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Singapore not to share black money info after ED sources leak Jindal files



By NewsGram Staff Writer

Singapore will no longer share information related to money laundering or related cases voluntarily, taxes official from Singapore said on Saturday.

The decision comes after the Singapore’s Suspicious Transaction Reporting Office (STRO) took displeasure to reports of alleged overseas bank accounts of Congress leader and industrialist, Naveen Jindal, which appeared in the Indian media.

Equivalent of India’s Financial Intelligence Unit, the STRO had shared the information on the Jindals without any reference from India.

The Singapore authorities have made it known that the breach of confidentiality vitiates the information collaboration arrangement on anti-money laundering among the FIUs, known as the Egmont group of which, both India and the island nation are part of.

The refusal of Singapore could prove costly, as the nation has emerged as an international financial hub to track money into and out of India.

The development comes at a time when there have been discussions on the propriety of India sharing information from countries such as Switzerland and United States.

The freedom of sleuths tracking economic offences has been crippled as a result of the stiff position adopted by Singapore.

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Facebook Announces its First Data Centre in Singapore

The 11-storey facility will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, Facebook added

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As governments the world over including in India aim to store data of their people within their boundaries, Facebook on Friday announced to build its first data centre in Asia that will be located in Singapore.

The 170,000-square-metre data centre will be built with more than 1.4 billion Singapore dollars (over $1 billion), opening hundreds of job opportunities.

“We are excited to announce that Facebook’s first custom-built data center in Asia will be located in Singapore. It will support hundreds of jobs and form part of our growing presence in Singapore and across Asia,” Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook’s data centres are currently located across the US and in Europe.

In India, a government panel is currently working on the guidelines to ensure that data generated locally must be stored within the country.

The social media giant said it selected Singapore for robust infrastructure and access to fibre, a talented local workforce, and a great set of community partners, including the Singapore Economic Development Board.

Facebook’s data centres are currently located across the US and in Europe. Pixabay

“Singapore has also established policies that foster a business-friendly environment, including measures that support the enforcement of contracts and increase the ease of construction permitting,” Facebook said.

The World Bank recently named Singapore as top country in Asia to do business.

The Singapore data centre will be the first to incorporate the new “StatePoint Liquid Cooling” system.

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This technology minimises water and power consumption and can reduce the amount of peak water used by 20 per cent in climates like Singapore’s, said Facebook.

The 11-storey facility will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, Facebook added. (IANS)