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IN Diplomacy – Brazilian Food Masterclass Kicks Off Hotel Fullerton Promotion

Mrs Rosa Maria Campos Damico, the wife of the Brazilian Ambassador in Singapore, HE Flavio Soares Damico, welcomed Chef Paulo Machado on 5 April 2018 at the Fullerton Hotel where he conducted a MasterClass for several diplomats’ wives.

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Singapore Trumps London & NY in Global Smart City Ranking

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Singapore has toppled London and New York to become the best performing Smart City based on mobility, health, safety and productivity.

IN an Hindi News Desk report on 14th Mar 2018, Singapore has toppled London and New York to become the best performing Smart City, according to a study by Juniper Research and Intel. The Global Smart City Performance Index 2017, which was released on Monday, was adjudged on the basis of four parameters- mobility, health, safety and productivity. The study was conducted to scrutinize the benefits of a Smart City for its residents in 20 cities. It was aimed at measuring how technology saved time for people and helped in improving their quality of life. Singapore ranked first not only as the Smart City but also topped the four parameters.

The study also noted Singapore‘s steady use of Internet-of-Things (IoT)-enabled infrastructure which facilitated the city’s day-to-day work. For instance, the applied smart traffic solutions used by the Land Transport Authority helps drivers save up to 60 hours a year. The study threw light upon Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative and its ability to execute its Smart City vision.

Singapore was followed by San Francisco and London which were ranked second and third respectively in the use of technology. Both the cities were ranked on the basis of their efforts in using technology solutions for curbing traffic congestion.

Singapore and Seoul also performed well in the healthcare sector, as per the study. Both the cities pressed on the issue of healthcare service provision for elderly citizens through a varied range of technology. The study found that Smart Cities which were well-connected with digital health services, like apps which can be worn for monitoring blood pressure, could help in saving individuals close to ten hours a year.

Juniper Research’s head of forecasting and consultancy Mr Windsor Holden said that the importance of real human benefits that Smart Cities had couldn’t be overlooked. He added that connected communities had a powerful impact on a citizen’s quality of life. Moreover, enhancement in public safety through the use of IoT technologies may aid in saving time for the residents. Singapore was also appreciated for having run the trial for smart video surveillance in order to detect criminal activity.

Singapore was applauded for the major evolution and was held up as an example.

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Celebrating the Islamic New Year in Indonesia

Wonderful Muharram at Blang Field, Bandar Aceh. Photo Source AWWonderful Muharram at Blang Field, Bandar Aceh. Photo Source AW

Indonesians are celebrating the Islamic New Year (or 1437 Hijri in the Islamic calender) on 14 October 2015. It commemorates the emigration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Madina and Indonesians celebrate the occasion in many ways. Most hold family prayers to mark the end of a year and the start of the new one but there are also other ways people in various other parts of Indonesia celebrate the blessed moment.

In Banda Aceh, the local government is holding a celebration entitled “Wonderful Muharram”. The celebration was kick started by having a mass preaching session followed by performances from Islamic song and dance group at Blang Padang Field on 13 October 2015. The following day, a big carnival featuring hundreds of students wearing Islamic costumes and parade of replicas of Islamic holy places was held at the main streets of Banda Aceh.

In another part of Sumatera on the eve of the new year, the Grand Mosque of Medan was filled with thousands of ummat who were conducting their dusk prayer (Maghrib) together with the Acting Governor of North Sumatera Province, H.T. Erry Nuradi. After the prayer, the Acting Governor then flagged off the pawai obor (long march where every participant holds onto a torch) which is a trademark event of Islamic New Year there.

Part of the Satu Suro ceremony in Sukarta. Photo Source WARTAinfo.comPart of the Satu Suro ceremony in Sukarta. Photo Source

Meanwhile, in Surakarta, Central Java, the celebration which is affectionately referred to as Satu Suro by the local citizens was attended by the Minister of Social Affairs Khofifah Indar Parawangsa and the Governor of Central Java Ganjar Pranowo. Located at the Palace of Pura Mangkunegara, the event was started off with a silent walkabout of the palace’s sacred artifacts led by a member of the royal family. Then, the artifacts were bathed and cleansed with water. As part of the tradition, the water which was used to wash the artifacts was then distributed to hundreds of locals who packed the area.

These diverse ways of celebrating the Islamic New Year highlights how the myriads of cultures exist in the archipelago known as Indonesia.
– by Michael J Kristiono

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Opportunity Uzbekistan 2013 – OUT NOW


Opportunity Uzbekistan 2013, published by Sun Media Pte Ltd is available now.
Singapore-Uzbekistan ties with highlights that include:
– President Islam Karimov Independence Day Message
– Investment Potential of Uzbekistan
– Successful Uzbek+S’pore Joint Venture Project in IT
– MDIS is in Tashkent!
– Singapore delegation visit to Housing Conference Using the ‘Uzbek Model’
– Singapore Chef and Cookbook author, Devagi Sunmugan samples Uzbek fare
– Singapore percussion group, Nadi, receives merit prize at Sharq Taronalari Music Festival
– Raffles Institution visit Tashkent, Bukhara & Samarkand.

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RSBF 2013: Connecting Markets, Linking Businesses

Opening ceremony speeches: Mr Rustam Minnikhanov, President of Tatarstan and Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Mr Tharman Shanmugratnam opened this year’s 8th Russia-Singapore Business Forum (RSBF) this morning at Suntec City. The RSBF, he said, has come to play an important role for businesses in both countries and he made some observations on bilateral links such as bilateral trade has tripled over the last five years. There are now more than 400 Russian companies in Singapore. Opportunities abound in Russia which has 140 million increasingly affluent people.  He also highlighted how. “Overall relations with Russia have become much broader and deeper in scope.” Singapore today is now active in a wider array of business sectors in Russia and engaging the country at the regional level. Delegations from the Tatarstan, Bashkortostan and Sverdlovsk regions are also standing the Forum.
During the opening ceremony, the President of the Republic of Tatrstan, Mr Rustam Minnikhanov spoke on Tatarstan’s Singapore Experience. Singapore’s Senior Minister of State, Minister of Trade & Industry, Mr Lee Yi Shyan was also present to witness the signing of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) R&D joint project with Sportmaster, Russia’s leading sports retail giant. The S$5 million Sportmaster Group Innovation Centre aims to pioneer breakthroughs in sports technology that can be used in developing a full range of innovative sports apparel and equipment for sale in Sportmaster’s retail chain of 368 outlets in over 80 cities worldwide.

Signing Ceremony for Joint Project between Sportmaster and Nanyang Technological University’s Institute for Sports Research witnessed by Mr Lee Yi Shyan (centre), Singapore’s Senior Minister of State, Minister of Trade & Industry