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    Default Scientists make contact with X-SAT

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    By Lois Calderon | Posted: 26 April 2011 2100 hrs


    An India's PSLV-C16 rocket blasts off at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Shriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. (AFP Photo/STR)
    SINGAPORE: Scientists here have established contact with Singapore's first locally built micro-satellite X-SAT in space.

    The successful communication with the satellite was made on Wednesday last week at 10.06 pm (Singapore time), less than 10 hours after it was launched into the earth's orbit with two other satellites by India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV-C16.

    The team of scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) made the communication link from the mission control station at the university's Research Techno Plaza, the NTU said in a press statement released Tuesday.

    "The telemetry received from the satellite shows that X-SAT is in good working condition. Its solar panels have since been deployed and are operating well," the statement said.

    The X-SAT is wholly designed and built in Singapore by NTU in partnership with DSO National Laboratories.

    It carries an imaging system, an advanced navigation experimental set-up, and a parallel processing unit for image processing.

    The satellite will orbit the earth for three years at a height of 800 kilometres and take photographs which will help scientists measure soil erosion and environmental changes.

    It can also capture data for monitoring forest fires and oil pollution at sea

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    Default Literary arts scene gets boost

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    Posted: 26 April 2011 1649 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: The literary arts scene in Singapore has received a major boost through a new programme where local and international literary luminaries will write and teach at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

    The three-year, S$1.5 million programme is co-funded by NTU and the National Arts Council.

    They have established the Singapore Writing Residencies, a new scheme where distinguished writers join NTU's Division of English for up to a year while working on a literary project.

    A joint news release said the programme is the first of its kind in Singapore, offering two writers-in-residence positions each year for local and international writers.

    This will allow them to work side by side on literary projects, while teaching and mentoring students of creative writing at NTU.

    The writers will also take part in literary activities at the university and in the cultural life of the local community.

    NTU's dean of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Alan Chan said the programme will support the development of Singapore literature by giving valuable time and space to local writers.

    Professor Chan also said that by drawing top international writers to Singapore, the programme will help foster dynamic new connections between local and global literatures.

    The positions will be open to novelists, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, graphic novelists and writers of creative non-fiction.

    Applications for the residencies will open on May 9 and close on June 15 for the Singapore position, and on July 15 for the international position.

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    Default Thumbs up for heartland remaking plans

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    An artist's impression of Hougang Parkview. Most of the 13,000 who visited the Housing Board's $1 billion Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) plans for Hougang, East Coast and the Jurong Lake areas have given their resounding support in a survey. -- PHOTO: HDB


    THEY came, they saw, they liked what's coming up in their estates.

    Most of the 13,000 who visited the Housing Board's $1 billion Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) plans for Hougang, East Coast and the Jurong Lake areas have given their resounding support in a survey, said the HDB in a statement on Tuesday.

    They were among the 77,000 visitors who went to the exhibitions showcasing the transformation plans for the three areas, held in January, after National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan announced them.

    'Close to 100 per cent of some 13,000 survey respondents during the exhibition period are looking forward eagerly to the plans to transform these areas,' said the HDB.

    For Hougang, residents most look forward to enhancements of the town centre, which will see a mixed commercial and private development offering shopping, dining and entertainment facilities, waterfront housing and flats upgrading, and the heritage corridor along Upper Serangoon Road.

    Over at East Coast, a popular recreational spot for many Singaporeans, residents are most keen to see a direct link between Bedok Reservoir and the East Coast park to the Bedok Town Centre via a dedicated cycling and pedestrian path, lined with community gardens, recreational points and exercise corners.

    For Jurong, residents are most interested in the proposal to create new water playgrounds with edutainment attractions, waterfront hotels, new parks and promenades around the Jurong lakeside.

    Read the full report in Wednesday's edition of The Straits Times.

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    What do you know - I've made an auspicious 8818 mark today in the number of postings in this forum.

    Of course my next target will be ---- you guessed it and I hope to see you then.

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    Default Indoor Stadium could stage clash of the titans

    Badminton superstar Lin Dan will be here for S'pore Open, signs are world No 1 Lee will also come


    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:46 AM Apr 27, 2011

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    Li-Ning Singapore Open 2011

    SINGAPORE - They currently stand head and shoulders above everyone else in men's badminton, two great rivals who look set to battle for the sport's top honours over the next couple of years.

