Singapore digest news (12 - 15 February)

Year 2023 was the hottest year for China in the past 70 years
Last year, the average temperature across the country was 10.7 degrees Celsius. The figure was the highest ever recorded since 1951. Average rainfall last year in China was 615 mm - below average by 3.9 percent. The last time the amount of precipitation was lower was only in 2012. Also in 2023, 37 hurricane rains hit the country's regions, causing flooding. Yunnan Province, on the other hand, experienced its worst drought since 1961.
Children's carriages have appeared in Chinese trains
Trains on the route "Xiamen - Shanghai" have allocated separate carriages for passengers with children. The news pleased Chinese Internet users.
Businessmen will travel to Hainan without a visa
Since February 9, the People's Republic of China has expanded visa-free travel to Hainan Province to 59 countries. The list includes EU countries, Brazil, Norway, Russia, UK, USA, UAE, Qatar and others. Citizens of these countries can now enter the island without a visa for up to 30 days to visit relatives, for business communications, medical treatment, participation in exhibitions, sporting events. To work or study on the island, as well as those who come for a longer period of time will need a visa. Previously, only tourists could visit Hainan without a visa.
Pilot groups from six countries will perform at the Singapore Airshow
Sarang aerobatic team from India, Roulettes from Australia, Jupiter from Indonesia and Black Eagles from South Korea. For the first time will show flights of Chinese passenger airplane COMAC C919. Airbus will show A350-1000
NUS will offer visitors free tours of the university campus
The guides will be acted by students. It is hoped that this will streamline visitors' visits to the campus.
Work has begun on a large rooftop solar panel system at Changi Airport
This will become the largest rooftop PV system installed in 2025. A 4-hectare solar plant is also being built separately. The total PV capacity will reach 43 MW-peak, of which 38 MWp will be generated on rooftops and 5 MWp in the field.