Maya Mirchandani interviews former Singaporean diplomat Kishore Mahbubani about what ASEAN means for India and South East Asia.
The imprisoned journalists were serving a two-month prison sentence for violating an aircraft law by flying a drone.
“Beneath the slick surface of gleaming high-rises, however, it is a repressive place, where the government severely restricts what can be said, published, performed, read, or watched,” the 133-page report said.
Yee’s trials in Singapore were closely watched by rights groups, and fuelled debate in Singapore over censorship, the limits of free speech and political correctness.
The election of Halimah Yacob as the country’s first woman president had led to some dismay over how other prospective candidates were rejected.
Aiming to strengthen a sense of inclusivity in the multicultural city-state, Singapore had decreed the presidency, a largely ceremonial post, would be reserved for candidates from the minority Malay community this time.
Taxes currently constitute 45%-52% of the retail price of auto fuels, far higher than what would it be if petrol and diesel was brought under the Goods and Services Tax regime.
A new study has, for the first time, unveiled a complex global web of offshore financial centres that rob the world economy of US$500-650 billion annually, including US$200 billion from developing economies.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s siblings debate how to resolve dispute about fate of their late father’s family home.
Lee Hsien Loong’s brother and sister have alleged that he abused his power in a dispute with them over their father’s house.
Singapore’s annual gay pride rally drew thousands of people on Saturday, despite restrictions aimed at barring foreigners and barricades around the site.
Migrants, who serve as a vital, yet expendable buffer to Singapore’s workforce negotiate through a web of costly middlemen to get employed in the country.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s younger siblings claim citizens are prone to abuse as the system of checks and balances in the government has broken down.
Foreigners have been warned to stay away from the event due to rule changes aimed at keeping foreigners out of domestic politics.
The imam said he fully understood and accepted the decision to prosecute him and the episode was a “priceless lesson” for him.
Trump announced US withdrawal from the TPP because he favours one-on-one agreements with other nations over multilateral pacts.
Objects of almost any shape or geometry can be produced by 3D printing. The technology could seriously disrupt not just manufacturing but related national plans for economic development.
The country isn’t about to ditch its obsession with academic excellence but a new push in the education policy marks an admission by educators that grades alone can’t guarantee success.
His comments were focused on the Obama administration, which has criticised Duterte over reports of extra-judicial killings.
The emotional observations and personal musings brought on by Buscher’s travels are what set apart ‘Asian Absences’ from other travelogues.
Zika viruses have been found in tears, possibly explaining why some patients have suffered from conjunctivitis and, in rare cases, permanent vision loss.
All but seven of those infected had fully recovered, the health ministry and the National Environment Agency said on Sunday. The seven remain in hospital.
A 47-year-old Malaysian woman working in the city-state was confirmed with the locally transmitted Zika virus, but was ‘well and recovering.’
The latest update of Oxford English Dictionary includes the publication of written and spoken pronunciations for additional English varieties.
The Brexit vote threatens the socio-economic development and therefore the political stability of a number of Commonwealth countries.
Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said New Delhi supported the role of international law in the dispute, but stopped short of saying that the ruling by The Hague should be binding.
Tokyo is worried that Chinese control of a waterway through which some $5 trillion of global trade passes a year would threaten Japan’s national security.
Bankers operating in Hong Kong have said the Panama Papers have triggered a massive compliance exercise there, with banks carefully combing through their accounts to ensure there are no problems.
The six were among eight Bangladeshi men detained in April under Singapore’s colonial-era Internal Security Act.
The ministry’s finance division noted “certain shortcomings” – the “absence of documentary evidence” of the finalised cost and the lack of “prior approval” in holding negotiations with the lowest bidder – in granting the construction contract to Larsen and Toubro Limited.
The Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore, said it had issued two-year detention orders for the men, who it says called themselves the Islamic State in Bangladesh.
The prime minister’s sister has accused him in a Facebook post of abusing his power and forming a political dynasty.
The present attempt to reduce the number of cars on the road is well-intentioned but misguided in the long-run unless there is the political will to adopt a wider set of restrictions.
Whoever said that elections are the only time that the vote of the richest citizen is equivalent to that of the poorest needs to start rethinking whether this still holds true.