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Published: Sun, 21 January 2018 21:34:32 +0800


Indonesian businessman, Chinese baseball coach win top prizes in Changi Airport lucky draw

Sun, 21 January 2018 20:37:15 +0800

Two men have hit the jackpot after winning the top prizes in Changi Airport's latest Be a Changi Millionaire retail campaign, Changi Airport Group announced in a media release on Sunday (Jan 21).

Ministry of Health appoints committee to set medical fee benchmarks

Sun, 21 January 2018 14:30:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 13-member committee comprising academics, representatives from hospitals and insurance associations, has been appointed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to develop medical fee benchmarks for common procedures on Sunday (Jan 21). On the sidelines of a community event, Senior Minister of ...

New business district in Punggol to chart Govt's focus on digital economy, will create 28,000 jobs

Sun, 21 January 2018 16:47:25 +0800

SINGAPORE: The opening of a new business and education hub in Punggol from 2023 will create 28,000 jobs in fields such as cybersecurity and data analytics, creating job opportunities “close to home”.  Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said this at the launch of an exhibition for members of the ...

Grassroots volunteers test first responder skills in terror exercise

Sun, 21 January 2018 19:15:18 +0800

SINGAPORE: Grassroots volunteers got a chance to test their skills in dealing with a terror attack, during an exercise held at the Geylang Serai Community Centre on Sunday (Jan 21). The interfaith event involved emergency first responders from Geylang Serai’s Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence ...

Centre for Domestic Employees urges Govt to make salary safekeeping illegal

Sun, 21 January 2018 14:10:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: The labour movement’s Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) has urged the government to make salary safekeeping illegal.  This refers to the practice of employers holding on to the wages of foreign domestic workers (FDWs) and paying them later. In its second social report card, the CDE ...

Decaying Angsana tree beside SOTA cut down

Sun, 21 January 2018 18:38:25 +0800

SINGAPORE: The prominent Angsana tree that stood sentinel at the junction of Bras Basah Road and Prinsep Street for around 40 years was cut down on Sunday (Jan 21). Known affectionately as the Tree of Knowledge to The School of the Arts (SOTA) - whose grounds the tree occupied - it was recently ...

US Embassy in Singapore to remain operational despite govt shutdown

Sun, 21 January 2018 11:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Operations at the US Embassy in Singapore, including visa and American Citizen services, will carry on functioning despite a government shutdown, it said on Sunday (Jan 21). The notice on its Facebook page also added that previously scheduled appointments will be honoured.  On Saturday ...

'His voice return was very shaky’: RSAF fighter jet crew that intercepted ‘unknown’ aircraft tell their tale

Sun, 21 January 2018 06:40:43 +0800

With 2018 marking the 50th anniversary of the RSAF, Channel NewsAsia caught up with two officers who were caught up in a real-life security situation in 2008.

Digging up the past: Searching for treasures to unlock more of Singapore's history

Sun, 21 January 2018 11:22:40 +0800

With many potential archaeological sites in Singapore that have not been investigated yet, the hope is that undiscovered artefacts can reveal even more about the country's rich heritage.

Not a Singaporean yet, but not here to 'rip off' Singapore: On the Record with writer, Neil Humphreys

Sun, 21 January 2018 16:12:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: The normally light-hearted, witty and fast-talking Neil Humphreys pauses for a moment. He looks increasingly perturbed as we discuss why, for all the love that he professes for Singapore, he hasn’t fully committed to the country by becoming a citizen. At times, he is almost defensive ...

Commentary: What happens when the en bloc musical chairs stop?

Sun, 21 January 2018 06:40:40 +0800

Two National University of Singapore experts discuss the impact of collective sales on the private housing market, including whether prices will continue to edge up.

No fairy-tale ending for Singapore's Tiffany Teo after ONE title defeat

Sun, 21 January 2018 11:46:42 +0800

The 28-year-old lost to China's Xiong Jing Nan in the fight for ONE Championship's inaugural women's strawweight title.

Scaling up supply of Mother Tongue pre-school teachers 

Sun, 21 January 2018 00:20:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: Nyana Priya is effectively bilingual and is studying to become a Tamil language pre-school teacher. But the 24-year-old wasn’t always so confident in her use of Mother Tongue.  Her own pre-school did not offer Tamil classes due to a lack of teachers - which meant Ms Priya had to choose ...

