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Vegetable prices in S’pore rise after wet weather in Malaysia, consumer news & top stories

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Vegetable prices in S'pore rise after wet weather in Malaysia, consumer news & top stories

SINGAPORE – The end-of-year monsoon in Malaysia has led to more expensive vegetables being sold here, some of which have almost doubled in price compared to a few weeks ago.

Local vegetable sellers said the price hike is not unexpected, adding that leafy greens are easily damaged by torrential rains.

A FairPrice supermarket spokesman said hardy vegetables such as cucumber and bitter gourd are about five to fifteen percent more expensive, while prices of other vegetables imported from Malaysia have remained broadly stable.

She said FairPrice will continue to monitor the situation closely, adding that the supermarket chain initially cushioned the cost increase in October and only gradually adjusted prices from the beginning of this month.

“While Malaysia is an important source of vegetables, we also source vegetables from Thailand, Indonesia, China and also from local farms,” she added.

DFI Retail Group, which runs the supermarket chains Cold Storage and Giant, said: “We have seen the cost of some of our products rise as a result of recent adverse weather, exacerbated by port congestion, which has impacted supply.”

Malaysia is the largest supplier of vegetables here. Last year, Singapore imported about 582,000 tons of fresh and chilled vegetables, with Malaysia accounting for 42 percent of the supply.

Malaysia has been experiencing heavy rainfall and thunderstorms since September 24, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department, and monsoons are expected to last until late November.

Floods may break out in some areas, such as Kelantan, Terengganu and Perlis.

The monsoon season in Malaysia runs from May to September and from November to March.

Alex Qiu, who runs a vegetable stand at 44 Block 475 Tampines Street, said the price of spinach now hovers around $3.50 to $4 per kilogram, up from about $1.80 to $2 about a week ago.

Prices are also rising for other leafy vegetables, such as xiao bai cai and choy sim.

“If it rains constantly, these vegetables tend to wilt and rot easily. This price increase usually happens during the wet seasons,” said Mr. Qiu.


Kang kong from Malaysia for sale at a vegetable stall in Kovan 209 Market and Food Center on November 25, 2021. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Mr Sim, a vegetable stall assistant in the wet market at Block 276, 3 Bukit Batok East Avenue, said that prices rise every year around the monsoon season.

At Mr. Sim’s booth, prices go up by 10 to 30 percent. But the leafy bayam, which usually costs 50 cents to $1 per bunch, now sells for $1.50.

Mr Sim, who declined to give his full name, said: “The food that is harvested is usually shipped to Singapore the same day.

“With the rainy season, farmers cannot plant vegetables all month. The harvested vegetables become more limited, so there is a price increase due to the supply.”

Vice Secretary of the Singapore Fruits and Vegetables Importers and Exporters Association, Mr. Jerry Tan, said the price fluctuations are not just due to the monsoon.

Farmers choose which crops to grow based on how profitable they think they will be, which can lead to disruptions in the supply of certain vegetables.

Mr Tan said: “It’s like a gamble for them. They hope their next crop can bring a good prize. Sometimes they win the jackpot, but sometimes they lose.

“Some other farmers will prepare for the monsoon and start growing more to meet the promised amount.”

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Assam Lottery Results Today 8pm

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Assam is known for its tea plantations, rich wildlife and silk production. It is also famous for its lotteries. Lotteries are a great way for people to try their luck and win a huge amount of money. With the lottery buzz in the country increasing, people should be aware of the fact that there are various illegal lotteries online and offline. There was a time when lotteries were completely banned in India. Now, however, times have changed and the Supreme Court has authorized 13 states to hold legal lotteries. The state of Assam is one such state where drawing a lottery is legal.

Assam State Lottery Results for March 31 | ‘Kuil Gold Lottery’ results announced at 8:00 PM; 1st Prize at ₹10 Lakhs

The government of Assam controls the operating system. The 12 other states that organize legal lotteries are Goa, Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Sikkim, Nagaland and Mizoram. The Assam Lottery consists of three results that are published daily.

  • The results of the Assam Future Lottery will be announced at 12 noon.
  • The results of the Assam Singam Lottery will be announced at 5:00 PM.
  • The results of the Assam Kuil Lottery will be announced at 8 p.m.

