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Published: Wed, 21 March 2018 18:55:19 +0800


Singapore leaders congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on re-election

Wed, 21 March 2018 18:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to Russian President Vladimir Putin, congratulating him on his re-election.  Mr Putin secured another six years in office on Monday (Mar 19) after a record election win, garnering 76.66 per cent of the votes. In a ...

Man who cheated victims out of S$3,000 through hotel booking scams arrested

Wed, 21 March 2018 18:40:00 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 26-year-old man suspected to be behind a series of hotel booking scams has been arrested, police said in a news release on Wednesday (Mar 21). The man had advertised attractive hotel room reservation deals on online platforms and made multiple deals between Mar 16 and 20.  After the ...

Priyageetha Dia, Singapore artist behind 'golden staircase', hangs flags at HDB

Wed, 21 March 2018 18:28:47 +0800

SINGAPORE: The artist who pasted gold foil on a staircase at Block 108 Jalan Rajah in March last year has now hung gold coloured sheets on the parapets of the same HDB block.  Ms Priyageetha Dia, a former Lasalle College of the Arts student, posted a video and a photo of her latest art ...

COE premiums close lower in latest bidding exercise

Wed, 21 March 2018 16:10:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums closed lower in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (Mar 21). For Category A cars, or those 1,600cc and below with horsepower not exceeding 130bhp, premiums closed at S$38,000, down from S$38,830 in the last exercise.  Premiums for larger ...

Parliament passes law banning photos, videos of security operations during a terror attack

Wed, 21 March 2018 16:55:32 +0800

The Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Act aims to reduce the risk of security operations being compromised by unauthorised communications.

Subway Singapore applies for halal certification; all outlets stop selling pork

Wed, 21 March 2018 17:36:25 +0800

SINGAPORE: Subway has applied for halal certification in Singapore and all of its outlets here will stop selling pork with immediate effect, the sandwich chain announced on Wednesday (Mar 21). The company said in a Facebook post ...

Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch heading to Singapore for Avengers: Infinity War

Wed, 21 March 2018 14:41:30 +0800

Fans will be able to catch their favourite Marvel superheroes at Marina Bay Sands on Apr 16.

Social media giants, telcos, to speak at public hearings on digital online falsehoods

Wed, 21 March 2018 13:19:31 +0800

SINGAPORE: Social media and Internet giants Facebook, Twitter and Google are slated to give oral evidence when public hearings by the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods resume on Thursday (Mar 22). Facebook will be represented by its vice-president of public policy for Asia-Pacific ...

Singapore will launch initiatives to improve welfare of ASEAN people: Desmond Lee

Wed, 21 March 2018 13:10:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: As ASEAN Chair for 2018, Singapore will be launching several initiatives and focus on various projects to improve the livelihood, well-being and welfare of the ASEAN people, according to Minister of Social and Family Development Desmond Lee. Speaking on Wednesday (Mar 21) at the 19th ...

Asian business sentiment edges up to hit seven-year high: Survey

Wed, 21 March 2018 11:52:00 +0800

SYDNEY: Business confidence among Asian companies rose in the first quarter to the highest level in seven years, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey showed, as a fresh surge by the Chinese economy offset concerns about rising trade barriers. The Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index ...

Government’s duty to set open standards for Internet of Things deployment: Vivian Balakrishnan

Wed, 21 March 2018 11:50:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Government's approach to the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions is based on avoiding "walled gardens", said Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative Dr Vivian Balakrishnan at the IoT Asia 2018 Conference on Wednesday (Mar 21). Dr Balakrishnan cited a closed ...

New stamps launched to commemorate Arab Street and Kampong Glam

Wed, 21 March 2018 11:40:49 +0800

SingPost has launched a new set of stamps to commemorate the historical sights of Arab Street and Kampong Glam. 

National Wages Council calls for public feedback on annual wage guidelines

Wed, 21 March 2018 11:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The National Wages Council (NWC) is seeking views from the public on what should be included in its annual wage recommendations. In a press release on Wednesday (Mar 21), the council said it will meet in April and May to develop its annual guidelines on wage and employment-related ...

