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Published: Tue, 21 November 2017 16:46:53 +0800


Six nabbed for illegal horse betting activities

Tue, 21 November 2017 15:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Six suspects have been arrested for their alleged involvement in illegal horse betting activities. In a news release on Tuesday (Nov 21), police said the six men, aged between 54 and 76, were arrested during an operation at Block 65, Circuit Road. Cash amounting to S$3,500 and an array ...

Singapore students are best team players: PISA study

Tue, 21 November 2017 15:27:19 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore students are the best in the world when it comes to working in teams to solve problems, according to the results of a global Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2015 study that was published on Tuesday (Nov 21).  Among the 52 countries that took part ...

Lightning did not hit Bedok-bound train, affected trackside equipment instead: SMRT

Tue, 21 November 2017 15:00:10 +0800

The train driver has also been assessed to be well, the train operator said.

Coach on trial for raping 13-year-old, assaulting her with skipping rope

Tue, 21 November 2017 15:55:29 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 59-year-old rope skipping coach is on trial for allegedly raping a 13-year-old student repeatedly at his Tampines home in 2008 and 2009. Roger Yue Jr, then the president of Rope Skipping Singapore, is also accused of sexually assaulting the teenager on multiple occasions, including ...

SMRT train driver warded after lightning strike incident 'in stable condition': CGH

Tue, 21 November 2017 13:11:14 +0800

The man complained of numbness and chest pain.

Changi Airport to test remote air traffic control system in S$7m trial

Tue, 21 November 2017 11:09:18 +0800

SINGAPORE: A smart digital tower which allows air traffic controllers to guide take-offs and landings remotely, without having to see the planes, will soon be tested at Changi Airport.  The S$7 million trial by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will evaluate the operational ...

SoftBank funding may spur Uber to re-think tough Southeast Asian market

Tue, 21 November 2017 09:47:06 +0800

SoftBank Group's multi-billion dollar investment in Uber Technologies Inc opens up the possibility of combining it with other ride-hailing assets the Japanese group owns in a consolidation of a rapidly growing business across Asia, industry sources say.

Singapore fencer Amita Berthier wins silver at Junior World Cup

Tue, 21 November 2017 09:03:30 +0800

The 16-year-old SEA Games gold medallist is also aiming do well in her next competitions in Portland and Havana to cap off a stellar 2017.

How a national tragedy sparked the rise of dragonboating in Singapore

Tue, 21 November 2017 11:33:10 +0800

The success of the sport at mass participation and high performance levels can in part be traced to a decade-old incident, which saw 5 paddlers die while representing Singapore.

Seven clubs with jackpot machines to wind down operations by April 2018

Tue, 21 November 2017 00:40:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: Seven clubs operating jackpot machines have not met the new criteria to run such facilities and have been given six-month interim permits to wind down their operations by April next year, said the Ministry of Home Affairs. The statement, which was made in response to queries from ...

Uber users in Singapore charged for 'phantom rides' overseas

Tue, 21 November 2017 11:23:35 +0800

SINGAPORE: Several Uber users in Singapore have complained this month of being charged for rides they never took, often in faraway places. The victims, who held credit or debit cards from different banks, were charged in foreign currencies including the US dollar, euro and British pound. Ms ...

Public can get more involved in President's Star Charity 2017

Mon, 20 November 2017 21:20:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: In a first for the two-decade-old President's Star Charity, the public can give back to the community by doing more than just donating. "This is the first year that the show is actually going out to the community," its producer Lee Chew Yen said. "We want to mobilise residents to ...

Man sentenced to jail for phony injury claims

Tue, 21 November 2017 08:49:14 +0800

SINGAPORE: He was 17 years old when he was lured by the prospect of a free medical certificate (MC) to skip school. All A Karthik had to do was to submit fake personal injury claims to insurance companies, stating he was injured in a car accident which, in fact, he was never part of. However he ...

Common Singapore QR code to be rolled out next year

Mon, 20 November 2017 22:28:59 +0800

SINGAPORE: A common Singapore Quick Response Code (SG QR) will be rolled out and adopted by payment service providers in Singapore next year, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said on Monday (Nov 20). Payment services providers in Singapore have also committed to update their mobile ...

