Singapore digest news (19.09-24.09)

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Singapore, India to cooperate in new areas, including food and energy security: Lawrence Wong

Singapore and India have agreed to cooperate in several new areas, ranging from food and energy security, green technology to digital connectivity, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong said on Tuesday (Sep 20).

Speaking to journalists after a five-day visit to India, he added that the inaugural India-Singapore Ministerial Roundtable can serve as the platform for regular meetings between both sides and to coordinate new areas of partnership moving forward.

“In that way, India and Singapore can play a role together to secure a more stable and prosperous Asia-Pacific.”


Asia is interested in Russian film projects

Russian film products are of interest abroad, mainly in Asia. According to “Roskino”, Asian companies have expressed interest in the Russian thrillers, historical content, both fiction and documentary, and comedies.

Most actively interested in Russian projects representatives of China, India, South Korea and Malaysia.

Coming Soon! In November this year, Russian Film Week IV will be held in Malaysia and Singapore. Event will be organized by the Russia-Singapore Business Council.

The repertoire of the Russian Film Week will be represented by modern and mesmerizing films.


Aerial activities to be restricted over parts of Singapore during F1 week

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will establish a temporary restricted area (TRA) over parts of the country from Sep 29 to Oct 3 while the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix takes place.

This is to ensure the safety of the public and clear the way for low-level helicopter flights that will provide aerial footage of the event, CAAS said in a media release on Wednesday (Sep 21).
The first Singapore Grand Prix since 2019 will take place from Sep 30 to Oct 2 after a hiatus brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Singapore’s largest train and bus depot to open in 2025, structural works 75% complete

About 75 per cent of the structural works for Singapore’s largest train and bus depot have been completed, and the facility is slated to be ready in 2025.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Tuesday gave an update on the East Coast Integrated Depot in Changi, which is said to be first in the world to have three train depots and a bus depot located within one site.

Works on the depot are progressing well, said LTA, adding that concreting and architectural works are ongoing.

Construction of the four-in-one facility started in 2016 and was initially planned to be completed by 2024. This was pushed to 2025 due to delays arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The three train depots are stacked on top of one another, with the Downtown MRT Line depot underground, the one for the Thomson-East Coast Line at ground level, and the East-West Line depot on the level above.


A hairy solution to urban farming: growing salad out of human hair

The luscious locks of hair left behind on the salon floor could one day grow the salad you eat after your haircut, thanks to scientists from NTU, who have created the growth medium used in urban farming – known as hydroponics substrates – using keratin extracted from human hair.

In hydroponics, crops are grown without soil, using a substrate that acts as both a support structure and a reservoir for water and nutrients. support structure and a reservoir for water and nutrients. The keratin-based substrates developed by the NTU research team have been tested with crops such as microgreens and leafy vegetables, including the Chinese cabbage bok choy and arugula leaves, also known as rocket.

The research team is in talks with industry partners, including local urban farms, to perform large-scale field tests. One such test aims to tweak the composition of the substrate in order to accommodate different types of vegetable crops, including those with thicker roots.