Singapore digest news (20.02-25.03)

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Singapore-Malaysia collaboration crucial amid evolving geopolitical environment: President Halimah

President Halimah Yacob says it is now more important than ever for Singapore and Malaysia to work closely together, as the geopolitical landscape is changing around the two neighbouring countries. Halimah Yacob is in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (Mar 21), attending a state banquet hosted by the Malaysian King.


Singapore's core inflation unchanged at 5.5% in February

In January, core inflation had gone up from 5.1 per cent to 5.5 per cent - the highest since November 2008.

Core inflation was unchanged as lower services inflation was broadly offset by higher inflation for retail and other goods and electricity and gas, said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI).

Overall inflation came in at 6.3 per cent year-on-year in February, lower than the 6.6 per cent recorded the month before.


Muslims in Singapore to mark start of Ramadan on Mar 23

Muslims in Singapore mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan on Thursday (Mar 23). The holy month begins with a sighting of the new moon based on the Islamic lunar calendar, after which religious authorities will declare the start of Ramadan.

The Mufti of Singapore, Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, wished all Muslims in Singapore a blessed Ramadan.

We wish our Muslim friends joyful and blessed Ramadan!


Advancing water treatment for a sustainable future

Billions of people around the word, especially those in developing regions, do not have access to clean water for drinking, hygiene and sanitation.

To address the water challenges faced by communities and countries around the world, researchers from NTU are developing innovations to purify water, as well as to treat wastewater effectively.

They include a low-cost way to filter toxic heavy metals from water using plant waste; a bio-sand filter system for removing arsenic from groundwater; new membranes that reduce the energy used during desalination; 3D-printed membrane that can filter wastewater more quickly; and a new method to remove phosphorus from wastewater that works at higher temperatures than those for current processes.


Regional aviation safety centre to be set up in Singapore to raise standards in Asia-Pacific

A regional centre will be established in Singapore to study issues related to aviation safety in the Asia-Pacific, including how best to recruit and train pilots to meet a rising demand for competent air crew.

For a start, the new Asia-Pacific Centre for Aviation Safety will pull together data to identify region-specific risks, develop targeted solutions, and look into the capabilities that are needed to maintain effective safety leadership.

“Aviation safety must be our top and undisputed priority,” Mr Iswaran said, noting that this will not only help to secure the current recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic but also bolster prospects for long-term growth.