Commentary: Days of cool weather do not negate climate change’s destructive impact

Sat, 20 January 2018 20:20:38 +0800

With the cool weather that swept through Singapore, some residents wondered if there is a positive side to climate change. Such thinking is worrying, says an expert from the Earth Observatory of Singapore.

Fire breaks out in Tampines flat, 40 residents evacuated

Sat, 20 January 2018 22:54:14 +0800

SINGAPORE: A fire broke out in a Housing Board flat at Tampines Street 83 on Saturday afternoon (Jan 20), prompting 40 residents in the block to be evacuated. The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the incident at Block 867A at about 5.30pm, adding that the blaze was extinguished ...

13km network of cycling paths open in Bedok

Sat, 20 January 2018 23:47:28 +0800

SINGAPORE: Cycling around Bedok is now safer and more convenient with the completion of a 13km network of dedicated cycling paths. The paths, painted in red, connect cyclists or riders of personal mobility devices between their homes and major transport nodes in the town. The marked paths also ...

NTU grad student arrested for allegedly molesting teenager

Sat, 20 January 2018 17:39:58 +0800

SINGAPORE: A Nanyang Technological University (NTU) grad student has been arrested, after a teenager alleged that he was molested when he took part in what he thought was a research project.  The police confirmed that a report was lodged and a 25-year-old man was arrested for outrage of modesty ...

Maid arrested for throwing items from 2nd-storey Ang Mo Kio flat

Sat, 20 January 2018 16:06:07 +0800

SINGAPORE: A foreign domestic helper was arrested on Friday (Jan 19) for throwing items from a second-storey flat in Ang Mo Kio. The police said they were alerted at around 2.30pm on Friday to the incident at Block 623 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9. The domestic helper, who is 31 years old, was arrested ...

Commentary: What you get if you drink the Kool-Aid of social media marketing

Sat, 20 January 2018 14:20:06 +0800

The Ministry of Finance’s move to tap on social media influencers has drawn the attention of Singapore’s online community – and there are lessons we can all learn from this episode, says Channel NewsAsia’s Lin Suling.

Can Tiffany Teo become the first Singaporean MMA champion?

Sun, 21 January 2018 11:48:08 +0800

The 28-year-old is aiming to do Singapore proud at her ONE Championship title bout in Jakarta on Saturday.

20 mins to pay S$3 GST: Settling tax for groceries from JB means additional queuing

Sat, 20 January 2018 21:06:26 +0800

After a woman was arrested at Changi Airport for evading GST, when and how to pay the tax has been in the spotlight. After spending more than S$150 on a grocery shopping trip in Johor Baru, Channel NewsAsia’s Amir Yusof tested how easy it is to pay at Woodlands Checkpoint.

On The Job as a police patrol officer: Unpredictable high-risk work that tests brains and brawn

Sun, 21 January 2018 18:11:30 +0800

In a series where Channel NewsAsia journalists try working in some of Singapore’s essential but underappreciated jobs, Tang See Kit joins two police officers on patrol and walks away with a firmer belief that the responsibility of keeping Singapore safe is not for the faint of heart.

Having a runny nose? Avoid antibiotics, or we could pay a deadly price

Sat, 20 January 2018 23:55:23 +0800

With the rise of superbugs, the impact of drug resistance is becoming more serious. One woman tells Talking Point how it left her blind and "like a child".

SMRT board 'has confidence' in management team

Fri, 19 January 2018 18:30:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: SMRT said on Friday (Jan 19) that its board has confidence in the company's management team and the ongoing efforts to enhance management, operational and maintenance capabilities. The train operator was responding to queries by Channel NewsAsia after media reports that the company's ...

11-year-old classmates found after going missing in Sengkang for more than a day

Fri, 19 January 2018 22:31:59 +0800

SINGAPORE: Two 11-year-old boys, believed to be classmates, have been found more than 24 hours after they went missing in Sengkang on Thursday afternoon (Jan 18). Javier Teo Ren Jie and Axel Lim Jun Wei were located in Yishun - more than 10km from Sengkang - at about 9.45pm on Friday.  "Both boys ...

Bogus SkillsFuture claim: Hawker misled into buying tablet with ‘expiring’ credits

Fri, 19 January 2018 17:50:39 +0800

His son later found out that S$450 had been deducted from his father's SkillsFuture account.