    At 27, China's Lin Dan is already hailed as one of the all-time greats of his sport. Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, 28, is in the form of his life, as he works towards fulfilling a dream at next year's Olympic Games.

    And they could well stage one of the great match-ups in the sport at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in June.

    Organisers of the US$200,000 (S$247,000) Li-Ning Singapore Open, which will be held here from June 14 to 19, announced yesterday that Lin Dan, the current world No 3, will play in the tournament. Lee, the world No 1, is also likely to be in the main draw.

    Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) vice-president Ng Yoke Weng, the organising chairman, said: "I promise you this year the Li-Ning Singapore Open will be ... exciting and will draw the best shuttlers from all over the world.

    "The world's top players will be coming down, and we will definitely see a lot of exciting matches ... they (Lee and Lin Dan) always get great support and hopefully we can see them perform well and meet in the final."

    The last time they clashed, Lee overcame a huge psychological barrier when he beat his Chinese arch-rival 21-17, 21-17 in the All-England final in March in Birmingham.

    It was the first time Lee beat Lin Dan to win a major title, and he became the first Malaysian to retain the All-England crown since the great Eddy Choong (1957, 1958).

    Revenge will be very much on Lin Dan's mind.

    The shuttler, one of a handful who have won the Grand Slam of Olympic gold, All-England, World Championships and Asian Games gold, will also look to land his maiden Singapore Open win.

    In a statement yesterday, he said: "Li-Ning Singapore Open is one tournament that I want to win and add to my collection of trophies.

    "Singapore is also somewhere I'd like to visit, the food is good, people are friendly and the place is very clean."

    One big reason fans here will get to see the world's best shuttlers is because the Singapore Open is the first super series event that will offer qualifying points for next year's Olympics. The qualifying period for the London Games starts on May 2 and will end on April 29, 2012.

    With the Indoor Stadium holding a capacity of 8,000 for the tournament, organisers expect a near full house for the semi-finals and finals.

    In the women's draw, China's All-England champion and world No 1 Wang Shixian and newly-crowned Asian champion Wang Yihan (world No 2) are expected to feature. India's world No 4, Sania Nehwal, has yet to indicate if she will be back to defend her singles title.

    Fans will see all the women play in skirts for the first time after the introduction of the new code by the Badminton World Federation, who want to ensure an elegant presentation of badminton.

    The new dress code was scheduled to take hold on May 1, but was postponed for a month to allow players more time to adapt to their new attire.



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    Daily ticket (premium): S$17 qualifying, preliminary rounds, S$35 quarter-finals, S$40 semi-finals, S$50 finals

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    Yao Lei and Shinta in the spotlight

    by Low Lin Fhoong

    Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari will draw much attention at the Li-Ning Singapore Open, as the Republic's highest ranked women's doubles pair (world No 10) look to defend their title at the Indoor Stadium.

    The pair created history last year after defeating South Koreans Lee Hyo Jung and Kim Min Jung 21-17, 22-20 in the final, becoming the first from the Republic to win a Singapore Open title in 20 years.

    With the world's top players expected in town for the tournament, the local pair will face an uphill task. All-England champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang (Chinese world No 2 pair) and Japan's Satoko Suetsuna and Miyuki Maeda (3) will be among the favourites for the Singaporean pair's crown.

    Shinta, 22, and 21-year-old Yao Lei are currently in New Delhi and will start play in the second round today in the India Open Superseries event.

    Said Ng Yoke Weng, Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) vice-president: "No doubt there will be some pressure on them as defending champions, but I'm sure with home support, they will give their best and hopefully do equally well this year. This will definitely be a good start on their road towards the Olympics in 2012."

    Gu Juan - who qualified for the All-England quarter-finals in March - and Fu Mingtian, who are ranked 32nd and 39th in the world, respectively, will lead the hosts' charge in the women's singles, while Yao Lei and Chayut Triyachart (world No 31) will do battle in the mixed doubles event.

    The Republic will likely not be represented in the men's singles. Only the world's top 44 players are eligible for the competition and Singapore's highest ranked men, Derek Wong and Ashton Chen, are currently 66th and 70th in the world. LOW LIN FHOONG




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    Apr 28, 2011

    IN THE ST NEWSPAPER TODAY

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    The white-bellied sea eagles were spotted last week by Choa Chu Kang resident Boris Chan and his family, after which he posted some photographs of them taken by his 10-year-old son on Facebook. It is not a rare species, says the Nature Society. -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF BORIS CHAN


    A PAIR of eagles have built a nest in a tree in Choa Chu Kang Drive, on a site slated for building an executive condominium.