The Assam Lottery will be held at PWD-IB Complex, Tengapara, Kokrajhar, Assam 783370. The results of the ‘Kuil Gold Lottery’ will be announced at 8pm on the official website http://assamlotteries.com/. The first prize for the Kuil Gold Lottery is ₹10 lakhs. The ticket costs ₹6. Several other prizes and categories are as follows:

ASSAM PIT GOLD LOTTERY RESULTS – 8pm

  • 1st Prize – ₹10 Lakhs
  • 2nd Prize – ₹10,000
  • 3rd Prize – ₹1,000
  • 4th Prize – ₹500
  • 5th Prize – 200

ASSAM SINGAM LOTTERY – 5:00 PM

  • 1st Prize – ₹15 Lakhs (one person)
  • 2nd Prize – ₹20,000 (ten people)
  • 3rd Prize – 2,000 (ten people)
  • 4th Prize – 1,000 (ten people)
  • 5th Prize – ₹250 (ten people)

ASSAM FUTURE LOTTERY – 12 HOURS

  • 1st Prize – ₹10 Lakhs (one person)
  • 2nd Prize – 10,000 (ten people)
  • 3rd Prize – 1,000 (ten people)
  • 4th Prize – ₹500 (ten people)
  • 5th Prize – ₹200 (ten people)

The Assam Lottery is organized and regulated by the state recognized authority, ‘Bodoland Territorial Council (Assam)’. The ‘Claim Forms’ can be derived from the official website http://assamlotteries.com/. The information must be entered in capital letters. The winner may also be required to enclose a valid photo ID with this form. The forms must be submitted within 30 days of the declaration of results.

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Controversial Facebook mega data center cuts line for grid connection

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A mega data center for Facebook was given priority over other companies to connect to the electricity grid, although the center would put an extra burden on the already congested network. Several officials within the Ministry of Economic Affairs had expressed their doubts about the mega data center, De Telegraaf reported on the basis of released documents.

“The growth of data centers leads to an increase in electricity consumption. As long as production is not fully renewable, this will lead to additional CO2 emissions,” officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy wrote in a letter. to former Minister of Economic Affairs Eric Wiebes in 2020.

Electricity demand has increased enormously in recent years and the electricity grid has not been able to cope with the increase, RTL Nieuws reported in November. The transition to renewable energy also requires a redesign of the electrical infrastructure that is still underway.

Facebook took precedence over other companies waiting years to connect to the electricity grid. Facebook’s parent company, Meta, was given priority after they threatened to move the data center to another European location. Officials expressed concern that other companies will now demand priority as well.

Officials also warned that the data center’s economic gains were “limited” and “out of line with existing and planned policies that a hyperscale data center should be located on the borders of the Netherlands”.

The municipality of Zeewold still has to cast a final vote on the data center on December 16. A small majority of the city council seems to be in favor of the center, according to NU.nl.

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Facebook Messenger gets a new bill splitting feature

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Facebook Messenger gets a new bill splitting feature

Meta (formerly Facebook) has introduced a new feature called “Split Payments” on Facebook Messenger.

As the name implies, the new feature allows you to easily share costs with your friends and family for free – be it a restaurant bill or a house rent.

To split the bill, all you need to do is click the “Get Started” button in a group chat or the Payments Hub in Messenger. You can then split the bill equally among the group or change the amount of the contribution for each individual, with or without yourself.

After that, enter a personal message and confirm your Facebook Pay details, and your request will be sent to the group, visible to everyone in the chat thread.

Facebook Messenger gets a new bill splitting feature

Meta will begin testing the new feature in the US next week, but it’s unclear when it will expand to other regions.

In addition to introducing the bill-splitting feature, Meta has also added four new AR-based group effects to Facebook Messenger, created in collaboration with King Bach, Emma Chamberlain, Bella Poarch, and Zach King. You can view them below.

The company also reminds us of a new chat theme and two recently launched sound mojis for fans of Stranger Things, and a new sound moji released to celebrate Taylor Swift’s new album “Red.”

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