Made in Singapore: Queen Elizabeth and her Rollei camera

Mon, 20 November 2017 20:31:29 +0800

SINGAPORE: It was known for being dependable, durable and small – the Rollei 35 camera was popular among many photographers back in the day. Even Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was spotted using it at an event in 1974. The camera she was holding was made in Singapore, noted Prime Minister Lee Hsien ...

Fewer people applying for BTO flats, continuing downward trend

Mon, 20 November 2017 21:23:21 +0800

SINGAPORE: Fewer people are applying for Build-to-Order (BTO) flats, continuing a downward trend in the number of applications received for the units. In November's sales exercise, about three applications were received for every two flats, across all flat types offered. As at 5pm on Monday (Nov ...

AHTC says will strive to comply with rules in response to town councils report

Mon, 20 November 2017 19:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) will take remedial action to comply with town council financial rules, it said on Monday (Nov 20), after it was flagged for unsatisfactory corporate governance in the Ministry of National Development's (MND) Town Council Management Review for ...

Additional charge for man who allegedly fired flare into hawker centre

Mon, 20 November 2017 18:20:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: A man who was charged for allegedly setting off a flare into a hawker centre in Ang Mo Kio was slapped with an additional charge on Monday (Nov 20). Aw Chong Loong, 50, was charged with possessing an explosive substance without a licence under the Arms and Explosives Act. This is his ...

SMRT investigating possible lightning strike on train

Mon, 20 November 2017 23:00:55 +0800

SINGAPORE: SMRT is investigating a possible lightning strike after a train stalled as it was approaching Bedok MRT station on Monday afternoon (Nov 20).  The transport operator said passengers were detrained at Bedok, and the west-bound train has been withdrawn from service for investigations ...

Singapore’s final Q3 GDP in for upward revision: Economists

Mon, 20 November 2017 18:09:32 +0800

Economists expect Singapore's economy to have grown between 4.7 to 5.1 per cent in the third quarter, faster than the preliminary estimate of 4.6 per cent and marking the country’s strongest growth in more than three years.

Maserati catches fire along KPE

Mon, 20 November 2017 17:58:28 +0800

SINGAPORE: A Maserati caught fire along the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) on Monday (Nov 20) afternoon, resulting in the closure of a Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) exit. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at the PIE exit at about 2pm and extinguished ...

Man jailed 21 years, caned for raping woman after breaking into apartment

Mon, 20 November 2017 17:40:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 27-year-old woman was woken in the dead of night by a light touch on her arm. She opened her eyes to find a stranger kneeling by her bed. When she started to scream and struggle, the man covered her mouth, strangled her and punched her repeatedly. Then he raped her. Muhammad Sutarno ...

All town councils submitted unqualified financial statements except AHTC: MND

Mon, 20 November 2017 23:39:52 +0800

SINGAPORE: All town councils have submitted unqualified financial statements for the previous financial year, except for Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC), said the Ministry of National Development (MND) on Monday (Nov 20).  AHTC's financial statements were qualified by the town council's ...

Salesperson at Tekka Centre shop jailed for stealing, attempting to bribe police officer

Mon, 20 November 2017 15:04:06 +0800

SINGAPORE: To avoid being arrested for stealing from the shop she was working at, salesperson Devika Maruvan attempted to bribe a police officer with an unspecified amount of money.  Instead, the Malaysian national was slapped with a harsher sentence after the officer rejected the offer and ...

UMNO Youth condemns PM Lee's 'irresponsible' comments on Pedra Branca

Mon, 20 November 2017 19:14:04 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: The youth wing of Malaysia's ruling party UMNO said it strongly condemns comments by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Malaysia's latest bid to challenge Singapore's sovereignty over Pedra Branca. UMNO Youth chief and Cabinet Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said in statement ...

