Singapore digest news (27.03-01.04)

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New wildlife park Bird Paradise to open on May 8 with reduced entrance fee during soft opening period

Singapore's new bird park at Mandai Wildlife Reserve - Bird Paradise - will open its doors on May 8 with discounted tickets during its soft opening period.

The 17ha attraction will be open daily from 9am to 6pm, with last admission into the park at 5pm, said Mandai Wildlife Group in a media release on Thursday (Mar 30).

Bird Paradise is home to 3,500 birds from 400 species, said Mandai Wildlife Group, who added that the park will have some of the world's most threatened species. This includes the Philippine eagles, the Negros bleeding-heart doves and the blue-throated macaws.


PM Lee Hsien Loong visits China-Singapore International Joint Research Institute

As part of a week-long official visit to China, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited the China-Singapore International Joint Research Institute (CSIJRI), a joint research institute set up by NTU Singapore, South China University of Technology (SCUT), and China-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City in Guangzhou, China on Tuesday (28 March).

Established in 2017, CSIJRI conducts high-quality research and development, innovation, and human capital development. Located at Guangzhou Knowledge City, the joint research institute aims to accelerate the application of advanced and mature international technologies and products.


Singapore's PM Lee meets Guangdong official Huang Kunming on third day of China visit

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday (Mar 29) met Secretary of the Communist Party of China's Guangdong Provincial Committee Huang Kunming for the first time, amid efforts to boost the two countries' partnership in the province.

In his meeting with Mr Huang, Mr Lee noted that Singapore would like to take bilateral relations to the "next level", and that he was looking forward to "substantial" outcomes from discussions.

Mr Huang said the province would further explore its partnership with Singapore in areas including urban planning, economic development and the shipping, financial and manufacturing industries.


Singapore's central bank increased its gold reserves by 30%

Singapore's gold reserves increased by about 30 % in January, according to the country's Central Bank. Singapore's gold reserves rose to 199 tons at the end of January.

The previous biggest gold purchase was in 1968, when Singapore bought 100 tons of gold from South Africa. Central banks around the world are building up stocks of precious metals amid a weakening dollar, geopolitical uncertainty and the risk of inflation.

China in February increased its gold reserves for the fourth month in a row, while the Turkish Central Bank was the largest buyer of the precious metal among Central Banks in 2022.


Heavy traffic expected at land checkpoints during upcoming Qing Ming festival and Good Friday weekend

Heavy traffic through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected next week due to the upcoming Qing Ming festival and Good Friday long weekend, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Thursday (Mar 30).

Traffic is expected to be heavy between Apr 3 and Apr 11. Travellers departing or entering by car or bus through the land checkpoints are advised to factor in additional time for immigration clearance.