Fire breaks out at Choa Chu Kang flat, no injuries reported

Wed, 21 March 2018 10:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A fire broke out in a HDB flat at Choa Chu Kang Street 51 on Wednesday morning (Mar 21).  The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that they were alerted to the fire in a tenth floor flat at Block 509 at about 8.20am.  The fire, which involved contents of a kitchen, was put ...

Football: Under-18 youth Ben Davis savours first national call-up

Wed, 21 March 2018 16:13:53 +0800

Having played with the Singapore Under-18s before turning out for Fulham's youth squad, Davis is hopeful for his first national start for the Lions on Friday (Mar 23).

Commentary: Funding Changi Airport Terminal 5? Look at Hong Kong, Incheon airports' expansion

Wed, 21 March 2018 17:10:01 +0800

Changi Airport’s regional competitors offer a glimpse into alternative sources of funding, says one observer.

Some take precautions, some fear onset of trade war: Singapore firms parse threat of US tariffs

Wed, 21 March 2018 06:40:40 +0800

Some fear an indirect hit from the American tariffs on steel and aluminium imports scheduled to take effect on Friday, while more worry about the dangers of escalation.

Foodpanda to open central kitchen with dine-in option

Wed, 21 March 2018 00:12:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: Foodpanda will be opening a central kitchen with a dine-in space, in a first by a food delivery service provider in Singapore. Located in Woodlands, Favourites by Foodpanda will officially open on Friday (Mar 23), and will deliver food in a 5km radius. This means it will also serve ...

PM Lee 'deeply saddened' by Mecca bus accident

Tue, 20 March 2018 23:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (Mar 20) said he was "deeply saddened" to learn of the bus accident in Mecca, Saudi Arabia which killed one Singaporean and left several others injured.  A bus carrying 31 passengers was involved in the accident, which took place between 1pm ...

Claims of on-the-spot cash fines for traffic summons 'false': Police

Tue, 20 March 2018 21:40:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: An online post claiming that the police had issued on-the-spot cash fines to pedestrians caught using their mobile phones while crossing the roads is false, the Singapore Police Force told Channel NewsAsia on Tuesday (Mar 20). On Monday, a photo of a traffic police officer who appeared ...

15 bids received for Holland Road site

Tue, 20 March 2018 22:54:28 +0800

SINGAPORE: A commercial and residential site at Holland Road has attracted 15 bids after the tender closed at noon on Tuesday (Mar 20), the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced in a media release.  The 99-year leasehold site was launched for sale last November, under the confirmed list ...

1 Singaporean killed, several injured in bus accident in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Wed, 21 March 2018 08:08:16 +0800

SINGAPORE: One Singaporean was killed and a number of people injured after a bus carrying 31 passengers met with an accident in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, said the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) on Tuesday (Mar 20).  The accident happened between 1pm and 1.30pm Singapore time. The ...

10 arrested for illegal horse betting, bookmaking along Bayfront Ave

Tue, 20 March 2018 20:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Ten people were arrested along Bayfront Avenue on Sunday (Mar 18) for their suspected involvement in illegal horse betting activities, said police.  The nine men and one woman, aged between 64 and and 69, were arrested for offences of illegal bookmaking and betting.  A total of S$14 ...

Pulau Busing oil storage tank fire extinguished after 'massive operation': SCDF

Wed, 21 March 2018 08:00:11 +0800

SINGAPORE: A raging oil storage tank fire on Pulau Busing was extinguished by firefighters on Tuesday (Mar 20) after a massive six-hour operation involving several agencies. In a Facebook update early on Wednesday morning, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said the blaze was extinguished by ...

Man arrested at Ho Ching Road for criminal intimidation; police say it was not a hostage situation

Wed, 21 March 2018 10:01:13 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 50-year-old man was arrested for criminal intimidation and suspected drug-related offences on Tuesday evening (Mar 20) after he locked himself in his home at Ho Ching Road with two family members, the police said in a Facebook post. The incident started at about 1pm, when the police ...

