Lee Hsien Loong Current Affairs

India, Singapore sign three agreements

India and Singapore have signed three agreements (MoUs) in the fields of skill development and IPR to boost bilateral relations between them.

These agreements were signed in New Delhi during Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official state visit to India.

Signed MoUs are

  • MoU in the field of Industrial Property Cooperation: It was signed between Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) and Intellectual Property Office (IPO), Singapore
  • MoU on collaboration in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training: It was signed between National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and ITEES Singapore.
  • MoU on collaboration in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training: It was signed between Government of Assam and ITEES Singapore.

Besides, delegation-level talks headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Singapore Premier Lee Hsien Loong were also held in New Delhi.

Key Highlights of delegation-level talks

  • India and Singapore decided to strengthen cooperation in countering threats of rising terrorism.
  • India seeks to enhance cooperation with Singapore in key sectors including trade and investment.
  • Highlighted importance of Defence and security cooperation as the key pillar of strategic partnership between India and Singapore.
  • Raised concern over rising tide of terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism and the rise of radicalisation as a grave challenges to our security.
  • India agreed to expedite the second review of Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA).

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2015 Singapore General Elections: PAP returns to power

In recently concluded 2015 Singapore General Elections, People’s Action Party (PAP) led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has emerged victorious.

PAP returned to power after scoring a landslide victory by winning an absolute majority of 83 seats in the 89 member Parliament. The opposition Workers’ Party won 6 seats.

In this general election, PAP has secured 70 per cent of all valid votes up from 60.14 per cent in the 2011 general elections, when it had won 81 of the 87 constituency.

With this victory, governing PAP has secured their 14th consecutive term in office since independence of city-state in 1965. 2015 Singapore General Elections was country’s first election after the death of its founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Parliamentary Elections in Singapore

As per Constitution of Singapore, the Parliament has maximum term of five years after that it must be dissolved by the President and elections must be held within three months.

Voting is mandatory in Singapore and is based on the first-past-the-post system. The elections are conducted by the Elections Department, which is under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister’s Office.

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