Longer travelling time for Tuas commuters with suspension of Joo Koon-Gul Circle service

Mon, 20 November 2017 23:44:14 +0800

SINGAPORE: Commuters heading to the Tuas area on Monday (Nov 20) experienced longer travel times of about 20 minutes following the suspension of train service between Joo Koon and Gul Circle MRT stations. Passengers on the East-West Line (EWL) who were travelling to Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas ...

Chicken rice, laksa-flavoured potato chips to launch in Singapore

Mon, 20 November 2017 11:33:19 +0800

SINGAPORE: Two new flavours of potato chips - Hainanese Chicken Rice and Singapore Laksa - will soon be available in Singapore.  Local brand F.EAST will launch the new flavours, which are inspired by "two of Singapore’s most beloved dishes", next Monday (Nov 27), it said in a news release ...

Banks in Singapore to use NETS QR code for cashless payments

Mon, 20 November 2017 23:37:40 +0800

By mid-2018, all of NETS’ payment points will be enabled with QR code capabilities.

Phase 2 of deep tunnel sewer system designed to last 100 years

Mon, 20 November 2017 23:57:57 +0800

When completed in 2025, the 100km of tunnels and sewers will extend the deep tunnel system to cover the western part of Singapore.

In 60 seconds: Gurmit Singh

Mon, 20 November 2017 07:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Comedian, actor and host Gurmit Singh went “On the Record” with Bharati Jagdish about his life, career, family, his relationship with money and his future aspirations. These are his answers in 60 seconds in a new series of quick-fire interviews. What about you would surprise people ...

‘We carry the pain … but we’ve to carry on with life’

Tue, 21 November 2017 15:34:05 +0800

The family of late Singapore national dragonboater Stephen Loh opens up on their journey to find closure after his sudden, tragic death 10 years ago.

Joo Koon train collision: Total number of injured rises to 38

Sun, 19 November 2017 21:50:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: The total number of people injured in the recent train collision at Joo Koon MRT station has risen to 38, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in an update on Sunday (Nov 19).  There were two walk-in cases at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital on Friday, both of whom were discharged on ...

‘No lapses’ in medical care of girl in viral Facebook post: KKH

Sun, 19 November 2017 21:03:23 +0800

SINGAPORE: KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) said on Sunday (Nov 19) there were “no lapses” in the medical care provided to a young girl, whose parents alleged had become unconscious the morning after a doctor in the emergency department had told them their daughter was not in a serious ...

Singaporeans brave traffic jam, crowds to go bargain hunting at new IKEA in Johor Baru

Mon, 20 November 2017 06:09:05 +0800

JOHOR BARU: Many Singaporeans endured the traffic jam and large crowds on Sunday (Nov 19) to visit IKEA’s newly opened outlet in Johor Baru. IKEA Tebrau, which opened its doors last Thursday, is the Swedish company’s largest outlet in Southeast Asia. Although it is located just 16km from ...

Car flips over in CTE tunnel, driver sent to hospital

Sun, 19 November 2017 19:43:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: A man was sent to hospital after the car he was driving overturned in the Central Expressway (CTE) tunnel, along the Merchant Road slip road, on Sunday (Nov 19) afternoon.  Eyewitness Melvin Lau said he was driving a few cars behind a silver Kia Picanto at about 2.40pm when it hit the ...

Your views: Aftermath of the Joo Koon train collision

Sun, 19 November 2017 18:10:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday acknowledged public frustration over the rail system, after a week of troubles for public transport operator SMRT. On Wednesday (Nov 15), 36 were people hurt after a software glitch on its East-West Line caused a train to “move forward ...

15 arrested in late-night raid of Geylang gambling den

Sun, 19 November 2017 20:52:14 +0800

SINGAPORE: “Give thanks for everything,” read the plaque on the wall of a one-bedroom unit on the eighth storey of an apartment complex at Lorong 30 Geylang. It was clear the 14 men, squatting in silence with their backs against the wall and their hands on their heads, were doing anything but. A ...

Cabby arrested for tossing pebbles from vehicle, shattering rear windscreens of 2 cars

Sun, 19 November 2017 14:04:15 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 61-year-old taxi driver has been arrested for allegedly tossing pebbles out of his moving vehicle, shattering the rear windscreens of two stationary cars. A bag of pebbles was found in his vehicle when he was arrested, the police said in a news release on Sunday. The car owners ...

