Singapore digest news (01.05-06.05)

IndiGo Strengthens Connectivity To Southeast Asia; Announces New Flights And Additional Frequencies To Singapore And Bangkok

IndiGo, India’s leading carrier has announced four flights between India and Southeast Asia, including two new routes between Bhubaneshwar-Singapore and Bhubaneshwar-Bangkok, adding second frequency on Bangkok-Kolkata route w.e.f. June 03, 2023.

In view of the high demand for travel from Delhi to Singapore during the post-covid times, IndiGo will start daily direct flights between the two major tourist hubs from May 25, 2023. These flights will significantly enhance connectivity and accessibility across Southeast Asia and provide customers with more and affordable options, especially during the summer vacation.


Saudi Nationals to be Granted Visa-Free Entry to Singapore From June 2023

The Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has announced that Saudi nationals with passports issued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will no longer need to apply for an entry visa to enter Singapore from 1 June 2023.


Loh Kean Yew one win away from becoming Singapore’s first Asian badminton champion

Loh Kean Yew is already in the history books by becoming the first Singaporean to reach a Badminton Asia Championships final, and the world No. 7 will be eyeing the regional crown with another win on Sunday.

On Saturday, the 2021 world champion beat China’s 14th-ranked Lu Guangzu 21-19, 21-15 in 42 minutes at the Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Indoor Hall in Dubai to advance to Sunday’s final, where he will meet Indonesia’s world No. 2 Anthony Ginting.

If he succeeds in overcoming Ginting – whom he lost to in their last three encounters – Loh will be just the ninth player to win the world and Asian titles.


Library Esplanade to close on Jun 30, collections and programmes to move to National Library Building

The library@esplanade will close on Jun 30, with the current premises to be converted into arts and commercial spaces. The collections and programmes from the library will be moved to the National Library Building on Victoria Street, the National Library Board (NLB) said on Tuesday (May 2).

Programmes such as recitals, movie screenings, jazz appreciation workshops and showcases of original works will be available at the new location as early as August. Other popular offerings, including the music studio, movies, music scores and books, will be made available in the National Library Building from the second half of 2024.


Cambodia Joins Forces With Singapore on Carbon Trade

Cambodia and Singapore have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on carbon credits and work together towards carbon emission targets, sustainable development and environmental integrity.

Choup Paris, Undersecretary of State of the Environment Ministry, said​ the MoU was signed on April 26 in Singapore between Minister of Environment Say Samal and Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong.

“Cambodia and Singapore will cooperate on the carbon trade because we are a country that protects the forests and acts on greenhouse gas emission, meaning we sell carbon credits and Singapore buys them,” he said.

Cambodia earned about $11.6 million between 2016 and 2020 from carbon credits from projects at the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province, the REDD+ Project at the Southern Cardamom National Park in Koh Kong province and the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in Stung Treng province.