Singaporeans love travelling to Johor Bahru for a short getaway or grocery shopping, thanks to the favourable exchange rates. There are multiple ways of travelling to JB from Singapore, but which is the cheapest way to get there? We compare 4 common modes of transport: train, bus, car, and taxi. COST OF TRAVELLING TO JOHOR BAHRU BY TRAIN For those who are in a hurry to get to JB and want to avoid the traffic jams on the Johor-Singapore Causeway, taking the train may be your preferred route. While travelling via the Causeway can take up to 6 hours during peak periods, going by train will take merely 5 minutes. The trains are operated by Malaysia's KTM Berhad and runs daily on regular timings. You can opt to purchase train tickets on KTM's official website before your trip, or buy tickets on the spot at Woodlands Train Checkpoint. It is slightly cheaper for you to buy your tickets at the KTM counter itself, but there is a risk that tickets have been all sold out by then. Train Ticket … [Read more...] about Cheapest way to travel to JB: Train, bus, car or taxi?
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MILAN: (Please note strong language in paragraph 38.)A long-running criminal probe into diamond sales by Italian banks has uncovered what prosecutors say is further evidence of corruption by officials at UniCredit, Italy’s largest lender, and smaller rival Banco BPM.The allegations, some previously unreported, are laid out in documents used by prosecutors when they sought a magistrate's order seizing assets from the banks and two diamond brokers. Reuters viewed the documents, which also included excerpts of wire taps and witness statements.The allegations relate to suspected crimes and do not necessarily mean that prosecutors will charge the companies and their employees when their investigation, which has been running since 2016, is concluded.The number of bank officials under suspicion, and the allegations they may face if they are charged, however, are widening.In a new development, officials from UniCredit and Banco BPM are also suspected of corruption because broker … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Banks face new challenges in Italian diamond scandal
The securities firm has also revised down forecast of the SET index from 1,705 points to 1,669 points at end of the year amid decclining investments in the ThaI capital market. The company also cut the earning per share forecast or EPS of listed firms to 5.6 per cent from an earlier estImate of 8.9 per cent. “EPS of SET-listed companies is still lower than that of listed companies in other countries in Asia, the brokerage said. … [Read more...] about ASIA PLUS CUTS FORECAST OF SET-LISTED COMPANIES
Cardema gatecrashes party-list meeting Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star) - May 23, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Controversial former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Cardema drew criticisms and jeers from party-list lawmakers yesterday for attending their organizational meeting on Tuesday night. “He is too presumptuous. He had the gall to gatecrash our get-together when he is not even a nominee of his party-list group,” one incumbent representative whose organization has won at least one seat in the House of Representatives said. Another attendee said Cardema became the butt of jokes. “Here comes the most controversial representative wannabe of the most controversial party-list group,” he said he heard another lawmaker introduce the ex-youth commission chief as he walked into the meeting room. Cardema has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to replace his wife Ducielle … [Read more...] about Cardema gatecrashes party-list meeting
In Myanmar, rental book shops are one such casualty. A rental book store is a place where people can rent books, much like a library. Unlike conventional libraries, which allow people to borrow books for free, the rental book shop operates more like a private business. People pay a small fee to borrow books, magazines and comics. Rental book shops played an important role in keeping Myanmar literary traditions popular, giving people access to many authors. Before 2000 there were almost two book rental stores in each ward. They were just like a small university for book lovers. With the appearance of internet cafes in the early 2000s, the role of the rental shop slowly began to decline. VCD film vendors and recording artists had competition from YouTube, and Myanmar books began to appear on the internet too. Now, anyone with a smart phone can access a PDF version of a Myanmar classic novel or historical book. As the numbers of renters declined, rental shop revenues … [Read more...] about Htin Paw, the last surviving rental book store in Sanchaung?