Carbon tax bill passed amid concerns over its impact on competitiveness

Tue, 20 March 2018 23:08:57 +0800

The Carbon Pricing Bill sets out a framework for implementing the carbon tax, including the measurement, reporting and verification requirements.

No plans to phase out gantry-based parking with app: MND

Tue, 20 March 2018 17:53:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: More than two million parking sessions have been logged by about 250,000 vehicle users on local parking app since its launch in October last year. The numbers were revealed by the Ministry of National Development (MND), in a written parliamentary response to MP Lee Bee Wah on ...

Drug abuser jailed for holding girlfriend’s 2-year-old son hostage in Sembawang flat

Tue, 20 March 2018 17:20:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 40-year-old drug abuser was sentenced to two years’ jail on Tuesday (Mar 20) for taking his girlfriend’s two-year-old son hostage in a Sembawang flat in 2016, sparking a 17-hour stand-off with the police. Muhammad Iskandah Suhaimi was convicted of four charges last November - for ...

Repeat offenders who park shared bikes indiscriminately will face suspension: MOT

Tue, 20 March 2018 22:52:39 +0800

Bike-sharing operators will be required to share user data so that such users will be barred from renting all shared bicycles for a time.

Singapore proposes state intervention as 'last resort' to help vulnerable adults

Tue, 20 March 2018 15:40:38 +0800

The power to enter homes and relocate the elderly or persons with disabilities and special needs is one of a set of suggestions from the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Singtel to bring Dash mobile wallet to region, starting with Thailand

Tue, 20 March 2018 16:20:16 +0800

This will allow Singtel Dash users to pay for goods and services at places like Chatuchak Market, MBK Center and Pratunam from mid-2018, says Singtel.

Singapore leaders send condolences over passing of former Vietnam PM Phan Van Khai

Tue, 20 March 2018 14:51:00 +0800

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan have written to their Vietnamese counterparts to convey their condolences over the death of former Vietnam Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday (Mar 20) ...

Commemorative Bhutan baby prince banknotes to be sold in Singapore

Tue, 20 March 2018 14:40:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Limited-edition banknotes commemorating the birth of Bhutan's crown prince Jigme will be sold in Singapore from this Friday (Mar 23), the Singapore Mint said on Tuesday.  The prince, whose full name is Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, celebrated his second birthday last month. He was born on ...

3 directors serving time for criminal breach of trust unaffected by landmark City Harvest ruling

Tue, 20 March 2018 14:55:15 +0800

They were convicted and sentenced before the interpretation of section 409 of the Penal Code was changed last year, says Law Minister K Shanmugam.

350 roadside vegetation fires per year, mostly caused by cigarette butts: MHA

Tue, 20 March 2018 13:21:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Between 2014 and 2017, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) attended to about 350 roadside vegetation fires annually, with most of these caused by cigarette butts, said Second Minister for Home Affairs Josephine Teo on Tuesday (Mar 20). She was responding to a question in Parliament ...

SEAB studying option of scanning, marking answer scripts electronically: Janil Puthucheary

Tue, 20 March 2018 13:21:38 +0800

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday (Mar 20), the Senior Minister of State for Education noted that this would have to be carefully considered, given the large volume of answer scripts and number of subject papers offered each year.

SPH Magazines to retrench 13 employees in restructuring exercise

Tue, 20 March 2018 13:10:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: SPH Magazines, the magazine arm of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), announced on Tuesday (Mar 20) that it will retrench 13 employees this month as part of a major restructuring exercise.  The restructuring exercise, to prepare for a "digitally driven future", will see its staff strength ...

Manual balloting for Primary 1 registration to be replaced by computerised process at MOE

Tue, 20 March 2018 13:43:53 +0800

SINGAPORE: The manual balloting currently conducted in schools during the Primary 1 registration exercise will be replaced by computerised balloting conducted centrally at the Ministry of Education's (MOE) headquarters. The change will take effect from this year's P1 registration exercise, the ...

