Singapore came with an initiative that will make the education for Lawyers an ongoing process as from 1st April’2012 onwards, new lawyers will now be spending more than 8 hours on learning activities by December and that too before they can renew the certificates of practising in 2013.
According to the sources, some 1200 lawyers will have to follow the above decision by the new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme. This decision is also for the lawyers who have been practising at the Singapore Bar on or after 2nd January 2007.
This scheme has been administered by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education. The main aim of this scheme is to allow lawyers to understand and recognise the importance of learning and will be applicable in their entire profession.
The new CPD scheme will allow the new qualified lawyer to get 8 points which in turn means 8 hours of learning activity. Out of these 8 points, 4 points must be from the learning activities that will be done by the one of the 12 institutions that include Singapore Management University’s School of Law, Singapore Academy of Law, National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law etc. The left 4 points can ne acquired by attending the legal conferences as well as the seminars, review learning videos, online programmes, writing and publishing the articles in legal publications and journals that are approved by the Institute.
Popular HDB, Housing and Development Board, in Singapore will launch 8000 flats in Build-to-Order (BTO) and Sale of Balance Flats (SBF).
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Well these flats are in mature as well as in non mature estates and are mix in number of room i.e. the flats have rooms in the range of 3 to 5.
There will be more than 50 percent of the flats as BTO flats along with 860 flats in Bukit Panjang, 670 in Clementi, 640 in Geylang, 1200 in Bukit Batok, 410 in Bedok, 180 in Toa Payoh, 130 in Bukit Timah.
Khaw Boon Wan, National Development Minister, Singapore , said that there is large variety of flats that will definitely suit needs of different people. Flat buyers can apply for the flats that suit their needs and requirements and also can choose the estate also.
Priority will be given to the people who will have the HDB flat for the very first time and the formalities for the acquistion will be done fast. Also the second time buyers have more chances to get BTO flats but in non- mature states and also propagate the Married Child Priority Scheme.
Also there is news that there will be introduction of new Multi-Generation Priority Scheme that will allow married children to live with their parents or near to their parents’ home. The other schemes include Ageing-in-Place Priority Scheme and a Silver Housing Bonus Scheme that will be beneficial for the older people.
In Ageing-in-Place Priority Scheme, there will be an initiative to offer 300 studio appartments to older people in Bukit Timah and Toa Payoh.