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Freehold condominium Amber Park fetched a record $906.7 million yesterday in a collective sale, the latest of several big-money transactions, but industry bigwigs are at odds over whether the residential market is heading for a major rebound.
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In a bid to protect its computers and networks from advanced persistent threats (APTs), JTC Corporation has awarded a $2 million deal to StarHub. APTs are typically state-sponsored and involve stealthy and continuous computer hacking processes. The deal involves protecting computers, laptops and more than 950 servers round the clock.
Campaigning has taken off in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat, with his party looking for a fourth consecutive win despite discontent over the incumbent chief minister. The rival Congress party is building a campaign around those issues, with its campaign taglinebeing "growth gone crazy''.
Catalonia will move as soon as this weekend to declare independence from Spain after a contentious referendum, the region's leader has said. The clash between Madrid and the rebel administration in Barcelona is escalating after Spain's King condemned the "unacceptable disloyalty" of the Catalan leaders.
Supermarkets are discussing a plastic bag surcharge. But they fear losing customers if they do so. More political will is needed to carry this measure through and make it mandatory, says Audrey Tan.
The haze some experienced in parts of Singapore on Tuesday morning may be due to local factory and car emissions. The National Environment Agency said the hourly concentration readings for particles associated with haze were in the normal band that day.
Experts say religious groups here may be held responsible for hiring or inviting foreign speakers who incite religious tensions. It is among several possible changes to the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act that is now under review.
The economic outlook is brightening and inflation is creeping up, but the Monetary Authority of Singapore is expected to leave its exchange rate policy unchanged when it meets next week, economists say. They believe the central bank is "in no rush" and policy tweaks could come only next year if the economy strengthens further.
Amid criticism by former national football coach Bernd Stange, incumbent V. Sundram Moorthy has defended his decision to recall veterans Daniel Bennett and Fahrudin Mustafic to the squad, insisting they were picked on merit. Singapore are playing Qatar in a friendly ahead of the Asian Cup qualifier against Turkmenistan.
Renowned footwear designer Christian Louboutin, 53, has created a range of shoes for Parisian cabaret Crazy Horse, which will be bringing its Forever Crazy show to Singapore next week, starting on Oct 11. His involvement with the cabaret began in 2012, when he was invited to designbespoke shoes, as well as to direct a show.
No cash? No sweat
Singaporeans are increasingly warming to digital ordering systems, self-service kiosks and e-payments. http://str.sg/49FA
Aamir Khan up close
The Bollywood actor talks about his latest movie Secret Superstar, his special ties with the Chinese audience and how he unwinds. str.sg/49Rd