Singapore digest news (29.05-03.06)

SIA to offer free unlimited Wi-Fi for economy, premium economy class passengers from July

Singapore Airlines (SIA) passengers travelling in economy and premium economy class will be able to access free unlimited Wi-Fi from Jul 1, the airline announced on Wednesday (May 31).

SIA will be "the first airline to offer free unlimited Wi-Fi to customers across all cabin classes and virtually across the entire aircraft fleet", a company spokesperson told CNA.


Singapore Ousts Hong Kong as APAC’s Costliest City for a Home

Singapore’s private home prices have surpassed Hong Kong as the most expensive in the Asia Pacific in 2023, while rents in the city-state were also the region’s highest, the Urban Land Institute said on Tuesday.

The institute’s 2023 APAC Home Attainability Index showed the median price for a Singapore home was $1.2 million compared with $1.16 million in Hong Kong, where prices dropped 15% last year.


New eco-pedestrian bridge to be built across Upper Bukit Timah Road by 2026

A new bridge for wildlife and pedestrians targeted for completion by 2026 will be built across Upper Bukit Timah Road, said the National Parks Board (NParks) on Saturday (May 27).

The road separates Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Bukit Batok Nature Park, both home to a large proportion of Singapore's native species.


Lee Kuan Yew Centennial Fund launched to support students and develop young leaders

A fund that helps develop student leaders and support those from disadvantaged backgrounds was launched on Tuesday (May 30) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's birth.

Through the activities marking the 100th anniversary of Mr Lee's birth, Singapore can reflect on Mr Lee's values and principles and that of its founding generation of leaders, said Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong in his opening address at the launch.


Pradhan holds talks with Singapore Foreign Minister on bilateral cooperation in skill development

Shri Pradhan met Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E Mr Vivian Balakrishnan. The Ministers had fruitful conversations on fortifying India - Singapore Knowledge Partnership and taking the multifaceted bilateral cooperation in skill development and education to greater heights.

During the meeting Shri Pradhan said that India and Singapore share strong historical, cultural and civilizational links. Our friendship today is rooted in reciprocity, mutual trust and respect. Scaling up partnerships in knowledge, skills and frontier areas will add new dimensions to our long-standing friendship, he added.