Two men arrested in fake gold cheating case

Fri, 19 January 2018 18:25:53 +0800

SINGAPORE: Two men have been arrested for their suspected involvement in a series of cheating cases involving fake gold, the police said in a news release on Friday (Jan 19). Preliminary investigations show that both men are believed to be involved in at least five similar cases, said the police ...

Mediacorp appoints Niam Chiang Meng as new chairman to succeed Ernest Wong

Fri, 19 January 2018 19:02:57 +0800

SINGAPORE: Mediacorp announced on Friday (Jan 19) the appointment of Mr Niam Chiang Meng as its new chairman. The appointment takes effect on Apr 21, as current chairman Mr Ernest Wong will complete his two-year term on the board on Apr 20. Mr Niam, 59, has been a director of the Mediacorp board ...

Labour movement outlines wishlist for Employment Act review

Fri, 19 January 2018 23:51:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: The labour movement hopes to widen the Employment Act's scope to cover more workers beyond the current stipulated salary cap, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) assistant secretary-general Patrick Tay wrote in a blog post published on Friday (Jan 19). This is because the labour ...

Man jailed 4 months for vandalising police cameras at HDB block

Fri, 19 January 2018 13:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 52-year-old man was sentenced to four months’ jail on Friday (Jan 19) for vandalising police cameras, causing damage worth S$980, because he was in a “bad mood”. Lim Sin Ann pleaded guilty to two counts of vandalism on Friday. Another two charges, including one for stealing a PAssion ...

MCCY concerned but not alarmed about IPS survey findings on social class divide: Grace Fu

Fri, 19 January 2018 23:33:52 +0800

In a wide-ranging interview, the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth pointed out that if considered holistically, the survey results also showed good diversity in Singaporeans’ social networks.

All East-West Line stations to have shorter weekend operational hours in March

Fri, 19 January 2018 23:02:45 +0800

SINGAPORE: Operating hours at all 35 stations along the East-West Line (EWL) will be shortened on every weekend in March as maintenance and renewal works on the rail line continue, SMRT said on Friday (Jan 19). The shorter operational hours will allow multiple teams to carry out maintenance and ...

Singaporean arrested in Japan with S$2m worth of drugs in suitcase

Fri, 19 January 2018 12:10:39 +0800

OSAKA: A Singaporean man has been arrested at the Kansai International Airport in Osaka with nearly 3kg of stimulant drugs in his suitcase, Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun reported on Wednesday (Jan 17).  The drugs are believed to have a street value of 190 million yen (S$2.26 million). The ...

Most people do not know what to do with e-waste; only a fraction recycle: NEA study

Sat, 20 January 2018 00:57:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Six in 10 people in Singapore may be throwing out items such as old television sets, printers and computers because they do not know or are unsure of how to recycle these electronic waste (e-waste), the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Friday (Jan 19). This was among the ...

Singapore firm fined S$200,000 over death of worker by electrocution

Sat, 20 January 2018 12:57:55 +0800

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that MW Group Pte Ltd was the "Singapore office of a Germany-headquartered engineering firm". This is incorrect. MW Group Pte Ltd has no connection or affiliation with M+W Group GmbH. We apologise for the error. SINGAPORE: A company has been ...

Singapore Airlines among least fuel-efficient airlines flying across the Pacific

Fri, 19 January 2018 09:49:56 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines performs below the industry average for the amount of carbon dioxide per passenger-kilometre it emits, according to an analysis of 20 major airlines operating nonstop passenger flights across the Pacific.  The Transpacific Airline Fuel Efficiency Ranking by the ...

Enter a mirror maze and other things to do at the Light to Night Festival

Fri, 19 January 2018 19:00:23 +0800

The 10-day event at the Civic District kicks off on Friday (Jan 19). It will feature light projections and art installations, musical performances, and food and crafts stalls – and that’s just what’s available outdoors.

Singapore-based start-up wants to better the odds for stroke victims

Fri, 19 January 2018 06:50:40 +0800

See-Mode Technologies is co-founded by Iranians Milad Mohammadzadeh and Sadaf Monajemi, a husband-and-wife team intent on equipping neurologists and other doctors with data to better assess the risks faced by stroke patients.

Commentary: A Changi Airport East for all, yet who should fund its bill?