Yvonne Tham to take over as CEO of Esplanade from August

Tue, 20 March 2018 14:03:34 +0800

The current assistant CEO will be appointed CEO-designate from Apr 1.

Singapore tops quality of living index for expatriates in Asia

Tue, 20 March 2018 11:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore retained its top position as the city with the highest quality of living in Asia for expatriates according to an annual Mercer index that was released on Tuesday (Mar 20). Globally, Singapore ranked 25th, after cities like Vienna - that topped the list for the ninth year ...

Commentary: The rise in Johor property prices and the myth that Singapore buyers are responsible

Tue, 20 March 2018 11:51:34 +0800

Are foreigners pushing up property prices in Johor? Political economist Khor Yu Leng says the data shows domestic factors are also at play.

PM Lee meets Obama during former US President's visit to Singapore

Mon, 19 March 2018 23:56:07 +0800

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met former US president Barack Obama over dinner on Monday (Mar 19), their first meeting since 2016.

Doctors have ‘ethical obligation’ to charge reasonable fees: SMC in wake of insurance co-payment debate

Mon, 19 March 2018 20:54:34 +0800

SINGAPORE: Doctors have an important role to play in keeping healthcare costs “affordable and sustainable”, said the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) on Monday (Mar 19) in a circular to medical professionals. It was issued in the wake of new rules announced in Parliament earlier this month ...

Explosions heard after car catches fire in Shunfu market car park

Mon, 19 March 2018 20:36:49 +0800

SINGAPORE: A man was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after a car caught fire in a multi-storey car park in Shunfu on Monday (Mar 19).  The Singapore Civil Defence Force said that they responded to a vehicle fire at Deck 3A of a multi-storey car park at 320 Shunfu Road at about 11.50am ...

Football coach jailed 26 years, caned for sexually assaulting young boys

Mon, 19 March 2018 22:38:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: A football coach who sexually assaulted seven boys aged eight to 11 was sentenced to 26 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane on Monday (Mar 19). The 28-year-old, who was diagnosed with paedophilia, pleaded guilty to five of 25 charges of aggravated sexual assault involving five of the ...

PM Lee to deliver National Day Rally speech on Aug 19

Mon, 19 March 2018 18:00:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will deliver his 2018 National Day Rally speech on Aug 19, the Prime Minister's Office said on Monday (Mar 19). The speech will be delivered at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) at Ang Mo Kio Drive. In his National Day Rally speech last year, Mr ...

Bill on cross-border rail links passed on third reading

Mon, 19 March 2018 18:01:43 +0800

SINGAPORE:  The Cross-Border Railways Bill was passed in Parliament on Monday (Mar 19) on its third reading. The Bill will govern within Singapore two upcoming rail links - namely the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) which is expected to start passenger service in 2026 and the Rapid ...

Searches of women by male officers to be done with ‘strict regard to decency’

Tue, 20 March 2018 19:42:49 +0800

Senior Minister of State for Law Indranee Rajah adds that such searches will require “very narrowly defined circumstances” related to a terrorism threat.

TPG Telecom to offer free mobile data plan to Singapore's elderly at launch

Tue, 20 March 2018 20:12:13 +0800

Singapore's fourth telco says its mobile plan for seniors will include a SIM card, 3GB of monthly data and unlimited calls to local mobiles.

Life imprisonment, 18 strokes for man who shot police officer at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Tue, 20 March 2018 10:08:00 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 26-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment and 18 strokes of the cane on Monday (Mar 19) for snatching a police officer’s loaded gun at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and firing the weapon, in an attempt to escape from custody.  Muhammad Iskandar Sa’at fired three shots on Jun 20 ...

Fire breaks out at scrap metal yard in Defu, no injuries reported

Mon, 19 March 2018 16:30:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A fire broke out at a scrap metal yard in Defu Industrial Estate on Monday (Mar 19) afternoon, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force.  The SCDF said in a Facebook post that they were alerted to the fire, which involved scrap metal, at 9 Defu Lane 4 at about 1.50pm. The fire was ...