    Pictures of the breeding pair of white-bellied sea eagles, posted on Facebook, have raised a flutter on citizen journalism website Stomp, with a number of netizens asking what will become of the eagles when the piling starts.

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    Default ACJC debaters score abroad

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    Apr 28, 2011

    By Neo Wen Tong



    A TEAM of five Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) debaters had to quickly adapt to a different debating style during a four-day competition in Slovakia earlier this month.

    But their efforts paid off, and they took the top spot in the international Bratislava Schools Debating Competition 2011, which ended on April 11.

    'The other teams had a different debating style. While in Singapore, we are used to content- based debates, they used tactical strategies, such as pointing out weaknesses in other teams' arguments,' said David Aw, 17.

    His teammates were Toh Ghee Wei, Joshua Jesudason, Natalie Wang and Su Jia Zhe, all 17.

    The competition, held in Bratislava, saw 20 teams taking part. They included teams from Slovakia, Romania, Germany, Turkey, Croatia and Slovenia.

    A second five-person ACJC team managed to reach the semi-finals.

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    Default Wage growth "very moderate": Lim Boon Heng

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    By Lois Calderon | Posted: 27 April 2011 1735 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: Retiring minister Lim Boon Heng has said that the pace at which wages has been rising has been "very moderate", even as he pointed out that wage hikes should still lag productivity growth.

    He made the assessment on the sidelines of an industry conference on fair employment practices on Wednesday, ahead of deliberations of the National Wages Council (NWC) slated for April 29.

    "From the workers' perspective, the last 10 years have been difficult -- (it is like) riding a roller coaster with many different ups and downs," Mr Lim said

    "The result of which was that wage increases have been quite modest; were very moderate. And at the same time, prices have increased
    ."

    However, Mr Lim pointed out that rising wages would mean higher labour costs which could hurt labour competitiveness.

    Mr Lim said to strike the balance, "wage increases should lag productivity growth.

    "When that happens, then we will still remain competitive. If wage growth outstrips productivity in the long term, then we become uncompetitive and we lose out to other countries," Mr Lim said.

    Latest government statistics show that Singapore's wages rose by an annual 7.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year to a monthly average of S$4,474, faster than the 5.4 per cent witnessed a quarter earlier.

    On the other hand, labour productivity growth was an annual 7.8 per cent during the same period, accelerating from the third quarter's 6.2 per cent rate.

    Honorary treasurer of the Singapore Business Federation Bob Tan, who is a member of the NWC, said higher wage costs would be inevitable if tight labour market conditions persist.

    Mr Tan noted that Singapore's current workforce would not be enough to keep pace with an expected robust growth in the economy.

    Wage pressures would come from stronger labour demand, he said.

    "With the recent government announcement to curtail the inflow of foreign workers, we're going to see a very tight market situation and that means we need to find more workers," Mr Tan said.

    "If the economy does well, we would expect wages to go up," he added.

    The government reiterated the need for "inclusive" labour market policies for Singapore to continue to prosper.

    Mr Lim said: "If we employ on the basis of merit, it doesn't matter whether you are a man or woman, young or old or what race you are or what religion that you practise.

    "That's the meaning of inclusive growth. That everybody has a chance for a job and therefore participate in the economy".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
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    IN THE ST NEWSPAPER TODAY

    By Grace Chua




    The white-bellied sea eagles were spotted last week by Choa Chu Kang resident Boris Chan and his family, after which he posted some photographs of them taken by his 10-year-old son on Facebook. It is not a rare species, says the Nature Society. -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF BORIS CHAN


    A PAIR of eagles have built a nest in a tree in Choa Chu Kang Drive, on a site slated for building an executive condominium.

    Pictures of the breeding pair of white-bellied sea eagles, posted on Facebook, have raised a flutter on citizen journalism website Stomp, with a number of netizens asking what will become of the eagles when the piling starts.
    Relocate to Msia or Ina?

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    here in BC, we do not allow politics posts.
    kindly adhere to the policies that we are practicing here.

    thanks.

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    Relocate to Msia or Ina?
    Maybe the eagles will relocate to another forested site in Singapore, but the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserves with its marshes and mangrove swamps may not be suitable. Though there are other big birds like the stork and ibis that can be found in the tall trees surrounding the reserves.