Fri, 19 January 2018 13:45:58 +0800

As speculation on how the big price tag on the new Changi Airport East development will be funded continues, Boston Consulting Group’s Hean-Ho Loh sheds light on where he thinks the money can come from.

Three men arrested for stealing casino chips from Marina Bay Sands customers

Fri, 19 January 2018 06:30:24 +0800

SINGAPORE: Three men have been arrested on suspicion of stealing casino chips from patrons at the Marina Bay Sands casino, the police said in a news release on Thursday (Jan 18).  The men, aged between 32 and 54, were arrested on Wednesday.  Investigations revealed that the trio had colluded to ...

Singapore stock rally set to continue for another six months: Experts

Thu, 18 January 2018 23:40:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: Stock markets around the world have been rallying, with the 2017 uptrend spilling over into 2018.  In Singapore, the Straits Times Index (STI) has risen by 3.5 per cent since the start of this year and market experts say the trend is likely to continue for the next six months.  The STI ...

Police investigate video of bus driver verbally abusing parking warden

Thu, 18 January 2018 23:00:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: The police have launched an investigation into video footage that shows a bus driver hurling verbal abuse at and threatening to punch a parking warden. A Land Transport Authority (LTA) spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia on Thursday (Jan 18) that the incident happened at Marina View Link ...

Woman scammed of S$5.4 million; one suspect arrested

Thu, 18 January 2018 22:30:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: A man suspected to have been part of a China officials impersonation scam that cheated a woman of S$5.4 million was arrested, police said on Thursday (Jan 18). In the news release, police said that the man, a 20-year-old Malaysian, was arrested in Kuala Lumpur and brought back to ...

Fire in Serangoon North flat forces nearly 70 residents to evacuate

Thu, 18 January 2018 22:42:57 +0800

SINGAPORE: A fire broke out on the second-floor flat in Block 147, Serangoon North Ave 1 on Thursday (Jan 18) evening, causing a power outage and forcing nearly 70 residents to evacuate their homes. One woman in her 80s and another in her 30s, both from the neighbouring units, were taken to Tan ...

Google, Temasek investing in Indonesia's Go-Jek as ride-hailing rivalry deepens: sources

Thu, 18 January 2018 21:48:09 +0800

SINGAPORE: Google, Singapore investor Temasek and China's Meituan-Dianping are investing in Go-Jek as part of a US$1.2 billion fundraising round, bolstering the Indonesian ride-hailing firm in its battle with deep-pocketed rivals Grab and Uber, sources said. The investments by Alphabet's Google ...

StanChart bank robbery suspect plans to contest extradition to Singapore: Lawyer

Fri, 19 January 2018 22:50:09 +0800

LONDON: David James Roach, who is suspected of robbing the Standard Chartered Bank branch in Holland Village in 2016, is planning to contest his extradition to Singapore, his lawyer told Channel NewsAsia. The Canadian appeared in a London court on Thursday (Jan 18). It was the second time he has ...

No attempted kidnapping of students from international schools: Police

Thu, 18 January 2018 23:13:14 +0800

SINGAPORE: The drivers who had approached students from international schools and asked them to get into their vehicles were not trying to kidnap them, but merely offering lifts to the students, the police said in a statement on Thursday (Jan 18).  That was established by the police following ...

Third international school alerts parents to student being approached by stranger

Thu, 18 January 2018 18:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A third international school in Bukit Batok has alerted parents to a stranger offering one of its students a lift, following two other similar incidents involving international school students. Headmaster of Dulwich College Nick Magnus on Thursday (Jan 18) sent an email to parents ...

Behind the scenes: A look at how SGH keeps its surgical tools clean

Thu, 18 January 2018 23:41:57 +0800

It's no small feat, as the Theatre Sterile Supplies Unit has to operate around the clock to keep the tools ready for use.

5-car chain collision on PIE causes congestion

Thu, 18 January 2018 18:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Five cars were involved in a chain collision on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on Thursday (Jan 18) afternoon, causing congestion for more than an hour. Channel NewsAsia understands that there were no injuries. The Land Traffic Authority (LTA) alerted drivers to the accident ...

Singaporeans divided on how to fund social spending for elderly: IPS survey

Thu, 18 January 2018 23:57:59 +0800

SINGAPORE: There is little consensus among Singaporeans on how higher social spending for the elderly should be funded, a study conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) has found. The results of the national survey, released on Thursday (Jan 18), showed that respondents had ...