MAS fines StanChart Singapore S$5.2m for anti-money laundering, terrorism financing breaches

Mon, 19 March 2018 23:18:21 +0800

SINGAPORE: Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore Branch (SCBS) has been fined S$5.2 million and Standard Chartered Trust (Singapore) Limited (SCTS) has been fined S$1.2 million for breaches of the Monetary Authority of Singapore's (MAS) anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism ...

Prosecutors seek 12 years' jail for mastermind behind Keppel Club membership scam

Mon, 19 March 2018 15:40:39 +0800

Setho Oi Lin has agreed to pay the club S$3.65m in settlement.

Parliament approves ‘comprehensive, progressive’ suite of new criminal justice reforms

Mon, 19 March 2018 22:44:48 +0800

SINGAPORE: In a sweeping reform of the criminal justice system, 52 changes to the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) and Evidence Act (EA) were passed in Parliament on Monday (Mar 19). Said Senior Minister of State for Law Indranee Rajah: “These amendments, when set against the background of the ...

NTUC FairPrice, Grab offer discounts, rebates with new subscription programme

Tue, 20 March 2018 17:20:15 +0800

The SCORE Subscription Programme offers benefits such as a five per cent rebate for incremental spends above S$100 in a single receipt at NTUC FairPrice and Unity outlets. 

One case of PTSD due to overseas deployment found in the past two decades: MINDEF

Mon, 19 March 2018 13:54:43 +0800

SINGAPORE: Only one serviceman - out of the 6,000 Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel deployed for overseas operations in the last two decades - was found to have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The number is "not higher" than that of SAF personnel in general nor is it ...

90,000 employers to get S$800m in Wage Credit payouts

Mon, 19 March 2018 13:10:38 +0800

According to the authorities, small- and medium-sized enterprises will receive around 71 per cent of the sum disbursed.

Tat Seng Packaging fined S$12,000 for discharging toxic used water into sewers

Mon, 19 March 2018 15:00:51 +0800

SINGAPORE: Tat Seng Packaging was fined S$12,000 for discharging toxic used water into public sewers, national water agency PUB said on Monday (Mar 19). Besides Tat Seng, 17 other companies were fined a total of S$100,500 between November last year and February 2018 for illegally discharging into ...

18 board members appointed to Enterprise Singapore

Tue, 20 March 2018 09:13:51 +0800

SINGAPORE: Eighteen board members have been appointed to new government agency Enterprise Singapore, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said on Monday (Mar 19). The agency, which was formed by the merger of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore and SPRING Singapore, will be officially set ...

Open-concept massage parlours exempted from licences, but must adhere to conditions: Josephine Teo

Mon, 19 March 2018 12:00:38 +0800

These conditions include not obscuring any windows or entrances and operating only within stipulated hours, the Second Minister for Home Affairs said in Parliament on Monday (Mar 19).

Software bug in authentication server behind SingPass, CorpPass service disruptions

Mon, 19 March 2018 11:40:40 +0800

The Government will work on improving the system’s early detection and warning capabilities, as well as beef up all-round resiliency, says Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary.

Current minimum insurance coverage sufficient for most maids: Sam Tan 

Mon, 19 March 2018 11:56:44 +0800

SINGAPORE: The current S$15,000 minimum insurance coverage was sufficient for 97 per cent of all inpatient and day surgery bills incurred by maids in the last three years, Minister of State for Manpower Sam Tan said in Parliament on Monday (Mar 19). Out of 1,900 maids who chalked up hospital bills ...

Pacific Mansion sold for S$980m in biggest collective sale in a decade

Mon, 19 March 2018 10:48:58 +0800

SINGAPORE: Pacific Mansion has been sold for S$980 million, the largest collective sale in more than a decade, real estate agency CBRE announced on Monday (Mar 19).  In a news release, CBRE said the public tender for the property was awarded to a tripartite joint venture formed by Guocoland ...

