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The debate in 2 minutes

The Straits Times | Thursday, Oct 9, 2014

ON THE AGENDA

SIX Bills were debated and passed yesterday, the second day of the Parliament sitting.

The House also covered issues such as free Wi-Fi service at MRT stations and the replacement of ageing lifts.

Not time yet for a self-classification scheme

A CONTROVERSIAL scheme to let arts groups rate their own works was dropped from the Public Entertainments and Meetings (Amendment) Bill passed yesterday.

Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim said co-regulation of the arts would not be pursued for the "foreseeable future".

More to get Edusave grants

STUDENTS in privately funded schools and madrasahs, as well as homeschoolers and Singaporeans abroad, will be eligible for Edusave grants.

They will get $200 or $240 a year, depending on their age.

$100m to upgrade ageing lifts THE Government will pump $100 million into the Selective Lift Replacement Programme to replace old lifts in HDB blocks in Choa Chu Kang and Pasir Ris.

These lifts were installed between 1987 and 1997.

Free Wi-Fi on the go

FREE Wi-Fi will soon be available in buses, at bus interchanges and at all MRT stations too.

The Land Transport Authority is looking at providing the service in all these places if an ongoing trial at some MRT stations proves successful.

Bulk of COEs purchased by Singaporeans

THE bulk of new cars sold in Singapore is bought by citizens.

Although they make up 61 per cent of the population, they accounted for more than 80 per cent of new car registrations in 2012, last year, and the first eight months of this year.

One share, many votes PUBLIC companies can issue shares with different voting rights, with the passing of the Companies (Amendment) Bill.

The change applies to 800 public non-listed companies, but the Singapore Exchange and the Monetary Authority of Singapore are reviewing whether listed firms should also be allowed to issue such "dual-class" shares.

Concessionary travel for all tertiary students?

ALL full-time university, polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education students could soon qualify for cheaper train and bus rides.

Public transport operators said they would consider a request from the Public Transport Council to offer concessionary rates to each and every tertiary-level student, even those receiving some form of income.

Few child-safety cases involve mental illness

ABOUT one in 10 child safety cases referred to the Ministry of Social and Family Development each year involves parents or caregivers with mental illness and who exhibit violent behaviour.

This works out to fewer than 20 cases a year.


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