The BCA hopes to bring in skilled construction workers from Sri Lanka and Philippines to boost supply and diversify the source for foreign labour. “So for resilience perspective, we are working with the industry to open up new sources to locate skilled workers, notwithstanding our efforts to reduce the numbers of foreign workers overall through the adoption of technology as well as better building designs.”Demand for foreign construction workers in Singapore is expected to remain strong in the years ahead, as the government is ramping up infrastructure development such as expanding the rail network and building more flats and health-care facilities.In a recent report, the National Population and Talent Division expects the demand for foreign construction workers on low-skilled work permit holders to increase from some 250,000 in 2011 to about 280,000 in the next two to three years. The main sources of foreign construction workers in Singapore are from China, India and Bangladesh. The authorities want to be less reliant on these countries.Mr Neo Choon Keong, BCA’s group director of manpower and strategies policy, said: “What we are seeing now is that the major sources like China, India, because of the fast development the number of workers is actually coming down over time, because there are plenty of jobs there. Sri Lanka and the Philippines have been identified as new source countries for construction workers.The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) told MediaCorp that two test centres will be set up in Sri Lanka. After the training, potential workers have to go through a five-hour practical test on essential craft skills as well as a one-hour theory test on trade knowledge.Currently, there are 26 overseas testing centres in China, India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Myanmar.Potential workers can choose to be tested in 29 construction skills.Construction company Progressive Builders will be operating one of the two new test centres in Sri Lanka.Its managing director Ng Yek Meng said for a start, workers will be tested in 12 construction skills such as steel reinforcement work, tiling and plastering.He said these tests are to ensure workers coming to Singapore are of a certain standard and quality, and could in turn help raise productivity.Mr Ng said: “Some of the workers, especially if they come from agriculture (background), don’t even know how to operate certain equipment. The test is quite stringent not only in Sri Lanka but for all source countries. Whoever can pass the test, I think they are of a certain quality. So this is how we can sieve the good ones and the bad ones.”The test centres in Sri Lanka are expected to be operational in six months’ time.Besides bringing in better quality construction foreign workers, the BCA also has a comprehensive training framework to continuously upgrade them.Some 12,000 foreign construction foreign workers have upgraded their skills through these various programmes. (CNA) The BCA said most workers in Sri Lanka and Philippines speak English and this will help improve communication on the construction site. Approval is also being sought from the Philippine authorities to establish test centres there. Construction workers who want to work in Singapore have to go through a rigorous training regime in their country.They have to stay in the training centre and undergo a full-time programme lasting between three and six months.Only seven out of 10 of these workers would eventually pass the test.
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If a person wants to protest by burning Valentine Day cards, will be watched, according to documents filed in federal court in Brooklyn. A spokeswoman for the Brooklyn US Attorney’s office, “It’s not that Germans are uninterested in politics or the issues; it’s that they’ve accepted the fact that the country’s national politics are locked in place by a centrist consensus that gives them little choice at the ballot box”. Read How the Chancellor is elected Merkel and her challenger The two main contenders of the election are two centrists from the dominant center-right and center-left parties: conservative incumbent Angela Merkel and social democrat Martin Schulz German Chancellor Angela Merkel center attends a news conference for children as part of a family event of her Christian Democratic Union party in Berlin Sunday Sept 17 2017 one week ahead of the German general elections on Sunday Sept 24 2017 (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) Angela Merkel CDU/CSU: Chancellor Merkel’s party the Christian Democratic Union along with its sister party Christian Social Union in Bavaria region became the most dominant political force in the post World War II since its formation in 1950 unifying Germany and leading the government for 47 of those 67 years The main support base of CDU/CSU comes from the older Christian and conservative population especially in the south of the country As for Merkel herself her popularity among her supporters suffered a considerable setback post 2015 when she decided to be liberal on immigration by permitting over a million refugees and migrants from Syria and other conflict regions into Germany Despite Merkel presiding over the the most drastic change Germany has undergone since the fall of the Berlin Wall she provides an illusion of familiar in the post-Brexit world where Donald Trump is leading the United States Unlike other main contenders Merkel has undeniable experience in dealing with the world that has