Singapore's economic growth could exceed 3% this year, says PM Lee

Sun, 19 November 2017 23:50:32 +0800

Speaking to activists at the annual PAP convention, Mr Lee said that Singapore will have to press on with plans to restructure the economy.

Malaysia election 'may have something to do' with it referring Pedra Branca to ICJ again: PM Lee

Sun, 19 November 2017 12:48:02 +0800

Speaking to activists at the PAP convention on Sunday, the Prime Minister added that while Singapore is friends with many countries, it must also not inadvertently fall under foreign control, or influence.

People frustrated by incidents on public transport system: PM Lee

Mon, 20 November 2017 07:58:02 +0800

It will take time to improve the train system, and there will be more hurdles to clear along the way, said PM Lee.

As Singapore’s spending needs grow, raising taxes is inevitable: PM Lee

Mon, 20 November 2017 22:53:35 +0800

While Singapore has enough revenue for this term of Government, spending has been going up, and will rise further, said Mr Lee, who was speaking to about 2,000 activists at the PAP convention on Sunday.

From hawker centre to home: Is delivering cheap, local food a recipe for business success?

Sun, 19 November 2017 07:10:40 +0800

A new crop of start-ups is cashing in on the growing appetite for food delivery in Singapore by focusing on local delights.

‘We will remember forever’: Inside the search for Singapore’s drowned dragonboaters

Tue, 21 November 2017 15:33:33 +0800

Cambodian officials relive a challenging 40-hour operation to recover five bodies from the vast Tonle Sap river in 2007.

On the Record: Gurmit Singh, actor, comedian, host

Sun, 19 November 2017 10:18:13 +0800

One of Singapore's most iconic funnymen, Gurmit Singh left a full-time career in television three years ago to spend more time with his family.

Singapore receives first import of live pigs from Malaysia in 18 years

Sat, 18 November 2017 23:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The first shipment of live pigs from Malaysia in 18 years arrived in Singapore on Saturday (Nov 18), said the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA).  Imports of live pigs and raw pork from Malaysia were suspended in 1999 due to a Nipah virus outbreak. Since then, Singapore's only ...

Navy man praised for helping to nab suspect who took upskirt video at MRT station

Mon, 20 November 2017 06:25:08 +0800

SINGAPORE: Navy regular Samuel Ong was on his way to work at Changi Naval Base on Oct 31 when he saw a young man standing over close behind a girl in secondary school uniform. They were on an escalator at Tanah Merah MRT station and at first, Military Expert 1 (ME1) Ong did not sense anything ...

3 injured in multi-vehicle collision on PIE

Sun, 19 November 2017 15:47:19 +0800

SINGAPORE: Three people were injured in a chain collision along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on Saturday afternoon (Nov 18). Channel NewsAsia understands that eight vehicles were involved. The accident happened along the stretch before the Eunos exit, in the direction of Changi Airport. The ...

Heavy rain causes flash floods at Yishun, Mandai Road

Sat, 18 November 2017 21:17:28 +0800

SINGAPORE: A heavy downpour on Saturday afternoon (Nov 18) caused flash floods at Yishun and along Mandai Road, said national water agency PUB. It warned in a Facebook post at about 4.45pm that water level at Yishun Avenue 2, Yishun Avenue 5 as well as Mandai Road had risen, and there was a "high ...

Laksa cookies and chicken rice kits: A taste of Singapore packed into gift sets at Changi Airport

Sat, 18 November 2017 17:15:13 +0800

SINGAPORE: From laksa-flavoured cookies, chicken rice premixes to durian candy and Singapore Sling-flavoured rock sugar, tourists at Changi Airport now have a greater selection of local food gifts to take home. Dedicated aisles featuring about 20 local food products have been introduced at Taste ...