Trio face more charges in Shell oil heist case

Thu, 18 January 2018 17:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Three men were slapped with fresh charges on Thursday (Jan 18) for allegedly receiving more stolen fuel from Shell’s Pulau Bukom plant between July and December 2017.  These allegations mean the Shell conspiracy – for which 14 have been charged so far over multiple heists – continued ...

9-year-old boy injured in Geylang East accident

Thu, 18 January 2018 17:29:42 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 9-year-old boy was injured after he was hit by a car at Geylang East Ave 1 on Wednesday (Jan 17).  Police said they were alerted at about 3.50pm to an accident involving a car and a pedestrian.  Channel NewsAsia understands the boy was hit by the vehicle when he was using a zebra ...

Lawyer fined S$10,000 for falsifying degree transcript

Thu, 18 January 2018 16:40:40 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 29-year-old lawyer has been fined S$10,000 for falsifying her law degree certificate and transcript so as to improve her chances of getting a job with the Singapore Legal Service. Jaya Anil Kumar, who read law at the National University of Singapore, pleaded guilty to two charges of ...

No train service on parts of Bukit Panjang LRT due to train fault

Fri, 19 January 2018 15:46:24 +0800

SINGAPORE: There was no train service for at least 45 minutes on parts of the Bukit Panjang LRT due to a train fault on Thursday (Jan 18).  Operator SMRT said the affected stretch was between Choa Chu Kang and Phoenix stations. Train service on the Bukit Panjang loop was unaffected.  SMRT said in ...

Manpower Ministry seeks public feedback on areas of review for Employment Act

Thu, 18 January 2018 23:05:27 +0800

Singapore's main employment law is regularly reviewed to keep pace with the changing employment landscape, MOM said.

Uber officially launches surge pricing for ComfortDelGro cabs

Thu, 18 January 2018 23:30:03 +0800

UberFLASH is the first in a series of collaborative efforts between both companies, says ComfortDelGro Taxi's chief executive Ang Wei Neng, following their agreement to form a joint venture.

The Sail residents taking CDL to court over property defects

Thu, 18 January 2018 23:11:48 +0800

SINGAPORE: Residents at The Sail @ Marina Bay are taking property developer CDL to court over what they say are defects with the condominium's rubbish chute system. Bags of rubbish would often get stuck in the chutes, causing a foul smell and attracting pests, residents told Channel NewsAsia on ...

Fewer COEs available for February to April period

Thu, 18 January 2018 23:18:12 +0800

SINGAPORE: The total Certificate of Entitlement (COE) quota for February to April will be 25,636, a 1 per cent decrease from the previous quarter, according to figures released by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Thursday (Jan 18). There was a quota of 25,913 COEs for November 2017 to January ...

WTA Finals to move to Shenzhen from Singapore in 2019

Thu, 18 January 2018 11:12:35 +0800

China's growing influence over women's tennis moved up a notch on Thursday when the southern metropolis of Shenzhen was announced as the new venue for the season-ending WTA Finals from 2019 to 2028.

PayNow pilot for faster, easier disbursement of Edusave Award to ITE and polytechnic students: MOE

Thu, 18 January 2018 10:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Thursday (Jan 18) that it will pilot the use of PayNow this year to disburse Edusave Award funds to Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and polytechnic students. In its press release, MOE said the move is in line with Singapore's efforts ...

International school van scare: Mixed views from parents on man having 'no ill intent'

Thu, 18 January 2018 11:19:23 +0800

SINGAPORE: Parents of UWC South East Asia students had mixed views on Thursday (Jan 18), barely a day after police said a driver who tried to get a female student from the school into his van had no “ill intent”. On Jan 12, UWC's Head of College Chris Edwards sent an email to parents of the ...

Tennis: Singapore to host WTA Finals for last time in 2018

Thu, 18 January 2018 23:22:53 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore will host the elite WTA Finals for the last time in 2018, organisers said on Wednesday (Jan 17), ending the season-ending tournament's run in the country. The US$7 million event, which Singapore took over from Istanbul in 2014, sees the top eight female players battle it out ...