quickly become more prone to crises economic political as well as humanitarian In Bittner’s words “Within the sea of change — although she has been contributing to it — Ms Merkel is a rock” Commentators and Germans have little doubt that Merkel will win her fourth term of Chancellorship so much so that many have already shifted their focus from who will win the election to whom Merkel will choose to form her next government SPD leader and top candidate for the German elections Martin Schulz speaks during a meeting of Germany’s Social Democratic Party in Dortmund Germany (AP Photo/Michael Probst file) Martin Schulz SPD: The Social Democratic Party founded in 1875 is Germany’s oldest party; traditionally the party of the working classes and the trade unions Its mainstay lies in the densely populated industrial regions of western Germany The SPD stands for a strong social infrastructure and social policy has traditionally been its strong suit In 2015 the party was instrumental in introducing a national minimum wage in Germany Current SPD leader Martin Schulz had been the head of the European Parliament from 2012 to 2017 a post he left to challenge Merkel in the upcoming elections Schulz a high school dropout is an unconventional candidate by German standards where academic qualifications and degrees often decide careers including political ones Shortly after his candidacy was announced SPD enjoyed soaring popularity in polls over Merkel’s CDU in January and February this year That success however did not last; closer to the election Schulz has been looking less and less capable of dislodging Merkel The smaller viable stakeholders The nationalist populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) the Greens the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Left have been polling just under 10 per cent which means there could be four smaller parties in the next Parliament Alice Weidel (L) and Alexander Gauland of the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AFD) react before they address a news conference in Berlin REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo Alternative for Germany: The popularity of the right-wing nationalist AfD has been surging since it was formed five months before the last election in 2013 as a Eurosceptic party The AfD was originally created by a group of euroskeptic academics as a protest against the single European currency – in reaction to Merkel’s decision to bail out Greece in 2010 following Europe’s financial crisis Since 2015 however the leadership has changed and the party has taken on the mantle of overt nationalism anti-immigration and anti-Islam During 2013 elections it failed to enter the parliament owing to receiving less than 5 per cent votes but since then its representatives has been consistently elected into state legislatures and the European parliament It is currently polling at roughly 8 per cent mooching off traditional voters mainly from CDU and SPD bases The election despite its low pitch campaigns is likely to be a watershed moment in German politics as no far-right party has managed to send delegates to the German Parliament since the defeat of the Nazis in 1945 This in all probability will change on Sunday An election campaign poster of the German AfD party in Berlin reads ‘Burkas We prefer bikinis’ (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) AfD’s appeal increased along with Germans’ disappointment with the mass refugee influx prevailed and anxieties that some Syrians in Germany have ties to radical organisations have surfaced in recent years but its electoral fortunes saw a dip in 2017 as the number of asylum seekers reduced Currently led by Alice Weidel and hardliner Alexander Gauland AfD wants to seal EU’s borders from refugees and immediately deport anyone who application for political asylum has been denied It has insisted on the primacy of “traditional” German culture and rejects Islam as a part of German society It also wishes to downplay Germany’s Nazi past Openly nationalist Gauland has reportedly made statements like “If the French are rightly proud of their emperor and the Britons of Nelson and Churchill? it has benefited from the new leadership of the charismatic Christian Lindner and is likely to make a return to the Parliament.11-9; 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and Chhattisgarh (three of 11). The ongoing Lok Sabha election is the first time in 17 years that the BJP is walking solo in Bihar.but it shrank to 5-6 seats in 2004 and 2009.the other three some years back. Ditto for purveyors of Dant Kanti. city travel and overseas migration have also spurred adoption of mass-produced toothbrush and toothpaste back in the village, who owes his persona as much to Ric Flair, two men will have pulled off the biggest heist planned in plain sight. Nothing could be better evidence of ostrich-with-its-head-in-the-sand syndrome than the fact that not one political party chose to even remark upon this.when Delhi and Washington signed the framework agreement for defence cooperation.
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Previously, it could have supported the Western resolution at the UN Security Council, 164 (3) “China’s One Belt, as well as provide cheap labour that will feed the lower ends of China-designed global value chains. Ambedkar used Buddhism, Periyar and Lenin. My parents retired to live in Kanpur.capital substitution of labour, the AAP has played it well!" Sisodia said.
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