Woman hit by bus in Sengkang dies from injuries

Sat, 18 November 2017 16:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The woman who was hit by a bus in Sengkang on Friday (Nov 17) afternoon has died in hospital. Channel NewsAsia understands that Ms Huan Luyang, 38, was pronounced dead at 3.40am on Saturday at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.  The accident happened at the junction of Anchorvale Road and ...

Singaporeans advised to take precautions when travelling in light of recent attacks: MFA

Sun, 19 November 2017 16:21:56 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) advised Singaporeans to "be informed and be safe" after "various attacks on civilian targets which affected areas popular with tourists and locals" this year. In a travel notice, the Foreign Affairs Ministry noted that there have been attacks in ...

Maserati driver charged for injuring traffic police officer in hit-and-run incident

Sun, 19 November 2017 00:06:42 +0800

According to court documents, the 26-year-old officer was clinging onto the driver's door and was dragged for about 100 meters before falling down on the road, sustaining "serious bodily injuries".

I escaped death. 5 of my teammates didn’t

Tue, 21 November 2017 15:33:04 +0800

10 years ago in Cambodia, Channel NewsAsia’s Justin Ong was a member of the Singaporean national dragonboat crew struck by tragedy. He recalls that fateful Friday evening of Nov 23, 2007.

Traffic police officer injured in hit-and-run accident; Maserati driver arrested

Sat, 18 November 2017 10:05:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: The police have arrested the driver who injured an on-duty traffic police officer in a hit-and-run accident at Bedok Reservoir Road. Lee Cheng Yan, 34, was arrested hours later, early Saturday morning (Nov 18), police said in an update to an earlier media statement. Channel NewsAsia ...

Police seek information on 11-year-old boy missing since Thursday

Sat, 18 November 2017 00:20:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: An 11-year-old boy has been missing since Thursday (Nov 16) evening. The Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Requan Ameer Shakur Riduan, who was last seen along Montreal Link in Sembawang at about 5pm on Thursday. Anyone with information should call the police ...

Temasek looking into cross-border payments, artificial intelligence

Fri, 17 November 2017 23:55:48 +0800

SINGAPORE: Temasek International, the management arm of Temasek Holdings, is looking at transnational business-to-business (B2B) payments, fraud detection, as well as artificial intelligence as key areas of investment. Speaking at the Investors Summit on Friday (Nov 17), the president of Temasek ...

In pictures: Hello Kitty and friends at Changi Airport

Sat, 18 November 2017 01:23:01 +0800

SINGAPORE: Hello Kitty and her Sanrio friends landed at Changi Airport on Friday (Nov 17) to bring festive cheer to travellers and airport visitors. The cute-fest lasts till Jan 5 next year. Here’s what visitors can expect: SINGAPORE'S LARGEST INDOOR DRONE SHOW Forty drones will light up the ...

Hong Kong father charged for abandoning disabled son in Singapore

Fri, 17 November 2017 21:20:39 +0800

HONG KONG: Three years after allegedly abandoning his disabled son in Singapore, a 48-year-old man was on Thursday (Nov 16) charged by Hong Kong police. The man, a Hong Konger, was charged with wilfully abandoning a child, according to South China Morning Post. His son, then 11, was found ...

Two women arrested for setting fire to HDB flat door in loanshark case

Fri, 17 November 2017 21:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Two women, aged 25 and 42, have been arrested for allegedly setting fire to the door of an HDB flat in Bedok in a loanshark harassment case. The police said in a press release on Friday (Nov 17) that they were informed that the door of an HDB unit along Bedok North Street 2 had been set ...

Discipline, experience the secret to Taipei Metro's success

Fri, 17 November 2017 21:57:52 +0800

TAIPEI: Having experienced employees and discipline in maintenance operation procedures are some of the reasons for Taipei Metro's success, according to officials who work on the subway system. Hailed as one of the most reliable subway systems in the world, the metro has won praise from ...

Woman hit by bus in Sengkang taken unconscious to hospital

Fri, 17 November 2017 22:27:54 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 38-year-old woman was taken unconscious to the hospital after she was hit by a bus in Sengkang on Friday (Nov 17) afternoon. Channel NewsAsia understands that the patient is in critical condition. The accident happened at the junction of Anchorvale Road and Sengkang East Way at about ...