Dying alone does not always mean the deceased had a sad, lonely life

Thu, 18 January 2018 13:15:50 +0800

The man found dead in a Marine Parade flat might have been alone in his final moments, his nephew said, but he led a "meaningful" life that he wouldn't have lived any other way.

Jackfruit falls from HDB block, damaging car

Thu, 18 January 2018 00:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A jackfruit fell on a parked car in Ghim Moh on Wednesday (Jan 17), damaging its roof and windscreen. Photos of the incident - uploaded onto Facebook by user Sam Tan - show the car and a huge jackfruit on the road. Mr Tan told Channel NewsAsia that he arrived at the car park of Block ...

Stray cat in Pandan Gardens dies after being stabbed in mouth

Wed, 17 January 2018 23:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) is investigating the death of a stray cat that was found with a stab wound in its mouth in Jurong. Photos of the cat uploaded onto Facebook by Pandan Gardens resident Muhammad Mahlil showed the cat with a bloody mouth and a ...

Man arrested for pawning fake branded watches

Wed, 17 January 2018 21:10:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 53-year-old man has been arrested for pawning fake branded watches, the police said in a news release on Wednesday (Jan 17).  The police said they received a report on Monday on a case of cheating involving the pawning of counterfeit branded watches. The man was arrested on Tuesday ...

Man who tried to get international school student into van had 'no ill intent': Police

Wed, 17 January 2018 23:21:07 +0800

The van driver claimed to have offered a ride to the teen because it was raining, Channel NewsAsia understands.

'You had to make it work’: An air force pioneer reflects on RSAF’s humble beginnings

Sat, 20 January 2018 18:46:59 +0800

SINGAPORE: As a young officer cadet in the fledgling Singapore Air Defence Command (SADC) - the predecessor of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) - in the late 1960s, Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret) Prasad Menon was not spared the menial task of painting runway markings with a brush. “There were ...

Strangers trying to lure teenagers into a van: 5 basic tips to stay safe

Wed, 17 January 2018 20:37:18 +0800

SINGAPORE: Following two incidents of teenage girls from international schools being stopped and asked by strangers to get into a van in the space of a week, former president of the Security Association of Singapore T Mogan gave Channel NewsAsia some tips on how students can keep safe in such a ...

Suspected counterfeit goods seized at checkpoints, three arrested

Wed, 17 January 2018 18:59:59 +0800

SINGAPORE: Three people have been arrested at land checkpoints on suspicion of attempting to import items believed to be counterfeit in two separate cases, the Singapore Police Force and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a joint release on Wednesday (Jan 17).  The suspects, a ...

Targeting youths, Finance Ministry taps social media influencers to promote Budget 2018

Wed, 17 January 2018 18:33:03 +0800

SINGAPORE: Ahead of the upcoming Budget 2018, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has been reaching out to social media influencers to promote the Budget and related public feedback sessions on Instagram. Peppered with Budget-related hashtags such as #sgbudget2018 and #mofsgxstarngage, Instagram ...

RSAF to celebrate 50th birthday with new aerial displays, heartland exhibitions

Wed, 17 January 2018 23:29:43 +0800

SINGAPORE: Three of the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) sleekest fighter jets will be pulling off acrobatic manoeuvres in a never-before-seen aerial display to kick off its 50th anniversary celebrations. At next month’s Singapore Airshow, two F-16s and an F-15SG will perform together for ...

1,000 new jobs in Singapore's aerospace industry to be created by 2020

Wed, 17 January 2018 22:51:35 +0800

SINGAPORE: About 1,000 new jobs will be created in the aerospace industry by 2020 through a new Industry Transformation Map (ITM), the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) said in a media release on Wednesday (Jan 17). Strategies under the new roadmap also aim to help the industry achieve a ...

Company director fined S$8.7m for duty-unpaid cigarettes

Wed, 17 January 2018 16:30:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A director of a logistics company has been sentenced to 40 months' jail and fined S$8.7 million for dealing with and storing duty-unpaid cigarettes. Iskandar Abu Bakar, a repeat offender, pleaded guilty to two charges while another two charges were taken into consideration, said ...

COE premiums close mostly lower in latest bidding exercise

Wed, 17 January 2018 16:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums closed mostly lower in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (Jan 17). For Category A cars, or those 1,600cc and below with horsepower not exceeding 130bhp, premiums closed at S$36,890, down from S$41,400 in the last exercise.  Premiums for ...

