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).
Want to know more about these flats?
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.
Yes you read it write!!! The famous Jurong Lake District will allow Singapore to become a good business place as Singapore gives good municipal services, promote engagement among citizens and most important, it use the precious resources optimally for the benefit of the country.
Also Singapore has been chosen as a Recipient of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant for 2012.
What is Smarter Cities Challenge? Well it is a challenge that had been started in 2011 and covers 100 cities and the challenge costs US$50 million.
The top management and experts of IBM come together and study the local urban issues and then make recommendations on such issues in order to improve the conditions.
The EDB (Economic Development Board), URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) and the other agencies who are partners of IBM, will work with the experts of IBM.
Also the experts will change the Jurong Lake District into a sustainable, smart and connected high density district.
Jurong Lake District is a 360ha place in West Singapore and is expected to support the Economic Growth of the Singapore in the coming 10-15 years.
Also the Jurong Lake District will make use of the resources efficiently, land optimization and increase the quality of life of the workers , residents and visitors.
Singapore is known for innovative solutions to the problems.
Ministry for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Singapore want schools to start the student care centers. This will be very beneficial for the students as they will be able to reap the benefits of he student care services in the school itself after the lessons come to an end.
Also the Ministry gives development grants to encourage such initiatives and hence open up such centers that will be operated by Voluntary Welfare Organizations.
The schools that will face the shortage of space, can go to the Ministry for funding as well as for developing already developed modular structures.
Halimah Yacob, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports,claimed the same at the opening of the AMP-Mercu Centre at Fuhua Primary School.
he advantage of the Student Care Centers will be that they provide constant support and care to the children and specially those who have nobody at their homes when they reach home after school.
Latest News!!! Singapore’s Changi Airports International , which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Changi Airport Group will do partnership with GVK Airport Holdings Private Limited. According to the sources, the latter will get Rs 2000-2200 crore for the 26 percent stake.
The GVK Airport Holdings Private Limited is in Hyderabad, India and the Changi Airport Group has decided to buy the stake just before the bidding that was scheduled to happen for the new airport for Mumbai and in order to cater the Mumbai’s traffic.
The announcement of this deal will be made when it is finalized and it is likely to be in January 2012.
The advantages of this deal for GVK will be
- GVK will get to work with powerful Changi Airport Group
- The new airport that will be made in Mumbai will help to adjust and lighten the heavy traffic in the existing Mumbai’s airport.
- This deal will help GVK to come out of debt of Rs 5000 crore.
The pros for this deal for Changi, Singapore will be
With this deal, Changi Airport Group will be able to enter the India’s 2 biggest cities – Mumbai and Bangalore.
Heavy discounts are being offered in various malls in Singapore on this Christmas. Special events are also organized for shoppers and others to enjoy every moment and feel the excitement of the coming Christmas festival.
People are going for shopping in large numbers and that too in night also. Most of the shops are decorated so beautifully and hence enhance the experience of people coming for shopping.
ION Orchard, has kept a huge Christmas tree and also arranged some great activities for the visitors. This is done to let people do shopping as well as enjoy.
It has been claimed that around 4 million people come to ION Orchard for shopping and that too in a month.People in large number are coming for shopping at Orchard Road also.
Merry Christmas and Happy Shopping!!
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore wants the companies in Singapore to go for sustainable constructions as the government has committed that it will give funds for such constructions at the 3rd International Holcim Awards for Asia Pacific, said by CEO of Building and Construction Authority, Dr John Keong.
Also he told about the plan of Singapore to work towards zero landfill,building capabilities among local industry players and decreasing the needs of basic construction materials.
So this shows that the Singaporean Government wants the sustainability to be achieved as soon as possible. This can also be supported from the fact that the Government has pledged $ 15 million in order to support the Sustainable Construction Capability Development Fund for capabilities like using recycled material for building and construction.
In the year 2011, BCA got 60 proposals and $ 3 million and hence Dr Keong urge companies to make use of this fund.