    There were some exciting moments when Singapore found itself with unexpected visitors. Apart from migratory birds that flew in from northern Asia to escape the winter, to feed on the menu table at Sungei Buloh, animals such as a young elephant and the occasional wild boar, swan across the waters from neighbouring countries. I think our scientists also found thought-to-be-extinct reptiles, insects, flora and birds which could have surfaced from elsewhere.

    But it is becoming a big problem when man intrudes into animal territory under the 'guise' of development and progress.

    Just the other day, I watched a TV documentary on this subject.

    In Mumbai, while the leopard population is growing, their habitat has become smaller when human activity encroaches into their territory and take away their space and sources of food supply. The leopards are forced to venture into homes in the dark for food and as they grow bolder, they attack people as well and the kids are the most vulnerable.

    Even in Los Angeles, cyclists who rode alone on mountain tracks especially, have been attacked by mountain lions which pounced on them and dragged them into their lair with their powerful jaws over their neck and head. Their bodies are cleverly camouflaged with leaves and eaten for a meal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drifit View Post
    here in BC, we do not allow politics posts.
    kindly adhere to the policies that we are practicing here.

    thanks.
    Thank you mod.

    For those who are interested to follow the news on "Singapore General Elections" please refer to:

    Channel NewsAsia
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    and/or
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    Maybe the eagles will relocate to another forested site in Singapore, but the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserves with its marshes and mangrove swamps may not be suitable. Though there are other big birds like the stork and ibis that can be found in the tall trees surrounding the reserves.

    There were some exciting moments when Singapore found itself with unexpected visitors. Apart from migratory birds that flew in from northern Asia to escape the winter, to feed on the menu table at Sungei Buloh, animals such as a young elephant and the occasional wild boar, swan across the waters from neighbouring countries. I think our scientists also found thought-to-be-extinct reptiles, insects, flora and birds which could have surfaced from elsewhere.

    But it is becoming a big problem when man intrudes into animal territory under the 'guise' of development and progress.

    Just the other day, I watched a TV documentary on this subject.

    In Mumbai, while the leopard population is growing, their habitat has become smaller when human activity encroaches into their territory and take away their space and sources of food supply. The leopards are forced to venture into homes in the dark for food and as they grow bolder, they attack people as well and the kids are the most vulnerable.

    Even in Los Angeles, cyclists who rode alone on mountain tracks especially, have been attacked by mountain lions which pounced on them and dragged them into their lair with their powerful jaws over their neck and head. Their bodies are cleverly camouflaged with leaves and eaten for a meal.
    I follow Animal Planet and Nat Geo Wild everyday on TV. In this region a lot of potential problems will stem from the
    result of opening up forests for Palm Oil and Rubber which are enjoying good prices.

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    Apr 29, 2011

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    Photojournalists and artist scoop gold and silver

    By Cheong Suk-Wai, Senior Writer


    Straits Times winners (from left) Mugilan Rajasegeran, Jaster Ngui and Neo Xiaobin at the 10th Asia Media Awards in Bangkok last night. -- PHOTO: MUHAMMAD NIZAM ADLI SAPARIN


    A SPLIT-SECOND encounter with a teen swimmer from Madagascar scored Straits Times (ST) photojournalist Mugilan Rajasegeran a gold gong for sports photography at the 10th Asia Media Awards in Bangkok yesterday.

    Mr Rajasegeran, 30, took his winning shot of "the Malagasy lunging towards him while lying flat on his belly on the edge of the Singapore Sports School" pool at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) last August.

    He recalls: 'I'd been covering YOG swimming for six days and suddenly, here he comes in bright yellow goggles, swimming towards the light. It was exotic and exciting.'

    Last night's win was his third international accolade since he joined The Straits Times seven years ago.

    Fellow photojournalist Neo Xiao-bin, 27, won a silver for feature photography at the same gala, for her poignant photograph of the sea burial of the young woman who drowned accidentally in Sentosa Cove last year. She captured the dead woman's father throwing her ashes out to sea in Dalian, China.

    Ms Neo, who had won his trust to document his final farewell to his daughter, said: 'We were in very choppy waters and there was almost no space for me to move about in the boat. It was all very emotional, with the father wailing throughout.'

    Their colleague, executive artist Jaster Ngui, 33, struck gold too with a Best in Magazine Infographics award for her work with The Straits Times' IN, a weekly print magazine which about 100,000 teens here read today.

