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Singapore #1 among students

Posted by jtsmyth8 on April 30, 2008

ASEAN university students are overwhelmingly gunning for one place to work and play – Singapore.

A survey of university students across the region last year finds the smallest South-east Asian country coming out the biggest winner.

More than half of the 2,170 undergraduates polled, or 54.3 per cent, said they would ‘most like to work’ in Singapore among the 10 Asean nations.

Malaysia is a distant second, garnering 11.2 per cent. This is followed by Brunei, Thailand and Vietnam.

As Mr Prapat Rucktajittakarn, 21, a senior-year student at Thailand’s Institute of International Studies Ramkhamhang told The Straits Times: ‘Yes, I would like to work in Singapore as well. As you can see from other students who used to work abroad, they probably gain more experience in their lives.’ (story)

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India to cut tariffs on Singapore imports

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 30, 2007

India will eliminate or reduce tariff on 555 products it imports from Singapore to boost bilateral trade, Information and Broadcasting Minister, P R Dasmunsi, said on Friday.

“The Cabinet at its meeting on Thursday evening gave its approval for tariff elimination/reduction on 555 products through a protocol of amendment of India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement,” he told reporters here.

New Delhi would also offer Singapore any subsequent improvement made at the time of ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement in terms of product coverage timeline, Rules of Origin with appropriate amendments to India-Singapore CECA. (story)

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Security tightened for ASEAN Summit

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 15, 2007

With just a couple of days to go to the high-profile 13th Asean Summit and its related meetings, stringent measures in security and traffic management by the police, in concert with the Singapore Armed Forces and the Singapore Civil Defence Force, are being put in place.

For example, the directive has gone out that none of the 120 new 5- and 7-series BMWs ferrying the heads of state and other VIPs around will fly the small flags indicating the delegates’ countries.

This is to prevent certain delegates from being recognized and falling target to attacks.

The average man in the street might come up against delays on the daily commute for motorists and pedestrians alike, especially around the Shangri-la Hotel, the meeting venue.

Some roads will be cordoned off for a part of or the whole day, and random vehicles or members of the public around the event areas may be pulled over for checks.

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Leaders gather to share global opinions

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 2, 2007

Bilateral issues aside, that was the essence of the meetings Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew had on Friday with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Both Indian leaders listened carefully as they probed Mr Lee’s thoughts on recent happenings within Asean, the rest of Asia and other issues of global interest.

At a half-hour call on PM Singh on Friday, Mr Lee was received as an old friend of India, according to officials who attended the meeting. Both described the relationship as “excellent.”

Dr Singh, who as finance minister started the economic reforms that are now yielding close to double-digit economic growth, noted with satisfaction the rapid growth in investment and trade ties between the two countries.

Singapore is currently the seventh largest trade partner to India, a nation of more than a billion people. (story)

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UN wants action in Myanmar

Posted by jtsmyth8 on October 17, 2007

UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari wants Southeast Asian nations to turn their rhetoric on Myanmar into real action to achieve reforms, a senior source briefed by the diplomat said Wednesday.The diplomatic source said Gambari wants to ‘see what ASEAN governments are really prepared to do’ to resolve the crisis in Myanmar following its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.

‘It is not enough for ASEAN countries to make statements expressing concern. They must now work together with the UN, China and India,’ the source told AFP, referring to the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

‘Gambari wants ASEAN to be really involved in monitoring what is happening in Myanmar, not just statements from conference to conference.’ The source was briefed by Gambari in Malaysia, where the UN envoy arrived Tuesday on a regional tour.

The regime in Myanmar has come under heavy international pressure since it violently suppressed pro-democracy protests last month led by Buddhist monks, triggering condemnation from around the world.

Gambari’s regional tour is aimed at increasing pressure on the ruling junta to halt its suppression of the peaceful rallies, release political detainees and launch talks with the pro-democracy opposition.

The diplomatic source said the Nigerian-born envoy wanted Southeast Asian governments – who have been criticised in the past for failing to tackle their troublesome neighbour – to step up to a new level of engagement on Myanmar.

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