Commentary: School transitions can be a stressful and intimidating struggle for many students and parents

Mon, 19 March 2018 06:50:38 +0800

Navigating school isn’t as easy at 1-2-3; more support from parents and educators are needed during critical transitions, says one clinical psychologist from the Institute of Mental Health.

StarHub to sell electricity, joins forces with solar energy firm Sunseap

Mon, 19 March 2018 06:50:30 +0800

There will be two clean energy subscription plans offered by both companies: Green Life and Green Save. 

Singapore leaders congratulate Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang on reappointments

Sun, 18 March 2018 19:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote to Chinese leaders President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday (Mar 18) to congratulate them on being reappointed in their respective roles. China's parliament unanimously handed President Xi a second term on ...

Commentary: Make Youth Conversations compulsory to build active citizenry

Sun, 18 March 2018 21:00:37 +0800

The enthusiasm and energy of youths can be better harnessed to build a thinking, resilient society that actively shapes its future, says one observer.

'Empathised a lot' with family of Anwar, her father’s former nemesis: On the Record with Marina Mahathir

Sun, 18 March 2018 17:18:44 +0800

SINGAPORE: Marina Mahathir was a critic of the government even when her father, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was Prime Minister of Malaysia between 1981 and 2003. In fact, some wondered if she did it on purpose just so that she wouldn’t have to live in his shadow forever. She rejects that. “I am not ...

Commentary: Applied Learning a good move, but how about some school-life balance first?

Sun, 18 March 2018 06:40:38 +0800

Will there still be enough time for play, tinkering and creativity to flourish in a child's mad-packed schedule? One mother of three discusses the goals and limitations of a formal Applied Learning programme.

He's 23, and out to change the way we think of bus drivers

Sun, 18 March 2018 03:20:38 +0800

Does a bus captain do more than just ferry commuters around? One of the youngest in the trade, Benjamin Lim wants to inspire other young Singaporeans to take up the profession.

More support for Allied Educators to meet growing number of special needs students

Sun, 18 March 2018 00:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Growing up, Ryan Tan never thought he amounted to much. He flunked almost every test paper in primary school and used to lash out at classmates in frustration. “I thought I was just not good at passing and that made me very angry. I felt like no one could understand my problems. That ...

Krispy Kreme sells thousands of Nutella-filled doughnuts on first day of launch

Sat, 17 March 2018 21:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Krispy Kreme on Saturday (Mar 17) launched a limited edition sale of its Nutella-filled glazed doughnuts, which sold out within hours at certain outlets. More than 2,500 pieces of the chocolate hazelnut spread-filled rings were sold as of 8.30pm on Saturday, Krispy Kreme said in ...

Tree collapses on car in Jurong West, trapping driver

Sat, 17 March 2018 19:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A man in his 50s was trapped in his car after a tree collapsed on his vehicle during heavy rain on Saturday (Mar 17). The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were alerted to the incident at Block 515 Jurong West Street 52 at about 5.30pm. SCDF added that the man was trapped ...

Commentary: Making Applied Learning the DNA of education

Sat, 17 March 2018 17:50:38 +0800

On the back of the Ministry of Education's announcement that all primary schools will have an Applied Learning Programme in five years, SUTD's Nachamma Sockalingam says there are aspects that can be strengthened.

NParks launches new online portal with 500,000 trees mapped

Sat, 17 March 2018 22:41:17 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans will soon be able to find out more about trees in their neighbourhood with a newly launched online portal, The National Parks Board (NParks) has plotted more than 500,000 urban trees on an interactive map, making it one of the most extensive tree maps in Asia. The ...

300 families at Bukit Batok first to receive smart shower devices

Sat, 17 March 2018 22:42:20 +0800

SINGAPORE: About 300 families at West Rock@Bukit Batok will move into new homes that come fitted with a smart shower device later this year. In a news release on Saturday (Mar 17), national water agency PUB said these units are the first batch of homes that the agency has outfitted with the smart ...

Commentary: On Broadcom and tariffs, Trump takes aim on trade – and Singapore?