New Jurong Fire Station opens with upgraded capabilities, firefighters’ slide

Fri, 17 November 2017 19:07:43 +0800

SINGAPORE: The traditional fireman’s pole may soon be a thing of the past in Singapore, as fire stations here upgrade their facilities. At Jurong Fire Station, which officially opened on Friday (Nov 17), firefighters use a slide instead, to get from the fourth to the first floor. It is the first ...

Basketball coach accused of sodomising 13-year-old boy

Fri, 17 November 2017 18:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 57-year-old part-time basketball coach has been accused of sodomising a student, then 13 years old, in 2013. The boy kept silent about the assault until February 2015 when, in tears, he asked his mother to take him to the doctor for an HIV test. The coach, who works at a family-run ...

Face-recognition software developer Yitu Technology to set up Singapore R&D hub

Fri, 17 November 2017 18:30:43 +0800

Yitu won the face-search segment of a face-recognition competition conducted by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) earlier this month.

NTUC launches app with quick, bite-sized training courses for professionals

Fri, 17 November 2017 18:39:21 +0800

SINGAPORE: Learning at any time through bite-sized and trending content while on the go – that is the aim of a new mobile learning platform for professionals.  Called ULeap, the National Trade Union Congress’ (NTUC) Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) launched the platform on Friday (Nov ...

Johor Sultan approves straight bridge for JB-Woodlands rail link

Fri, 17 November 2017 18:27:50 +0800

JOHOR BARU: The Sultan of Johor has agreed to a revised design of a straight, elevated bridge for the Rapid Transit System (RTS) rail track connecting Johor Baru and Woodlands in Singapore.  Malaysia's land transport authority said in a media statement on Friday (Nov 17) that Sultan Ibrahim Sultan ...

StarHub CEO Tan Tong Hai to step down, search for successor underway

Sat, 18 November 2017 01:47:50 +0800

SINGAPORE: Local telco StarHub on Friday (Nov 17) announced its CEO Tan Tong Hai will be stepping down from his position and also relinquish his Executive Director appointment, from May 1 next year. In its press release, the company said it is conducting a global executive search for Mr Tan's ...

42 receive awards on World Toilet Day

Fri, 17 November 2017 17:20:39 +0800

They were recognised for their efforts in "promoting and enhancing the standard of restroom cleanliness", says the Restroom Association (Singapore).

China gears up to woo Singapore in bid for High-Speed Rail project to KL

Fri, 17 November 2017 22:34:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: China has shifted into high gear its efforts to court Singapore for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project, hosting a day-long symposium on Friday (Nov 17) to show off its wares and track record.     China's National Development and Reform Commission centered its pitch ...

MOE accepts recommendations on compulsory education for children with special needs

Fri, 17 November 2017 14:10:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Friday (Nov 17) it has accepted recommendations from a 17-member advisory panel on having compulsory education for children with special needs.  The panel, chaired by Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary, was appointed in November ...

Singapore pre-school operator MindChamps launches IPO

Fri, 17 November 2017 13:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Local operator and franchisor of pre-school centres MindChamps on Friday (Nov 17) announced it is launching its initial public offering (IPO), having registered its prospectus with the Monetary Authority of Singapore to list on the mainboard of the Singapore Exchange.  In its press ...

2017 PSLE results will be released next Friday

Fri, 17 November 2017 11:49:10 +0800

SINGAPORE: The results of the 2017 Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) will be released next Friday (Nov 24), the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced. Students may obtain their results slips from their respective primary schools from 11am onwards, it said in a news release on Friday (Nov ...

Singapore will not adopt US' blood pressure limits: MOH

Fri, 17 November 2017 14:54:08 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore will not be adopting the new guidelines for high blood pressure that the American Heart Association (AHA) has recommended, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (Nov 16). The new AHA guidelines now define hypertension or high blood pressure as more than 130/80mmHg in ...

