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Singapore officially the Republic of Singapore, and often referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City, and the Red Dot, is a global city and sovereign state in Southeast Asia and the world's only island city-state. It lies one degree (137 km) north of the equator, south to the southernmost tip of continental Asia and peninsular Malaysia, with Indonesia's Riau Islands to the south. Singapore's territory consists of a diamond-shaped main island along with 62 other islets.

Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 km2), and its greening policy has covered the densely populated island with tropical flora, parks and gardens

Five things to do over the weekend of Feb 22-24

This weekend features an assortment of fun activities for the entire family.


REDAS urges Singapore govt for reprieve on Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty rates

The Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS) has asked the Singaporean government for a reprieve on the Additional...


Singapore Airlines disables cameras on inflight entertainment systems

To allay the concerns of passengers, Singapore Airlines has reassured that cameras embedded in some of its inflight entertainment systems...


Smoking phone causes MRT evacuation at Dhoby Ghaut station

The incident took place during the evening peak hour at around 6.30pm, with the affected train being routed back to the depot empty.


NTU and University of California sign MoU for expanding collaboration

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore and the University of California signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today for...


Singaporeans to be given SGD1.1 billion Bicentennial Bonus

Finance Minister of Singapore Heng Swee Keat has doled out a massive Bicentennial Bonus worth SGD1.1 billion to Singaporeans in the budget...


GST relief for travellers arriving in Singapore to be lowered

Travellers arriving back to Singapore will now have a lower GST relief, starting from 12am on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.


Punggol now boasts of HDB’s first new-generation neighbourhood centre

Singapore residents will now be able to find various amenities at a single place thanks to the opening of the first new-generation...


GIIS SMART Campus launch signals new wave of modern schooling

Global Indian International School (GIIS) in Singapore launched its flagship SMART Campus last week, combining 21st-century pedagogy with...


DBS’ reports record net profit for 2018 at SGD 5.63 billion

DBS Group has recorded a net profit of SGD 5.63 billion, a 28 percent increase.


SMEs still plagued by manpower issues and high cost of doing business in Singapore: DBS poll

Citing challenges such as manpower issues, high operational costs and growing business revenue, SMEs in Singapore are facing a difficult...


Bank of Singapore ties up with Edelweiss Group to capitalise on India’s wealth

Bank of Singapore has tied up with India’s largest financial service provider Edelweiss Group to allow clients of both entities to access...


Singapore GCE A-Level examination to be declared on February 22

The results of the 2018 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Level) examination will be released on...


Singapore Budget 2019 to focus on companies, technology, workers and social policies

Singapore Budget 2019 will focus on three major areas including workers, companies and technology. A major section will also be devoted to...


Five things to do over the weekend of Feb 15-17

This weekend, get to learn more about the Javanese instrument gamelan and its history. Or join Kanan Gill for a good laugh at his latest...


Tarang – The festival of fun! Watch the Tarang 2019 highlights

Tarang 2019 brought together Indian student communities across six top universities in Singapore. Ketki Acharya from Connected to India...

Singapore NRI Stories

Singapore-based Temasek makes SGD51 million investment in Dr Agarwal’s Healthcare

Singapore-based global investment major Temasek has picked a minority stake in Chennai-based eyecare hospital Dr Agarwal’s Healthcare for...


Singapore records new high of 18.5 million visitor arrivals in 2018: STB

Singapore tourism industry received a major thrust in 2018 as there were a record 18.5 million visitor arrivals to the island, marking a 6.2...


StanChart Appoints New Head Of Global Banking In Singapore

Standard Chartered Bank announced yesterday that it has hired Chow Wan Thonh as its head of global banking, Singapore. She will report to...


Singapore-based fashion startup Zilingo raises USD226 million in Series D round

Singapore-based online fashion marketplace Zilingo has raised USD226 million (SGD306.69 million) in its latest series D round financing.


SCDF to sound ‘important message’ signal through PWS siren on Total Defence Day

As part of the Total Defence Day programme, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will sound the ‘Important Message’ signal through...


SMU partners DBS to promote sustainability, launch Singapore's first sustainability major

Key programmes of the DBS-SMU Sustainability Initiative include the introduction of Singapore’s first sustainability major, as well as...


SMEs to get funding support in upskilling of workers

“Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) should send their workforce for upskilling," said Senior Minister of State for Trade and...


HDB launches 3,739 flats for sale in February

There is good news for Singaporeans who want to purchase flats as the Housing and Development Board (HDB) launched 3,739 flats for sale...


Singapore and New Zealand travellers to enjoy automated immigration clearance

From February 12 this year, Singapore and New Zealand nationals will be able to make use of automated immigration clearance facilities when...