Ride-hailing firm Grab buys India-based payments startup

Wed, 17 January 2018 15:55:36 +0800

Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab said it has acquired an India-based payments startup, iKaaz, to help expand its digital payments platform GrabPay.

Obstructed ditch near worksite intensified flash floods at Tampines Avenue 12

Wed, 17 January 2018 22:49:26 +0800

SINGAPORE: Floods at Tampines Avenue 12 last week were aggravated by runoff from a construction site after a ditch near the worksite was blocked by a temporary access road, national water agency PUB said at a media briefing on Wednesday (Jan 17). A PUB spokesperson shared that stormwater runoff ...

Don't click! Bitcoin phishing scam makes its way to Singapore

Wed, 17 January 2018 14:20:38 +0800

At least two people in Singapore told Channel NewsAsia they received messages on Wednesday (Jan 17) claiming that they had a Bitcoin worth more than S$18,500 in their accounts. 

NTUC Income launches Singapore's first Integrated Shield Plan available for purchase online

Wed, 17 January 2018 12:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: NTUC Income has launched Singapore's first Integrated Shield Plan (IP) that can be purchased online, the insurer announced on Wednesday (Jan 17).  The launch allows customers to avoid the hassle of meeting an insurance agent, allowing them to purchase the plan via NTUC Income's online ...

2 international schools warn parents after strangers try to lure students into van

Wed, 17 January 2018 20:58:51 +0800

The police have determined that the male driver in one of the incidents had "no ill intent". Investigations into the other incident, which involves a female driver, is ongoing, the police say.

Duke-NUS doctorate student found dead in lab at Biopolis

Fri, 19 January 2018 18:53:10 +0800

SINGAPORE: A doctorate student was found dead in a laboratory at Biopolis on Tuesday (Jan 16) morning. Ms Katarina Chlebikova, 26, was a PhD student at Duke-NUS Medical School from Slovakia. Channel NewsAsia understands that she was a doctoral student at the Claridge-Chang Lab, which is affiliated ...

New mechanism proposed to resolve consumer disputes with telcos, pay TV operators

Wed, 17 January 2018 22:27:57 +0800

IMDA proposes to require all telecommunications and subscription TV service providers that have direct billing relationship with consumers to participate in the alternative dispute resolution scheme, and is seeking public feedback.

Woman arrested at Changi Airport for evading GST on branded goods purchased overseas

Wed, 17 January 2018 23:25:43 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 25-year-old Singaporean woman was arrested at Changi Airport for failing to declare branded handbags and accessories she had purchased overseas for Goods and Services Tax (GST) payment, Singapore Customs said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Jan 16).  The woman, who had arrived on a ...

Singapore's exports growth slows further as electronics decline

Wed, 17 January 2018 09:04:46 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) growth slowed more than expected in December as shipments of electronics contracted, official data showed on Wednesday (Jan 17). Exports rose 3.1 per cent in December year-on-year, according to trade agency International Enterprise (IE) ...

Less wet weather expected in the next fortnight: Met Service

Wed, 17 January 2018 17:17:21 +0800

SINGAPORE: The wet weather Singapore has been experiencing is expected to ease in the next two weeks, the Meteorological Service Singapore said on Wednesday (Jan 17).  In the second half of the month, five to seven days of short-duration thundery showers are expected in the afternoon, and could ...

Don't play play: History of Singapore's playgrounds at National Museum show

Tue, 16 January 2018 23:27:25 +0800

The National Heritage Board unveiled its line-up of events for 2018, which also includes a new Orchard Road heritage trail, an exhibit on Kampong Glam as a regional hub for Haj pilgrims, and the official launch of Our SG Heritage Plan during the Singapore Heritage Festival.

Burst pipe forces partial closure of MCE

Wed, 17 January 2018 16:01:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: A section of the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) was closed for about two hours because of a burst pipe, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Tuesday night (Jan 16). LTA said that a section of the eastbound tunnel on the MCE between the Central Boulevard exit and the Marina ...

Time to bounce! Giant inflatables park Art-Zoo returns to i Light Marina Bay for second year

Wed, 17 January 2018 13:56:46 +0800

SINGAPORE: Come March, the Marina Bay floating platform will be transformed into a "zoo" of giant inflatable animals for the second year running.  Ahead of that, a six-storey-tall inflatable gorilla rose at Marina Bay on Tuesday (Jan 16), the first of Art-Zoo Inflatable Park's new line-up of ...