Sat, 17 March 2018 15:00:41 +0800

Actions to block Broadcom's take-over of Qualcomm and the imposition of tariffs suggest Donald Trump is serious about upending the post-war international trade consensus, with dire consequences for Singapore, says one observer.

Facebook post offering free supermarket vouchers is fake, NTUC FairPrice says

Sat, 17 March 2018 14:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A Facebook post purportedly from NTUC FairPrice offering customers gift vouchers of up to S$100 is a scam, the supermarket chain said on Saturday (Mar 17). FairPrice has filed a report with Singapore's cybersecurity authority SingCert and asked Facebook to take the page down, a ...

PM Lee meets Singaporeans in Sydney

Sat, 17 March 2018 13:30:38 +0800

SYDNEY: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Singaporeans in Sydney on Saturday (Mar 17), during an official visit to attend the third Singapore Australia Leaders’ Retreat and the ASEAN Australia Special Summit. He was accompanied by Mrs Lee, Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and High ...

Fire breaks out at Leedon Residence near Farrer Road

Sat, 17 March 2018 13:52:16 +0800

SINGAPORE: A fire broke out on Saturday morning (Mar 17) at Leedon Residence, a condominium at 20 Leedon Heights near Farrer Road. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted at around 10.30am to the fire, which started at a second-floor unit in Block 24. No one was injured in ...

'Some indicators' Singapore was target of information warfare recently, says academic

Sun, 18 March 2018 21:57:13 +0800

SINGAPORE: There are "some indicators" that Singapore was recently the target of an information warfare campaign by a state seeking to legitimise its actions on the international sphere, said an academic giving evidence to the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods in a private session on ...

Skipping paper receipts and eventually, airport queues: Start-up simplifies tourist tax refunds

Sat, 17 March 2018 08:17:34 +0800

Singapore-based Tourego wants to make the process of claiming for tax refunds as hassle-free as possible for tourists and local retailers.

Living the plastic life: Experts say straw usage in Singapore 'excessive'

Sat, 17 March 2018 08:08:59 +0800

While there are no official figures, one eatery finished 10,000 plastic straws in two months before switching to metal alternatives for dine-in customers.

How Taipei Metro turned itself around – and the lessons for Singapore's MRT system

Mon, 19 March 2018 22:16:25 +0800

It suffered a spate of delays, then became one of the world's most reliable subway systems. Talking Point travelled to Taipei to find out how the system is run.

Motorcyclist flung off bike at traffic junction after BMW driver fails to stop in time

Fri, 16 March 2018 22:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 45-year-old motorcyclist was flung off his bike after being hit by a BMW car at a traffic junction on Thursday (Mar 15). He escaped with minor injuries even though his helmet had come off during the accident. The accident, which was captured by a dashcam of another car, happened at ...

'Every year we are opening new stores': Toys 'R' Us Asia not affected by US closures

Fri, 16 March 2018 22:11:32 +0800

SINGAPORE: Toys "R" Us (Asia) said its operations in this region are not affected by the hundreds of store closures in the United States, as it is a separate legal entity and is financially independent from other Toys "R" Us operating companies around the world.  "We are a financially robust and ...

Bottled water in Singapore meets safety standards: AVA

Sat, 17 March 2018 08:36:55 +0800

Laboratory results from routine sampling of bottled water show that products in Singapore meet safety standards, according to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority.

Parliament to discuss SingPass disruption, student mental health and maid insurance

Fri, 16 March 2018 19:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The disruptions to SingPass and CorpPass services last month, as well as issues surrounding the mental health of students and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel, as well as insurance for domestic helpers will be on the agenda when Parliament sits on Monday (Mar 19). A comprehensive ...

AVA releases 100 tonnes of Australian rockmelons for sale, confirms not from listeria-affected farm

Fri, 16 March 2018 19:48:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) on Friday (Mar 16) announced it has released about 100 tonnes of rockmelons from Australia to importers for sale, after verifying that they were not from the affected grower linked to an outbreak of human listeria in Australia. This follows a ...