    Ms Ngui, who once used spices to illustrate the world map for IN, was thrilled to win for work she relished doing.

    The newspaper's editor, Mr Han Fook Kwang, said: 'We're very proud of our three winners who've shown that their work is up there with the best in Asia. Our readers expect high standards from The Straits Times and we're committed to making it the quality paper they deserve.'

    The trio's haul made media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) - whose flagship publication is the ST - the biggest winner at the annual awards this year, with five wins in total.

    The remaining two awards went to SPH Magazines' MG/Zine (gold) and The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel (bronze).

    SPH has traditionally dominated these annual publishing awards, which are organised by the World Association of Newspapers and Newspaper Publishers (Wan-Ifra) and which recognise excellence among individuals and organisations that have embraced new technologies and creative and innovative thinking in the global media industry.

    Last night's gala was graced by Thai Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva who, in a speech, told his 500-strong audience of mostly foreign journalists that it would be the last time he spoke to them before dissolving his country's parliament next week for polls in June or July.

    SPH's largest Wan-Ifra win to date was in 2005, when it romped home with 12 awards in total, also in Bangkok.

    The night's second biggest winners were Hong Kong's South China Morning Post Publishers and Indonesia's PT Jakarta Globe Media, which won three awards apiece in the newspaper and magazine design, and news feature writing and photography categories respectively.

    It was a signal night for SPH as it reaffirmed its power in print with three other major awards and four Highly Commended citations - including Best Single Advertisement, Best Print Campaign and Best Advertising Feature or Supplement - from the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association.

    Mr Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of SPH's English and Malay Newspapers Division, said: 'Newspapers face threats from many quarters. Our best response is to deliver quality on a daily basis. This is why these awards mean so much to us. '

    Added SPH chief executive Alan Chan: 'I would like to thank our staff for their hard work and tireless pursuit of excellence.'

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    The Straits Times



    May 1, 2011

    IN THE ST NEWSPAPER TODAY
    Couple find 19th century shipwreck

    Research at National Library here led Aussies to site of wreck

    By Feng Zengkun

    The Viscount Melbourne, a British cargo ship, was stranded on a coral reef after being hit by a squall. The wreck was recently discovered by Australian part-time marine archaeologists Hans and Roz Berekoven. -- PHOTOS: THE BEREKOVENS





    A SHIP that sank more than 150 years ago in Borneo waters after visiting Singapore has been found by two Australians.

    Part-time marine archaeologists Hans and Roz Berekoven - who are married to each other - said their find was unlikely to yield any treasures as the ship had been a British cargo vessel, but it could add to knowledge of trade then.

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    Default About 2.4m Singaporeans to receive 'Grow & Share' payments by May 1

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    SINGAPORE: Singaporeans who are entitled to their growth dividends and CPF Medisave top-ups will receive their payments by this weekend.

    The Ministry of Finance (MOF) said about 2.4 million adult Singaporeans will get about S$1.5 billion in growth dividends.

    About 1.3 million Singaporeans aged 45 and above will receive about S$500 million in CPF Medisave top-ups.

    The payments are part of the 'Grow & Share' package announced by the government in the 2011 Budget.

    The majority, or 80 per cent, of the 2.4 million Singaporeans will get the higher Growth Dividend of S$600 and S$800.

    About 800,000 servicemen who have served or who are serving National Service would have also received an additional S$100 by Sunday.


    For the CPF Medisave top-up, a 55-year-old earning S$60,000 annually living in a four-room HDB flat will receive S$300, while a 70-year-old retiree living in a three-room HDB flat will receive S$600.

    The finance ministry said the 'Grow & Share' package, together with other benefits in Budget 2011, will help Singaporeans cope with higher costs of living this year.

    It said the benefits that most lower-and middle-income Singaporean households get will be much larger than the increase in the cost of their household consumption baskets this year.

    It added that a typical two-generation household living in a three-room HDB flat receives benefits of about S$3,500, which is significantly more than the cost increases they are expected to face.

    For a typical three-generation household living in a five-room HDB, the benefits amount to about S$4,000.

    To date, 97 per cent of Singaporeans have signed up for the payments.

    Singaporeans who have signed up for their payouts previously (GST Credits) will not have to do so again. Those who have not signed up have until Dec 31, 2011 to do so at www.growandshare.gov.sg . They can also fill in forms available at any community club, community development council or CPF Service Centre.

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