JB-Singapore Rapid Transit System a ‘game changer’ in election year, says Malaysian minister

Tue, 16 January 2018 23:44:57 +0800

SINGAPORE: The bilateral agreement signed between Singapore and Malaysia to build a cross-border MRT line by 2024 will be a “game changer” going into elections that must be held by August, said Malaysia's Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan. In an interview with Channel ...

5 men charged for failing to disclose information to SGX

Tue, 16 January 2018 22:11:47 +0800

SINGAPORE: Five men were charged on Tuesday (Jan 16) with intentionally failing to disclose to the Singapore Exchange (SGX) information that could affect the price or value of a company's securities. The five accused Oh Gim Teck, 68; Go Twan Heng, 67; Ngiam Zee Moey, 61; Tham Poh Weng, 60 and ...

700 cases of popping floor tiles reported in first half of January: HDB

Tue, 16 January 2018 20:51:13 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Housing and Development Board (HDB) on Tuesday (Jan 16) said there have been 700 reported cases of dislodged tiles in the first half of January.  Among the cases, close to half involved tiles installed by the flat owners, while the rest were installed by HDB.  It added that the ...

1 injured in car crash along Sixth Avenue

Tue, 16 January 2018 19:24:41 +0800

SINGAPORE: One person was injured after an accident involving two cars at Sixth Avenue on Tuesday afternoon (Jan 16).  This happened near the junction of Holland Road and Sixth Avenue. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the accident at 2.20pm.  According to the police ...

Piracy and armed sea robberies on the rise in Asia, Singapore Straits

Tue, 16 January 2018 22:53:06 +0800

SINGAPORE: There were 101 incidents of piracy and armed sea robberies in Asia last year, marking a 19 per cent increase from 2016's 85 cases. Of the reported attacks, 89 were actual incidents, while 12 were attempted incidents. Ports and anchorages in Bangladesh, the Philippines, the South China ...

Beware of SMS linking UOB customers to phishing website: Police

Tue, 16 January 2018 23:15:17 +0800

SINGAPORE: Several victims have been tricked into providing their personal information and credit card details on phishing websites after responding to SMSes that were purportedly sent by United Overseas Bank (UOB), the police said in a news release on Tuesday (Jan 16). The victims later realised ...

Man on trial for raping 13-year-old girl, circulating photo of her in the nude

Tue, 16 January 2018 17:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: A 25-year-old man is on trial for repeatedly raping a teenage girl between November 2013 and January the following year.  Koh Rong Guang, believed to be the leader of a local gang, also allegedly forced the victim, then 13, to strip in public, before taking a picture of her in the nude ...

Hoya surgical optics opens research facility to develop solutions for cataracts

Tue, 16 January 2018 23:03:22 +0800

SINGAPORE: Optics technology firm Hoya Corporation’s intraocular lenses manufacturing division Hoya Surgical Optics (HSO) opened its global research and development (R&D) facility in Singapore on Tuesday (16 Jan). Intraocular lenses are artificial lenses used to treat cataracts by replacing the ...

Town council steps in to deal with serial vomiter at Pinnacle@Duxton

Tue, 16 January 2018 19:37:53 +0800

SINGAPORE: Residents living in Pinnacle@Duxton at Tanjong Pagar started facing a nauseating problem last year - a serial vomiter.  This led to posters being put up at the award-winning housing estate, asking residents to "keep our living environment clean and hygienic". Photos on the poster show ...

Watch these iconic Malay films for a glimpse into Singapore’s history

Tue, 16 January 2018 17:55:32 +0800

As part of Singapore Art Week (SAW), Asian Film Archive’s film and visual arts series State Of Motion will have free screenings of 10 seminal Malay movies, including P Ramlee’s The Nitwit Movie Stars.

Vietnamese man faces two new charges in Shell oil heist case

Tue, 16 January 2018 16:10:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: One of the Vietnamese men accused of receiving fuel that was stolen from Shell’s Pulau Bukom refinery had two new charges levelled against him on Tuesday (Jan 16). Nguyen Duc Quang, 46, was charged last week for receiving S$687,960 worth of fuel on Jan 7. However, it has emerged that ...