Elderly man charged for slapping, making sexual advances towards MRT passenger

Fri, 17 November 2017 11:11:41 +0800

Gan Thean Soo faces three charges of assault, harassment and causing public nuisance for his actions towards the victim, US national Joseph Flynn De Marini, on Apr 19.

Singapore football turns to youth in bid to lift sagging fortunes

Fri, 17 November 2017 13:26:30 +0800

SINGAPORE: As part of a drive to improve player standards, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has unveiled plans to widen the pool of youth players at school level as well as implementing mandatory Under-23 quotas for six local S-League clubs. These two initiatives were among the main ...

LOT Polish Airlines to launch first direct flights between Singapore and Poland

Fri, 17 November 2017 16:04:31 +0800

The new service will mark Singapore's first direct flight connection to Poland.

Singapore's exports jump 20.9% in October

Fri, 17 November 2017 09:31:33 +0800

SINGAPORE: Non-oil domestic exports (NODX) in Singapore jumped by 20.9 per cent year-on-year in October, according to statistics released by trade agency International Enterprise (IE) Singapore on Friday (Nov 17). The increase, which was due to an increase in both electronic and non-electronic ...

Singapore to declare 2018 Year of Climate Action

Fri, 17 November 2017 07:50:38 +0800

The country will also join the New Zealand-led Ministerial Declaration on Carbon Markets, the minister announced.

Injured otter rescued and treated in first such operation

Fri, 17 November 2017 16:53:28 +0800

SINGAPORE: The injured otter that was spotted with a deep cut on its back at a Pasir Ris Park canal last month was successfully treated on Thursday (Nov 16). The operation was planned over three weeks by several agencies and volunteer groups of the Otter Working Group including the National Parks ...

Lawyer and property agent charged for not reporting suspicious Sentosa Cove deal

Thu, 16 November 2017 23:50:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: A lawyer with 15 years of experience in conveyancing work and an estate agent were charged on Thursday (Nov 16) for failing to report to the authorities a suspicious property deal. Kang Bee Leng, 56, managing director of Sterling Law Corporation and Tan Yen Hsi, 37, senior marketing ...

'This is obviously fake': SMRT denies claim that CEO Desmond Kuek fired 50% of night crew

Fri, 17 November 2017 06:40:14 +0800

SINGAPORE: SMRT on Thursday (Nov 16) refuted accusations that a large number of staff from the night crew were laid off over the years, saying that to the contrary, the team looking after the tracks and track-side infrastructure has nearly doubled over the last seven years. An online post ...

Tuas West Extension train service suspended: What you need to know

Thu, 16 November 2017 23:49:12 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on Thursday (Nov 16) that the Tuas West Extension would be isolated from the rest of the East-West Line (EWL) in order to carry out further assurance checks. This comes after thirty-six people were injured when an SMRT train collided with a ...

Debt collector jailed for assaulting, threatening alleged debtors

Mon, 20 November 2017 21:08:36 +0800

SINGAPORE: A licensed debt collector who strong-armed victims and alleged debtors was sentenced to four years and two months’ jail on Thursday (Nov 16). Francis Lee Sian Sian, 40, was also fined S$10,000 and banned from driving for life. Lee was convicted of 19 charges for multiple offences he ...

Joo Koon collision: Tuas West Extension train services suspended until Sunday for further checks

Thu, 16 November 2017 23:25:00 +0800

SINGAPORE: A software glitch that resulted in the Joo Koon MRT station train collision arose when the faulty train was "transiting between the old and new signalling systems", said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a statement on Thursday (Nov 16). Thirty-six people were injured after two ...

Man injured after truck mounts earth bank at Grange Road

Thu, 16 November 2017 20:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A truck mounted an earth bank at Grange Road on Thursday afternoon (Nov 16). The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the accident at about 4.40pm and dispatched an ambulance. A man was assessed to have minor injuries by SCDF paramedics but refused to be taken to ...

Wet weather to persist in second half of November: Met Service

Thu, 16 November 2017 20:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The wet weather experienced in the first half of November is expected to persist for the rest of the month, the Meteorological Service said in an advisory on Thursday (Nov 16).  With November usually being the second-wettest month of the year after December, "moderate to heavy thundery ...

