Singapore digest news (27.02-04.03)

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2 new hawker centres to open this year; 25 scheduled to undergo repairs, redecoration: Amy Khor

Two new hawker centres, including one in Buangkok, will open this year, said Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Amy Khor on Thursday (Mar 2).

Buangkok Hawker Centre and Woodleigh Village Hawker Centre are expected to be operational this year, Dr Khor announced in Parliament together with updates on efforts to safeguard the hawker trade in Singapore.


Wettest February day recorded on Feb 28, surpassing previous high in 1995

Singapore experienced its wettest February day on Tuesday (Feb 28), with the highest daily total rainfall of 225.5mm recorded at Kallang. This exceeds the previous high of 159.3mm on Feb 4, 1995, the Meteorological Service Singapore said on Wednesday.


Singapore announces new 5G projects in EV manufacturing, river cleaning

Singapore will see three new applications of 5G technology this year, including two firsts in electric vehicle manufacturing and river cleaning, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary told Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 28).

Dr Puthucheary said that measurements by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) confirmed that Singapore's first two 5G standalone networks have reached 95 per cent nationwide outdoor coverage, ahead of a 2025 target for nationwide coverage.


About 200 people granted Singapore PR status through Global Investor Programme from 2020 to 2022

About 200 people have been granted permanent residency (PR) through the Global Investor Programme (GIP) between 2020 and 2022, said Minister of State for Trade and Industry Low Yen Ling in Parliament on Thursday (Feb 23).

She was responding to a question from MP Yip Hon Weng (PAP-Yio Chu Kang) on the number of people who had used the GIP to qualify for permanent residency in the past three years.


Ministries, statutory boards to report sustainability efforts annually

The Government will publish an annual report to detail its progress, efforts and plans in environmental sustainability starting in Financial Year 2023, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu told Parliament on Thursday (Mar 2).

The annual report comes under the GreenGov.SG initiative, which details how the public sector will lead the way in pursuing sustainable development. Under GreenGov.SG, the Government has committed to achieve several sustainability targets by 2030, including for energy, water and waste, and to achieve net-zero emissions around 2045, five years ahead of the national target.