarian supplies to Indonesia

The Singapore Armed Forces Mission Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Oh Chun Keong handing over the relief package to LTC Ali Sudibyo, of the Indonesian Armed Forces at Balikpapan Airport, Indonesia. SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces on Tuesday delivered humanitarian supplies to Indonesia to help with ongoing relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit central Sulawesi.



Man fined $4,500 for bomb hoax on Scoot flight to Hat Yai

Unhappy at being told that he had to check in his carry-on bag, a 41-year-old man on board a Scoot flight joked that he had a bomb in the bag . This led to the Hat Yai-bound plane being turned back to Singapore, and fighter jets from the Republic of Singapore Air Force being scrambled to escort it back.





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