Total number of injured from Joo Koon train collision rises to 36

Thu, 16 November 2017 23:45:08 +0800

SINGAPORE: The total number of injured in the train collision at Joo Koon MRT station rose to 36 after seven more people sought treatment at National University Hospital (NUH) and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.  NUH admitted one walk-in patient while Ng Teng Fong General Hospital admitted five new ...

Train fault disrupts services at multiple North-East Line stations during peak hour rush

Thu, 16 November 2017 21:35:46 +0800

SINGAPORE: Train services at five stations along the North-East Line (NEL) were suspended during peak hour on Thursday evening (Nov 16), after a train stalled at Clarke Quay station, disrupting travel. Train service was down at Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Little India, Dhoby Ghaut and Farrer Park from ...

Landmark partnership to equip Singaporeans with skills for Fintech jobs

Thu, 16 November 2017 18:00:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: Industry bodies, tertiary institutions and government agencies, are aligning their efforts to develop a pipeline of talent for Singapore's financial technology (fintech) sector. Under a Memorandum of intent (MOI) signed on Thursday (Nov 16), the parties involved will work to "better ...

CPF interest rates to remain unchanged from January to March 2018

Thu, 16 November 2017 17:40:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Central Provident Fund (CPF) members will continue to receive up to 3.5 per cent interest on their Ordinary Account, and up to 5 per cent interest on their Special, Medisave and Retirement Accounts from Jan 1 to Mar 31 next year. These rates include an additional 1 per cent in interest ...

Company director jailed 8 weeks for fraudulent GST claims

Thu, 16 November 2017 17:30:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: A director of advertising firm Citrus Lab and commercial printing firm Citrus Productions was jailed for eight weeks and ordered to pay a penalty of S$79,317 on Thursday (Nov 16) after being convicted of evading Goods and Services Tax (GST). Chen Juncun had overstated input tax and made ...

This start-up wants to get rid of all your coins

Mon, 20 November 2017 15:03:36 +0800

Co-founder Daniel Kam says his start-up hopes to introduce its "digital piggy bank platform" to Singapore by "mid- to end-2018".

Six Malaysians among 29 injured in train collision at Joo Koon station

Thu, 16 November 2017 17:59:18 +0800

SINGAPORE: Six Malaysians were among the 29 commuters who were injured in Wednesday's train collision at Joo Koon MRT station, the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday (Nov 16). In a press statement, the ministry said the Malaysians injured in the incident were sent to a nearby ...

Singapore suspends trade relations with North Korea

Fri, 17 November 2017 00:10:47 +0800

The move comes about two months after the United States imposed North Korea-related sanctions on a number of firms and individuals, including two entities based in Singapore.

AirAsia to use data from Changi's T4 operations to make bigger digitalisation push

Thu, 16 November 2017 17:08:19 +0800

AirAsia said the extensive use of technology at Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 makes it the “model airport of the future for low-cost carriers”.

Indian PM Modi to deliver keynote address at Shangri-La Dialogue next year

Thu, 16 November 2017 13:00:40 +0800

The dialogue will take place on Jun 1, 2018.

Smoke detectors to be made compulsory for new homes from June 2018

Thu, 16 November 2017 23:49:17 +0800

SINGAPORE: Starting June next year, it will be mandatory for all new homes to be installed with smoke detectors, also known as Home Fire Alarm Devices (HFADs). Existing homes which undergo fire safety works will also be required to install them, Mrs Josephine Teo, Second Minister for Home Affairs ...

6 linked to illegal gambling ring to be the first charged under Organised Crime Act

Thu, 16 November 2017 13:29:59 +0800

They could be jailed for up to five years and fined up to S$100,000.

What the new blood pressure limits mean for Singaporeans

Thu, 16 November 2017 11:00:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: The American Heart Association’s (AHA) new standards for high blood pressure may be "the impetus" that Singaporeans need "to be more aggressive with lifestyle modifications”, said Dr Paul Chiam, cardiologist with Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. This is especially so since the AHA ...