Man filmed fighting outside Geylang coffee shop arrested for pushing police officers

Sat, 17 March 2018 06:45:32 +0800

SINGAPORE: One of the men caught on camera fighting outside a coffee shop in Geylang was arrested on Thursday (Mar 15) for uttering threatening words and using criminal force on police officers.  The police said that they were alerted to a case of public nuisance near Geylang Lorong 19 at 3.19am ...

2 men charged for evading taxes on more than S$700,000 of rental income

Fri, 16 March 2018 19:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Two men were charged on Friday (Mar 16) in separate cases of evading taxes on rental income. The total rental income omitted from their tax returns amounted to more than S$700,000.  It resulted in more than S$120,000 in undercharged tax, according to Inland Revenue Authority of ...

Our staff should be 'treated with respect', says McDonald's after man hurls abuse over ice cream

Fri, 16 March 2018 22:31:48 +0800

SINGAPORE: Fast food giant McDonald's has said that its employees "should be treated with respect", in response to a viral video showing a customer shouting at employees while buying ice cream.  On Thursday (Mar 15), two videos were uploaded onto Facebook by user Kyros Lim that showed a man ...

Malaysia to implement Vehicle Entry Permit in stages

Fri, 16 March 2018 18:40:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: The implementation of Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) tags for foreign-registered vehicles entering Malaysia through the Causeway and Second-Link Expressway will be carried out in stages.  The system will roll out upon completion of application tests that are expected to be completed in mid ...

Elderly Ferrari driver who assaulted motorist gets 4 weeks' jail

Fri, 16 March 2018 18:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: An elderly Ferrari driver was on Friday (Mar 16) sentenced to four weeks’ jail and disqualified from driving for six months, for punching another driver along Telok Ayer Street in 2014. Shi Ka Yee, 72, was found guilty of assault in August last year. During the incident, which happened ...

Warm days expected in second half of March: Met Service

Fri, 16 March 2018 18:00:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: Temperatures could reach up to 35 degrees Celsius on some days in the second half of March, said the Meteorological Service Singapore on Friday (Mar 16) in its fortnightly update.  This is because a mass of dry air from northern Asia is forecast to move over parts of Southeast Asia ...

SMRT to use data system to predict potential defects, improve rail reliability

Tue, 20 March 2018 00:46:49 +0800

SINGAPORE: Train operator SMRT is testing a range of new systems that utilise data and artificial intelligence to improve rail reliability and better predict waiting time for commuters. It revealed details of the new technologies it plans to roll out by the end of 2018 at a media briefing at Kim ...

23rd man arrested for illegal sale of marine fuel oil worth S$97,000

Fri, 16 March 2018 17:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 25-year-old man suspected of being part of the illegal sale of marine fuel oil on board a Singapore-registered tanker has been arrested in Malaysia, the police said in a news release on Friday (Mar 16).  This bring the total number of those nabbed in the case to 23. The alleged heist ...

BlueSG sees more than 20,000 rentals in less than 3 months, but observers say impact yet to be felt

Fri, 16 March 2018 23:02:03 +0800

SINGAPORE: More than 9,000 people have registered for Singapore's first electric car-sharing service BlueSG in its first few months with the service seeing more than 20,000 rentals as at Feb 28, less than three months after it launched on Dec 12 last year. BlueSG's managing director Franck Vitte ...

Mediacorp apologises over Taiwan flag error in travel show trailer

Fri, 16 March 2018 16:50:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: Mediacorp has apologised after a trailer for a travel programme showed the Taiwan flag superimposed on a map of China. “This was a mistake that occurred during the production of graphics used in the trailer,” said the broadcaster in a statement on Thursday (Mar 16). “We realised the ...

Police grant permits for St Patrick's Day celebrations this weekend

Mon, 19 March 2018 10:51:08 +0800

SINGAPORE: St Patrick's Day celebrations this weekend have been given the go-ahead and there are no restrictions on the playing of musical instruments, police said in a statement on Friday (Mar 16). The St Patrick's Day Street Festival over the weekend has been granted a public entertainment ...