-Over 70% of Afghanis live with less than $2 a day. To make money a lot of people have gone into drug trafficking. Afghanistan is the worlds largest exporter of heroin. The drug problem in this poor country is so large that a drug test in the Afghanistan police force showed that 17% of the countries police officers had lately used drugs.


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-According to World Economic Forum Finland has the most competitive economy in the world.

-Denmark has the world’s highest tax, being a welfare state. It is also the happiest country in the world, according to

– Multinational companies have identified India with its vast unexploited markets as one of the world’s most sought after places for investment.

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Graciousness and happiness

-In a survey conducted by the Singapore Kindness Movement in 2011, 43% (435) rated themselves high on graciousness while only 15% (155) rated others likewise. In addition, 88% (876) felt they had done a kind act in the last six months, yet only 55% (553) felt they had received one during the same period.


-Only 37% out of 1000 Singaporeans interviewed in 2010 were happy with the level of graciousness in Singapore. Only 53% in the survey felt that students were willing to help one another


-Bhutan, one of the happiest countries in the world, has a Gross National Happiness (GNH) index, an indicator that measures quality of life or social progress in more holistic and psychological terms than only the economic indicator of gross domestic product (GDP).




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-Passive smoking ‘kills 600,000’ worldwide

-Australia plans to remove all logos from cigarette packaging in Australia, with company brand names printed in a uniform font. Packets would also be a bland olive-green and contain graphic health warnings such as black, diseased gums, blinded eyes and children in hospital.

– The World Health Organisation (WHO) has named tobacco as the world’s largest cause of preventable death.

-Singapore has a relatively low smoking prevalence of approximately 15%, although this is significantly higher among young people and males. Despite the relatively low overall figure, there is cause for concern as smoking prevalence has actually increased since 2004, particularly among young females, and Singapore now ranks behind other countries in the region such as Hong Kong and Brunei.

-Singapore has a relatively high tax rate on tobacco of 67%

-7 Singaporeans die each day from smoking.



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-Thanks in large measure to the casino complexes, tourist arrivals in Singapore last year hit 11.6 million, breaking by far the previous record of 10.3 million set in 2007.

-Tourist spending helped fuel Singapore’s 14.7 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2010, making it Asia’s fastest-growing economy

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-Some 22,700 foreigners have applied for self-exclusion orders from entering casinos in Singapore as of last month (Sep 2011).

-There were 750 family exclusion orders, 28,600 third-party exclusions and 29,000 self-exclusions in force at of Sep 2011.

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– President Obama has hoped to adopt Singapore’s education method and our way of teaching maths.

-Korea and Finland’s students have the best performance in a test conducted by Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2009.

-International students make up 18 per cent of the total undergraduate intake in Singapore’s universities for the academic year 2011. On school fees, a small proportion of foreign students pays the full amount and do not enjoy any subsidies. The rest are on the Tuition Grant scheme, which helps to defray their fees. International students who receive the tuition grant pay fees that are about 70 per cent higher than those paid by Singaporeans. In addition, they are required to work in Singapore for three years. Some of them are also on various scholarships, which cover their tuition fees but require them to serve a longer bond period of six years.

-Words on Wheels, a mobile library project launched by the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) will provide some 4,000 village children in Hanoi with a window to the world through regular access to books, educational toys, games, the Internet and multimedia facilities.  The majority of the 27% of Vietnamese who use the Internet are located almost exclusively in the big cities. Words on Wheels, we hope, will help bridge the digital divide…


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