Good political relations between Singapore and Malaysia should encourage companies in both the countries to excel in the sectors of manufacturing and other services by collaborating with each other.
Lim Hng Kiang, Singapore’s Trade and Industry Minister, said that both the countries should take advantage of each others strengths and this would be possible if Singapore and Malaysia will join their hands together and works towards each others benefits. The plus point is that the compatibility between Iskandar Malaysia and Singapore will help in integration of processes easily and quickly.
As claimed by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority, the fifth- largest investor in Malaysia was Singapore which invested 1.9 billion ringgit (S$779.7 million) in the first 8 months of 2011 ,for manufacturing investments.
According to sources, bilateral trade between Malaysia and Singapore raised by 3.8 percent which is S$ 92.6 billion and that too in just first 10 months of 2011. With this Malaysia became the largest trading partner of Singapore.
Malaysian government has also taken steps to improve the business environment and services sector.
Malaysia’s Minister for International Trade and Industry expects that Foreign Direct Investments in 2011 will be higher than 2010.
Singapore is a popular tourist destination for its many shopping malls, natural beauty, resorts and exciting nightlife. Thousands of tourists from different parts of the Asian continent as well as the world visit this place every year. It is a city-state and enjoys an exclusive status of being the most happening economic hub of the continent.
Location and Geography
Singapore is an island country located south of the Malay Peninsula. It is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor. The country is made up of 63 islands and though the city is highly urbanized, rainforest covers more than 50% of its landscape.
The Singapore government has undertaken the policy to expand the size of the state through land reclamation. The current landmass of the country stands at 704 square kilometers. Urbanization has destroyed most of the rainforest of the country and now only 23% of the total landmass of the state belongs to forests and national reserves.
The city enjoys a typical tropical climate, which is warm year round with a comfortable winter season.
It is a favorite beach destination. Its natural beaches were destroyed during the process of land reclamation. So, most of Singapore’s existing beaches are man made. Given below is a list of its main beaches:
- East Coast Park Beach
- Punggol Beach: It is a historical World War II massacre site
- Sembawang Park
- West Coast Park
- Pasir Ris Park
- Changi Beach
Tourism in Singapore
Tourism is the most important business in Singapore. It is full of excitements and adventures to keep tourists from different walks of life engrossed. Over 990,000 international visitors had visited the city during February 2011.
It is regarded as one of the safest tourist destinations in the world. The crime rate in the state against tourists is significantly low. English is a widely spoken language which further helps in attracting large number of western tourists to the country. The place is known for its endless options for shoppers and food lovers. However, it also happens to be a famous destination for Eco tourism.
Sentosa Island is located to the south of Singapore city. Unlike the other atolls that make up the island country, Sentosa is a man-made theme park like island where tourists and locals gather to unwind and enjoy quality time. The island is famous for its many resorts, beaches and rainforest.
Location and topography of Sentosa
The word Sentosa means ‘peace and tranquility’ in Malay dialect. The island covers an area of 5 sq km. It lies half a kilometer away from the southern coast of Singapore.
Around 70% of the total area of the island is covered with rainforest which plays a crucial role in preserving the biodiversity of the area. A 3.2 kilometer long white sandy beach that surrounds the island is one of the greatest tourist attractions of the place.
Attractions of Sentosa Island
It only takes 12 minutes to reach Sentosa Island from Vivo city. The journey to the island is an interesting one and you will be taken there on a cable car. The island is full of recreational facilities and resorts. The many hangout places of the island have turned it into a large amusement park. Some of the major attractions of the island are as follows:
- Resorts World
- Universal Studio
- Carlsberg Sky Tower
- Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
- Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon
- Imbiah Lookout
- Siloso Point
- Sentosa 4D Magix
- Megazip Adventure Park
- Sentosa Nature Discovery
- Fort Siloso
- Sentosa CineBlast
- Siloso Beach
The Merlion is a very popular landmark of the place. It is a mythological animal and also the mascot of Singapore. It has got the head of a lion and the body of a fish.